When you plan your wedding for March the last thing you expect to deal with is snow! That’s exactly what Roz and Nick had for their wedding back in March 2018, when the ‘Beast from the East’ hit England, causing wide spread disruption. However, working alongside incredible wedding professionals we ensured that their wedding went ahead against all the odds, and how incredible their snow wedding was.
I first met with Roz back in the summer 2017 to discuss and design her wedding flowers. The colour palette that she chose was ivory with a hint of blush pink. The flowers were to be created into elegant and romantic designs and too include seasonal flowers such as ranunculus, tulips, roses, veronica, spray roses, muscari and lots of foliage.
The flowers were a key part of the wedding and we had planned to do a large arch over the gallery for the ceremony whilst the reception would have a lovely hanging display to greet the guests.
The wedding breakfast would be decorated with a mixture of hurricane vases with a wreath or flowers and tall elegant candelabras.
A few days before the wedding, we were advised about the adverse weather that was due to hit the day before. I worked closely with the venue and arranged for the majority of the flowers to be delivered the day before as luckily they had no wedding. I clearly remembering driving to Kingscote Barn on the Thursday morning with very small flakes falling wondering what all the fuss was about and that is would probably amount to nothing!
On arrival at the Kingscote I got all the preparations ready for the arch and hanging chandelier to be created the following day.
When I awoke the day of the wedding, I was shocked at the amount of snow that had fallen over night. I was due to have another florist with me for the day but unfortunately she was snowed in and couldn’t get out of her road due to a large hill. I then started to look at the various routes I could take to get to Kingscote and all of them included tackling large hills. To be honest I wasn’t sure that my trusty transit would make it. I then started to hear reports that some roads were closed due to the snow drifts.
In my heart of hearts I knew there was no way I could let Roz and Nick down and would have to find a way of getting there. Luckily, I live next door to relatives and noticed my uncles very large American truck, complete with snow wheels parked on the drive. With a quick dash across the garden he agreed to take me to Kingscote and so we were on our way and I quickly realised there was no other way I would have got there. Some of the snow drifts were over 7ft high!
On arriving, I got to work as quickly as possible creating the hanging chandelier. Due to there only being one florist on site we changed the arch to an impressive display across the gallery.
It was amazing to see so many suppliers all jumping in to help and going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that Roz and Nick had the most fabulous snow wedding. Lee from Strawberry Fields arrived on time after taking a normal 45 minute journey over 2 hours. I met the lovely Neil from Dizzy Feet discos, who arrived in the morning to ensure he would be there for the evening entertainment. Both of whom ended sleeping at the venue at the end of the event as they were snowed in! The fab Eve Dunlop jumped in at the last minute to help out a fellow photographer who just couldn’t make it. Eve, even brought her 2 daughters with her to help Lee with the catering. The wonderful Katy Phiffer was also on hand providing beautiful make up for the ladies.
I have to say, hand on heart that this was probably the most stressful wedding I’ve ever flowered, due to the elements we were all facing. But working with a fabulous group of professionals meant that we were able to pull of Roz and Nick’s wedding and as you can see from the images it was amazing
Huge congratulations to Roz and Nick.
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