Style: Styling the seasons - my sister's May wedding

My little sister got married on Saturday and it was beautiful. A small garden wedding at our parent's house and the biggest styling job I've ever done (bar my own wedding - which was easier because I was styling for myself). My sister loves bright colours and the brief was bright and whimsical.

We dotted the garden with open gazebos, filled their ceilings with paper honey comb balls in bright colours, laid simple white cloths on the tables and filled bottles and jars full of bright seasonal flowers. The apple trees were filled with candles and tied with ribbons to catch in the breeze. My parents and sister carefully painted wooden chairs in off white and a teal blue for our guests to sit on. There were hand painted signs directing the guests everywhere and an abundance of ribbon, flowers and tealights. It was beautiful.

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It was the first time I had ever done the flowers for a wedding and I was a tiny bit daunted. Working out the quantities was hard. But after a lot of research online I ordered 400 stems. If you're creating an informal wedding for 60 odd people and want a simple whimsical look that's what you need - it worked out perfectly. I chose larkspur, stocks, tulips, roses in pink, orange, yellow and white, sunflowers, phlox, freesia (which my mum had in her bouquet), anemone and September flower. I mixed them with rosemary, mint and sage and plenty of other foliage pinched from mum's garden. Our very clever Mama knitted Rachel's bouquet (more pics to come from the professional photographers) so I didn't need to make that. But I did give myself a crash course in button holes at the 11th hour - Youtube for you I am grateful. And also a big thank you to Adam from the Flower Stall on Cambridge Market who sourced all the flowers for me - you were so brilliant and the roses opened beautifully and still look amazing.

We had such a fun time styling the wedding, not one cross word was had - and that can only be called a miracle with three feisty women working together! From Thursday evening we worked and worked to set it all up so that Saturday morning could be calm and we could all be relaxed to welcome the guests and make Rachel and Stu's wedding day perfect for them - and it was.

Everybody seemed to be having so much fun, eating drinking and dancing. As the sun went down we lit fire pits and brought out loads of blankets hand knitted by mum for people to snuggle in. We toasted marshmallows and danced some more.

The only thing more beautiful than the day was my sister girl who looked so gorgeous and elegant - despite the battered old sneakers she put on under her dress to dance in. I'm so happy that she and Stu finally decided to get married and I'm so happy that I could be a part of your day. Love you guys xx