Three of the most popular wedding themes to consider for your big day
With the wedding rulebook seemingly having long been torn up, modern couples are becoming more experimental than ever when it comes to wedding themes. Venturing away from long-standing traditions gives soonlyweds the opportunity to incorporate their passions and personalities into their wedding’s design, making it an altogether more personal affair. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are three of the most popular themes we’re seeing more couples explore.
Boho weddings seemingly never go out of fashion. These types of celebrations are defined by an easy-going approach to decorations and outfits, often with an eclectic blend of styles coming together in place of a more traditional, structured approach. It’s common with a boho theme to lean into the beauty of nature, with forests, beaches and the countryside being typical locations for this style of wedding.
When it comes to the horticultural elements of the day, the only rule is there are no rules – that’s the beauty of a boho bash. Discord and aberration is the order of the day, and this should be reflected in your choice of bouquets; think bright bursts of colour in your flowery assortments. If you want to really play up to the theme, you could even incorporate the flora into your outfit – flower crowns always hit the mark at these free-spirited celebrations.
Inspired by fiction
Any wedding is an opportunity for couples to showcase their likes, hobbies and interests, and more people are forgoing classic wedding traditions to really let their personalities shine through. Whether it’s a love for Disney, Harry Potter, or any other film, book or television show that’s important to you, there are so many ways you can incorporate your favourite work of fiction into your fairytale wedding.
As part of the planning process, think about how you can align your decor with the theme of your favourite book or movie. For the Disney adults among us, you’ll want to keep the decor light and airy. Think pastel flower walls, cascading bouquets and a wide array of colours as you let your imaginations run wild. If your taste in fiction is something altogether more gruesome and gloomy, dark flowers can perfectly complement a gothic venue like a castle or old country house. Deep ruby carnations and scarlet foliage can hit the right notes if you’re picturing a moody and romantic atmosphere.
If travel is an important part of your lifestyle, there are so many ways you can incorporate this passion into your big day. Perhaps there’s a certain destination that stands out as a particular favourite, or maybe there’s a spot that holds a special place in your hearts. Infusing your wedding with the theme of travel literally opens up an entire world of possibilities, from the food, to the outfits, to the floral arrangements.
Draw inspiration from one or a handful of your favourite travel destinations, and throw an international party without borders. Or, if you have the resources and the wherewithal, why not go the whole hog and plan a destination wedding? There’s something really special about performing your nuptials in a far-flung country that perhaps resonates with your personalities. However you decide to throw your travel-focused wedding, you’re sure to inspire feelings of wanderlust amongst your beloved guests.
Emma and Leo’s Dreamy Wedding at Crondon Park: A Blooming Love Story
When love blossoms, it’s only fitting that a couple’s wedding day reflects their unique style and personality. Emma and Leo, recently tied the knot at the picturesque Crondon Park wedding venue, Stock, Essex. The Stock Florist team were proudly appointed to create the floral arrangements, bouquets, aisle chair ends and cake flowers for the lovely couple. We wanted to share how choosing the perfect blooms and the incredible details can help make your wedding day truly unforgettable…
From the very beginning, Emma and Leo had a clear vision for their wedding day aesthetics. They were drawn to a rustic and romantic theme that would perfectly complement the charming ambiance of Crondon Park. We have key steps when choosing your wedding flowers which help you in choosing the perfect combination for your venue and can help turn their vision into a reality.
Emma and Leo booked their wedding consultation at our Stock, Essex location and met with Eleanor. The couple were immediately drawn to our artistic approach and attention to detail. Over the next hour, a clear plan was created which included the combination of flowers we were going to use and the different floral arrangements that were required to bring this Essex wedding venue to life.
Emma’s bridal bouquet was a true reflection of her unique personality. The bouquet included a captivating combination of Tanacetum, delicate white Astilbe, elegant white Roses, vibrant Sunflowers, ethereal Gypsophilia, fragrant white Stock, charming Craspedia, and an assortment of mixed seasonal foliage. This exquisite blend of blooms perfectly captured the essence of the couple’s rustic and romantic theme.
To create a cohesive and immersive experience, the Stock Florist team extended our creative touch beyond Emma’s bouquet. We provided charming jam jars on log slices, filled with beautiful blooms, which perfectly matched the rustic barn aesthetic. These delightful details adorned the aisle chair ends, creating a whimsical pathway for Emma’s grand entrance. Additionally, the floral arrangements were thoughtfully incorporated into the cake, enhancing its natural beauty.
Emma and Leo exchanged vows on the memorable date of Saturday, 3rd June, surrounded by their loved ones. The picturesque Crondon Park provided the perfect backdrop for their magical day, as they embarked on their journey as husband and wife.
Emma and Leo’s wedding at Crondon Park, Essex was a celebration of love, beauty, and personal style. With the expert guidance, their vision of a rustic and romantic wedding came to life through a thoughtfully curated floral arrangement. From the captivating bouquet to the charming rustic details, every aspect of their special day was meticulously designed to create an unforgettable experience. As they begin their new chapter together, Emma and Leo will forever cherish the memories of their enchanting wedding day, where love and blossoms intertwined in perfect harmony.
Gosfield Hall Wedding – Monica and Alex
Monica and Alex were a couple with a clear vision. Monica wanted her bouquet to be contemporary yet timelessly elegant, reflecting and working in harmony with her stunning dress. We used a simple combination of pure white orchids, feathery astilbe and blousy white roses, arranged asymmetrically, with the stems kept long for that effortless feel. For the venue we created ethereal clouds of fluffy gypsophila and roses, presenting a stylishly dreamy look.
Talbooth Restaurant Wedding Ceremony – Lauren and Zach
Lauren wanted her bouquet to have a wild look in soft, nude tones. Gorgeous ‘Quicksand’ roses and seasonal dahlias were the focal flowers, complemented by late summer dried grasses and whimsical delphinium. For their intimate ceremony, Lauren and Zach tied the knot in front of a beautiful table meadow inspired by the bridal bouquet.
Lauren and Simon wanted a neutral colour pallet for their florals, with a wintery yet warm feel, perfect for their December wedding. This was achieved using a mix of dried pampas grass and fresh seasonal flowers, such as the gorgeous white anemones and latte-coloured roses, arranged in a relaxed, informal way.
A Tale of Two Weddings – Rebecca and Jamie at Baddow Park House
The team at Baddow Park House was privileged to be able to host the wedding celebrations of this special couple, who, after many months of having to re-schedule their wedding plans had become almost like family. Discover how Rebecca and Jamie felt about their incredible wedding journey with Baddow Park House.
Despite facing Covid -19 restrictions, Rebecca and Jamie eventually got to hold their long-awaited intimate wedding ceremony in May, and then, a few months later, in July, they held a large celebration surrounded by all their family and friends at Baddow Park House Wedding Venue.
‘Everything about Baddow Park was simply perfect; the décor and the gardens were stunning and truly luxurious, yet we felt so at home and so comfortable. The attention to detail and personalisation of the bedrooms made it feel like the most opulent boutique hotel (we really didn’t ever want to leave the bridal suite!
The gardens were so well tended and looked after that it wouldn’t matter what time of year you got married; they look fantastic all year-round.
The Orangery is jaw-droppingly beautiful and so unique to Essex, you won’t find another venue as stunning as this in the county (we looked at many before finding Baddow Park House!)’
‘Baddow staff quite literally offer a 5-star service; nothing is too much trouble – everyone greets you with a smile and they all do their utmost to look after you.
We were made to feel special by everyone there, from the wait staff & catering staff who serve the most delicious food & drink (our guests are still raving about our wedding breakfast months later) and our food tasting to choose our wedding menu was absolutely phenomenal.
I can’t not mention the stone-baked pizzas we had for our wedding reception, wow, the best-tasting pizza ever – we felt sad that we didn’t get to consume more of it as we were busy chatting to guests, only to find a box of pizza had been left for us in our bridal suite by the staff at the end of the evening… I can’t tell you how amazing that tasted at 2 o’clock in the morning! ‘
On Saturday 21st May, the staff at Little Channels were lucky to witness our very own Dannielle, Wedding and Events Manager, tie the knot with her husband, Spencer. After postponing twice due to the pandemic, we were so glad their special day finally happened.
Dannielle and Spencer had a lovely intimate ceremony and wedding breakfast followed by a big party in the evening with a BBQ outside in the flagstone courtyard.
The sun was shining brightly resulting in guests enjoying the wedding garden before and after the ceremony. Dannielle and Spencer hired a saxophone player (Paula Borell) who really set the atmosphere. It was lovely to watch the guests mingle, enjoy a drink, and listen to the music.
As you can imagine, there was a lot of pressure leading up to Dannielle’s and Spencer’s wedding day. Morgan was kindly asked by Dannielle to work front of house, which she was very grateful for. The day ran smoothly, and due to Dannielle’s and Spencer’s laid-back approach, the Little Channels team felt at ease and relaxed.
We asked Dannielle and Spencer questions about their special day…
Why did you choose Little Channels? We chose Little Channels because having worked there for many years, we knew exactly what to expect. The food is incredible, the staff are amazing, and it was like being at home.
What was your favourite part of the day? Our favourite part of the day was the evening. Just walking around when our evening guests had arrived and realising how blessed we are to have such amazing friends and family all in one place.
What was your colour theme? Our colour theme was light blue. We picked our colour over two years ago as our original date was in 2020 and we still loved it.
Where was your honeymoon destination and why? Our honeymoon was in Mexico. We booked here because we have been on holidays there in the past and absolutely loved it.
What was your first dance song? Our first dance song was ‘Never gonna be alone’ by Nickleback. It’s not your typical first dance song but that is why we chose it.
Do you have any tips/advice for couples in the process of planning their wedding? Our advice for the big day is to just enjoy it. Make sure you take time to soak it all up. The day passes so quickly and you’ll be busy, so set aside some time with your partner to take a little walk alone.
Photography by the talented Bloomwood PhotographyStock Florist: We at Stock Florist loved working with Bria and Ashton, ensuring all flowers were perfect for their big day. Congratulations from all at Stock Florist x
BRIA & ASTON’S ULTRA-CHIC WEDDING AT GREENWOODS HOTEL
Greenwoods Hotel is an elegant wedding venue in Essex, with three dreamy function suites, charming accommodations for guests, an award-winning spa and stunning gardens – cue the most incredible outdoor ceremony space! It’s no wonder that childhood sweethearts, Bria and Aston, chose this as the setting to say, ‘I Do’. This gorgeous pair met in school and are hugely family-orientated – which showed in their nuptials, with Aston’s sisters standing by her side as bridesmaids.
The bride-to-be got ready at Greenwoods Hotel with her array of bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding (with a bottle of bubbly at hand, of course), where I was on hand to capture the very special bridal details. Bria was understandably very nervous getting ready, spending some time with just her mum in the final moments before she made her way to the ceremony. The wedding morning is always such a meaningful time to document – the excitement, the happy chaos, the pampering!
The sun shone for the duration of their outdoor ceremony, where the couple exchanged their vows under a wooden gazebo that had been delicately decorated with florals by Stock Floris. Small bunches of gypsophila were tied to chic white chairs with grey organza ribbon, setting the scene beautifully and tying their colour scheme together. The groom, his groomsmen and the bridesmaids all looked stylish in grey attire.
After the newlyweds had made it official, it was time for the confetti moment. As a wedding photographer, this really is one of my favourite moments. You never quite know how it’s going to turn out and you’ve really got to be ready to nail the petal throwing. But you can always guarantee that everyone will have radiant smiles plastered across their faces, the photographs will be filled with love and the moment itself will be remembered forever.
As guests mingled and enjoyed canapés in the grounds of Greenwoods Hotel, I took the happy couple away for their couple portraits. There are beautiful backdrops aplenty here, so this elegant wedding venue really is a photographer’s dream! It’s easy to see Bria and Aston’s love for one another and it was a pleasure to steal the couple away for a few special moments together during golden hour.
Their reception space was an utter vision, with tables adorned with raised centrepieces overflowing with statement flowers, modern metallic chairs and matching silver organza ribbon. I adored their four-tier semi-naked wedding cake, with a fabulous cake topper of the couple! It’s the personal touches that really do make a wedding day memorable and I’ll always be on hand to capture these details.
Bria and Aston’s day was full of thoughtful touches that their friends and family loved, from their sweetie cart (which went down an absolute treat with their younger guests), a touching photograph table displaying pictures of loved ones who sadly couldn’t attend their wedding day and incredible speeches – cue all the happy tears!
After a romantic first dance, guests joined Bria and Aston on the dancefloor where they danced the night away, with a fun photo-booth, a flower wall and props galore. It was one of the happiest days to document and it was a pleasure to be a part of it. Thank you to Bria and Aston for choosing me to capture your love story!
Photography by the talented Hayley Jayne Stock Florist: We at Stock Florist loved working with Bria and Ashton, ensuring all flowers were perfect for their big day. Congratulations from all at Stock Florist x
This gorgeous wedding saw me back at the lovely Baddow Park House, my home from home! Megan and Will held their ceremony in the newly refurbished orangery, which with its airy space and art deco styling was the perfect backdrop for their day.
Meg had chosen one of my absolute favourite colour palettes. Her bridal shoes matched the stunning emerald green of her bridesmaids, which worked perfectly with her flowers- filled with soft peaches, blues and bucket loads of eucalyptus. The lovely ladies at Stock Florist really did outdo themselves with those beauties!
If you’ve read my previous wedding blogs from this year, I’d bet a fiver on you being able to guess who the ring bearer was when I mention him being of the four-legged variety! Yep, you guessed it, Ted the dog rocked up to steal the show. There was the slight mishap of misplaced rings before the ceremony began, and a subsequent mad hunt (can you imagine?!) however, we found them, and Ted got his moment in the spotlight!
After the meal (which was amazing by the way; this photographer was completely won over by the fact I got dessert! I’m easily pleased…what can I say?!) and some lovely speeches by Meg’s Dad Dave, Best Man Henry and Will himself, the reception kicked off. Lots of happy faces and a busy dancefloor, well busy except for poor Ted who at just 8 months old, was rather exhausted and conked out for the night!
I had such a great time catching all the special moments of your day and getting puppy cuddles, of course. Thanks so much for choosing me. I am wishing you both all the love and happiness in the world as you begin your next adventure as Mr and Mrs.
"I can't tell you how many compliments we got about our wedding flowers.
Thank you so much for coming up with such a glorious combination of stunning flowers."
We recently had the pleasure of working with Grace and Bradley for their wedding at Crondon Park. After our wedding consultation, we knew just how fabulous this wedding was going to be. The couple chose beautiful White Phalaenopsis Orchids as the bridal bouquet which was a true show stopper! The bridesmaid's bouquets were a combined mix of scented white roses and soft green foliage perfectly twinned in white ribbon.
The venue was decorated with our luxury tall fresh flower pillars and a stunning table plan covering the corners in roses and foliage. The colours worked perfectly with the venue and created a magical moment when you walked into the room.
The video and photographs were taken by Pauls Studio in Southend who captured the day perfectly.
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