Roses, Retro & Vintage Glitz.

How to beat the post Christmas/January blues?

Get dolled up, head to the Winter Gardens in Ilkley and attend the B.E.A.Utiful Wedding of Dione and Paul! I must confess to being 100% biased as i’m lucky enough to call this stunning lady my friend (and godmother to my children), but this Wedding was gorgeous! Dione is known for being…well Dione! She knows what she likes and thankfully she has excellent taste! (esp in friends obviously!!)

So last week I gave you a little visual taster of the day and now here’s the rest…..Photo’s all courtesy of the lovely Donna at


Dione and Paul chose the Winter Gardens at Ilkley, an amazing back drop for their ceremony and reception. Dione has a love of Retro/Vintage details but also wanted to add some glitz in a nod to the theatrical venue and the winter season. We hung ditzy print bunting next to masses of fairy lights to create a magical effect that lasted right throughout the day.


The bride looked stunning in her Audrey Hepburn inspired, ballerina length ivory dress, birdcage veil and Tiffany (swoon!) glasses. The couple chose a mix of pastel colours for the flowers throughout the day but decided to keep the bridal bouquet in creams and pinks which complemented the girly retro look perfectly. Walking down the aisle to Elvis – Love Me Tender started the day off in a fantastic style.


Dione’s bouquet of Sweet Avalanche, Avalanche Roses, stunning Peonies and beautiful blousy Lisianthus.



To mark the ceremony area we created two massed round pedestals of stunning Sweet Avalanche, Avalanche, Cool Water and Aqua Roses with frothy Gypsophelia and Eucalyptus nestled in between.



For table centerpieces we created mini hand tied posies for over 100 jars, bottles and vases tied with cream and gold ribbons. Some jars were dipped in gold glitter to add a touch of winter sparkle. The tables were finished with wooden heart place names and Tunnocks Teacake favours and the quirky touch of hand stamped heart-shaped newspaper confetti. Vases, jars and bottles were placed all over the venue. Flowers, Flowers, Flowers everywhere being one of Dione’s first requests and I do believe she wasn’t disappointed.


We also created personalised ‘Pearls of Wisdom’ guest book tags which allowed guests to leave their best piece of advice for the newly weds.


We then danced the night away! In the flat shoes I was SO glad to have taken with me. A truly beautiful and personal day for this stunning bride, her adoring groom and this Florist/Friend or should that be Friend/Florist?!



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