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  Today Im back to Flaxbourne Gardens Bedfordshire  where  Im the recommended celebrant   Weve a rehearsal for next Saturdays awesome wedding    Russ is driving me there CherishCeremonies added 11 new photos  Yesterday as part of my Challenge50 fundraiser I was a florists assistant to see what goes on behind the scenes on a busy wedding Saturday   

I got to Claires by 9am and it was already a hive of activity her car was loaded with beautiful flowers in purples creams whites  brides bouquet bridesmaids buttonholes table flowers in jam jars beautifully trimmed in hessian and lace     The bouquets and corsages were nestled in deep layers of crumpled tissue and after Claire had checked off her meticulously detailed list off we went to our first destination a village hall in Northants where we found the bride calmly adding the finishing touches to where the wedding breakfast would take place  The room looked fabulous  The bride was delighted with the flowers and hugged Claire as she said they were even better than she had imagined  and this bride has been dreaming about her wedding for years 

Then it was on to Priors Marston church to place the striking arrangements  they looked fab against the stained glass windows and the stonework  A quick watering a spray of some magic florist potion and a snip of a flower that didnt quite sit properly Claire has an eagle eye for detail and we were off to deliver bouquets  buttonholes and bridesmaids bouquets  to a bride in Banbury for her wedding at Cherwell Edge Golf Club  the colour theme had changed to pinks and white with lots of frothy gypsophila   Squeals of delight as they saw all the flowers  Claire loves this part of her job 

The bridal party was in the throes of having hair and make up done and there was a lovely champagne breakfast going on croissants a fresh fruit platter  but no time to dally we were due back at Hibiscus Floral Design  HQ to add finishing touches to the next flower delivery  Thank heavens Id packed bacon sandwiches and a flask of tea for us 

Next job for me was cutting strips of fabric for Claire to bind around the hand tied bouquets   The theme was teal and purple and it looked very effective 
The flowers were very striking with some amazing Calla lilies  

Claire added two little silver heart lockets to the bridal bouquet  These contained pictures of the brides grandparents  a lovely discreet way on your wedding day to recall loved ones who have passed away  There was a beautiful floral and pearl wrist corsage for the Brides Mum to wear instead of a corsage  

We also had a long and low arrangement plus vases of table flowers to take this time  as well as tea light candles to pop into glass votive pots  a job for the flower assistant

The car was carefully loaded up and off we went to  Ardencote Manor Hotel  Spa nr Warwick 

By now the sun had come out and Claires notes told her the wedding would be outside by the lake

First it was another delivery to the bride  more hair and make up going on and champagne being quaffed   They all adored the flowers  the bride shed happy tears as she saw her bouquet 

We set up the candles and flowers on the tables working alongside the chair cover and dcor ladies catching up with industry gossip as we worked

That done there was just time to take the table arrangement out to the gazebo where the bride and groom would say I Do at 2pm a selfie of Florist  and assistant and the final job of the day to pick up some wrought iron pedestals used at a wedding yesterday in the magnificent church in Kings Sutton   This meant ducking through a tiny low door climbing over a heating pipe to get the pedestals  

All done and loaded  back to Hibiscus to unload  Phew

Claire had still to sweep her workroom out wash out vases etc 

A florists life is busy and I really  enjoyed the peep behind the scenes being Claires Accessory    thanks for having me and for the generous donation to my Challenge50 campaign

Challenge50 Florist Wedding charity CherishCeremonies updated their cover photo  A very happy first wedding anniversary to Mr and Mrs Moody Helen and Dean who tied the knot a year ago on their lovely farm in Nottinghamshire 

Photo by the lovely Julie Moult of Flare Weddings
CherishCeremonies shared Marshmallow Madamss photo  Look at this lovely cake Annie Davies of Marshmallow Madams made  for brides with a sunflower theme how lovely would this be at your wedding CherishCeremonies added 3 new photos  Happy Anniversary to Angie and Claire who tied the knot a year ago today at The Whately Hall Hotel in Banbury    Dont forget to relight your Unity Candle ladies CherishCeremonies shared The Bond Companys photo  To all the Cherish September Brides or Grooms   and anyone else you know who may be getting married next month   How about it
  I earned another 10 for Challenge50 today  a lovely task giving Beverley of Ekko a hand and arm massage    Thank you Beverley  X CherishCeremonies updated their cover photo  This was Matt and Hannahs beautiful outdoor wedding at Flaxbourne Gardens in glorious spring sunshine in May this year CherishCeremonies added 3 new photos  Wheee  Im going to be a Wedding Florist for a morning   
As part of my Challenge50 fundraising for the British Heart Foundation Im helping out Hibiscus Floral Design  as Claires accessory  with wedding flower deliveries on Saturday 

Ive been longing to see what a florist does  I only ever see the gorgeous end results as the bride walks down the aisle with her bouquet so Im really looking forward to this task 
Here are some of Claires beautiful creations
  Another Cherish Ceremony script approved by the bride and groom  Really looking forward to Gemma and Darrens wedding at the Welcombe Hotel and Spa where Im proud to be the recommended Celebrant   Another donation in the kitty for Challenge50  I went to see Darren Bedding where we talked blogs blogging weddings    I passed on what tips I know on the subject   and heres the evidence a selfie pic in Darrens office  Does anyone recognise the bride and groom in the wedding photo on the wall  CherishCeremonies added 3 new photos  So do please scroll down and add a comment if you enjoyed reading this  it keeps my page visible 

Yesterdays wedding at Bordesley Park in Worcestershire brought together traditions from 2 countries Poland Marcin the Groom and Ireland Elaine the Bride

The Unity Candle is used extensively in Ceremonies in Ireland   Elaines parents lit the two outer candles made by Candles 2 Cherish  my tip top supplier to signify the start of the ceremony and their blessing on the marriage   We also used this time to briefly recall and honour Elaine and Marcins grandparents who have passed on   

Next Marcins parents gave us the bread salt and vodka ceremony in Polish and in English  The bread has a little well cut into the centre and salt and pepper are added   There are also vodka shots  

The bride is asked to choose the bread the vodka or the groom   She replies she will take the bread and the vodka and the groom to pay for them  

Both bride and groom taste the bread  which signifies plenty and abundance in their marriage  

The salt symbolises that life often has bitter difficulties  They then down the vodka it is a Polish tradition and throw the shot glasses over their shoulders

Later in the ceremony between the wedding vows and the rings we had the Celtic Handfasting  it is where we get the phrases tying the knot and the bonds of matrimony     Each set of cords are made uniquely for each wedding  We choose the colours and I source silver charms for the cord ends   

These cords had white I almost always include white or Ivory for purity and spiritual enlightenment  The green signifies the home abundance family and of course the green of Ireland whilst the red is the colour of love passion  and Poland 

I love researching traditions for wedding ceremonies  I hope youve found this interesting  Elaine and Marcins guests all did
  When a venue says you are the best celebrant theyve seen you know youre doing something right   chuffed 

Oh and I got cheered at todays wedding at Bordesley Park for speaking some Gaelic some Polish and some French     I shall be having a large glass of something bubbly tonight notlemonade   

I present Mr and Mrs Stachurski  who gave me permission to post this lovely photograph taken with them   If Dr Who did Dont Tell the Bride   Rory and Annmarie are now Mr and Mrs Schubert  The weather held the bride was late lots of laughter and tears    Annemarie looked beautiful the groom handsome  amazing attention to detail throughout   More to follow but for now a glimpse of the dress and a gorgeous wrist cuff made to match the dress from Angel Whispers Tiaras and More    How clever is this
CherishCeremonies updated their cover photo  CherishCeremonies shared Mrs Plops Shoppes photo  What a sweet idea for a cake topper   Today Im at Sedgebrook Hall  a new venue for me   Its Annemarie and Rorys wedding day  

The script for their lovely ceremony is printed their vows are simply amazing  there is a wonderful surprise built in    this wedding will wow their guests

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