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Cornflower and fern flower crown // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

What a treat we have today, featuring an array of beautiful floral wedding ideas inspired by dreamy pre-Raphaelite paintings and a sprinkle of fairy magic from Cicely Mary Barker’s ever-loved flower fairies.

Shot against the evocative backdrop of Doddington Hall, an Elizabethan manor house in Lincolnshire, the floral designs were created by our friend Rachel at Catkin, using all homegrown blooms from the walled garden she tends to on site.

Peach coloured hydrandgea and fern flower crown // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

English meadow bouquet // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Moss and purple hydrangea flower crown // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Wild bridal bouquet of ox-eye daisies and cow parsley // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Pre-Raphaelite inspired wedding flowers // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Rachel is a long-standing member of the British Flowers community, so putting English grown, seasonal flowers at centre stage was vital.

The flowers she chose – garden roses, scabious, cornflowers, nigella, sweet peas, pinks, astilbe, larkspur, ammi and daisies – all contributed to the ethereal look Rachel was after, imbuing her floral creations with natural movement and texture.

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'pretty in pink' wedding cake decorated with garden daisies

This wedding cake completely won me over with its pretty charm and understated garden daisy decoration.  I think the daisies take me back to my childhood and making daisy chains and playing out in the garden.  Whilst the cake itself is beautiful made and iced, the fresh flower details are simple and down-to-earth, perfect for a garden wedding.

I would always advise having some kind of plan for how you want to decorate any elements of your wedding, including your cake, just so you’ve thought about it in advance.  It looks like you could just order your simply iced wedding cake and then throw caution to the wind and decorate it with whatever you found in the garden the day of your wedding, but for most of us it’s good to have a bit of an idea what you might like to use.

That way you can foresee any pitfalls – will the flowers wilt quickly and end up looking a mess? This is especially important I think when using cut flowers, they all have different ‘lasting’ times one picked, so it’s always wise to ask your florist or flower farmer.  Plus, you’ll want to ensure they’ve not been sprayed with any nasties as you’re popping them on something edible.

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I would never have thought that dried flowers could look so pretty at a wedding – but from the buttonholes, to the bridesmaids bouquet, and the wreath in the flowergirl’s hair, these dried yellow and white daisies are beautiful.  In particular I like the combination of the flowers with the pale coloured suit and dresses, and the oatmeal colour of the twine.

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So many pretty details from this handmade country wedding, plus a gorgeous lace wedding dress.  I’m loving the ceremony order of service, very similar to the style we went for.  And what a lovely combination of yellow and white daisy flowers with red roses.

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Simple white wedding cake decorated with herbs and daisies

A simple white wedding cake decorated with sprigs of rosemary, lady’s mantle and pretty white and yellow daisies.  Great inspiration to anyone planning on making their own wedding cake.

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