Maybe because we’re English, we don’t appreciate the style of English eccentricity enough. This week’s wedding certainly did, as Olivia and Lars took the idea of a tea party to Alice in Wonderland levels in their own back garden.
It was the meeting of several cultures as the Italian Olivia married German Lars on the 6th of September. With the help of their wedding planners, Italian Eye, their guests were transported to a fantasy reception reminiscent of Victorian England. The newlyweds had taken ornate dressers and furniture from their usual indoor positions and placed them in their garden, whilst mirrors reflected back the scene and frames displaying pressed flowers added the finishing touch. Rather than laying places, vintage teacups were stacked higgledy piggledy in the centre of rustic tables, allowing the guests to help themselves to the relaxed piles of cutlery while Pear Drop catering provided the food. The newlyweds chose a naked cake to cut into together as man and wife, whilst The Andrew Kingsman Duo performed, their jazz music flooding the marquee and putting everyone in the dancing mood.
To add to the element of wonder so present in their wedding, Olivia and Lars chose to have a flower curtain of bright sunflowers suspended with lilac and gold asters, pale purple limoniums, and creamy gypsophila. This was a particular favourite of the guests, with Olivia reporting back to Divine that they all remarked on how beautiful the curtain looked. The asters and gypsophila were also woven into the crowns for the little flower girls, whilst Lars chose the sunflowers and limonium for his buttonhole, incorporating blackberries to give it an Autumnal twist. Olivia’s bouquet interlaced all these elements together, complimenting the casual beauty of her tiered skirt and vest top. Finally we created miniatures of the bouquet to dot around on tables in mason jars, with larger arrangements placed in vases on the dressers, adding to the illusion of being in an old fashioned sitting room that had magically appeared in the garden.
We were truly impressed by the inventiveness of Olivia and Lars’ wedding, the fantasy of English eccentricity made relaxed by the couple’s own garden being the venue, and the bride looking gorgeous in a laid back skirt rather than a dress. It was lovely that their two children could be part of the day, and it was clear to see the love that this family have for each other as they used their home to solidify their commitment to each other.
We wish all four of them the very best. Lots of love from us all at Divine!