woodland wedding

We’re huge fans of beautiful wedding flowers here at GreenAcres. Flowers can transform any wedding venue and in our gorgeous woodlands, they’re even more magical. If you’re trying to decide what flowers to choose for your big day underneath the trees then you’re going to LOVE this feature. We’re so happy to welcome the super talented Charlotte from Verity & Thyme to the blog today and yes, Charlotte is THE florist who created the amazing floral displays, bouquets and arrangements for our recent styled shoot.

So, without further ado, here’s Charlotte to answer some of our questions about woodland weddings and all things floral…

woodland wedding flowers

Are there flowers that are perfect for woodland weddings?
I think that anything with a bit of an unruly and wild nature is perfect for a woodland wedding – nothing too ‘prim and proper’! Spires of dainty spring blossom, a tumble of clematis or a bundle of rambling roses –  anything that looks like it has grown in the woodland and simply been picked and drawn together in a bouquet.
What would you recommend for each season in the woodlands?
In the spring it would have to be the bluebell (there is nothing more beautiful than a carpet of bluebells as a backdrop) or boughs of fluffy white and pink blossom for a truly romantic feel. Foxgloves are one of my favourite summer flowers and would be perfect for creating larger floral displays for a high summer wedding ceremony in the woodland, and as we move into the autumn I would recommend the abundance of jewel coloured berries that adorn the bushes such as ruby red rosehips. During the winter months when the woodlands are a little more sparse I try to include as much texture in bouquets and arrangements as possible, and I often turn to pine cones on the branch or sprays of hellebore (the winter rose) to add interest.
When planning their woodland wedding flowers, what do couples need to think about?
I would always suggest doing a venue visit a year before in the month you are getting married (if timing allows) to see what the surrounding area looks like and what flowers and foliage are in bloom/bud that time of year. You can then decide which elements you may like to pick out and use – such as colour palettes and specific flowers and foliages – and make decisions based on what it will hopefully look like on the day. We are so lucky to have such diverse seasons in this country, and I like to celebrate this as much as possible when creating woodland wedding flowers by choosing complimentary ingredients that will really show it at its best.
Are there any practical issues to be aware of when it comes to planning woodland flowers?
I think the obvious one would be a back up plan if you are planning on getting married outside in the woodlands! Lots of venues will have an alternative space indoors incase the heavens open (which they so often do in the British summertime!) and its always a good idea when planning woodlands florals to have arrangements/installations that could be easily moved indoors quickly if needs be on the morning.
Can you still rock the foliage trend in a woodland?!
Oh absolutely! I think it is the perfect way to compliment your surroundings and to echo the natural feel to the day – there are so many textured foliages found in the British woodlands that could be used in bouquets and ceremony arrangements to add interest and movement. For me, foliage is the key ingredient to relaxed and natural style bouquets so I would absolutely recommend going foliage heavy for a woodland celebration.
If there’s one thing that a woodland wedding needs when it comes to florals, what is it?
I would simply say lots of texture to reflect the beautiful array of wildflowers and foliages found in the woodlands, and as much foliage as you fancy.
Thank you so so much Charlotte – it’s such a pleasure to have you with us.
If you’d like to start planning your own wedding at either our Rainford, Chiltern or Colney woodlands, just get in touch.
Photography: Hannah Duffy
Creative Direction: Coco & Kat
Please click here for full credits from the shoot.