A Stunning Summer Wedding for Sue and Steve at the Crown at Ampney Brook
A summer wedding. Sue and Steve chose the Crown at Ampney Brook because they loved the laid-back, relaxed feel of the venue. Further, the location was ideal for their celebration. It boasted ample inside space to celebrate and enough outdoor space with a beautiful little bridge for those fabulous photos.
I met Sue and her sister Tracey, at The Crown and the three of us hit it off at once. We explored ideas, shared inspirations and discussed colours, fabrics, décor, centrepieces and flowers for the wedding party. In fact we had a glorious time chatting everything weddings – so much so the coffee got cold! And we all went away with homework to do. Me to create the proposal for the venue decor and wedding florals and Sue to make decisions on colours etc.
But, before the wedding could happen the venue closed for extensive renovations. After much thought, Sue and Steve put their plans on hold and decided to wait for it to reopen.
As it turned out, that was the best decision they could have made. For the transformation from the original décor of the hotel to its refurbished look was a breathtakingly beautiful one. Indeed nothing remained of the ‘before’. The flooring was new as were the walls and ceilings, bridal suites and guest rooms. Everything was stone and wood with gorgeous details everywhere.
The Wedding Day
Sue stunned her groom in her full length lace bridal gown. While Steve cut a handsome dash in a blue three-piece-suit with light blue tie. The bridesmaids wore dresses with a subtle baby blue chiffon skirt and silver sequinned bodice.
It so happened that the summer of 2022 was the hottest on record for decades. Not a cloud in sight to spoil these visions of loveliness.
The Fabulous Functions team arrived at The Crown and installed the white draping around the bar so it wasn’t a feature in the ceremony and wouldn’t appear in the photos. We removed it after the ceremony to allow the serving of drinks. Then we placed lanterns in the aisle to the ceremony table and a gorgeous long low arrangement on the registry table.
The Table Decor
The lovely rustic trestle tables we arranged in a banquet style setting with four rows and guests setting on both sides of the rows. This style of setting works well in this venue and created a convivial setting for a summer wedding.
We used ruched chiffon runners along the length of the tables. And we then set in place small glass vases with arrangements of fabulous fresh flowers in Sue and Steve’s colour palette of blush pinks, blues and creams.
Next we placed clear glass candle holders and elegant tapered candles along the centre of the tables in-between the floral arrangements. We also added loads of clear glass tealights holders and tealights. There were multi levels of details and interest along the length of the tables.
Sue also chose us to create her wedding florals. It was such an honour that she entrusted us with both décor and wedding florals. But it helped us ensure that the flowers used for both the wedding florals and centrepieces complemented each other.
We loved the personal touches created by Sue’s sister Tracey, who made the delicious wedding cake. And Sue had a charm made with photos of both her and Steve’s Mums to add to her bridal bouquet.
Sue had selected a romantic blend of blush pinks, subtle baby blues and creams. So a beautiful bouquet filled with hydrangeas, roses, nigellas, lisianthus, thistles and a whole host of other beauties was the order of the day.
While we’re talking about bridal bouquets why not check out our blog about the bridal bouquet?
The table arrangements also featured these flowers and were all so very different in their design and composition. The mix added to the details for each table. The aim of course being to create a beautiful sight to delight the eyes add lift the heart.
Sue and Steve placed in us great faith to create for them a magical place for a summer wedding. One where they’d make their commitment to each other and celebrate with their nearest and dearest.
Thank you so much Sue and Steve for entrusting a summer wedding vision to us. We wish you a long life together filled with much happiness and sunshine.