Here’s a little throwback to one of the most special weddings we ever got to be a part of. Susanne and Alan met back in 2011, at Lee’s (the founder of Fields of Colour) husband’s birthday party. Both single at the time, they instantly fell in love and made plans to see each other the very next day. Eight months into dating they knew they were meant to be and decided to get engaged and got married two weeks before their first anniversary.
The couple initially considered the idea of eloping, but both of their parents and Susanne’s grandfather wanted to celebrate their love with them and a fantastic party – of which they are now very glad they did! Choosing Longmeadow as their venue was easy – an exquisite space to throw a wedding, it’s central, and it provided accommodation for the many out of town and overseas guests. With the groom’s side of the family being from Swaziland, and the bride’s family from Germany everyone was so excited to finally meet each other!
The brief to Fields of Colour was simple. The bride’s favourite colour was purple and that needed to be the focal colour, with varying shades of purple and fuchsia. Susanne also absolutely loved Singapore orchids and wanted those incorporated wherever possible – beginning with the design of the hand delivered invitations. She had a very particular look in mind for her setup, going for crisp white linen and white chairs. We brought in loads of candles, silver candlesticks with crystals, mirror base plates and huge silver bowls of exquisite flowers to create the look she was after, and did everything from the flowers to stationery printing, ribbon name cards, twinkling fairy lights, lawn games, hanging lanterns and table décor. All of the guests commented to the married couple how incredible the attention to detail was, something we strive for at Fields of Colour.
They were married on 14 January 2012 at Longmeadow in a beautiful garden ceremony decorated with loads of white hanging lanterns, and an aisle strewn with fresh rose petals. Susanne, an absolute vision, carried the most magnificent bouquet – a cascade of Singapore and Phalaenopsis orchids.
We used the most incredible array of flowers in her chosen colour range – from various orchids to roses, lisianthus, lavender and liatrus. It remains one of our favourite weddings to date!
During the reception the power happened to go off and one of the guests grabbed a guitar and serenaded everyone for an hour! Luckily, we had loads of twinkling candlelight, and this little unexpected hitch in the plan of events turned into the most special of evenings. A night filled with pure happiness, love, laughter and dancing.
The happy couple have now been married for seven years. Two beautiful little kids later, Fields of Colour have also done their birthdays too. What an honour it is to be such wonderful friends with this couple, and being able to watch this family bloom.
All photographs courtesy of Andrea Carlyle Photography