Georgina & Dan… Smedmore House… Purbecks…

This week Georgina tell’s me all about her holidays in the beautiful Purbeck countryside, being proposed to on Swanage beach, and planning their dream wedding with coastal views…

I’m oh so very lucky to be a wedding florist in such a stunning location… Most people think, poor you, having to get up so early every weekend to set up couples wedding flowers… Are you kidding! Early rising in the summer months is bliss… the sun is out, the birds are tweeting, there’s no traffic and I have the roads to myself, flying along with the windows down and the wind in my hair! The South coast has some of the best scenery, best country side and best wedding venues, and I get to see it all… A Purbeck wedding, is the perfect wedding!

Why did you choose Smedmore House as your wedding venue… Dan & I have always loved Swanage and holiday there 3 or 4 times a year at his parents holiday home. After the Swanage proposal there was no other option apart from a Perbeck wedding! We wanted a venue by the sea and after the first visit we knew Smedmore was the one. The drive into Kimmeridge village alone is idyllic with stunning views of the bay below… to Access this side of the Purbecks you need to climb a steep winding road which opens up to panoramic views of the coast… then you wind back down towards Smedmore house which is tucked away amongst a few hills, and again, with views of the see. With Smedmore you get to hire the whole place for the weekend, it’s great as all your family and close friends can stay all under one roof…

Tell me about your dress buying journey… Buying the dress was super easy, I knew I wanted a Boho look, something that was comfortable and chic, and super easy to wear…I’d found ‘Rembo’ Styling and knew this was the designer for me… I  tried on a couple of styles then went away to sleep on it… off the cuff, one day after work, I went in on my own, picked one and it was purchased in 10 minutes! For my bridesmaids I knew l wanted something summery & vibrant, something to compliment my vision of wild vibrant flowers…  I stumbled across the ‘last one on the rack’ and found these beautiful coral dresses… Coral literally goes with every colour, so that was that, stress free, decision made, boho dresses were sorted!

How excited were you about the flowers… So flowers were one of the most important things on my list…when I came to thinking about this I was so excited!!! I wanted bright, bold and wild!! And that’s what I got. After looking on your website and instagram, your style was just what I was after… I was able to get some real inspiration, and start to visualise how everything would look… you created the perfect wild flower combination for my bouquet… and the marquee was the wild flower statement we’d been dreaming of… The floral chandeliers were the main feature and brought our sailcloth tent to life…  

What was the best part of the days… Speeches, they made me laugh and cry… photos at Kimmeridge Bay with just me and Dan, and dancing the night away under your beautiful flowers!
I want you to know just how grateful we are for your hard work, putting together the most wonderful summer flowers we could of ask for. Not to mention the flower crown which was awesome!! We have had so many great comments from guests about the flowers, saying they were the most beautiful they’ve ever seen!

Venue… Smedmore House

Images… Courtenay Photography

Sail Cloth Tent … Coastal Tents

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