I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Emily and Rupert (aka… Mr & Mrs Concker Gin) for many years. As some of you may know my studio is right next door to their distillery here in Southbourne… the scent of gin flowers is a pretty alluring combination I can tell you! I was honoured when they asked me to be their wedding florist, not just because I was close by and they knew me, but because they love all things natural and rustic…
I asked Emily and Rupert about what look they were after?… “We wanted a natural wild, outdoorsy feel with lots of foliage. So often we walk past and see your work, so we knew you were the one”. One of the ingredients used to brew their Gin is Gorse, grown and foraged right here on the cliff tops of Southbourne, so mustard yellow was a big feature in the wedding… Rupert really liked dried, natural seed heads and textured elements like thistles… Emily had chosen a dusty lavender bridesmaids dress, so she asked for hints of this colour too, and they left the rest to me. Emily’s bouquet was super rustic and wild, I loved it, it represented everything I’m about. Her little girls had super cute bundles of daisy’s to complement their little yellow dresses… floral jars lined the aisle, leading to a wow factor moongate covered in textured foliage, fresh hops and splashes of bright yellow solidago, creating the perfect back drop to the lake where they had the second ceremony of the day. “You produced the showstopping flowers that we adored and it really finished off the day”.
I asked them Why they chose this location… “Sopley Lake is a stunning location Because it’s by the water. The lake was the perfect place for us to say our vows in front of all ours gusts, it felt special. We actually got married at High Cliffe Castle in the morning with just a few family and friends, we wanted the main event to be at the lake. The best bit was we had the entire place for two days, and all of our friends and family could stay together on site in yurts and camping. It felt secluded and private but also gave us enough space to create an intimate wedding. Even though we invited 120 people!! We had a massive barbecue the following day, which was such good fun, it was nice to have that extra day to soak everything up and relax a little”.
How easy was it to find your dress?… “Well that was REALLY difficult. I struggled to find one that I liked. I was worried about Rupert liking it, I hated the idea of being centre of attention and everyone looking at me. I felt this huge pressure to look beautiful. I ended up taking some buddies with me for support, their help and encouragement helped me confidently find a dress that I liked. I didn’t want anything too flashy and sparkly but still wanted a bit of a show stopper. This one ticked all the boxes, and it complemented my figure”.
How would you sum up your day?… “Every moment was special, being with everyone I absolutely love was amazing. Rupe was such a gent. Kids were absolutely adorable. Everyone was so happy! The food was lush too and so much of it. Dancing was phenomenal and we partied into the night! I just wish we could do it all over again”.
Photographer – Charlotte Razzell