I first met Sally in April 2012 when she came for a consultation with her future Mother-In-Law to discuss her Wedding flowers.
We discussed all the possible options and colourways to blend with her theme and came up with a scheme to include the hanging lanterns on the tables at the venue that she had seen and liked. For her bridal flowers Sally decided she wanted to incorporate Peonies, one of my favourites, Phalaepnopsis Orchids, Vendella Roses and Bouvardia, and was specific that she wanted a very narrow shower Bouquet, the Bridesmaids flowers had a similar combination without the Orchids. I am so pleased that Sally was thrilled with her flowers.
We had many discussions, emails and a couple of meetings since that day and I felt I had really got to know Sally and was able to interpret and visualise the ideas she had in her mind. The big day came round so quickly, and I was happy to see that it was a warm and sunny day. I arranged for Sally’s Bridal Bouquets to be delivered to a Hotel in Ruislip where Sally had spent the night, whilst I concentrated on displaying the floral designs at the Grim’s Dyke Hotel in Harrow.
The Grim’s Dyke Hotel was bought in 1890 by W.S.Gilbert, the famous dramatist and librettist partner of Sir Arthur Sullivan, it remained his home for over 20 years until his death in the lake. Afterwards it achieved awards for its gardens, was a sanitorium and hospital, the site of secret World War II projects, became a film set for Hammer horror films, and the location for many well known T.V. shows up to the present. In 1996 the Melton Medes Group undertook a £3 million restoration of the exterior and refurbished the house under the supervision of English Heritage to create the delightful hotel and restaurant it is today.
I was particularly impressed with the very pretty gardens and the huge colourful Rhodedendrons that lined the driveway.
From a decor point of view there were some lovely original features such as the enormous marble mantelshelf with bearded men, which we draped with foliage and flowers.