Cornwell Manor Open Day - Fiona Perry Flowers
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10 Feb Cornwell Manor Open Day

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Last Summer I was invited to showcase my flowers at the open day for  Cornwell Manor in collaboration with Table to Dine For and Vintage Gold China along with a host of other fabulous wedding suppliers.  For our “colab” we wanted to evoke the perfect English wedding in classic surroundings with a modern twist…

Linda, Mandy and I were really keen to use the beautiful walled garden just outside the ballroom to create our summer garden party tablescape.  In true Brit fashion we ignored the weather forecast and went for it, and boy am I glad we did the set up looked gorgeous and was admired by the visitors, bees, butterflies and the resident Maine Coon cat (boy it’s a beaut – no dog would want to mess with it).

Linda was so clever and inspired with her choice of linens – here she describes the look she’s going for in her own words: “Mix it up!” Different patterned linens in coordinating shades and colours creates a young and modern look! Add accents of gold for luxury and glass for a vintage feel” Couldn’t have said it better myself… no really I couldn’t. We wanted to bring the duck egg blue from the ballroom out in to the garden, so the blue on the napkins worked brilliantly. She gets it right every time – I love working with her.

When it comes to the flowers it’s always nice to think I’ve got a cunning plan and I sort of do but then this plan often gets overtaken by the sheer joy and passion I have when I’m gathering together all the materials and I can go off at a tangent.   I knew I wanted to incorporate some materials we could re use, so nestling in amongst the flowers are some strawberry, herb and jasmine plants.  The purple lilac in the garden was looking gorgeous and was ripe for the picking, it worked beautifully with the red charm peonies I managed to source, along with a plethora of other bits of lovliness , late tulips, alliums, astrantia, solomans seal, grasses…. I love to see texture and movement within the flowers it makes my heart sing.

I am rubbish at photographing my work, and it’s such an important thing to do. I’m so in the moment when I’m working that a camera is the last thing I think of.  I was so lucky that Kate Nielan was at the open day and very kindly offered to photograph the table for me – I can’t thank you enough Kate.

The open day was a huge success , the doors closed at 4.00 pm and the heavens opened at 4.05 pm -What Timing!

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