A heavenly wedding, far away from the madding crowd.

Jessie Copper :: Friday 10th January 2020 :: Latest Blog Posts

Over the past 15 years, wedding deliveries have taken me and my trusty van down probably every narrow, long and winding road in Dorset. But Katie and Alex's celebration gave me the excuse to trip over the border into deepest darkest Devon. What better excuse for a mid-week early morning jaunt? And to say this wedding was a corker would be an understatement.

Bridal bouquet photo by Rebecca Roundhill Photography


I first met Katie and Alex at my home when they came to discuss their flower requirements. They - along with almost all my other recent brides - have been extraordinarily understanding about the chaos that confronted them at our place; the mess that has been created by 2 long years of digging and house-building. Luckily my garden office is a handy nook to retreat to; a spot of seclusion to talk all things wedding.


Buttonhole and bouquet photo by Rebecca Roundhill Photography

Chagford in Devon was not somewhere I had been before and with a 2hr drive and a 9.30am delivery schedule to stick to, I was on the road bright and early with a coffee and the necessary driving snacks. But the drive into Gidleigh Park was something that I hadn't anticipated; it is truly breathtaking. A tiny winding woodland track lined with ferns takes you up valleys and down dips passing meandering streams crossed by quaint wooden bridges, further into the forested hillsides until you see the first glimpses of the house itself in the distance as you round a bend. A truly idyllic hideaway for an intimate celebration. Katie and Alex only had 20 or so of their nearest and dearest joining them, giving them a perfectly personal experience of their special day. 


Buttonholes delivered image by Rebecca Roundhill Photography

Image by Rebecca Roundhill Photography


Katie had her heart set on a flower crown with a woodland-nymphesque feel to it. Echoing the forested style of the location, we teemed locally-grown produce including larch cones, hellebores (the very last of the season... phew!), maiden hair and pink lady ferns, lily-of-the-valley and pale peach sweetpeas with Dutch grown astrantia and wax-flower. Such a pretty dainty look, brought together beautifully with a hair-do (not to forget that beautiful face), both by Laura Elisabeth Make-up Artist


Flower crown including hellebores image by Rebecca Roundhill Photography

Bride getting ready image by Rebecca Roundhill Photography


For her bouquet, Katie had really firm ideas about what she wanted, mainly drawn from a picture she had of her 'dream bouquet'. I'm always in a bit of a quandary when someone has a picture of exactly what they want. I consider my job to be about creating a totally bespoke bouquet for each client, rather than recreating one that someone else has designed, and so I try to walk the fine line between echoing the ideal whilst also adding personal touches to make it unique to them. Judging by Katie's reactions, I think I got it spot on.


Bouquet created from brides drawing image by Rebecca Roundhill Photography

Brides bouquet with trailing amaranthus image by Rebecca Roundhill Photography

Again a combination of local seasonal blooms and Dutch imports, the 'Duchesse' peonies, raspberry scabious, Queen Anne's Lace, hellebores, jasmine and scented stocks were set off wonderfully by the trailing amaranthus. The softest of hand-dyed silk ribbon was supplied by Cheryl at Silk and Purl.

All the images in this blog were captured dreamily by the wonderful Rebecca Roundhill Photography who I hadn't worked alongside since Lynne and Simon's wedding years ago!  (see previous blog here) Her work is phenomenal and she certainly worked her magic for Katie and Alex. 

I shall leave you to float through a few more of these beautiful images now, and stop my whittering on..... enjoy!


Wedding couple with bouquet with trailing amaranthus, image by Rebecca Roundhill Photography

Bride with floral crow and bouquet image by Rebecca Roundhill Photography

"Our guests commented that our flowers were the best they'd ever seen at a wedding! The process of working with Jessie on our arrangements was so enjoyable too. We discussed our wish for a bouquet that celebrated the season, our venue and was inspired by a much-loved Pinterest image. Jessie took all our ideas and produced flowers that thoroughly met our specifications. I will associate the smell of the stocks, peonies, jasmine and lily of the valley with our special day forever. Many thanks! x "

The Bride    

Spring wedding image by Rebecca Roundhill Photography

Wedding photo in the spring flowers mage by Rebecca Roundhill Photography

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