Chloe & Tom - Thorpe Garden
"Alexa, what is the meaning behind yellow roses"
"Yellow roses are often given to loved ones as a way to bring joy and cheer. Due to the yellow rose's bright colour, many attribute it to the warmth of a sunny day, and rightfully so. It's an absolute beauty to behold, bringing happiness to all who receive it. Furthermore, yellow roses are said to symbolise friendship."
For Chloe... Yellow Roses were there to remind her of a loved one.
Chloe and Tom chose the delightful Thorpe Garden for their Summer wedding back on July 10th 2021, the sun shone beautifully on our gorgeous couple as they tied the knot in a spectacular outdoor ceremony in the venue grounds.
For anyone thinking of a yurt wedding, Thorpe Garden is the perfect location. Located in Staffordshire, in the heart of the West Midlands, Thorpe Garden is owned by the popular Cripps & Co, a family run business who specialise in beautiful barn and wall garden restoration in order to create some of the most breathtaking venues in the country.
Team Rustic have styled many venues in the Cripps & Co portfolio so it was such a joy when Chloe and Tom asked us to style their wedding, especially when we saw how much glorious space we had and of course, it goes without saying - that incredible sky light stretching across the sky line of the yurt.
Chloe and Tom came to us with their vision of creating a fairytale venue full of greenery and fairy lights - it was a BIG original vision and required a significant amount of preparation time in order to reach their final goal and make sure we made their dream day a reality - Team rustic had to hire in a few little helpers on the day but we certainly pulled it off!
The couple wanted their floristry design to feature heavily in the styling plan, they decided on an abundance of beautiful mixed foliage with white and yellow roses - a personal touch from the couple that came from the heart and had a special meaning for them. They also asked for metallic touches to add the perfect finishing touches so we decided on gold for the perfect complimentary metallic to their palette.
No detail went unnoticed which is why we needed one of our biggest teams yet. Including two freelance florists, a grand total of 8 stylists headed off to Staffordshire after packing up 4 vans full of foliage, florals, chair drapes, signage and table props ready to create a perfect showstopper of a wedding.
Whilst the florists did their thing and set to creating both indoor and outdoor displays, Team rustic split into two teams and began working on creating the decor inside the yurt and the ceremony space. No area was left unturned.
We used our white foam board signage on an easel, laced it with foliage to welcome guests to the venue and filled the whole of the long entrance walkway path with almost 100 jam jars & tea lights and silver lanterns to lead the way to the outdoor ceremony area.
The ceremony was held outdoors to take advantage of the Summer weather and the masses of garden space that the venue has to offer. We lined the chairs and edged the aisle walkway with masses of scattered white rose petals and used our large modern lanterns as pew ends to create a beautiful walk to remember as Chloe met her future husband at the summer house that had been adorned with some of the most beautiful floral design by our other freelance wizard Katie Alice Floral Design. Before guests had even seen inside the yurt, it was going to be obvious to them that this was no ordinary wedding!
Following the ceremony, the guests were welcomed into the walled garden area through the cast iron gates featuring a huge floral display created by our other freelance helper Thistlethorpe.
Styling the yurt was a big job but, we got to work and began by adding a crisp white curtained entrance & a white chiffon chair drape to each chair, with a simple ribbon and foliage sprig for added details.
The guests ate their meals from trestle tables decorated with incredible foliage and floral centre pieces sitting on top of our white table runners that met the floor. The centre pieces not only looked fantastic, but smelt fabulous. We added our glass gold reef charger plates, a soft grey folded napkin and a handwritten table name for each guest - of course, it goes with out saying that we added a sprig of foliage to each place setting because we all know - attention to detail is everything!
We carefully placed pillar candles and our gold terrariums for the all important candle display in amongst the centre pieces. Although the yurt had an exposed sky light, candles are by far the best way to add that touch of romance and elegance to any setting so we were over the moon when our couple opted for the terrarium style.
Our couple wanted to create a showstopper top table and make it really stand out, and so we created the most beautiful backdrop for them using our wooden frame arch decorated in all of the florals with a hanging neon sign.
We mirrored the guest table design but went a little "extra" with the floristry design and deconstructed it slightly to make it drop down towards the floor and added more roses. Seeing photos of Chloe and Tom as newlyweds at their table makes our heart sing - we are so proud to have created something so beautiful.
Our floristry team also continued adding more and more greenery to the venue throughout the set up and then when they thought they were done, they added even more. There were thick greenery garlands over each of the yurt windows, trailing stems from small ceiling windows and even added garlands with trailing stems to the hanging beams in the roof of the yurt.
We of course, didn't stop there. Chloe and Tom wanted to make their day as personal as possible which included their table plan and, as keen travellers, have been to some incredible holiday destinations. The table plan was set on a back drop of a world map with each table named after a country they had been to, including my personal favourite - Croatia.
It wouldn't be a Team Rustic wedding if we didn't set up a "station" or two and so, we created a card station using our white greenhouse card box, table runner, guest book and of course, more foliage.
We set up a second station for "dancing feet" at the couples request and made a flip flop display which went down a treat. There was also a sparkler station, a sweetie station for the young ones who were also treated to outdoor games and a station for cup cakes which leads us to the dream of a cake table.
Chloe and Tom made our cake table dreams come true when they gave us the brief - you all know by now that we hate to see a neglected cake. Their four tiered cake was set on the most beautiful gold, riser table from Bramble Sky and perfectly placed centre stage amongst masses and masses of trailing foliage and the most delicate white blooms in abundance.
We loved every second of styling this wedding for such a wonderful couple who were a dream to work with and trusted us all to make their dreams come true. It goes without saying that this wedding was one of our biggest jobs but one we are so incredibly proud of.
Mr and Mrs Jelley, thank you for choosing us as your wedding team. As it fast approaches your first year of marriage, we would like to wish you all the love and happiness in the world.
x x x
Photographer credit to - Katie ingram Photography
Venue - Thorpe Garden
Please note - we are fully booked for styling for 2022 but our diary is open for 2023. Many of the items in this blog post can be hired, you can download our hire brochure for free on our website