My son was married on Saturday and happily they managed their outside, fairy-tale wedding in sunshine, followed by a delicious meal inside. It was a lovely day, the bride looked gorgeous and everyone seemed chilled and happy.
David’s idea for the formal sit-down meal was that the table centres should look like trees, to give the impression of a forest and continue the outdoor theme.
I mentioned in a previous post that I had cavalierly suggested that ordinary glass vases could be papier-mâchéd to look like old tree stumps, covered with ivy and filled with vegetation. Unsurprising then that I found myself volunteered for the job. So over the last couple of months I’ve been gradually filling the lounge with my craft efforts. (It’s why I have been somewhat absent from WP). Naturally, some trunks look more realistic than others. I’ve had problems soften the shape of the roots without spending hours on them, but I found that adding ivy once they were painted helped the overall effect considerably. So here were all seven, before my son requested a further two vases to cater for a different guest table arrangement!
To fill the vases I planned on cutting some branches from our largest birch, some lime (luckily in flower and therefore adding scent) and to use some bare red dogwood and contorted hazel twigs that had been saved from spring prunings.
So way back when, to guarantee colour and longevity, I decided to make paper (crepe) flowers to wire into the arrangement. I looked up YouTube videos for fuchsias (you can find out how to do practically anything from YouTube instructions!), since these are a favourite flower of the bride and suit the colour scheme. They ended up decorating the dark trunks in fact.
I decided that larkspur would be a great fresh ingredient for the arrangements, because their flower spikes are long (the vases were quite tall in the end), plus they last so well without wilting or losing their petals. Furthermore, their pastel tones work well with everything else. Then, to add volume, I collected and dried wild oats and finally on Friday I cut some bolting parsnip, which has sent up wonderful, strong lime-green umbellifers.
Here’s another vase. You can just make out the lime flowers wafting their perfume about:
Since the arrangements were for the evening reception as well, I added some lights. And for the children attending (and because the bride keeps pet rats), I hung glass baubles, filled with toy mice snuggled in moss, on to the bare branches.
Here’s a shot of another filled vase/stump in the centre of a table. Strangely, although they are all filled with the same materials, they all looked completely different!
And below is a photo of most of the tables decorated with their vases, ready for cockery and glasses to be laid out.
Next morning we came down to a cleared hall, chairs on the tables and a long array of table centres, lights still twinkling on the side table:
So these are my vases for today. I’ve called them Ents (Tolkien, Lord of the Rings reference) in the title because my son loved those books and films, plus these trees have moved around a lot (Cambridge to Hampshire and back). I am cheekily re-using them to join Cathy for her In a Vase on Monday meme.
There are (thankfully) fewer trunks now that we are home, since several have been requested by guests, but these five decorate our patio for the time being.
To enjoy other crazy flower ideas and splendid arrangements do try clicking through to Cathy’s ‘Grease’ themed post and look at the comments. Meanwhile …
“I didn’t think it would end this way” – Pippin, LOTR