Auckland Castle is quite something. Located on the edge of Bishop Auckland, it is drenched in history, and it’s that history that makes this wedding venue unique to the North East. The main castle has a number of beautiful state rooms in which to hold your wedding reception and civil ceremony – think very tall ceilings and endless grandeur – while there is also the most amazing chapel attached. St Peter’s Chapel was originally built in the 12th Century, and the detail is unbelievable (if you ever go, don’t forget to look up…). Not only that, you’ve got grounds that are quite simply the icing on the cake, and that lend themselves very well to a tipi wedding!
Yesterday (9th March) we exhibited at Unveiled Magazine’s wedding exhibition held at the Castle. We decorated the King Charles 1st room in opulent gold’s, while the Throne Room had four different tables to dress – we went for elegant and tall arrangements that complemented the size of the room perfectly.
When thinking about floral designs for this venue, we had to make sure they fitted with the style of the venue. The King Charles 1st room, even though it’s small, is still very grand, with big historical paintings embellishing the walls. Simply Bows and Chair Covers dressed the long table and chairs in Soft Gold, and to complement this we created a long, natural arrangement to run down the middle of the table in vibrant gold’s, muted yellows, garden browns and strong greens. Either side of the arrangement we placed tall gold candelabra, finishing the room off perfectly.
As for the Throne Room, the taller the better! We created four designs:
A martini vase with a posy on top filled with Memory Lane roses, deep purple lisianthus, emerald green salal and icy green eucalyptus, finished off with dried lavender tied around the base of the vase, placed on a round mirror with three tealights.
A flute vase with a ball of flowers in a selection of sweet, candy shades – Bridal Piano spray roses (our favourite flower so far this month!), Anastasia Star chrysanthemums, lisianthus, Sweet Avalanche Roses, gypsophila and icy green eucalyptus, placed on a mirror with three tealights.
A tall bark base with a large, flowing arrangement on top consisting of Bridal Piano spray roses, Sweet Avalanche roses, wax flower, Scabia seed pods, ruscus and lily grass, finished off with a scattering of petals and three tealights on the table below.
Lastly, an elegant silver candelabra with ivy twisted around and a posy at the base created from Grand Prix red roses, Scabia seed pods, wax flower and ivy leaves.
I’ll leave you with a selection of pictures below of our floral designs from this fantastic wedding venue and successful wedding exhibition – we can’t wait to start designing wedding flowers for Auckland Castle in the very near future…!