Avington Park stands as an exquisite canvas for unforgettable weddings. Nestled in pristine Hampshire countryside, its timeless elegance offers couples a romantic haven where they can say, ‘I Do’. The stately 17th Century home boasts stunning architecture, opulent interiors, and enchanting gardens that provide a dreamy backdrop for ceremonies and receptions. Its rich history lends an air of grandeur, while versatile spaces accommodate both intimate gatherings and grand celebrations. From the regal Great Hall to the picturesque lakeside, every corner whispers of love stories. It was a pleasure to work with this dreamy couple to create their luxury floral design at Avington Park and I invite you to scroll through a snippet of their very special day…
“Guests absolutely raved about Fiona Curry’s sumptuous florals displayed throughout the Avington Park venue. She and her team brought our luxury wedding aesthetic to life exactly as we’d envisioned. I had to pinch myself when I walked into the ceremony room! Flowers were such a key element of our wedding that Fiona was only the second supplier (after the venue) that we hired. Throughout the months, she listened, gently guided, and never pressured us into ordering more – always cognizant of cost and budget. Fiona also prepared beautiful flowers for our pre-wedding event. And bonus: I feel like I made a wonderful friend in the process. From the bottom of my heart, Fiona, THANK YOU for making our wedding weekend the best of my life!”
Having worked at Avington Park a handful times, I knew how beautiful it was, which only added to my excitement of working with the soon-to-be newlyweds here. Hosted on Saturday 8th July 2023, the couple were graced with glorious summer sunshine throughout their wedding weekend. They actually began celebrating the day before with an informal BBQ and activities on the grounds of Avington Park estate, as they had guests flying in from around the world and wanted to make the most of their time together. My team and I arrived at the venue to decorate the spaces with bud vases, flickering candles and decadent arrangements that were dotted around for the guests to relax and unwind in. The King Charles room was the first room guests would enter upon arrival, so we wanted to make sure it had the wow-factor from the second they stepped in. The lovely Alice of Avington Park was on hand to help throughout the set-up!
Our beautiful bride-to-be was a vision, carrying a bouquet of pillow-soft blooms, including roses, peonies and white hydrangeas. She was wearing a strapless gown, which was the perfect match for her blush pink and ivory flowers. Her husband-to-be had a few buds from her bridal bouquet to pop into his buttonhole.
The stairs that led to the Versailles Room (where the ceremony was being held) were an opportunity to create a statement ‘aisle’ focus. On the day of the wedding, we entwined the stairs with exquisite blush roses, oodles of natural foliage and swathes of falling ivy – the epitome of understated elegance. There’s no doubt about it – the Versailles Room was utterly breathtaking and we so enjoyed filling the space with our signature tall clear pedestals and large billowing arrangements on tall glass vases that gracefully lined the aisle. As you entered the room, on the lefthand side was a stunning and vast mirror, which we artfully adorned with an arrangement of full blush blooms. At the top of the room, an additional huge mirror filled the space, which we styled with matching blush posies as well as tall blousy white delphiniums for an extra dose of glamour, drama and luxury.
After vows had been exchanged, my team and I returned to the ceremony space to repurpose some of the flowers for the reception, using the floral arrangements in the Orangery for table centrepieces. The mirror designs were delicately placed along the top table and on the floor, offering a natural look that looked as though the flowers were growing up the table. The other tables were dressed in pale pink tapered candles in glass holders, along with glass tea lights filled with light pink tea candles. A show-stopping, light and airy space, the Orangery had a seating area where guests could take a few moments to relax and soak up the wedding magic. To style the area, it was filled with furniture from Pippa at W Collection. Cushions and throws in a soft pink palette added a hint of romance to the décor – not to mention the guest chairs for the wedding breakfast.
The bride had fallen head over heels in love with our FCF signature cake flowers, ordering them in a soft pink shade for her wedding cake, which effortlessly became a focal point of the wedding day. It was an absolute joy to work with the newlyweds and to be a part of their elegant occasion at Avington Park – we already can’t wait to return.
If you’re looking for a luxury wedding florist to elevate your wedding day through elegant floral design, I welcome you to get in touch with me to discover my availability and services.
Catering: Kalm Kitchen
Cake: Dotty Rose Cakes
Music: Quattro String Quartet
Lights and Music: Farnham Sound and Lighting
Photography: Divine Day Photography
Planning: Pippa-W Collection