By Lucy Silverwell

Bea & Rhys’ Bright & Bold Festival Style Wedding

Summer 2018

Bea & Rhys

Summer 2018

Bristol, South West

Photo credit by Matt Willis Photography

Bea and Rhys married on a warm August day at the Bristol registry office

This was followed by a picturesque boat ride along the river Avon to Beese’s Riverside Bar, accompanied with bubbly, speeches and Spanish singing. Beese’s is known as one of Bristol’s hidden gems and is an informal unique wedding venue. Not far from the city it feels a million miles away, a riverside haven with stunning views.



Bold and beautiful blooms

Over coffee and cake, I chatted with Bea and Rhys about their love of bold colours and non-traditional wedding flowers. The couple, both lovers of festivals, had created their wedding invite like a festival ticket, with geometric graphics and bright colours. They were clear on what they did not like (which is always so helpful). I suggested a natural wildflower style, mixed with bold, unconventional architectural blooms….. and they were happy to leave the rest to me.

“I couldn’t recommend Lucy Coco highly enough. Wedding planning is a daunting business and finding the right professionals is key! I came to Lucy without anything clear in my mind, just a rough idea of colours and style (of basically what I didn’t like! – as I know nothing about flowers!) but she listened and understood exactly what style we were after.”


Bright blossoms and dried foliage

As a floral designer I love working with colour and distinctive blooms and this wedding didn’t disappoint. Brick red dahlias, orange carthamus, deep violet liatris, electric blue thistles, warm yellow solidago, ornithogalum’s and indigo cornflowers. Dried florals were used in abundance, as these add a whole new dimension of interest, but I will save that for another post! Amongst them were spherical yellow craspedia, gold wheat and yearning dessert amaranthus.

Bea wore her mother’s original Spanish wedding dress, a two-piece nautical vintage number. The colours included whites, reds and blues and a cobalt blue netted vail. Her bouquet was inspired by these. I used soft marble white and red dahlias, warm purple clematis and lots of foliage and herbs. It was bold and bright whilst also being elegant and petite.

I could not have dreamed of a more beautiful bouquet and venue flowers, they were PERFECT! Everything was designed with so much care and knowledge, I could have spent all day looking at my bouquet. Everyone commented how beautiful and different the blooms were and people took them home after the day to enjoy them for as long as possible!

The bridesmaid and flower girls had smaller versions of Beas bouquet which beautifully tied the colour palette together.
The buttonholes for the groom and best men were a pallete of blues and yellows. Little bunches of electric blue thistles, craspedia, scented eucalyptus, yellow solidago, scabiosa stellata, all finished with rustic twine. Rhys’s had extra thistles and craspedia to make his that little bit more special!


The marquee reception room was light and airy and have a festival vibe to it, nestled on the riverside, surrounded by woodland. We dressed the tables with large pickle jars and vases with bright asymmetrical floral arrangements. These matched the suspended colourful paper pom pom lanterns, bringing that bold, fun, and colourful brief that we discussed at our very first consultation to life!

This wedding was so wonderful to flower, working with so much colour, creative freedom and seasonal blooms, at a stunning venue with a lovely couple….…..It was a real joy.

“Thank you Lucy Coco for doing such a spectacular job on our wedding day.”

Bea & Rhys

Photo credit by Matt Willis Photography

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