Style tips for a wedding at Godwick Great Barn
A few weeks ago, I asked Clare Lee of Lilyfee Floral Designs, whether she would be happy to tell us all about how she styled Godwick Great Barn for Wendy and Jan’s wedding in September.
Clare has real vision and I thought her ideas maybe good inspiration for other couples getting married at Godwick. Photos used here are courtesy of James Rouse .
I remember Clare saying to me she wished she lived closer to Godwick as she’d love to style the barn more often, but living close to the Cotswolds, Norfolk is just a bit too far. Shame, but you never know. Thanks Clare for your words, you really did create a magical scene at the Great Barn.
Here’s Clare’s words:
Wendy and I first met in the centre of London, a far cry from the tranquility of Godwick Great Barn. We chatted through her ideas, inspired by the Art Nouveau period. The colours were soft aqua, blue and cream, accented with silver. I sketched a soft cascading bouquet that I believed would suit Wendy’s lovely dress and the details were starting to come together, exciting!
The huge Great Barn at Godwick has the advantage of two distinct areas that naturally lend themselves to the needs of a wedding ceremony and celebration. To one end lower beams provide an enclosed, cosy feel. The rest of the barn is open to the old beams and beyond to the high wooden roof. The ancient brick walls of the barn are studded with the remnants of a working farm building. A huge metal wheel remains as a reminder of a bygone era. This area is vast, encouraging big ideas!
Wendy loved the gingko tree, which has a classic Art Nouveau fan-shaped leaf. Some leaves had already been sprayed silver and incorporated into the stationery. We decided to hire some gingko trees to place within the barn and I added some silver birch trees for extra height. The trees were a very personal detail for Wendy and an individual touch that worked so well as they added colour, texture and warmth to the interior space.
We hung a loose canopy of white muslin from beam to beam in the ceremony area and the walls were dressed with spray arrangements of Singapore orchids. I decorated the beams with green amaranthus and white lanterns. A ceramic pot on one of the sills was filled with white delphinium, calla lilies and roses, while a metal milk churn was placed on the floor and filled with green grasses, callas and roses. The registration table was simply styled with vintage bottles, pale blue delphinium and a special selection of antique books. Two olive trees marked the start of the aisle.
The table centres of white orchids in silver pots were surrounded by tin cans planted with herbs and baby plants such as eucalyptus and with silver candles. Fairy lights, crystals and dragonflies made the trees sparkle around the edge of the walls and also added extra light to the tables.
Finally, the doors were dressed with yards of white muslin and fairy lights and I placed two huge urns of blue delphinium each side to mark the entrance. The bar was dressed with more candles, orchids and the finishing touch of another milk churn filled with a mass of blue hydrangeas. Just as the bride had dreamed!
The barn was then ready, dressed in white drapes, orchids and delphiniums, the old walls were lit with candles and fairy lights. I believe we accented the incredible majestic space and made it personal for Wendy and Jan’s wedding day.