Wisteria Inspiration For Weddings
These certainly are strange times. Collectively we are persevering and doing our part by staying home, while quietly planning our days around one hour of daily exercise. Mine is a brisk walk with my dog Lucy, chosen for her stamina. The other two are left at home because their legs are too short to keep up, but I’ll reward them with a quick walk around the block, and later I’ll invite them onto the sofa for a cuddle.
It was during my recent walks that I’ve been overwhelmed by the sight of wisteria. Thame is a very walkable and aesthetically pleasing town. Residents and visitors can relish in the gorgeous brickwork, colourful doors and of course plenty of houses and walls adorned with wisteria. I, of course, was left wholly inspired and had to get out my camera and capture what I could of these beautiful displays.
I’ve photographed a few weddings with wisteria, so I thought I’d share some inspiration in this blog.
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Venues with Wisteria Trees
If you have your heart set on wisteria at your wedding, then the natural thing would be to select a location with an established wisteria tree. It is no secret that one of my favourite venues is Notley Abbey. The site is located in Buckinghamshire, very near to my studio in Haddenham. However, that is not the only reason I love this venue. It offers one of the most remarkable settings I’ve come across. A historic Abbey with private grounds, sweeping landscapes, and gardens that would make any horticulturist gasp. What is more, if you book a wedding in May or early June, you can be sure to be rewarded with a beautiful wisteria tree in the walled garden.
Other venues with a strong Wisteria game include Hampton Court in Hertfordshire, Hamswell House in Bath and Burgh House in Hampstead.
Artificial Wisteria as Wedding Decor
If you are unable to secure a wedding venue with an impressive wisteria tree, then don’t despair, there are ample solutions for artificial, yet very realistic wisteria decor. Forget about the hideous plastic flowers of the eighties, and embrace silk flowers, which are easily mistaken for the real McCoy. Anything from a graceful arch for an outdoor ceremony, dripping in wisteria, to a bouquet or boutonniere.
A Wisteria Inspired Colour Scheme
If you decide to incorporate wisteria as a visible element in your wedding, then you must consider the colour scheme. If there are wisteria in the ceremony room and indeed as table centrepieces, then I prefer a nude colour scheme such as white, ivory or grey. You may choose to incorporate an accent colour of gold and silver. Just imagine bounteous wisteria against soft white with silver detail, or ivory and gold.
Other complementary colours you may want to consider are navy blue, powder blue, petal pink, lilac or mint.
You can’t go wrong with wisteria, and if you do have a wisteria wedding, then I’d love to photograph it.
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