Summer weddings are very popular and, inevitably, whenever I am booking a couple for a viewing, the summer month dates crop up. For very good reasons, of course, not only the weather – 2018 has given us a taste of a balmy English summer! – but because family and friends tend to be more available due to school holidays..
I am always a little bit surprised however, when brides book us having viewed us in a different season from their chosen wedding date. Don’t get me wrong, this may make perfect sense for an urban chic wedding but if you are coming to see us you may well have in mind a country wedding, right? Well, setting the scene is all important – after all, how important is the garden in an English country house!? It is the backdrop for your photos – as well as the beautiful North York Moors, of course – and the flowers will colour your ‘blank canvas’ wedding with their tones and colour scheme..
There are of course some flowers that will be out the best part of the summer months – take this lavender trough in our walled garden – it’s a real colour trooper: having flowered week in week out since June the flowers have no intention to wilt any time soon..
Yet if we are talking roses, the landscape of our garden is changing fortnight by fortnight. So if you are planning a wedding in July at Chapelgarth Estate you may well have missed the deep dark red roses – gracing the facade in June – but you may well be in for a real treat if you are looking for pink rose petals.. This Bonica Rose Tree had us waiting all June with its tightly closed buds and yet now it is a real splendour – don’t you agree? It sits in the walled garden and it is there for everyone to admire – especially if you are choosing to have an outdoor celebration.. Equally, it makes a beautiful focal point for photos if you choose to have drinks in this secluded part of the garden.
If you are opting for Pimms on the lawn – with breathtaking views of the North York Moors – then you can still enjoy the dark pink and pale pink roses on the garden trellis – these will be flowering throughout July and we will keep deadheading them to keep them going longer!
The first splash of colour that your guests will see as they make their way up the drive is a row of Hydrangeas – they are only really coming out now – mid-July – and they will be getting bigger.. do bear that in mind.
While we understand that no bride should turn into a gardening expert, it may still be worth bearing in mind a few of these tips – they may well come in useful when you are planning your venue styling with your florist – or indeed when you decide on the colour-scheme of your bouquet..
If you like what you see do book in for a viewing soon – the good news is, we have still wedding weekends available in July 2019..
Happy Wedding Venue Hunting!