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A Flower-filled Shoot at Fetcham Park

“I wanted my shoot to make a statement. I wanted it to speak volumes about the florist I am.” When Paula Rooney was hunting for a venue that would be a suitably impressive backdrop for her flowers, Fetcham Park was the obvious choice. “I knew a lot about Fetcham Park and Laura’s Instagram images of the house are always so beautiful. It was the perfect place for me.”

With twenty years of experience and a career that’s included time on the QEII, decorating Claridges for Christmas and working with The Real Flower Company, Paula has been running her own business for four years now. “I just love weddings. It’s the bride’s face in the morning when you give her the bouquet and when they see the venue and see everything in place, looking amazing. That’s just fabulous.”

So, come the day of the shoot, what did Paula make of Fetcham Park? “It’s breathtaking. I love how different the Hall is to the rest of the house and everyone there is just so lovely. But the Salon, wow! That’s my favourite part of the house. The ceiling, the chandelier, the walls, the gold and the beautiful fireplace. It’s just gorgeous!”

“I loved everything about my shoot at Fetcham. I loved seeing it all come together and I loved Carey Sheffield’s images and video. It was a great experience.”

Before we leave you to enjoy the beautiful shots from Paula’s shoot at the house, we thought we’d ask her for a little bit of insider information so here are some wedding day tips and 2014 trend tip-offs.

“Fetcham Park is a florist’s dream so if you’re lucky enough to be getting married there, you can do almost anything you like in the Salon! It doesn’t need much flower-wise but one or two knockout arrangements would look amazing. Go for bold colours in the hall to counteract the darker tones of those stunning murals and definitely include lots of candles. I’d love to dress the fireplaces as well because they’re lovely and such focal points.”

“As for the day itself, I think it’s really important to take a few minutes out together to take everything in. Definitely try and see your room set for dinner before all the guests have sat down because you won’t be able to see all the details then! All those things that you’ve planned so carefully, don’t miss seeing it all come together.”

“I love Lily of the Valley and Muscari but I don’t think you can beat roses for romance. For 2014, I think we’ll be moving back to big bold colours and big waterfall bouquets that will really complement the floral crowns we’ve been seeing recently. I think there’ll be more foliage too. It’s going to be gorgeous!”