Wedding floral display draws visitors to Mid-Norfolk church

Visitors from as far afield as Lincolnshire travelled to the heart of Norfolk to see wedding flowers by an international designer.

Lewis Miller came over from the United States with colleagues from Sixth Avenue, New York to transform St Mary the Virgin’s Church at Beeston next Mileham.

He arranged the flowers for the wedding of Laura Parris and Charlie Rawkins and also did a number of arrangements for the reception at Kempston Lodge, near Mileham.

His floral design studio has an “A” list of clients from Vogue to the Museum of Modern Art. Mr Miller was asked by the bride’s mother if he would come to Norfolk to decorate the church for the wedding.

His choice of natural colours was especially striking and notably the floral arch over the porch, which included hedgerow plants and greenery.

The altar display was again quietly dramatic with strong use of white and blue.

Visitors were asked to make donations for the Norfolk Churches Trust and also Beeston church. Mrs Holly Gold, who is a NCT trustee, arranged for the decorations to be left in the church after the wedding.

Churchwarden Mrs Wendy Carter said that many visitors had clearly made a point of visiting to look at the designs over the recent bank holiday weekend. Her particular favourite was the floral arch, which must have been a delightful entrance to the church.

And the bride, Laura, also loved the flower displays, which were just so appropriate for a traditional country church. “I’m just so grateful and the weather was perfect too for the wedding,” she added.

Photographs:  Tom Butler-Stoney