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A green-fingered couple rented an allotment to grow all their own wedding flowers

A green-fingered couple rented an allotment so they could grow all their own wedding flowers.

Tyler and Aimee Morrison, both 25, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, spent a year growing colourful blooms which adorned the guests, tables and venue at their nuptials.

Their flowers decorated the buttonholes of the groomsmen’s suits and even the confetti was made out of dried petals from their plot.

They grew poppies, dahlias, Cosmos, and sweetpeas, as well as plenty of wildflowers, including blue cornflowers.

Their countryside wedding venue was filled with bouquets, table arrangements, and a floral arch of 20 different types of pink, white, purple and yellow flowers.

They also had enough left over to dry and press them – so that they could be showered with a confetti of their own petals as they walked out of the ceremony.

Tyler and Aimee Morrison, both 25, from Salisbury, Wilts, spent a year growing colourful blooms which adorned the guests, tables and venue at their nuptials

A green-fingered couple rented an allotment so they could grow all their own wedding flowers. Pictured - Aimee at the allotment

A green-fingered couple rented an allotment so they could grow all their own wedding flowers. Pictured – Aimee at the allotment

The couple grew all the flowers themselves in an allotment they took on just twelve months before their wedding on, August 10th this year, after almost nine years together.

The couple described the gardening project as ‘a steep learning curve’. Tyler joked: ‘Up until we got the allotment, my only real experience of gardening was that I had killed a few house plants.

‘When we first got the allotment last summer we didn’t really have a clear aim in mind. It wasn’t our initial thought to grow the flowers for our wedding.

‘We’ve always had the ambition of being quite self-sustaining, and growing our own plants.

Tyler and his graphic designer bride, Aimee, threw themselves into their wedding project, growing 20 different types of flowers for their venue at Dean Hill Farm in West Dean, West Sussex

Tyler and his graphic designer bride, Aimee, threw themselves into their wedding project, growing 20 different types of flowers for their venue at Dean Hill Farm in West Dean, West Sussex

The couple would spend a lot of their spare time at the allotment - watering them in the morning and late into the night

The couple would spend a lot of their spare time at the allotment – watering them in the morning and late into the night 

‘Once we’d decided we’d grow flowers for the wedding, it was quite a steep learning curve.

‘We jumped in at the deep end. We had to prepare it all in the winter, so we spent quite a lot of time down there with freezing fingers.

‘Then as it got closer to the wedding, with the heat of this summer, we were quite often down there watering the flowers at 7am.

‘Sometimes we wouldn’t leave the allotment until 10pm. Most of our weekends were spent down at the allotment.

The couple described the gardening project as 'a steep learning curve' and they admit that before the allotment they only had a few house plants

The couple described the gardening project as ‘a steep learning curve’ and they admit that before the allotment they only had a few house plants 

Tyler admitted that minutes would 'definitely turn to hours ' at the allotment  and they ended up loving it

Tyler admitted that minutes would ‘definitely turn to hours ‘ at the allotment  and they ended up loving it

The couple collected the flowers after growing them and took them to their wedding venue for bouquets

The couple collected the flowers after growing them and took them to their wedding venue for bouquets 

‘Minutes definitely turn to hours down there – but we enjoyed it. We weren’t sick of it.’

He added: ‘So much can go wrong with extreme weather – some days we would go down there and find the ground as flat as a pancake.’

Tyler and his graphic designer bride, Aimee, threw themselves into their wedding project, growing 20 different types of flowers for their venue at Dean Hill Farm in West Dean, West Sussex.

The couples countryside wedding venue was filled with bouquets, table arrangements, and a floral arch of 20 different types of pink, white, purple and yellow flowers

The couples countryside wedding venue was filled with bouquets, table arrangements, and a floral arch of 20 different types of pink, white, purple and yellow flowers

The couple make their vows on their wedding day - surrounded by friends and family and all the flowers they have grown

The couple make their vows on their wedding day – surrounded by friends and family and all the flowers they have grown 

And the couple were certainly not short of ideas on how to use their flowers to decorate their wedding venue.

Tyler said: ‘In the weeks leading up to the wedding we collected loads of jam jars and dotted them around with flowers in them.

‘We also had a floral centrepiece on each table, and I built a wooden arch that we could decorate with flowers.’

In the weeks leading up to the wedding they collected loads of jam jars and dotted them around with flowers in them. Pictured - Aimee filling the jam jars with flowers

In the weeks leading up to the wedding they collected loads of jam jars and dotted them around with flowers in them. Pictured – Aimee filling the jam jars with flowers 

The couple grew all the flowers themselves in an allotment they took on just twelve months before their wedding on August 10 after almost nine years together. Pictured: Tyler watering the plants

The couple grew all the flowers themselves in an allotment they took on just twelve months before their wedding on August 10 after almost nine years together. Pictured: Tyler watering the plants

Aimee’s six bridesmaids and Tyler’s three groomsmen had bouquets and buttonhole flowers picked from the couple’s allotment.

And Tyler said the most ‘time-consuming’ part of the floral arrangements was drying out flowers and pressing the petals to be used as confetti.

He said: ‘Luckily we had more than enough flowers, and we got quite a good response from people.

The couple grew poppies, dahlias, Cosmos, and sweetpeas, as well as plenty of wildflowers, including blue cornflowers. Pictured - Tyler arranging them for the wedding

The couple grew poppies, dahlias, Cosmos, and sweetpeas, as well as plenty of wildflowers, including blue cornflowers. Pictured – Tyler arranging them for the wedding

Tyler (pictured at the allotment) said his favourite flowers to grow were the small, round poppy seed heads - whilst his new wife preferred the 'showy' flowers, like the dahlias

Tyler (pictured at the allotment) said his favourite flowers to grow were the small, round poppy seed heads – whilst his new wife preferred the ‘showy’ flowers, like the dahlias

Tyler admitted that the aim is eventually to turn the flowers into a small business as him and his wife have invested a lot in the allotment in the last year

Tyler admitted that the aim is eventually to turn the flowers into a small business as him and his wife have invested a lot in the allotment in the last year

‘Loads of our friends ended up pitching in to help us arrange the flowers, so it all went smoothly. It was really, really good.’

Tyler said his favourite flowers to grow were the small, round poppy seed heads – whilst his new wife preferred the ‘showy’ flowers, like the dahlias.

And the newlyweds don’t have any plans to stop there.

He added: ‘A friend of ours is getting married in three weeks and has asked us to do the flowers for their wedding.

‘I think the aim is eventually to turn this into a small business. We’ve invested a lot in the allotment in the last year, and the flowers always grow back after you cut them.’

 

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