It’s been a challenging 18 months for the whole industry, suppliers and couples alike, but days like this one are an excellent reminder of why it’s all so worthwhile. We had the absolute pleasure of working on Georgie and Michael’s Coos Cathedral wedding last month, using our styling and floristry services to produce a day with a modern boho theme and wild, organic touches.
But first things first, let’s address the elephant (or, more accurately, the cow in the cathedral) in the room: yes, this glorious, magnificent space was originally intended for cows. It’s a former barn – hence the name! And as much as we love our bovine pals, we can’t help but feel like its magnificent structure was somewhat wasted on them…clearly someone agreed, as it was converted into an events space available for hire from April through to October. With many of its original features still intact, such as the beautiful beams and alcoves, it’s a truly stunning space that can seat as many as 400 (people, not cows. Just to confirm.)
In fact, Coos Cathedral wedding venue is a unique blend of part barn, part chapel (again, hence the name). It’s also a perfect mix of an industrial, blank canvas space, where you have loads of flexibility to make it your own, as well as being pretty damn beautiful in its own right, meaning you don’t have to do loads to it!
Autumnal Coos Cathedral wedding
With all of this said, you can imagine our reaction when Georgie and Michael’s enquiry landed in our inbox. They wanted an autumnal vibe for their Coos Cathedral wedding, so we settled on a selection of deep, rich coppers, rusts, and terracotta tones, as well as some emerald greens and natural greens.
This colour palette translated particularly well to the wild, unstructured floristry that we created for Georgie, her bridesmaids, and the decor. Nestled amongst huge swathes of greenery and foliage, we used huge roses, dahlia, dianthus and grasses to show off their chosen shades. At the top of the aisle, we framed the venues’ beautiful arch with two tall floral arrangements, rich in both colour and texture. We also created two freestanding meadow arrangements for the floor, and in front of them placed a vintage rug and some pillar candles for finishing touches.
And of course: we couldn’t forget the ceiling! (The first rule of Gloam club: love eucalyptus. The second rule of Gloam club: don’t forget the ceiling.) This is especially true of a Coos Cathedral wedding, with its beautiful high ceilings. There are three cast iron hoops hanging down the centre of the space, one perfectly above the top of the aisle and one above the top table setting: we dressed these, too, with autumnal foliage, with trailing orange details. The chairs at the end of each row were adorned with boughs of eucalyptus to finish it off.
Of course, the bouquets for Georgie and her bridesmaids, and the buttonholes for Michael and his groomsmen, followed suit – and don’t they just look incredible against those silky burnt orange bridesmaids dresses?
Now, remember those meadow arrangements we mentioned for the ceremony? Georgie and Michael cleverly reused these to frame their top table for their meal, placing them in front of the table where they sat. They’d commissioned a neon sign bearing their new name to hang behind them, which we placed on our metal grid wall, and was flanked by their beautiful Cakes by Leanne cake on top of our wooden signing table.
Under festoon lighting, their guests sat at tables laid with stone coloured linen, amber glassware and warm taper candles, as well as floral arrangements in beautiful gold vases that brought a real pop to proceedings. Georgie and Michael had also had the super sweet idea to arrange a beautiful pet drawing to signal each table name and number.
Speaking of signage: the couple also decided on signage throughout the day in both warm tones and also uber modern perspex. Their welcome sign in particular was perspex, affixed to a copper frame with orange-coloured velvet ribbon and featuring copper coloured font. It was placed outside to welcome guests to the Coos Cathedral wedding, and we have to say: we think the raindrops on the other side make it even more special, to be honest!
Thank you so much Georgie and Michael for having us as part of your gorgeous Coos Cathedral wedding day – we hope you loved it as much as we did!
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