O'Hara roses, pampas grass and lots of gold detailing: how we dressed a PapaKata sperry tent for their 2019 Spring Open Weekend

We were absolutely delighted to be chosen as one of PapaKata’s hero suppliers for their Spring Open Weekend at Escrick Park. Our brief was to reimagine a wedding in one their fabulous canvas sperry tents using Pantone’s colour of the year ‘Living Coral’ and in PapaKata’s signature beautiful boho style - we were in flower heaven!

To stand out against the incredible oyster coloured canvas of PapaKata’s 14 x 26m sperry we created eight large round arrangements on gold pedestals full of orange, blush and cream coloured flowers. Arrangements on pedestals are particularly helpful in big, expansive tents like this one for drawing the eye upwards. It helps to reduce the space the eye sees between the beautifully dressed tables and the festoon lighting-covered ceiling. And the thin geometric style of the pedestals we used here means there’s more room on the table for sharing food, laughter and (hopefully) champagne!

We created a wild style of foliage, using pampas grass in hardy and dwarf varieties, curved coral fern, eucalyptus cinerea, and tall pink and cream snapdragons with their flowers barely blooming. Next we opted to add groups of coral and pink ranunculus, peach avalanche roses and lots of lovely little rose jana sprays - it looked so pretty!

To alternate between each of the pedestals we created smaller arrangements in shallow gold pedestal urns. For these table arrangements we included far more colour to stand out against the pale blue linens from supplier Just4Linen. Here we chose brighter ranunculus in sunset oranges and pinks. We added ferns and olive for additional interest as well as viburnum opulus, candyfloss-pink astible and even the occasional surprise pop of blue with hidden muscari.

We made sure there were beautiful flowers at every turn by creating two lavish floral columns at the entrance and above the bar. We mirrored the gradient effect of the urns and pedestals by filling the columns with bright pink snapdragons and true green viburnum opulus at the bottom turning to the pale yellow spray roses at the top. This is another of our great tricks for drawing the eye up and making sure your beautiful flower arrangements look as big and opulent as possible.

We hope you love the delicate photography of Lucy Davenport as much as we do! More of her work and PapaKata’s Spring Open Weekend can be seen on Rock My Wedding’s review of the event. If you’d like to see more of our beautiful sperry tent weddings read about Katie and Matt’s incredible tropical wedding or book a consultation - we’d love to hear about your wedding day plans!

Venue: Escrick Park; Tent: PapaKata; Photography: Lucy Davenport Photography; Flowers: Leafy Couture; Stationary: Lonetree Wedding Stationary; Tableware: Whitehouse Event Crockery; Linens: Just4Linen.