Four Weddings & Simon Lycett return for Comic Relief

Hero shot FMWhen Simon Lycett, at that time a relatively unknown florist, was invited to do the flowers for a low budget film back in 1993, little did he know what was to happen.

“I’d done a few Merchant Ivory films but on this one, whilst the script was hilarious I didn’t know anyone in the cast and knew the budget was very tight”  That last sentence a bit of an understatement given he did the whole job single handedly (including double designs for each scene to make sure they were fresh for camera) and even slept in his van to save money.

25 years later he’s been back on set to provide the flowers for the sequel to a film that didn’t just break box office expectations but is considered one of the most iconic and funniest British movies ever made.

Because the actors of Four Weddings and a Funeral have got together to film a sequel to raise funds for Comic Relief and Simon was invited back to do the flowers.

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Above: David Haig and John Hannah

Below: Andie MacDowell, Hugh Grant and Simon LycettBody shot 4Wedd 2Filmed in December - between Carol services and under a cloak of secrecy! - over 5,000 flowers were used to give the tiny church in Central London a lush, abundant country vibe and a totally contrasting “wedding reception”, filmed in an on-trend warehouse where tables were decorated with the ubiquitous mismatched and eclectic vase look so beloved of brides over the past few years!

Inside and out the old church in North London was covered in flowers ... and the odd red nose! 

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Beneath swathes and swags of festoon lighting, long trestle tables feature a myriad of flickering candles and a smorgasbord of soft romantic shaded flowers including roses and spray roses, orchids, hydrangeas and astilbe.

Simon was thrilled to have been approached by Emma Freud and Richard Curtis to join almost all of the original cast to take part in this iconic sequel in aid of such a good cause. As he was pinning buttonholes upon some of the England’s best loved actors, he admits he reflected on the fact nobody suspected they were working on a film which would become part of the British landscape.

“It’s incredible. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my career … not just because it did so well but because the whole crew were so lovely and very honourble people. Of course I said Yes and happily contribute to the project.” Because whilst Simon may now do the flowers for the rich, famous and royal, he never forgets the early days nor the power of flowers. “It’s fabulous that the Power of the Flower will contribute in some tiny way towards what undoubtedly will be an iconic Red Nose Day magical movie moment.”

Simon has donated time and flowers to make this happen. If you think you can help Comic Relief and the work it does please donate here and make Flower Power ever more special

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The luscious canopy of flowers ... oh so reminiscent of the 1990's