In the hustle and bustle of busy city life in London, there is a tranquil little gem, Clifton Plant Nurseries. It is a like a little secret garden and has the most beautiful palm houses, so when Helen from the Wedding Bazaar contacted me with her vision for a shoot there I jumped at the chance to collaborate.
“Having such a glorious floral oasis for a backdrop, we really wanted the whole shoot to ooze elegant charm. The colour palette focused on pale pinks, yellow with a hint of blue and the wonderful foliage throughout the shoot offered up various shades of green. All of these contrasted beautifully with modern metallics. Unstructured floral arrangements and lashings of foliage were the order of the day when it came to the blooms and the lovely ladies from Hiding In The City Flowers and Friend of Faux really delivered. For the first bridal look they created a beautiful hand tied, asymmetrical bouquet featuring roses, anemones, ferns, tulips and hypercium fastened with the softest silk watercolour ribbons from Kate Cullen. This created a fresh, stylish bridal look when paired with a fitted Sharon Hoey gown and sheer silk kimono from Violet & Wren, which we cinched in at the waist with an ornate, gold floral bridal belt from Freya Rose. To complete the overall bridal aesthetic, hair and makeup artist Leila kept model Lucy’s makeup fresh with neutral eyes and a flushed cheek. Lucy has the most amazing tumbling brunette locks so Leila plaited them and created a braided up do adorned with fresh flowers. A nod to the gold opulence came in the form of delicate gold bracelets from talented jeweller, Alex Monroe.
For the final look we wanted to create a less structured more care free statement with the bride’s style so we opted for the most gorgeous pink orchid print silk camisole from Violet & Wren completed with a full tulle circle skirt from Sharon Hoey. We gave the bride height by adding gilded heels from Freya Rose and incorporated intricate necklaces of varying length to compliment the whimsical nature of the look. Leila created a loose braid for the second bridal look and weaved fresh blooms and foliage amongst the plait. The talented Laura of Yolk created the most exquisite cakes and hand painted biscuits which we lovingly styled on a rustic drinks cart with our pretty paper products. De Winton Paper Co carried through our love for all things botanical in a fern and foliage invitation suit and it was wonderful to include some of the original botanical paintings for inspiration within the shoot. Our suite consisted of an invitation, RSVP card, menu and thank you card. The suite continued through to our tablescape with a name card adorning each place setting on the the intricate tableware was provided by Duchess & Butler, purveyors of the most beautiful crockery you ever did see. We created a top table layout with their handmade ceramic floral lace design accompanied with gold cutlery and the finest crystal goblets in blush hues. A fern table runner adorned the centre of the table with pale pink crystal candleholders nestling in amongst them. Above the table was the most glorious floral installation created using and abundance of lush ferns and foliage. Copper pots hung from this, overflowing with blousy blooms in a variety of pretty pastel shades. It really was a beautiful botanical feast for the eyes.”
A big thank you from me to Helen for asking me to collaborate together and always supporting me. Also to all the talented team involved – there is a lot of hard work, time and talent that goes into these beautiful shoots.
This shoot was also featured in You & Your Wedding magazine
And on the very wonderful and inspiring Love My Dress blog, which is another must see