I’m excited to share this gorgeous and romantic styled shoot with you. It makes me think of diffused sunlight and a summer breeze – with a pared back, neutral palette and elegant meadow flowers.
The concept and styling were by Natasha from The Wildflower Wedding Planner who created the brief: ‘Barely There’, with a focus on lots of natural beiges, whites, nudes, and creams. I was asked to provide flowers to compliment the stunning venue: The Old Parish Rooms. With its original features, and abundance of natural light from the church windows, it was the perfect backdrop to bring the vision to life.
Bringing The Outside In
I decided to show off my skills by creating a meadow inspired staircase and window box – really bringing the outside in and creating a luxuriously natural feel. I used a gorgeous array of spring, ‘meadowy’ blooms including delphiniums, ranunculus, aquilegia, pennisetum grasses, sea oats and campanula to name just a few; along with beautifully scented eucalyptus and pittosporum foliage.
I love how modern details such as the venue’s staircase complemented the classic colour palette, whilst the arched church windows just added to the romance and structure of the shoot.
With Natasha’s incredible eye for detail and an amazing group of suppliers, many of whom are local to Essex, we created a beautiful and light-filled design. The simplicity of the soft, neutral tones felt elegantly timeless whilst the sculptural arrangements added a contemporary touch.
The result was a tactile and fragrant scene that felt alive and yet effortlessly serene.
I filled the drawers of a large dresser with beautiful blooms, which provided the setting for Abbie (from Egg and Moo’s) to create a glorious dessert table. It was as if the dresser had sprung up from a meadow, and the cake and other treats had just naturally appeared.
There is also something so romantic and luxurious about styling a wedding cake with fresh florals nearby. They both soften and give structure to one another, if that’s possible – enhancing both without taking anything away. Abbie’s stunning sugar flowers looked picture perfect next to the real specimens and once again the pared back hues created a lovely balance.
The neutral tones and ‘Barely There’ theme carried through to the stationery – created by White Olive Design Studio. The overall simplicity and delicate details in the suite just adding to the effortless and natural concept of the shoot. I love how just the smallest touch of greenery makes the stationery photograph (beautifully captured by Helen from Ivory White Photography) come alive.
A Neutral Bouquet
Gorgeous white ranunculus, with their layers upon layers of ruffled petals, and a range of both structural and delicate flowers formed the basis of the bridal bouquet. Sea oats and pittosporum created interest and movement – adding to the natural and meadow-like feel; and the fragrant eucalyptus provided a scent like no other.
A little side note for you: did you know that we can associate memories with scent? Imagine years after your wedding day being able to transport yourself back to walking down the aisle just from the aroma of a certain flower or foliage. Isn’t that a romantic thought?
It was such a wonderful experience to work on this shoot, and with such a lovely group of Essex-based suppliers who each brought something so special and complementary to the table. I love the natural, light and airy feel and I am really inspired by Helen’s gorgeous images.
There are so many ways to use a neutral colour palette. From the contemporary to the classic, and from the simplistically elegant to the luxuriously beautiful. This shoot proves you can even combine all those concepts into one gorgeous design.
I hope you find the shoot as inspiring as I do, and if you would like to discuss your own pared back or meadow inspired florals for your wedding then I would love to hear from you.
Venue: The Old Parish Rooms | Photographer: Ivory White Photography | Styling and Design: The Wildflower Wedding Planner | Flowers: Petal and Wild | Cake: Egg and Moo’s | Stationery: White Olive Design Studio | Furniture Rental: Anthology Vintage Hire | Antique Silver Cutlery: Hélène Millot | Dress Boutique: Rock The Frock Bridal Essex | Dress: Mila Mira | Separates: Zetterberg Couture | Silk Runners and Ribbons: Pompom Blossom | Balloons and Perspex Signage: Love Me Do Balloons | Hair: Bridal Hair by Jennie | Makeup: Clarissa Clary | Hair Accessories: PS With Love | Veil: Sash and Veil | Model: Chloe Lloyd