Creating florals for inspirational bridal shoots is a perk of the job which I didn't even dream of when setting out on this great adventure, and it has become such a big part of what I do.
It is a true outlet of creativity, allowing me the freedom to be who I aspire to be as a floral designer.
Working in the wedding industry is competitive, and offering a creative service means standing out from the rest. My aim is to offer something different. A unique style which echoes who I am as a person and a florist. Putting together the arrangements and installations for these projects is my opportunity to create a portfolio which truly represents my style and aesthetic.
One such shoot, is this 'Winter into Spring' bridal inspiration. With the end of winter disappearing into the early dewy mornings, we wanted to reflect the coming of early spring in a bridal inspiration shoot. With the use of fresh florals and wispy foliage mixed with the fallen remnants of winter, including seed pods and twigs, I set out to create something which reflected this transition in seasons. It was a huge amount of fun experimenting with such a glorious and contrasting array of materials.
After a morning out in the local woodland, I had a lovely collection of dried seed pots and grasses, with which I was eager to recreate the intricacy and delicate objects of Winter in nature. My No.1 priority when creating any arrangement is that it is sympathetic to the season and the surroundings, and introducing foraged flora into my designs is the best way for me to achieve this.
We were lent some beautiful jewellery for this project, which included this bejewelled 'twig' gold band. Creating the birds nest from twigs, dried grasses and moss, resulted in the perfect backdrop to display these impeccable pieces. And the little mottled eggs added an echo of Spring... representing the birth of life with which this season brings.
One of the most time consuming parts of the project was these seed pod wreath place settings... thank goodness we were only creating the table scape for the Bride and Groom! Making just these two place settings took a lot of time and patience! With the use of dried and ultimately brittle seed pods meant that too much force or heavy handedness would reduce the wreath to fragments. It took a few hours of gentle and intricate work, but I love the result. They are a perfect accompaniment for this early spring woodland wedding! Great if you fancy something show stopping for your Winter or early Spring wedding, although, I would have to draw the line at Bride and Groom settings... Place settings for all 120 of your guests would be out of the question !
The incredible 4 tier cake was made by the uber talented and master of beautiful bakes and naked cakes, Lauren from French Made.
I had seen many a master piece from this lovely lady before, and felt truly honoured to collaborate with her on this shoot. Her cakes really are
beautiful and unique, and absolutely worth a trip over to hr website to swoon!
When discussing the styling of the cake, Lauren wanted delicate trails of seasonal garlands to adorn the frosted tiers. I suggested dried foraged flora along with fresh spring berries, which would delicately sit around the top edge each tier. Lauren wanted a delicate adornment which trailed around the cake.
Each garland was delicately sewn and wired to lengths of twine in order to produce the daintiest of adornments.
The cake topper, a nest, with a trio of mottled chocolate eggs.
This whimsical cake with it's ethereal, fairy like feel wouldn't look out of place for a Midsummer nights dream inspired wedding, and looked good enough to eat !
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The stunning photos were captured by Kathryn of
Cake by Lauren @
Stationary by Lisa @
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