WITH A WEDDING DROUGHT due to restrictions I was getting twitchy florist’s fingers, so I obviously said, ‘yes yes yes’ to Laura from @laurabeasleyweddingphotography when she asked me to flower & style on a shoot at @lowosgoodbygrangeweddings.
THE THEME was a Midsummer Night’s Dream (and as I write this, it’s apparently Mr Shakespeare’s birthday and the date he died – that’s weird, maybe need to fact check that!) so I knew there would be lots of moss, muted colours, summer flowers and a woodland venue involved. Planning for a shoot is rarely straightforward – you start with a mood board – that’s the easy bit! The venue you’re working at may be unfamiliar, you may not have the measurements you need or the style of the dress, and on this occasion my curve ball was the freezing temperatures the night before the shoot. So, in my usual style I woke at 3am palpitating with visions of the greenery prep I’d put into place on the pergola on the first day, being eaten by giant rabbits and stampeded by a herd of hungry deer 😳🐰. I go through a lot of paper bags!!
WHY DO WE DO STYLED SHOOTS? They are fab as we get to ‘play flowers’, create & showcase designs we would probably not normally get to make for a ‘real’ weddings. They’re also VERY useful to get yourself going after not creating ‘big’ for over a year because of lockdown.
THE BRIDAL FLOWERS. I used my favourite @VIProses Westminster Abbey roses full of multiple swirls and the most amazing coloured Vanda Orchids and various textured foliage. The botanical silk ribbon, named ‘Stormy Skies’ (which fortunately it wasn’t on the day) hand made by @bertieandfred, matched amazingly 😍
THE TABLE SETTING. I didn’t have a clue where this was going – it was just a ‘thing’ in my head. I butchered the base off the candlesticks, found some old rusty chain and the rest was easy! It’s always the thinking and mechanics that hurt my head. Oh, and there wasn’t convenient beam above them..that was a tree trunk wedged, while standing on a table, between two other trees with conveniently placed forks (tree forks, not cutlery forks!). So how many people does it take to just achieve the bit you don’t see?..3 😂😂
I’m now very much looking forward to all the ‘real weddings’ coming up – Carte Blanche is quite exhausting!