The DIY fine art wedding bouquet
Are you a modern bride in need of a fine art wedding bouquet? If so, it is certainly a wonderful idea to consider the DIY route for this special aspect of your day.
By getting along to a one-day workshop, perhaps with your mum or bridesmaids, you’ll learn how to create your own fine art wedding bouquet.
These courses offer fantastic value for money for the fine art bride. It’s one of the recommendations in my guide How to Plan Your Fine Art Wedding which I send out to all my clients when they enquire.
The real cut flower garden
It’s always such a pleasure to hang out with Charlie and her team at The Real Cut Flower Garden. Charlie’s home and garden is a true gem in the heart of rural West Dorset.
A journalist and passionate gardener for 25 years plus, Charlie traded the pen for the trowel and began The Real Cut Flower Garden in 2004. They were the first company in the UK to send out bouquets of entirely home grown flowers nationwide. Four years ago expert Charlie launched her Flower School, and every year she and her team add to the courses on offer.
Real flowers for real brides
I was lucky enough to get along to the bouquet workshop in June – perhaps the UK’s most beautiful month, flower-wise. Here are some photos from the workshop, including the bouquets which I created with Charlie’s beautiful flowers. (How stunning do they look tied up with hand-died silk ribbons from Kate Cullen?)
Of course, if you are totally not the green-fingered type, don’t panic! Charlie can supply all your wedding flowers, home-grown and cut fresh from her garden.
P.S. Don’t forget to request your personalised quote today in order to get more tips and keys to planning a fine art wedding.
Spice it up with warm tones
Today I am sharing how you can have a neutral fine art wedding colour palette, yet still incorporate warm tones in your florals and details to spice things up a little.
Florals that stand out from the crowd
The classic blush palette is lovely but ubiquitous, and we all know that elegant green and white never goes out of fashion! But by adding just a few shades of yellow and mustard we can really elevate the style. These tones will stand out a little without overpowering the timeless aesthetic of the fine art wedding style.
I gave this editorial the title “Go Gently” after a line in a song I had recently performed at a family celebration. Called Underneath the Stars, it’s a beautiful modern folk song by Kate Rusby (click here to listen). Inspired by this title, the collaboration focuses on keeping things simple and serene. Our quintessential English country manor and gentle styling brings to mind scenes from Jane Austen.
Going gently on the senses with a warm but pared-back palette of creams, yellows and just a touch of blush. Going gently on fashion with an elegant Chantilly lace dress. Going gently on nature with seasonal & foraged florals, hand-dyed artisan silks & paper goods, and natural beeswax candles.
Created from the heart
It was shot entirely on both medium format and 35mm film, to ensure a raw, natural look. We demonstrate here the beauteous possibilities when you invite thoughtful creatives to work with you on your wedding design. Creatives who work from the heart, making with their own hands, working together to produce a truly one-of-a-kind wedding.
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Dillington House Wedding – Pastels and Moody Blues
A S S E E N O N B R I D A L M U S I N G S
I am so delighted to share a few preview images from a Dillington House wedding editorial I worked on just recently, soon to be published on an international wedding blog.
Dillington House wedding venue in Somerset, England is a 16th-century manor house with a small but perfectly-formed Orangery. With full-height windows to bathe your wedding in light, it also features the most beautiful local hamstone walls and blue lias flagstone floors. The warmth of the hamstone is reflected so beautifully in these film stills. We also aimed to juxtapose the warm pastel tones against the moody blue tones throughout every element of the styling – from the florals to the silks to the pewter cutlery, and everything in between!
Sassi Holford is a proudly English label, her dresses designed and manufactured right here in England, and we are delighted to feature two of her 2017 designs. Florist Jacalyn of Cottage Flowers created a stunning greenery arch with Japanese lilacs, while stylist Beth produced a striking handlettered invitation suite and menu on acrylic for Apple and Bramble Events. Leanne at Baking Chick worked her baking magic on an exquisite four-tier blush and pewter marble cake.
The warmth of the stone, Old World rentals, Mantilla veil and fruit-laden evening table lend this shoot the feel of a somewhat Mediterranean destination wedding.
Full vendor credits below.
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Shot on Fuji Pro 400H.
Photographer: Liz Baker Photography https://lizbakerphotography.co.uk/
Planning & Direction: Liz Baker & Beth Ralph
Styling: Beth Ralph & Jacalyn Arscott
Stationery: Beth Ralph for Apple & Bramble Events https://www.appleandbramble.co.uk/
Florals: Jacalyn Arscott for Cottage Flowers http://www.cottageflowersandmore.co.uk/
Dresses: Sassi Holford https://sassiholford.com/
Rentals: Virginia’s Vintage Hire http://virginiasvintagehire.co.uk/
Accessories: Sassi Holford Taunton http://sassiholfordtaunton.co.uk/
Venue: Dillington House http://www.weddingvenueinsomerset.com/
Cakes: Baking Chick http://bakingchick.co.uk/
Make-up: Laura Le Page MUA https://www.lauralepagebridalmakeup.com/
Hair: Rosanne Derryman http://www.bridalhairbyrosanne.co.uk/
Silks: Plant-dyed ribbons and runner via Alison at Border Cottage http://www.bordercottageflowers.co.uk/
Suits: Harrimans http://www.harrimansmenswear.co.uk/
Film Lab: Exposure Film Lab https://www.exposurefilmlab.com/