Far From The Madding Crowd

This Hardy-esque styled shoot set in a Georgian chapel and surrounding countryside was a dream to work on. Early summer is such a joy when it comes to botanical styling. Verbascum and cowslips sit comfortably with scented garden roses and foxgloves. And the must have meadow styled aisle. A crown of coridander mirrors the hedgerows bursting with the froth of cow parsley. You simply can’t help but be inspired by nature.

Stephanie at Wilderness Bride certainly found her botanical inspiration, with her design of the Olive dress a softly tiered design that’s both simple, elegant and beautifully romantic. Lauren and Jen worked their hair and make-up magic creating a soft relaxed style and glow. And I am forever in love with the photography style of Jo Bradbury, perfectly capturing that romantic editorial light and airy look . Visual feast.

That was the year that was

It's that quiet time of year, the bit between Christmas and New Year, when we all reflect on what we've achieved over the last 12 months.  And a time to start looking forward to all things new and exciting in the coming months.  So I thought I'd kick off this feature with a look back at all the beauty of 2016.  Lets call it a 'best bits'. 

Highlights, so, so many. The chandelier at Upper House, the mammoth 15 metre green wall plus ceiling at Gary Barlow's old house and making my industrial copper arch, a major feat of engineering that seemed to freak out the neighbour who thought I was installing the world's dodgiest bit of plumbing.  One of the best bits of 2016 for me has to be finding the lovely Carol Siddorn. We met via Twitter and mutual friends.  I meet lots of floral friends via social media.  It's not all trolling and nastiness so, if you're new to the floral world, it's a great way to meet like minded peeps.  Don't be shy, the thing with growing and creative jobs is that there's always something new to learn, be curious, ask lots of questions, join in. 

Carol's garden has a stunning array of flowers.  I'm quite fussy. She would disagree. That's because we're on the same page, I genuinely don't think there's anything she grows that I don't like.  Which makes my life so much easier.  The dahlias are something else. Icelandic poppies, ranunculus, anemones, so many varieties of narcissi.  Peonies that don't arrive bullet hard, and Queen of Sweden roses, writing this I'm transported back to warmer days and the scents of summer.  So British flowers are firmly on my agenda this year.

I need balance in this piece, it's all super upbeat! I managed to grow a whole bed of nigella for a wedding, it flowered the week after. Ditto the pale pink cornflowers. The overall winner on the home grown front were the dark claret coloured scabious. Prolific flowerer for months. Definitely on the plan for 2107. And on that note, I need to think about seeds, from here.  Busy times ahead.