Image by Bigphatphotos.
This styled shoot started life as a bit of fun for some friends and colleagues to show off their creative skills to each other. But before they knew it, it had grown into a full-blown showcase of some of Norfolk’s finest talent in the wedding industry… all hosted at one of East Anglia’s most prestigious venues – Hales Hall & The Great Barn.
The passion behind these suppliers is lovely and I’ve even included some behind-the-scenes peeks as I just think it’s fab to see how these styled shoots are created!
Here to tell us a little more is Makeup Artist Amanda Steed.
Notes from Norfolk
As a make-up artist, I love to experiment all the time, working to create the freshest, most beautiful looks for my brides. I was chatting to my photographer friends Janie and David – the husband and wife team behind Bigphatphotos who like nothing more than to push the creative boundaries – and a plan began to form.
Janie knew of the most incredible venue in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, the historic Hales Hall & The Great Barn that had just relaunched with luxury accommodation. We asked if they would like to be part of our creative ‘display’ and they agreed.
Of course, we all work with wedding couples up and down the land – from London to Cornwall to Yorkshire and beyond – but we’re passionate about where we are all based and this was a great opportunity to show off the best of what East Anglia has to offer.
Images by Hannah Duffy Photography.
I’m back (it’s Katrina, resident wedding planner for Coco Wedding Venues BTW!) and taking over the introduction reigns again from Emma as today marks the third and final part of our practical and pretty three-part series about wedding flowers in collaboration with the inspirational, honest, creative and award-winning Jay Archer Floral Design.
In Part I, Jay provided an essential guide to wedding flower budgets (a MUST read for anyone planning a wedding or involved in wedding planning!) and in Part II Jay once again dished up a healthy dose of planning advice with another meaty topic – seasonality.
Today’s topic, emergency bouquets and buttonholes (wrist corsages also get a shout out too!) is actually the main reason why this series even exists.
You see, a couple of years ago now I was providing on-the-day support for a marquee wedding in the peak of Summer and when I say peak, I mean no breeze, no shade, sticky skin, excessive sweat… nice! As the Groom approached the Church with his boys I noticed that their buttholes had wilted in the heat and in all honesty I had absolutely no idea how to resolve the situation other than delving into my emergency wedding kit and propping them back up with a healthy covering of sticky tape and safety pins. At the time, it worked, but it also made me realise that I really should learn what the more professional solution was, just in case that situation ever arose again.
Cue my road trip to the Jay Archer Floral Design Flower School (alongside the lovely Hannah Duffy who was there to capture the experience – pretty pics from the day (apologies for my concentration face!) above / below) to expand my horizons, learn more about wedding flowers and most importantly, what to do if I was ever faced with a similar situation again.
Images by Rebecca Goddard Photography.
If you missed the first instalment of this three-part floral series then it’s a definite must-read and you can find it here. I urge you to take a peek if you want to learn all about wedding flower budgets! It’s an eye-opening piece and one I wished I had read when planning my own floral story.
Jay Archer is the author of this series and she’s beyond incredible in so many ways. Honest, creative and just a little bit magic, I had the pleasure of working with this lady at Pynes House last month on our latest editorial and it was such a joy witnessing this floral genius in action. What Jay doesn’t know about flowers probably isn’t worth knowing!
But what is worth knowing is today’s meaty topic – seasonality. What do the seasons actually mean to florists and how will this influence your choice as a bride…? Read on to find out, oh and don’t forget to pin the relevant seasonal bookmarks so you can return at a later planning date.
Notes from Jay Archer Floral Design
Seasonal does not mean British grown or local, nor does it mean cheaper. That is the biggest misconception when it comes to wedding flowers – all flowers I suppose.
Using seasonal quite simply means something is in ‘season’ – it is at it’s best now. English grown roses, for example, are at their best June – September whilst Peonies thrive in May – early July.
You can get most flowers out of season nowadays; Norway grows and stores peonies in snow but they definitely won’t look their best! These flowers will be poorer quality and probably won’t smell quite as beautiful. It’s like strawberries at Christmas which are often grown in Peru or Spain – they cost more and just don’t taste like a sweet, sticky, delicious strawberry so why would you..?!
Being clever with your budget means you can watch the pennies and have seasonal produce at the same time. If you love roses but cannot afford to use them throughout your scheme (at £3 per stem and up to £5 for David Austin’s) then consider using these in just your bridal bouquet.
Before seeing your florist, you need to work out what’s important to you. Write a list of your must-haves and nice-to-haves, work with the seasons and ensure your floral ideas are complimentary to their natural surroundings and the choice of wedding venue. Being clear about your budget will mean your florist will recommend the right flowers for you.
British flowers are generally sold in smaller ‘wraps’ or individual stems, so if your florist doesn’t use British grown then this might mean they’ll be buying your flowers in bulk. Imports can come in ‘wraps’ of of up to 50, for example ranunuculus and anemones are always sold in large quantities so this will have an impact on your budget as you will need to pay for the full ‘wraps’ rather than just one or two stems.
Buying flowers in bulk can be cost effective when they’re in season – Spring bulbs, autumn foliage, aummer cornflowers/scabious, winter branches and amaryllis are all good, purse friendly options. So have a chat with your florist and make sure you’re armed with all the questions you might want to ask.
So, what’s is in season when..?
Ah, Spring – the most scented month! Think striking little spears of pale blue and ice white muscari, multi-tonal almost pearlescent hellebore and the tiny nodding heady scented bells of lily of the valley! This particular specimen is one of the most desirable wedding flowers and available all year from a chap in Holland at about £2 per stem!
Also in Spring:
- Blossom – apple, quince, cherry, magnolia, prunus, spirea and others.
- Tulips – French tulips are a real treat, with their long stems and peachy heads. Parrot tulips and English tulips are available in every colour you can imagine!
- Wallflowers – available from local growers only usually. Their petals have the most amazing colour variations which remind me of a Turner sky!
- Ranunculus – peonies are not quite about yet so ranunculus are the next best thing and beautiful in their own right.
- Anemones – the much-desired navy eyed variety are more expensive than their white centred counterparts. I think the white ones are pure and classic.
- Narcissi and paper whites – The scent of these little flowery fireworks is quite something! Strong and heady, they can be overwhelming when used in table centres but good for bouquets.
- Forget-me-nots – tiny, delicate dots of sky blue. Dreamy.
- Fritillaries – beautiful little nodding heads of dusky purple with a chequered pattern.
Working to a palette of pastel pinks, creamy whites, vintage dusky pinks and soft blues, I’d suggest mixing spring flowers with catkins, twigs and senecio foliage.
Images by Photos by Zoe.
The last two weeks I’ve been surrounded by the most glorious and unexpected Spring flowers on not one, but two styled shoot editorials! And yes folks, we’re also right on the cusp of peony season. So this surprising blast of autumnal gorgeousness has me craving crackling fires, cosy blankets and a marshmallow or two.
Ross & Lynsey chose The Byre at Inchyra for their wedding celebrations; hidden in the heart of Perthshire, Inchyra is more than a relaxed wedding barn venue, because you can make their 150-acre private estate your own.
Notes from the Photographer
This is the story of Lynsey & Ross’s wedding day.
There was so much hustle and bustle in the morning, with all the girls getting ready at the beautiful Inchyra House. I truly madly deeply LOVED Lynsey’s dress, and oh, that autumnal flower crown by Myrtle & Bracken… I adored it.
The amount of thought and time that Lynsey & Ross had put into their wedding day was evident too – all the wee pumpkins and little apples strung up along the backs of their guests chairs were such a delightful detail.
Image by Kate Nielen Photography.
Join this stunning London venue at their very first Wedding Showcase dedicated to inspiring you to create the wedding of your dreams, whether at this beautiful location, within London or further afield.
The team are thrilled to be opening the doors to their West-London gem with an interactive and exciting event dedicated to helping you design your wedding day. With the help of award-winning wedding planner, The Bespoke Wedding Company, they’re creating anything but your regular wedding event.
Teamed with their hand-picked wedding professional partners, come and see your unique wedding day brought to life. Visit their bridal fashion boutique, sample mouth-watering wedding catering and decadent wedding cakes, meet floral designers, paper goods gurus, photographers, stylists and many more.
Their partners include some of our faves; Kate Nielen Photography, All for Love London (both featured in this shoot!), Harriet Wilde and Ellie Sanderson Bridal. You can view the full list of suppliers here.
Experience Chiswick House as you’ve never seen it before set for your wedding ceremony and the Burlington Pavilion dressed and sparkling in 2017’s key wedding trends and designs.
This is a feast for the senses with live talks and demonstrations taking place throughout the day featuring hair and make-up presentations and professional advice on planning your perfect day.
Entry to the show is free. All guests who pre-register for the wedding showcase qualify for a gorgeous goody bag of treats and entry into a prize draw to win four tickets to the Chiswick House & Gardens open air cinema this summer.
This is a must-have wedding planning experience for you and your bridal parties.