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Image by Rebecca Goddard Photography. Bridal Bouquet, by Narborough Hall Gardens.

I’ve actually run out of words to describe just how special Narborough Hall Gardens is, both as a wedding venue and a family home. I consider myself super lucky to have been a part of this venue’s story. 

Joanne – owner, in-house florist and avid antique hunter, is quite simply captivating. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her on our Rustic Romance shoot, A New Beginning, and her passion was just enchanting. When I asked Joanne to provide me with a few details of the flowers we had used in the shoot, she sent me the below account.

I just had to share it, as it is, in her own words.

This is the story of our Spring flowers…

Notes from Narborough Hall Gardens


Image by Rebecca Goddard Photography. Bridal Bouquet, by Narborough Hall Gardens

On the day before the shoot I went for a walk. I find it best to be free and let ideas and inspiration come from what I see singing out from the garden, the woods and the meadows.

The freshness of new spring leaves were looking so beautiful against the darkness of woodland moss which had thrived through our watery winter and become flashed with emerald. Hazel, willow and hawthorn were just unwrapping their first leaves and were so perfectly crumpled.

The dainty wild narcissus poeticus was in flower in the hedgerows with primroses and the first fronds of cow parsley. This soft breezy foliage would be perfect in the bridal bouquet and I had spotted some maidenhair ferns growing from the damp wall of our old greenhouse that would give me a slightly lighter shade of green but the same daintiness.

Image by Rebecca Goddard Photography. Cake by Narborough Hall Gardens.

In the garden tulipa spring green was in tight bud and narcissus jenny with its sweptback petals was flowering with white forget me knots and the glowing neon green of euphorbia amygdaloides. Of all spring flowers hellebores are the most mysteriously beautiful and I love to use their subtly freckled painterly shades for bridal floristry. I decided to use the whiter Helleborus niger in the bouquet and the greener helleborus argutifolius for the table decoration and the cake posy.

To my delight blossom was emerging through the garden and woods and the kitchen garden was full of clear white damson and Victoria plum blossom. This quickly became a theme for the shoot and the following morning my co-florist Kay combined the fresh blossom with willow to make a dainty head-dress.


Image by Rebecca Goddard Photography. Floral Crown by Narborough Hall Gardens.

A pallet of greens and whites is conceptually simple but when you create a spectrum of green from deep and earthy, through emerald and jade, to an almost florescent brightness, your floristry begins to mirror the subtle complexity of nature. 

By using flowers and foliage that combine in nature, that share the same space, season and moment in time, it is possible to create coherence and grace in floristry. Our ethereal bride for the day looked as if she had gathered her bouquet from a wander along an English hedgerow. Moss borrowed from the woodland floor decorates her table and she stands in natural colour harmony with the landscape.


Image by Rebecca Goddard Photography. Centrepiece by Narborough Hall Gardens

I know right…?

Oh to be a Narborough Bride.

This venue is utterly beautiful and with the sheer passion and floral expertise from Joanne and Kay, you are absolutely guaranteed the most perfect, creative journey.

If you want to discover more about this magical venue the click here to view the Narborough Hall Gardens listing. Or skip through and view all of the delicious details from A New Beginning here.

I hope this has inspired all of you Spring Brides-to-be…

Lots of love…

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Emma Hla

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Emma Hla

Emma is the founder & curator of these award-winning pages. Passionate about venues, interiors and a good Whiskey Sour. You'll also find Emma working as a Creative Director consulting for wedding venues around the UK.

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