STYLED SHOOT | BRITISH FLOWER WEEK
Every June, British Flower week strives to showcase just how many glorious varieties, colours and fragrances are grown in the fields, meadows, hills and hedgerows of the UK. Needless to say, it’s a favourite week in my calendar and something very close to my heart, so when Krysta at For The Love of Weddings approached me to collaborate on a shoot in homage to British flowers, I jumped at the chance.
It was important to me that every single bloom and stem featured in the arrangements for this shoot was home grown, and I spent many happy hours on the flower farm seeding and nurturing the selection of flowers in shades of warm pink and purple that would be used. The feel of this shoot was one of unabashed romance, with a happy touch of wildness around the edges.
Sweet peas, peonies and garden roses mingled with the bright spots of Icelandic poppies and curling tendrils of sweet honeysuckle. I wanted to add some drama alongside the romance here, and chose statuesque gladioli and the little purple bells of foxgloves to give height and impact. I loved being able to use the swing and some of the old, sunwarmed brick of the walled garden at Garthmyl Hall to twine my flowers around, and I chose a balance of colour and scent to make this shoot a multisensory one for all involved.