Flower power

Back in April I styled a campaign for Interflora that pushed the boundaries of petals beyond the traditional floral bouquet. Flowers were fashioned into a statement wide-brimmed fuchsia hat, a multi-coloured shrug, a pretty head garland and even a 60s style boxy handbag by the masterful hands of florist Neil Whittaker. They really were amazing and smelt divine. As a stylist my task was to add garments that would complement the pieces and not detract from their focal point. Below are some of the shots which can be seen online now, as well a behind-the-scenes video where can you can spot my polka-dotted back on several occasions.

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Photography: Charlie Troman

Styling: Alicja Jasnikowska

Hair and Make-up: Charlotte Jones

Florist: Neil Whittaker for Interflora

Model: Ellie at MOT and Natalija at First

Video: Daryl Boyden

Also here are a few of my BTS snaps on the day, including some of my favourite shots that didn’t quite make the final edit.

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Ellie as our own little Bree van de Kamp

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Sometimes the accidental shots make for the most interesting images

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Our model on day 2 – The gorgeous Natalija looking very Bridget Bardot in a bridal headdress

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I love this shot! An amazing floral crown makes a unique wedding day look

Go to http://www.interflora.co.uk/content/fashion-flowers-to-wear/ to view all images and order your own flower hat just in time for Ladies Day at Ascot.

A little wedding inspiration

We all know that weddings can be quite a handful to organise. From choosing the location to finding the perfect dress, booking the band to creating the table plan (including the inevitable friendship fallout this can incur), weddings are a minefield of do’s and do not’s.

I recently attended the nuptials of a fabulous friend of mine Davina to her gorgeous fella Bash, and was blown away by the attention to detail and the creative and personal touches they brought to the event.  Held in a marquee in a field at Bash’s old primary school, the day was peppered with scholarly touches, with dinner-money envelopes being utilised as name cards and an old desk being used as the collection table for cards and gifts. Furthermore, Davina’s lovely mother had even hand-stitched printed tags of Davina and Bash’s names (the type your own mum used to sew into your itchy grey school jumper) onto yellow ribbon to tie around the serviettes.  These we proceeded to tie around our wrists festival-style and I actually didn’t remove it all week.

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Unique themed name cards, table names and serviette ties

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School desk for the card collection and wedding book (image by Zelda Cave)

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The marquee before the mayhem (image by Jess Haskins)

The overall colour scheme was yellow, with a highlight of blue, and an extra theme of cricket also ran through the decorations. Table names were printed onto mini cricket bats and as per the finest summer tradition, there was a reference to fetes that saw games on the lawn including a coconut shy, skittles and even a traditional ice-cream stand.

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The wedding date on the cricket score board (image by Zelda Cave)

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Guests enjoyed champagne on the lawn accompanied by a very happy accordion player

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The bridesmaids in yellow frocks with bright blue shoes (image by Zelda Cave)

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The gorgeous bride Davina enjoying her ice-cream (image by Hayley Young)

There were other wonderful touches.  Rather than one cake, Davina and Bash decided to opt for an array of flavours including passion-fruit, lemon drizzle, chocolate and Victoria sponge (if memory serves me correctly).  These were all presented under a rather cute hand-stitched sign, made by a friend of the couple.

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Cake anyone?  Gorgeous hand-stitched signs (image by Zelda Cave)

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Ornate cutlery (image by Poptart pics)

Of course a wedding blog wouldn’t be complete without a detail pic of the bride in her dress.  Davina channelled Grace Kelly in her stunning backless lace gown with chic pearl headpiece.  No wonder Bash looked so happy.

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The first dance (image by Poptart pics)

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A cheer from the groom

If you are newly engaged and are in the early stages of planning a wedding I thought these images may inspire you.  I think the bride and groom did a great job.  I hope you like the pics.

Main holding picture of Davina Perkins and Bhaskar Maji arriving at their wedding, 20th July 2013 (image by Poptart pics)