Beautiful British Floral Inspiration
Alexandra Rose Weddings shares her beautiful inspiration of British Flowers for Spring and Summer weddings – with a sunning bouquet of the prettiest colours and a sweet table setting. Captured by the fine art photography husband and wife duo, Bethany Stanley Photography in the tranquil gardens of the Old Swan and Minster Mill in Oxfordshire. Here is Alexandra to tell us about the charming details and her floral selection;
“I chose the perfect quintessentially English setting, situated right along the River Windrush in the Cotswolds, known as the Old Swan and Minster Mill. It’s no secret that I am passionate about flowers and how they play a crucial role in each wedding I plan. With my background in Fine Art, I can’t help but apply an imaginative way of thinking when I work with garden grown flowers. Allowing the shape of the flowers themselves dictate the overall design, my style is both naturalistic and sculptural.
I wanted to inspire couples to be more aware of the seasons when choosing flowers and reflect the patterns of wildlife. Part of the charm and excitement of using British blooms is working with nature and what is available at the time. I thought our perfect setting would suit a quintessentially English venue situated in the Cotswolds and right along the River Windrush, The Old Swan and Minster Mill. The beautiful, historical features of the ‘inn on the river’ really tied everything together beautifully. I really couldn’t think of a more perfect countryside setting with acres of stunning gardens filled with lavender, Willow trees and English Roses.
Much of my inspiration is taken from our beautiful surroundings, meaning wilder, more natural arrangements. British, seasonal bouquets that look ‘just picked from the garden’ create such an unrefined aesthetic look.
I chose a beautiful selection of lavenders and purple shades with hints of blue, yellow and white. They are 100% British luxury seasonal flowers, hand grown at Swan Cottage Flower Farm. The main focus of my arrangements are the contrasting family of Dahlias. We have the largest of the group, a gorgeous creamy pink puffy Cafe au Lait Dahlia, purple Karma Lagoon, pale pink Bracken Ballerina Dahlia and deep red Jowey Morella Dahlia which are very rounded in shape. Within these are dainty white Cosmos Purity which form their own shape beautifully over the edge of the urn. Purple Astrantia, lots of Lavender, blue Larkspur and some of the taller, thinner flowers are Verberna and Salvia. The aim of my designs with the flowers were portray an artistic form, very natural, wild and escaping. A ‘just picked’ look, eye popping with colour.”
“For the tablescape I really wanted the overall look to be very organic, but modern and elegant. We have achieved this by keeping the natural wooden table exposed and situated directly beneath a gorgeous great Willow Tree. Draped through the middle is a beautiful organic cream cotton runner with matching napkins. The crockery is a classic plane pale grey, and I have used contrasting black and gold cutlery teamed with elegant vintage glassware from the Alexandra Rose collection. My place settings were kept minimalist yet stylish, using English Lavender wrapped in organic cotton napkins and grey ribbon. It was important not to overpower the tablescape elements, keeping the focus entirely on the flowers throughout.”
- Photography: Bethany Stanley Photography
- Venue: Old Swan and Minster Mill
- Even Planning: Alexandra Rose Weddings
- Floral Design: Alexandra Rose Weddings
- Stationery: Laura Elizabeth Patrick
- Rentals: Alexandra Rose Weddings
- Linens: Silk and Purl
- Furniture Rentals: Linda's Vintage Hire
- Submittedvia: Matchology