A Flower Lovers Dream in Pretoria

The Story: Fragrant roses climbing crumbling stone walls, lavender bushes full of nectar-gathering bees, and wild-flowers blooming. There is nothing more quintessentially English than a lush overgrown garden. This styled shoot took inspiration from the floral surroundings of an English country garden and was designed to be a flower lover’s dream.

The Location: This shoot was set against the backdrop of the charming Rose Kitchen at Ludwig’s Roses in South Africa. This farm in Pretoria has been propagating roses since March 1971 and provides a stunning backdrop for a special occasion picnic or party.

The Vibe: Romantic yet mature. This garden inspiration was designed to create a look that was floral-filled but not flouncy or frivolous; a simply beautiful and elegant celebration in the most natural of settings. The florals had to be natural to feel as if they were an extension of the garden. Wild Leaves Floral Design handpicked a selection of English-style roses and blooms from the surrounding gardens. A bespoke Berry Rose Spritz trolley was designed to encourage guests to help themselves to a cordial and slice of cake.

The Details: The colour palette was soft and romantic – a neutral base with added layers of colour and texture to emanate the blooms and hues that were found within the gardens. The stationery suite, hand lettered by Rabbitstrail, set the tone for this understatedly elegant country-style vignette. The tablescape was designed to be a living table with the crockery and cutlery set upon a natural cushion of flowers, foliage and seasonal fruit. Delicate glassware and simple flatware completed the look alongside the bespoke stationery. The delectable petite cake was designed by Aux Petit Four, featuring vanilla sponge with cream icing which was embellished with delicate blooms. Our beautiful ‘English Rose’ bride looked divine in silk organza and soft tulle, finished with heirloom headpieces and jewellery from So Jy.

Tips & Highlights:

  • Work with what is available and in season.
  • Layer crockery to add interest and crystal stemware for a hint of glamour.
  • Focus on the finer details for a charming touch – tie cutlery with delicate silk ribbons, embellish your cake with fresh blooms, and make each place setting feel welcoming and personalised for each guest.



Planning & Coordination: By Blythe Events // Photography: Hello Love Photography // Venue: Ludwig’s Roses //  Florals and Décor: Wild Leaves Floral Design // Vintage Crockery: China Blue Hiring // Scatter Cushions: The Picnic Pantry // Napery: The Tablecloth Hiring Company // Candles: Candle-Lite // Stationery: Rabbitstrail // Confectionery: Aux Petit Four // Dresses: Bloomingtale // Jewellery: So Jy // Hair & Make-up: Jessica Herman



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