inspiration board #64: botanicals

Good morning lovely ones! Are you enjoying this absolutely beautiful weather? I sure have been! I injured my foot playing rounders on Friday (sports are dangerous I’ll have you know!) so I’ve had a great excuse to laze around in the sun, eating ice cream and self-medicating with Pimms (it works!)

All this gorgeous weather has brought nature to life, gone is the rain-sodden lawn and in it’s place the earliest summer flowers are beginning to bloom.  I have to be honest, I’m not the most green-fingered person on the planet.  I have been known to kill pretty much every plant in my care with the exception of a plastic succulent!  My dream garden comprises of decking, slate and a few easy-to-care for palms and succulents, the ones that pretty much take care of themselves!  I do, however, love the idea of a beautiful wild flower garden, so today’s botanical themed board takes inspiration from the relaxed beauty of nature.

Using unexpected blooms and foliage, from vegetables and fruits to ferns and grasses in informal, unstructured arrangements gives a rustic, laid back vibe.  Keep textures and details soft and organic too, using burlap, linen and timber to create warmth.  This is a great scheme for an at home garden, or farm wedding, use pieces of your own furniture, plants and paintings to add a relaxed, homely feel.   A soft ivory (not bright white) softens the scheme of green hues, allowing you to add small pops of colour, through flowers and details.  Old botanical illustrations add old-world charm to your invites and papergoods, complimented by small antique lace touches.  Keep your look soft and natural, with a light and floaty dress (how gorgeous does this Delphine Manivet dress look in the centre of this scheme?!) with soft boho curls and a floral head wreath for the bride, and perhaps loose fishtail braids for your bridesmaids, with wild flowers woven in?


Image Credits

Botanical Art Via: Old Brand New // Hanging escort cards Photography: Jacki Bruniquel Via: The Pretty Blog // Rustic bouquet of roses, sweet pea and trailing jasmine Photography: Sarah Gawler Via: Ruffled // Tablescape Photography: The Nichols Via: Style Me Pretty // Delphine Manivet dress Photography: Elizabeth Messina Via: Wedding Inspirati // Botanical illustration table plan Photography: We Love Pictures Via: Before the Big Day // Garden rose & succulents bouquet Photography:  Rylee Hitchner  Via: Once Wed // Burlap & linen place setting Photography: Jacki Bruniquel Via: The Pretty Blog // Flower & fern arrangement Photography: Erin Grace Photography Via: Oh So Beautiful Paper


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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my honest answer

I’m not green fingered either! I think I have killed every plant I ever owned, with the exception of one that I didn’t like, left out ALL winter, and which, of course, is now absolutely thriving even though I have never touched it since we were given it. I’m going to continue ignoring it because I am obviously the kiss of death!

Loving this weather too (and Pimm’s of course). Feels like wedding season is really hotting up!