Moongates – A Floral Spectacular

Fantastical floral design is one of the things we are always so excited to see here at B.LOVED and there are so many awesome floral trends making headlines at weddings right now. We adore Emma Soulsby Flowers work and she has put together an amazing shoot to inspire you captured by Amanda Karen Photography. Emma tells us about the Mooongate, a brilliant statement floral design which is set to take the wedding industry by storm. Here she is to tell you more…

“To me, floristry is an art form. I’m working with organic, living colours and textures, and your wedding venue is my canvas. The transformation that a venue undergoes when it’s blossoming with fragrant flowers never ceases to amaze and inspire me, and I love to create large statement pieces and structural installations to really make an impact.

One such statement piece that is fast becoming a floral trend for 2018 is the moon gate. This enormous circular arch looks as romantic as it sounds, and is at its best when full to bursting with blooms. The structure allows for a really flower-heavy finish – it’s colourful and contemporary, and works beautifully in a range of venues from urban warehouse spaces to elegant country houses.



I put together a shoot to show off the moon gate in some of its most vibrant spring finery, using the clean white space of The B.LOVED Hive for a lovely contrast. Using rich creams and the palest blush as a base, I added sumptuous jewel-like bursts of red and fuchsia. The overall effect was a real celebration of the season, gorgeously scented and with a range of texture and depth to draw the eye. I used some of my absolute favourite flowers to bring this together: heavy and perfumed quicksand roses married beautifully with the intricate spirals of cloniranunculus. These were accented with the bold feathery petals of parrot tulips and butterfly ranunculus, with stocks for even more texture and a fragrance that to me forms part of the essence of late spring and early summer.

The finished moon gate was complemented by a stunning four-tiered cake by powerhouse London cake designer Anges de Sucre. Reshmi and her team had embellished the cake with buttercream roses in reds and pinks – it was the perfect fit with my flowers and looked incredible at the centre of the circular moon gate. Chloe and Charlotte – our two gorgeous models – looked the epitome of romantic elegance in dresses by Kate Edmondson. Their look was finished by delicate diamond jewellery from artisan jeweller Simon Wright, and hair and makeup from Be You Weddings.

The overall shoot was simple, but it goes to show how much of an effect a statement floral piece like a moon gate can make. It’s a truly artistic installation, which offers so much variety in terms of colour, texture and atmosphere. This is a wedding trend with the potential to last and last, no matter the season.”





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