Spring Garden Inspired Wedding with Lilac Flowers at The Bodleian Library

Because we know our readers love amazing wedding floral design, we couldn’t be more excited to share this beautiful shoot by The Timeless Stylist and Sarah Harper Floral Design captured by Hannah Duffy Photography. What a dream team! Amy, The Timeless Stylist, shares all the details and expert tips below:


This tablescape was created as a series of three designs. For this look we wanted to showcase a floral design inspired by a Spring garden, with the key flower being lilac surrounded by a sea of greenery. The Bodleian Library has some absolutely beautiful weddings being held in it, but we wanted to show an alternative to the elaborate style, in a paired back design that resonates with a down-to-earth bride. We kept the look fresh and current by using brass platforms for the floral overhead installation, along with modern tableware in the soft greys. Gold cutlery was brought in for warmth. We added personal elements, to show how couples can make their wedding unique to them, by adding an individual painted macaron to each place setting and a hand-made acrylic name card with pressed Spring florals. The whole look is fresh and inviting,yet down to earth and relaxing.


Beginning with lilac as the main inspiration behind the colour palette, I chose complimentary colours that didn’t overtake from this and worked in harmony. We used a lot of greenery along with some white, that kept the look fresh, and grey touches gave a nice dimension. This could be a harsh colour palette, but by using it in a pared-down way and by the country florals being such an important part, it keeps the look fresh and achievable.


Fresh from a country garden, the florals were to look like they had been gathered together by the armful whilst having a luxurious feel to the design with the amount that were used. Florals used include; Foxgloves, peonies, garden roses, spirea, hellebores, aquilegia, Salomon seal, lilac, butterfly ranunculus, ferns & grasses, lace flower hydrangea, viburnum, delphiniums, dicentra.


  • Make the lilac the stand out feature by not over-shadowing it with a lot of additional colours
  • The florals are key, they need to be used in abundance but with a ‘just gathered’ feel
  • Soften the look with whites, greys and personal touches



For me, there’s nothing more fulfilling than creatively bringing exciting new ideas and beautiful features to B.LOVED that inspire you to find the soulful moments in your life.
As well as B.LOVED Editor, I am also a Wedding Photographer and Graphic Designer. I love sunshine, dreamy interiors, travel and animals! I share my life with my Fiancé James and our rescue dogs Joey & Teddy.

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