Noseley Hall ‘Floral Flourish’ Wedding Ideas
Florals are a big part of most weddings…
…but we wanted this shoot to really celebrate flowers. For us, that meant featuring them in everything: from the food to the table linen to the favours and the outfits. It’s quite a brave look; layering so many flowers and patterns together and each time we asked ourselves if something was too much we knew we had it about right!
Pale spring pastels with pops of bright colour
Using bright colours amongst pastels makes all the colours sing and reflects the nature of a spring garden. Think perfect pale pink cherry blossom, gorgeously scented lilacs and pretty narcissi against the riot of vivid tulips, roses and burgeoning flower borders.
We used grey and industrial accessories as an accent. These are big trends right now and balanced the girly feeling of all the flowers.
With such a busy palette and look, it’s important to have neutral areas that enhance and point out the focal points. For example, we used a clear charger plate to let the floral tablecloth shine. The same principle works in gardens; at many country houses you’ll find abundant borders and overflowing flower-beds interrupted with quiet areas. The calm makes you appreciate the mad.
The aim was to reproduce a typically English country garden
With so many gorgeous flowers available in the Spring, it was quite difficult to choose! Each bloom needed to show off and hold its’ own amongst all the others but everything needed to look good as a whole too. Much like a garden really; one that you walk around, explore and see a surprise around every corner.
Garden roses were a must for that quintessentially English look. We also used spires of gorgeously scented stocks, the papery thin larkspur, trailing ivy, pink cherry blossom, glamorous tulips and elegant delphiniums. Even the humble hawthorn got a look in. And lots of foliage. A whole garden really!
We created two options for the dinner table
… one with a plain grey cloth and one with an off-cut of floral fabric layered on top. If you didn’t want to have floral fabric on every table, you could have it just on your top table to make it a focal point. We left the edges of ours unhemmed to suit the wild look of the flowers.
Clean and classic stainless steel cutlery and textured clear glasses suited the grey but we teamed that with plum coloured chargers & water glasses to bring out the colour of the flowers.
For the floral cloth, we chose a clear charger plate so that the fabric was the star of the show. Mix and match pastel glasses worked for Spring and the scallop-edge crockery & bone-handle cutlery lent a vintage feel. Everything suited the softness of the floral cloth but without fighting for attention.
Both looks worked with a plain grey napkin and a generous sprig of clematis on top. The lollipop favours are made with edible flowers.
The stationery was designed to match
The flowers on the stationery are some of the same colours and varieties as the fresh flowers. As with the florals themselves, there are elements with subtle delicate design and others with bolder full-bleed floral prints.
The font is a modern sans serif and we used on-trend modern calligraphy, a beautiful matte paper and lined envelopes for a touch of luxury.
Food is a hugely important part of a wedding
…especially for your guests. So we came up with a bespoke menu for dinner and reception drinks/after dinner cocktails that incorporated edible flowers, both as ingredients and as decoration.
The cake was inspired by the ‘surprise inside’ cakes that spill sweets as you cut them
We wanted to give the impression of the cake having been cut and the flowers literally spilling out and overflowing from inside.
Whilst making it, it became apparent that the surprise was also in the challenge of stacking and icing the cakes whilst ensuring a pristine finish. Because the cake is cut, the centre of mass is different to a round or square cake, which means it’s isn’t naturally well balanced and was tricky to stack in a way that looked pleasing. And because it has both round and square edges, the technicalities of icing it was quite different to a normal cake. The end result is deceptively simple!
We felt the way the cake was displayed was as important as the cake itself, so we placed it in front of one of the ‘floral trees’ to create layers of flowers in the foreground and background. With so many flowers, the table itself just needed the simplicity of a plain grey cloth.
Three glamorous & dramatic looks
We created three looks for our bride and groom models to show current and emerging trends in the Bride’s outfits
The first bride’s outfit was a pair of trousers teamed with a simple corset top and a striking beaded collar. Trousers are big at the moment and this wide-legged pair with pockets is very flattering.
Extra hair was added to create drama and also give hold to the style, as long hair can quickly lose its volume. We dressed it to the side to add some elegance and not overcrowd the face.
Make-up was very fresh and spring-like with radiant skin and soft blush on the cheeks, neutral eyes and a pretty pink lip. We added extra lashes for definition and drama.
We kept the Groom’s outfit very simple. Smart grey and plain pastels for the tie and pocket square. With such a large buttonhole and so many flowers everywhere we felt his look needed to be calmer and more masculine.
Our second look was a long-sleeve dress with delicate lace. The layered tulle skirt is very feminine and balances the structured lace panels. Its’ softness lends itself to the pretty spring palette.
This hairstyle, which is returning hugely, has lots of height yet is very soft and romantic. It’s best described as a structured but tousled bun! The flower crown that we added outside was massively oversized so the hair needed to be big and high to pull this off.
We kept to the same colour palette as before for the make-up but added smoky eyes and a bright pink lip to make it stronger and make the bride stand out amongst all those flowers.
Large leaves and big blousy flowers for scale
We wanted to go completely over the top with the bouquet so this is hugely oversized with the ends left to trail on the floor. The same with the Groom’s buttonhole.
The flower crown was so big it took two people to lift it into place and required pruning once it was on!
Our little flower girls, Daisy and Poppy, the aptly named Cavaliers (you may recognise them as my Head of Security and Chief Morale Officer!), had corsages of roses on their collars. Dogs are part of the family so it’s great to include them in your wedding. Lots of
treats bribes were used in the making of this shoot!
Making it work with rustic or industrial wedding venues
With a simpler background you can put more in front of it so a floral patterned dress was the only way to go in front of these metal barn doors!
With a statement floral dress and gritty background, we wanted the make-up to command attention so we made the eyes darker and picked up on the darker tones of the dress with a berry lip.
The hair is in a soft unstructured plait, a look that is currently leading the way. It has height on top to give the style some edge and the plait is very loose to add softness and contrast with the background. The end of the plait is tucked underneath so that it’s still chunky at the bottom and doesn’t trail off too thinly.
For the Groom we wanted something quirky and informal to suit the industrial backdrop, so we swapped the plain white shirt for a floral print, open neck and a pair of braces. We chose a small pattern for his shirt to complement the large print of the bride’s dress.
- Florist: Once Upon A Time
- Hair: Alison Jenner
- MakeUp: Joanne Tromans
- Food & Drinks: Stones Events
- Tableware: Options Hire
- Stationery: Lucy Says I Do
- Cake: Couture Cakes
- Edible Flower Lollipops: The Little Lollipop Shop
- Bridal Trousers/Top & Long Sleeve Dress: Serendipity Brides
- Floral Dress: Wendy Makin at Shade Bridal
- Bridal Shoes: Ted Baker
- Groomswear: Model’s own
- Groom’s Accessories: Mrs Bow Tie
Top tips to pull this look off
- Think about how to balance the feminine with the masculine. Lots of flowers could look overly girly but that can be toned down by adding a neutral colour like grey or industrial decor. There’s lots of industrial inspiration in home magazines at the moment so have a look at those for ideas.
- Be brave and don’t be afraid of using, and even mixing, patterns. The trick is to combine a large pattern with a smaller one and to keep the tones similar.
- Balance bold statement pieces with some simpler things; for example, we put our Groom in a plain tie and pocket square rather than patterned ones so that his outfit didn’t fight with the flowers in the background. If your backgrounds are clean, like the metal barn doors we used, then you can pull off drama in front of it.
- Don’t forget the smaller details. Patterned linen, coloured water glasses or co-ordinating charger plates can make a big difference. Plan and budget for these things at the start if you want to go ‘off menu’.
- Don’t settle for set packages. Ask your caterer about themed food. Check if an existing range of stationery can be tweaked to suit your look. Swap the standard white table linen. This might mean your suppliers need more time but most will relish the opportunity to be creative and help you bring your dream to life.
- Look to nature for inspiration. What colours does Mother Nature combine in flowers? What flower varieties do you find growing together in hedgerows? These are the combinations you might not naturally think of, but that actually work really well together.