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Summer Flower Photoshoot

In July I organised a photoshoot with some incredible female collaborators, many local to me. I used locally grown seasonal summer blooms, foxgloves, alliums, peonies, sweet William, cornflowers, nigella and fragrant sweet peas from my dear friend and grower Sue at @thefloralharvest.

Colour Inspiration

Inspiration comes from a fabric, a dress, a piece of wallpaper, colour combinations in nature that take my eye.

In this case it was in the form of vintage piano shawls belonging to Phiney at @poppyperspective who created a beautiful fringed gown with them.

I went on to plan everything around the embroidery on the dress.

The shoot was on an incredibly hot day but our chosen venue @RELMvenues was cool and welcoming.

Model Hair and Makeup

My model Niamh's hair was curled by Abby at @capelliamalias who fixed the half flower crown I had made that morning (and kept in the salad tray!) so that it did not move all day.

Emma at @mrsgarrodmua discussed Niamh's look with me and we agreed on pink eyeshadow.

Bouquet with Silk Ribbons

Emma got to work whilst I put together a natural, garden-style bouquet, finished with naturally dyed silk ribbons from @studioevig who create striking vibrant shades.

I also styled a country meadow box and table with coloured linen and vintage French tableware from @theboulein , my bespoke handmade crackers and iced biscuits by @whiskandwonderful

The teal ombré cake was made for me by a local friend and I finished it with edible flowers and fairy lights.

Curated Details

Photographer and all round gorgeous human @photographybyemilyfae took some flower studies and styled the beautiful stationery from Debs at @theinkmoth , exquisite opulence and attention to detail.

We also used a hand-painted biker jacket by @lolliandshellfairies to add a different edge to the look.

Local designer @hannahcummingsembroidery designed and made a lilac tulle veil with embroidered flowers in all the theme shades.

If you're planning your wedding and love confetti shots, @flutterdarlings is the place to choose your bespoke colour combination, their shade range is extensive.

Team Effort

What a perfect day! Despite the extreme heat, it all came together as I'd hoped and everyone's contribution made the end result and images worth the effort.

Colour and texture are my priorities and these were evident in abundance.

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Thea Lily loves...

Joyful, Colourful, Abundant

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