CASCADING STAIRCASE OF SPRING FLORALS, WITH A LIGHT ELEGANT RECEPTION. SET IN THE ROMANTIC NOTTINGHAMSHIRE ESTATE OF NORWOOD PARK. I INVITE YOU TO ENJOY A SUSTAINABLE STYLED SHOOT WITH A DIFFERENCE.
The creative vision behind the shoot
Cate is passionate about creating floristry for weddings that are not only beautiful but sustainable too. Like myself, she believes you do not need to compromise on quality, elegance or style to achieve a beautiful backdrop for your wedding. Set at the Southwell wedding venue Norwood Park. A historic wedding venue that uses renewable energy and has environmental values at the heart of it’s business.
Spring wedding flowers in pale yellow, orange and white
Cate has extensive knowledge of what flowers and foliage are in season for every wedding throughout the year continues to blow my mind and forever inspires my own work. When you think of setting the tone and colours for your wedding, you may not naturally think of weaving in yellows or oranges.
Using only British-grown flowers from her own cutting garden, combined with flowers sourced from local flower farmers in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Cate showed how the delicate pale yellows of different Daffodils and Narcissus create freshness and light. Juxtaposed with pops of bright, rich orange tulips and Ranunculus. Mellowing the brighter colours with wild branches of white tree blossoms and just a hint of purple from the early Spring Iris.
The seasonal fauna brought the staircase to life with rambling florals and foliage, creating the breathtaking vision that they could have almost grown there naturally, and you were walking in from a country meadow.
Elegant reception in the Norwood Park Long Gallery
Spring was brought indoors at the Long Gallery. Bathed in natural light throughout the day, the grand long table was swathed in yards of delicate muslin and linens by stylist Elsbeth from Hire Twenty One. Letting the Spring florals do the talking, the tablescape was simple and elegant, with handmade dining plates from every story accompanied by vintage cutlery and candlesticks. Flowers were placed in lovingly sourced and repurposed vases, with flower pots that guests could take home at the end of the celebrations. The ideal sustainable wedding favor.
Storytelling Sustainable stationery
Growing up close to Norwood Park, I knew the beautiful venue was full of historic charm. Alongside being a weddings and events venue, Norwood Park maintains 800 acres of ancient woodland and gardens. Taking inspiration from the seasonal florals and the location, I hand-drew illustrations with delicate miniature apples as a nod to Norwood Park’s own Starkey apple orchards and wallpapers that adorn the venue’s interiors. Unable to resist, I illustrated the Norwood Park venue in a delicate fine line drawing.
The fine art heritage style invitations were printed in a rich Spring green on fine 100% recycled premium card, with coordinating sage green envelopes made from climate-neutral papers. Carefully bound together with a stunning pale yellow silk ribbon hand dyed by local silk ribbon artisans Bertie and Fred.
For the tablescape
Personalised wedding menus were designed in a petite format to use less paper, and create less waste. All paper elements are fully recyclable, and the ribbons can be reused or biodegradable.
For the table plan, I repurposed a large gold vintage mirror to frame the lists of the guests’ names to help them find their place. By using the mirror as the structure of the table plan, fewer cards were required and could be recycled or treasured after the celebrations.
I will continue to dream of this Spring wedding editorial shoot. The colours bring Spring to life and tell the story of your wedding at Norwood Park in the most light and elegant manner. I hope you too feel inspired for your own Spring wedding and excited about what magic you can create.
The talented team
To be asked by Green Gate Blooms to be part of this beautiful shoot was such a gift and I am grateful to have worked alongside so many talented sustainable wedding suppliers who live local to myself.
Planning and florist – Green Gate Blooms | Photographer – Tom Wyatt | Venue – Norwood Park | Florist Assistant – Lime Wood Flowers | Stationery – Ellie and Liv | Ribbons – Bertie and Fred | Hair – Moira Borg | Make-up – Lauren Butler | Bridal Gown – Frances Day | Model Elsa
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