There are quite a few things I’d like to discuss this morning, turns out I have my Brummy gob on (meaning: talks a lot, usually too fast, doesn’t come up for air etc etc) so bear with me whilst I ramble on a bit.
(For those of you bored already feel free to just look at the pretty pictures instead.)
So anyways, the other day Adam and I accidentally attended the wedding reception of some completely unknown folk. Yes that’s right, we gatecrashed the partaay.
There we were, awaiting the Temperley launch at Miss Bush Bridal in Surrey, enjoying some chunky chips and coca cola in a very pretty near by pub garden, only to slowly become surrounded by various people in a range of rather splendid attire.
Turns out the W-day reception was in the pub garden and we’d sat on their tables.
It made for some very interesting viewing. And various big day subjects came out of the people-watching activities.
Following the bride ( strapless, ruffle layered full princess skirt, delicate gold jewellery – C’mon you wanted to visualise right?) and her various maids (deep purple chiffon) were a selection of ridiculously cute flower girls. Or at least we think so. A few were in pretty ivory ruffled numbers similar to the bride’s gown and a few were in a jumble of florals and brightly coloured awesomeness.
And there came the discussion, as per maids sometimes wearing different colours/dress styles, what is the deal with flower girls? give or take a few I think I have only ever seen them in typical traditional garb. Absolutely nothing wrong with this of course – they look gorgeous. But I was just wondering….is anyone considering something a bit different?
Our favourite of the mini-rabble was the small wavy haired blonde, flowers in her hair, crumpled beige linen sundress with delicate daisy print and jesus-esque sandals.
Could have been the daughter of a guest for all we knew but still, she was so refreshingly and naturally lovely.
And then there was the teardrop bouquet. As per the differently dressed flower girls we rarely see this shape on these pages, you lovelies seem to favour an oversized circular spectacular or a just-picked-from-the-garden bunch of mis-matched loveliness.
I wonder if that is because the teardrop shape became somewhat traditional? And perhaps as with any W-day related accessories we are all moving towards what is considered more contemporary – more “now”.
It was fitting then that not only did stylist and event planner Jillian Nicole send me an inspiration shoot featuring some lovely flower girl ideas but also a truly modern take on the traditional teardrop using a variety of bold colourful blooms.
Jillian Nicole: I’m so thrilled to be sharing this collaborative shoot with you all! The inspiration really came from my Wedding Plan B. I was a Summer bride and really went back and forth between having a soft, romantic look or a bright, colourful, classic wedding. In the end, soft and romantic won, but I always wondered what a bright, colourful wedding would have looked like, so we brought my Wedding Plan B to life!
Cara and Nye, the super duo behind Lillian and Leonard Photography, were my first point of contact. I’d admired them and their immense talent for years and once they were on board, I knew it was going to be a stunner! They even lent us their cutie pie daughters to play our little flower girls!
I had worked with Sophie on an earlier shoot and we just became really good friends, so I knew right away who I’d be calling to do the floral arrangements. And, oh my goodness, she did such a wonderful job! I described to her how I wanted the flowers to pop against the classic blue and white pallette and she created such beautiful blooms that did just that! And can you even get over the cuteness of the sweet, little floral headbands she made for the twins? So precious!
A huge inspiration all along was Mae Mae Paperie run by the super sweet and kind Megan Gonzalez. Her stationery is so bright and fun! And they’d recently launched a new line, which included one suite in particular, Winston, which was perfect for our classic blue and white wedding with pops of colour!
Butler + Taylor supplied all of the rentals for the day. They have such an expansive list and their props always add in the perfect touch of whimsy! Bon Bon Balloons provided us with the prettiest balloon. The kids loved the fun tassle on the balloon and the bright confetti showed in beautifully in the pictures! They are a must at any party!
Lamesley Bridal, based in Edinburgh, supplied the dress, shoes, and flower head piece. Lamesley Bridal has a gorgeous selection of vintage and new gowns and their shop is just the cutest, pink wedding haven! You could seriously spend all day in there! And our lovely model for the day, my friend Megan from the blog Across the Pond, totally rocked the tea-length, lace dress and fascinator! She was so great and professional the whole day, and it was so much fun to work with her!
Photography: Lillian and Leonard Photography
Planning + Design: Mimi Nicole Event Design
Flowers: I Heart Flowers
Stationery: Mae Mae Paperie
Venue: Greenbank Garden, Glasgow, Scotland
Dress + Shoes + Flower Head Piece: Lamesley Bridal
Rentals: Butler + Taylor
Balloon: Bon Bon Balloon
Model: Megan Stern from Across the Pond
So then lovelies, having flower girls? or page boys? considering dressing them in non-weddingy fashions?
Perhaps you are a fan of the teardrop bouquet already? or maybe this has changed your mind…..?
Um…ever accidentally crashed someones wedding reception?
Cara and Nye, you have the cutest children in the whole of the world.
Big Gate-crashing Love
P.S It’s 3 post Wednesday Yay!