This afternoon we're escaping with some botanical vibes from the lovely Vintage House That Could. I always love Katie's styling - as well as being visually striking, it's so homely, inviting and inclusive, which sometimes wedding styling can lack. You want your guests to feel as if they can sit down and actually use their cutlery ;) The stunning blooms are making me long for spring and Autumn has only just really begun! Uh oh. I'm off to bury my head in this shoot and pretend the days aren't dark and cold. It's all pineapples, pink and peonies...

The Inspiration

The moment I clapped eyes on the Victorian Orangery at Yeldersley Hall it had Miami Vibes written all over it! I had been desperate for a beautiful old glasshouse to complete my vision and when Becky Tranter – Life Through a Lens agreed to shoot it for me I knew it would be perfect.


I have been swooning over all things botanical for a while, incorporating plants, pops of pink and palm wallpaper into the house so it seemed natural to bring it into weddings too. I love it when couples dare to do something that little bit different and I have written a few blog posts now about up and coming trends and how you can weave home trends into your big day. There is so much inspiration over on Instagram and Pinterest of beautiful homes that it’s almost impossible to not become an interiors addict! I am finding more and more that couples want an ‘on trend’ look and they won’t settle for the wedding norm. Music to my ears. I also have a thing for Miami, I mean who doesn’t? Vibrant colours, iconic architecture and sunsets, with a bit of 1980’s kitsch thrown in for good measure – cue huge fake cactus!

The Colour Palette

I specifically wanted to use coral sunset peonies, only available at a certain time of the year, May and June. The colours of these together with the simple greenery used in the bouquet and table decorations really injected that WOW pop of colour against the dress and I love it!! Shooting in such a gorgeous environment with flowers and foliage all around really does make for a fantastic setting. Pink & green were my starting point but we went with the flow of the amazing plants around us. When I was putting this shoot together I knew the first person I wanted on board was the very talented illustrator Chloe Hall she produces gorgeous botanical prints and cards which I used within my seating plan and table numbers. The colours worked a treat and it’s so good to use small businesses, I was lucky to be sent many lovely unique pieces to include in the shoot and it just shows that you don’t have to head to Hobbycraft or The Range the minute the word wedding is mentioned. I love to use vintage and one off pieces to create a one of a kind wedding.

The Fashion

The lovely ladies over at Rachel Ash Boutique in Atherstone Warwickshire lent us a two-piece outfit. The dreamy Delia skirt by Catherine Deane was perfect, as I wanted to incorporate the feel of classic romantic next to modern pieces. The snowflake shrug by Stephanie Allin is so delicate and for the evening the model changed into a rose gold camisole by Monsoon to add that touch of Miami glamour. Hair and make up was very relaxed but with rose gold touches.

The Photography

Becky’s photography style is so in keeping with what I had imagined and she kept the colours so vibrant and fresh, I love the finished results.
Fern Godfrey

Written by Fern Godfrey

Planning & Styling: The Vintage House That Could | Venue: Yeldersley Hall | Bridalwear: Rachel Ash | Stationery: Chloe Hall | Rug: Tea In Tangier | Miami Print: Joyful Home Company | Hair: Hair By Ellis | Make Up: Rachel Prince
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