I absolutely adore the month of June for so many reasons – the sunshine, the warmth, that bohemian sense of free spirit, but nothing makes me happier than seeing the beautiful little wildflower meadow we own come to life at this time of year. It’s absolutely magical.
I still pinch myself daily that we have such a beautiful outdoor space, through which I feel privileged being able to observe the seasons come and go. I often share images of our pretty corner of the countryside over on my personal Instagram feed; June brings the tall swaying grasses, daisies, buttercups, wild orchids, hedgerows filled with elderflower, cow parsley, verbascum and knapweeds to name but a few. Which is why I was very thrilled when photographer Jo Bradbury got in touch to ask if we would share these gorgeous wildflower meadow inspired images in honour of British Flowers Week. These images will inspire those of you looking for wildflower inspired, colourful bouquets. And as for that incredible cake! Handing you over to Jo who kindly shares a little more about these lovely photographs.
“There is something particularly British and beautiful about a flower meadow; to me, it conjures up thoughts of a country life, simpler times and rural romance. A meadow shoot had been buzzing around in my brain for quite a while, so before another summer passed me by in a whirl of weddings I began to search on Instagram (my favourite social media platform!) for flower fields and meadow locations.”
Photography by Jo Bradbury
“Wharfedale Grange in Yorkshire immediately stood out as shoot location – they have their own stunning flower fields, in which they have held weddings, but also have their own wedding barn. It really is a dream location. Claire, who runs Wharfedale Grange, is also an extremely talented florist. In creating the bouquets for this shoot, she took inspiration from the equally talented cake designer, Amy Swann, who created the ‘wildflower cake’ seen above.”
“Claire used pink peonies, orange colour pop roses, dahlias and foliage for the bouquet and floral crown (we had to have a floral crown in a meadow, didn’t we?)”.
“Claire also built a rustic arch and adorned it with flowers before positioning it in the centre of the meadow – only enhancing even more the natural rural idyll this gorgeous space already is.”
“The two beautiful dresses were supplied by the extremely supportive ‘Something Blue Brides’ in Bolton, I am so grateful to them, sending your beautiful wedding dresses out into the countryside all day on the whim of a wedding photographer is a bit of a risk.”
“We chose dresses that particularly suited a country wedding; ‘Gardenia’ by Claire Pettibone and ‘Berangere’, by Cymbeline.”
I spotted the hand-written talent of wedding calligrapher Claire Gould, of By Moon and Tide a mile off…
As for that most beautiful cake, Amy Swann says…
“I created this cake in celebration of British Flowers Week, which commences today. It was very much a spontaneous reaction to the amazing wild flower meadows that are looking so magical in our stunning countryside at the moment. I wanted it to look as though I had taken a piece of meadow and placed it onto a cake. Flowers in their natural form are always the most inspiring to me.”
“A shout-out too, to Bertie – the cutest dog in the world who wore the flowers beautifully and completely stole the show.”
How beautiful is all this? I wasn’t even aware that British Flowers week existed but am off to explore some more.
My love and thanks to photographer Jo Bradbury and all involved in this shoot for choosing to share such beautiful images with Love My Dress. Pinterest away lovers!
Credits & Thanks
- Photography - Jo Bradbury
- Venue - Wharfedale Grange, Yorkshire
- Cake - Amy Swann
- Florist - Claire at Wharfedale Grange
- Dresses - Something Blue Brides
- Stationery - Amy Swann + By Moon and Tide
- Make Up Artist - Cristina Lazzarotto
- Models - Miriam and Luis supplied by Model Students
- Suit and Floral Shirt - Next