• Lydie Dalton

Rust Romance

Updated: Jan 21, 2020

I recently created the florals for a styled shoot for the fabulous Rebecca Carpenter.

It was an inspiring, creative, fun and hard working day in equal measure surrounded by many talented suppliers. There's a great Youtube video to enjoy at the end of the blog.

It's the first time I used the relatively new Westminster Abbey rose and it did not disappoint. A real lady of a rose with its amazing elusive pale nude beige tone. It worked its absolute magic nested next to the velvety dark pops of chocolate cosmos and warm tones of seasonal blooms. Absolutely delicious! I combined floaty dried grasses and seasonal flowers for textural interest, though I didn't want the dried flowers to be too prominent. The velvet ribbon was just stunning too and brought that all important finishing touch.

The floral arch was a joy to create at this time of year. Entirely constructed without a single nasty crumb of floral foam, I created it in situ on support of chicken wire with little water vials for the more tender blooms. It is an orchestrated bounty of seasonal foliage (there're a few less branches on the trees in my garden...) and flowers in deep russet tones with the Westminster Abbey roses bringing a pale muted pop of colour.

The whole theme dreamed up by Rebecca and brought to life by Claire and her magic styling touch was on trend and yet original. I loved every minute of it! I couldn't feel my arms the next day (or the day after that...) having forgotten my ladder - with the arch much higher than petite moi you get the picture, but still elated by the joy of creativity and camaraderie between everyone.

And... finally... I made it on YouTube thanks to Russell!!!

Workshop: @rebeccacarpenterphotography

Host: @photographyfarm

Design and Styling: @butlerandwhite_

Floristry: @lydiedaltonfloraldesign

Models: @w.j.couple

Videography: @rkn_aerial_imaging

Hair and Makeup: @stormemakeupartist

Bridal wear: @loveinlacebridal

Menswear: @suitstosuituk

Stationery: @wonderland_invites

Grazing table: @gracefully_grazing

Furniture, plates, lampshades: @beaumondeuk

Gift boxes: @parcellondon

Silk Ribbon: @silkandpurl

Flower crowns: @f.o.l.k.y.d.o.k.e.y

Jewellery: @hermioneharbutt

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