We have an absolute feast for all the senses in store for you today. In a beautiful garden we see incredible florals and tables heaving with delicious cakes and local beer. You can just imagine the heavenly scents wafting from the troughs of herb filled, fragrant flowers. The shoot location is a little oasis of calm that you wouldn’t think is actually in London. Complete with a well, it’s the perfect setting for a shoot, which feels just a little secretive and there is some wonderful inspiration for a modern wedding, with a slight Shakespearean twist.
Our bride is gorgeous adorned in a flower crown and you’ll enjoy the earthy twist to her outfit. Just brilliant. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding or just want to bring the outside in, take in every gorgeous detail of this secret Shakespearean garden.
The fantastic images come thanks to WWW fave Fiona Kelly Photography, thank you so much Fiona. Now over to Rebecca Mays, who styled the shoot with her incredible locally grown flowers, to explain a bit more;
The Rookery Photo Shoot – A Nod to the Bard
“I love the countryside and I live in Streatham, South London. How does that work? I wanted to create a shoot showcasing the beauty and nature found in our urban environment and the incredible community of creative talent we have here. Inspired by a project I have been working on using plants and flowers referenced in Shakespeare’s plays; all the flowers are locally grown, some wild including Buttercup and Daisy and some simply wonderful such as the zingy yellow parsnip flower or oh so dainty Love-In-Idleness. The scent of Mint, Marjoram and Lavender fill the air with a hint of perfume from the pale pink Roses. I wanted to create a very natural looking design to reflect the beauty of our surroundings. This is echoed in Catherine Robert’s simply stunning wedding dress and Natacha’s choice of understated make-up. The brogue boots hand made by Sanna, give the look an earthy twist.
The Rookery is an area of Streatham Common now run by a co-operative, managed by the visionary Dom. It is surrounded by a community garden and a barn which will soon house the fantastic Inkspot Brewery, who supplied our bar for the shoot. Not only will Inkspot be brewing beer and producing honey for the beer in the Rookery, but sourcing water from the old well that you see in the photos, captured perfectly by local photographer Fiona Kelly.
The well seemed the ideal place for the cake table. Elaine’s company ‘Bunting and Pops’ supplied cake pops with intricate flower work, sitting on a mound of moss with a sprinkle of edible flowers. This worked perfectly with Emma’s delicious mini Victoria Sponge cakes, decorated with fresh fruit and flowers.
Both the Rookery and Inkspot barn are available to hire for a perfectly unique nature inspired wedding with a hint of botanical theatre.”
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Bunting & Cake Pops | Elaine Runham – Bunting & Pops
Cakes | Emma Mann – The Pop-up Cake Shop
Dress | Cathy Roberts
Make-up | Natacha Derian
Model | Cecily Nash
Boots | Sanna Palosaari ([email protected])
Flowers/styling | Rebecca Mays
Table Linen | Les Sardines
Beer | The Inkspot Brewery
Location | The Rookery
Just wonderful! Thanks so much to everyone involved for sharing this shoot with us. Rachel x