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A crash of colour

February 24, 2019

As we step out of the winter, Sarah Guild Floral Design sets on a colourful trend journey for Spring 2019 – Lily Anna Rose share her recent Frida Kahlo inspired style shoot. Working with local suppliers the team captured the essence of crashing colours – showing brides and bridegrooms that it's good to be bold. The main image was featured on the front cover for Hampshire Bridal Magazine 2019 issue 3.

Over to you Sarah...
As wedding florist, it’s not very often I go for a manicure even though I really need one quite a lot… late last year my parents spent a day at The Botley Grange Hotel and enjoyed a spa day.

We arranged some much needed TLC for my poor hands! Naturally curious, I asked the manicurist what the most popular colour for a manicure was… as I chose it. I wasn’t surprised to learn that Lobster Pink a kind of deep coral tone is the preferred tone of Hampshire ladies. It makes sense – it kinda goes with most colours and looks pretty chic amongst neutral tones, plus contrasts beautifully with warm and cool tones. Did you know that the ever-so-famous company Pantone may have been to same place to have their ‘nails done’, because they have selected Living Coral as their colour of the year for 2019.

Since then, I have started to see this orangey-pink hue everywhere I look. And I absolutely one-hundred-per-cent claim that I knew that this trend was coming! So when planning our Frida Kahlo inspired shoot with a host of awesome Hampshire wedding suppliers I ordered up just those on-trend-tones of flowers to contrast with the zingy green woodland ferns and stark bright blue and purple props to create a sense of drama and dance. To create movement and texture, I chose to combine some of my favourites Roses, Ranunculi’s and a stunning Scabiosa named Blackberry Scoop. Putting them together, I couldn’t wait to see what photographer Katie KN Photography would make of it all.

We took our model Rayna dressed in a handmade Always and Forever Bridal dress, into the woods at a secret Hampshire location. Miriam, from King and Bentley Make Up had already worked her magic and created some dramatic, almost gothic make-up and hair in prep for a huge botanical floral crown! Together with a wild bouquet, bright necklace and banquet table with candles and a slightly unusual combination sharron fruit, figs, blackberries and moss we created quite a scene! Not too appetising for the taste buds, but we did create a spot of drama for passing dog walkers when they saw an eerie gold chandelier with lit electric blue candles installed by event stylist Shay Bennett.

So where were we going with all these colours… in my experience (and order book) couples are very much still going for classic looks as a baseline… however, I’m starting to see a spot of courage and more splashes of colour in their accessories –stationer, silk ribbons for bouquets, and natural petal confetti. Grooms are mixing it up, and having a bit of fun with coloured cravat’s, socks and waistcoats. More couples are asking me for bright colours to reflect their vibrant personalities and flower seasons. In planning a creative inspiration shoot, we aim to showcase our skills, thought processes and offer some ideas to brides and bridegrooms planning their special day.

I speak for lots of us, but as wedding suppliers, we love these exciting choices, it gives us a wonderful creative brief to delivery and stamps your personality all over your wedding.

P.S. If you are into the idea of colourful weddings, don’t leave this blog without checking out Colourful Wedding Photography by Vicki, she’s one of my Instagram favourites and would inspire anyone to follow the rainbow. Shown above Luxury Thank You Card Collections by Lily Anna Rose – an ideal gift (for someone special or for yourself). Countess Edmee, Gabrielle and Sophie are shown in in Orchid, Indian Spice, Kiwi, Coral and available in Caribbean Sea.

Photography: KN Photography
Model: Rayna Smith
Hair and Make Up: King and Bentley Professional Make Up Artists
Floral Design: Sarah Guild Floral Design
Wedding Dress: Always and Forever Bridal Boutique
Styling: Shay Bennet
Props: Eliza Rose Home
Accessories: Glamraggz
Menu by Lily Anna Rose, image by Abi Chadwick