When dreaming up our ideal wedding arch, simplicity is a word we found ourselves constantly returning to. A simple frame that will let the flowers take centre stage. That is elegant for its lack of frills and complications.
With this idea in mind, we set to work with a local woodworker to finalise the design of our new arch and upon its completion, were inspired to plan a styled shoot showcasing pastel florals arranged in a warm, organic style.
Open Farm Community, with its laid-back atmosphere and lush grounds, was a natural choice for the shoot. Its bowling lawn, surrounded by an herb garden and sculptures, has the intimate air of a secret hideout and served as the spot where our floral arch stood. We then brought in Fiona of SmittenPixels Photography, whom we felt has a great eye for romance and mystery.
Starting with a base of free-flowing vines and ferns, soft colours are layered on: the dreamy blue of preserved hydrangeas, vibrant peach of the fresh amaryllises, ranunculuses and dahlias, and iridescent glow of fresh anthuriums.
Taupe and tan shades, in the form of artificial pieris buds and scabiosas, add depth and contrast, as well as delicate texture.
Here the asymmetrical placement of the flowers allows the organic floral design to be dramatically expressed. Balancing our use of peach and blush tones, which brides favour, with unexpected flower types such as the anthurium and amaryllis, which we love, is a welcome challenge as well.
Flanking the wedding arch, also stained a handsome deep brown, are two complementary floral stands with arrangements atop in the same style. They provide added presence amid the green surrounds.
In the bridal bouquet, pastel tones mingle - blush callas and peach ranunculuses are joined by pink delphiniums, hypericum berries and textural fillers. The resulting unstructured form and soft textures make for a bouquet that is disarmingly charming.
Our bride wore a minimalistic dress with beautiful pleated details by Klarra. Makeup artist Esta Hsu gave her a fresh-faced look and peach-tinted lips with loosely plaited hair. The groom's vintage-styled attire and the couple's leather shoes add warmth and complete the look and theme of the shoot.
Venue: Open Farm Community
Conceptualisation: The Bloom Room
Flowers: The Bloom Room
Photographer: SmittenPixels Photography
Makeup & Hair: Esta Hsu Makeup Artistry