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Whether bride or a creative, you are probably always looking for something different and unique. That uniqueness is exactly what Madison of Hart Floral and Emily of Fleuropean discovered during their recent Primavernal Workshop. Their discovery began with one question. What happens when you plant a contemporary color palette within a simplistic farmhouse setting?

From the Floral Designers:
Set in the rural Belgian countryside, we aimed to marry modern minimalism with rustic cottage romance. Plotting and planning quite literally from the ground up. Emily sourced and grew the unique variety of burnt orange and blue blooms while Madison dreamt of avant garde fashion and starkly seasonal floral creations.

Donning a vintage Edwardian skirt paired with a simple knotted scarf, Anneleen proved the perfect model for the daring color combination of florals. The final result was soaked in breath-taking simplicity – captured beautifully in images that truly succeeded in bringing the vision of modern country to life.

From the Editor:
We know you will want to know what the flowers are in the gorgeous bouquet, so we already asked: Heuchera, Forget Me Nots, Brown Sugar Tulips, Ranunculus, Peonies, Muscari and Pansies!

Photography Taylor & Porter | Stylist Hart Floral | Floral Design Fleuropean and Hart Floral | Dress Shop Gossamer | Hair & Makeup Edlyn Herrmann | Venue Beaujean Vacances | Model Anneleeen Notredame  | Flower frogs Notary Ceramics | Ceramic bowls July Adrichem  | Calligraphy Ina and the Olive Tree  | Additional flowers Fleurs d’ici and Bloom Ruth | Plant-dyed Ribbon Fleuropean


From the bride Phillipa:
Richard’s family home in Llandudno, South Africa is so beautiful and steeped in family history that we knew there would be no other location that could compare. We had both limited space (70 people maximum) and limited budget, but that suited us fine. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money and I really wanted only our nearest and dearest – the people that were part of our history and that we wanted to be part of our future. We have a little boy and it was also important that we were married in an environment that he knew.

We didn’t really think about the design of the wedding or colours or anything like that – we wanted to keep it as simple as possible and let people enjoy the setting. We kept coming back to good food, plenty of booze and great music. Rich is South African and I’m English, so we had a braai (bbq) and drank Pimm’s and G&T. We were keen to use local suppliers where we could and knew an amazing gin distiller in Cape Town, called Hope on Hopkins. The had little bottles with ‘hope’ printed across them that made me smile every time I saw them.

I struggled to find a dress that I liked, but nothing I saw was quite right. Eventually I ordered a dress from The Reformation and found the most wonderful designer in South Africa who agreed to embroider and alter the dress for me. I wish that someone had told me from the start find something that you like (rather than love) and then get someone to alter it or change it to really suit you.

So many of our friends and family were involved in the day. Our friend Sam agreed to do the service for us. So many things were created by our wonderful friends. The days leading up to the wedding were chaos – we had friends and family from overseas and so much to organize. Even on the morning of the wedding I was making coloured tissue paper pompoms to brighten up the garage doors! Thankfully my friend and make-up artist dragged me away to give me a couple of hours to relax, pause and get dressed.

There were many things that didn’t go according to plan, but then not much in life does! Nothing is perfect. But when I look back on that day, all that mattered was having our friends and family together with us, celebrating and honoring the relationship we have and the family we’ve made.

Photography Saskia Koerner | Dress The Reformation | Dress Embroidery Sheila-Madge Design

How often have you found yourself lost in an endless scroll through Instagram or Pinterest looking for new inspiration only to end up wondering why everything almost looks the same? In this class, Holly will teach you leave replication behind and move towards a greater awareness of your natural environment that will leave you uniquely inspired to create your own original work. Learn to work seasonally and let nature become your greatest teacher as you develop your own voice.

Inspired Design: Creating Without Imitating

Live Centerpiece Demo with Holly Carlisle

August 17th at 1:30 PM EST