Silent Noon Spring Editorial

 

Spring is finally here! I spent a few days out and about last week in my annual quest to find all the blossom. We even braved the chilly nights for our first campervan adventure of the year; it was glorious to be eating breakfast with the door flung open listening to a symphony of birdsong. This time of year I always feel my sap rising, like I’m starting to come back to life too.

I’m delighted to be able to share these images with you

It’s felt like a very long time waiting for them to be published (you may have seen them on B.Loved), but as they’re full of spring promise it feels like perfect timing too!

The original concept Clare Lloyd and I had was to pull together a team of modern day artisans - all craftspeople in their own field - and create a shoot stripped back to a palette of whites and focused on all the exquisite details that can get missed. In the absence of colour, the interplay of patterns, textures, light and shade all become more important. I hope you’ll agree the resulting images, though deceptively simple, have a timeless and otherworldly elegance.

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“WHERE THE COWPARSLEY SKIRTS THE HAWTHORNE HEDGE”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s poem “Silent Noon” became a muse for us at quite an early stage, and directly informed the choice of cowparsley and hawthorn blossom in the florals. Rossetti’s words carry a sense of quiet stillness, speaking of the beauty in the smallest details. It’s a poem I keep coming back to, but the more we thought about it, the more its words seemed to perfectly sum up what we were trying to achieve: a moment of English springtime captured, the gentle play of light and shade, and a generous dose of romance. Pre-raphaelite influences run throughout the styling from Katie’s sheer sleeves and dramatic braid to the glorious floral installation.


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For the stationery I wanted to keep things very simple and delicate, playing with the shades of white. The Hedgerow Blossom suite seemed a perfect fit for the spring setting, with its delicate white on white petals. To this I added barely-there vellum elements, printed in white: a second layer to the place cards, finished with white silk ribbon along with excerpts from the poem bringing a little extra romance to the table setting.


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I need to say a massive thank you to our brilliant team who were so generous with their time, their talent and their enthusiasm:

Clare Lloyd: Concept, styling, being my partner in crime, and that fabulous twining head piece.

Sarah Willard Couture: Gorgeous dresses

Oxi Photography: Perfectly capturing what was in our mind’s eyes all along.

Katie Mence: Our perfectly poised pre-raphaelite bride.

Jess Singer Hair: Those gorgeous spiraling braids!

Lisa Caldognetto: Bridal make up to die for.

The Cake Architect: Our wonderful cake with the most delicate (and surprisingly robust!) sugar flower.

The petal Shed: Last but not least Sarah’s epic woodland-inspired florals.