Blossom Orchard Shoot at the Apple Farm, Isle of Wight
Inspiration & Location
The idea for this shoot was inspired by my love of oriental design and classic vintage blue and white china. I am always on the lookout for beautiful tableware and over the years my collection of blue patterned china has grown to now serve as a hire package. I took the opportunity of this shoot to style some of my oriental china and other vintage pieces for this pretty scheme. I also wanted the shoot to be celebratory of nature and Springtime. Oriental design is synonymous with themes found within nature. It often features fine decorations of birds, butterflies and blossom, creating a sense of harmony and Zen.
Set within the beautiful blossoming orchard of The Apple Farm and shot against bright blue skies we all had a lovely day creating some amazing shots and connecting with nature.
The location really encompassed everything we needed. Set within the stunning rural west Wight area of the Island, The Apple Farm welcomes stylish relaxed weddings and receptions. It’s an ideal location for beautiful laid-back outdoor events but also has indoor seating areas to weatherproof your occasion. We had glorious sunshine and a lovely light breeze drifting through the trees on the day. Lots of happy birdsong and the company of the sheep roaming the orchard, it was such a beautiful tranquil location.
The table was set with a vintage Chinese blue and white dinner service accented with vintage pink glass and blossom patterned plates. An antique Chinese wedding basket was used to hold rustic cheesecloth napkins. Rich in tradition, these pretty baskets are perfect for weddings and can be customised to hold wedding gifts, food or tableware. The glassware was from Botanical Vintages’ collection with both elegant blue and hand-blown blush coloured goblets.Origami Cranes crafted from a pink blossom card finished the place settings.
These beautiful shots were captured by Lucy Boynton Photography and Chris Jones at GDNS Art & Design. Having previously worked with both Lucy and Chris, I was really pleased to be doing so again.
Lucy has an incredible talent for capturing lovely, natural shots while as an artist and designer Chris has a gifted eye for capturing fantastic mood and depth within his photography and editing.
A small picnic area was also set up with scatter cushions, a vintage peacock chair, vintage china and glassware with floral and bird designs. Our giant vintage doilie bunting looked so pretty draped between the trees. We got some amazing photos of Georgina, including some great confetti shots. We used 100% biodegradable confetti by Adam Apple Confetti.
Our vintage vases and vessels were used for floral displays. A tall ceramic umbrella stand centred the table with smaller oriental botanical patterned vases on either side.
Clare at Bembridge Flower Shop created incredibly pretty arrangements with beautiful seasonal blooms. Working with lots of foliage and flowers of deep blues and soft-washed out pinks. Graduating in height, depth and texture, these gorgeous flowers really elevated the styling and colour scheme. A further striking arrangement was also expertly done in our rustic wooden brass bound jardinière. My personal favourite arrangement was the small Art Nouveau posy vase. Simple and with its own stand-alone beauty. Clare’s attention to every tiny detail is wonderful!
Vintage Dresses & Kimono
I chose three vintage pieces from Botanical Vintage to complement the colour scheme and oriental theme of the shoot. Georgina wore a very pretty 1970s boho bridal maxi dress with draped floral lace overlay and long bell sleeves. A lovely alternative to traditional white.
She also modelled a kimono dating from 1950s Japan. A stunning wisteria print against a blue ground. We took some great shots of Georgina standing in the middle of the orchard with her arms held out to display the gorgeous wisteria print upon the arms of the kimono. I really love these shots, as it feels like she is really connecting with nature.
I love the uniqueness of Kimonos and they look great on everyone. Kimono translates into English as “thing to wear” Well, I must agree! They are a great addition to a vintage wardrobe and look wonderful when draped decoratively somewhere in a boudoir or any room for that matter.
An elegant traditional Cheongsam dress, also dating from the 1950s was featured too. Made from a deep inky, indigo blue velvet with hand painted florals of blue and white.
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