wollaton hall camellia house spring wedding editorial

Have you ever attended a Wollaton Hall wedding before? Well if you’re a fan of glass houses and British-grown flowers then you’re in for a treat. This spring/summer wedding inspiration will leave you breathless. We only went and filled the only remaining cast-iron framed glass house in Europe with flowers! How cool is that?

It all started on a sunny afternoon in 2020. And the UK government has just lifted the lockdown restrictions. I was chatting with my dear friend Kathy, a Nottingham-based wedding florist and owner of All Bunched Up. Kathy’s passionate about buying British flowers and running a sustainable business. Think of recycling containers, using non-toxic materials, and working with foam-free construction techniques. In short, working with zero or minimal environmental impact.

“I have leftover flowers from an intimate wedding that I want to use.”

I squealed! If you know me, you’ll know my lifelong obsession with flowers. After months of being stuck at home, I couldn’t be more excited to start creating beautiful work again. So before you know it, we were planning an editorial.

Kathy and I gathered a small creative team and ventured into Wollaton Park. Donna of The Country Garden Florist, and Catherine of Graciebelle Beauty decided to join us. It was a relaxed afternoon, full of lovely chats about sustainable floristry and the future of the wedding industry. The perfect way to spend a summer day, if you ask me. There’s nothing more fun and relaxing than being with a small group of creative people and doing what we love.

wollaton hall wedding editorial shoot

Catherine worked on a fresh and natural bridal look, my favorite. You can’t go wrong by using a neutral palette of blush and nudes on your wedding day. It’s the best way to keep your wedding look simple and highlight your best features. It’s also best for spring or summer. When the weather gets hot, you wouldn’t want a heavy pile of makeup on your face.

Kathy and Donna worked on a floral arch using British-grown seasonal flowers and lush foliage. They used blush, white, and peach David Austin roses as well as seasonal hollyhocks and daisies. We put the floral installation at one of the entrances of Camellia House. It really was the perfect location for it. Whether you’re thinking of using the Camellia House for your wedding ceremony or reception, the floral arch at the doorway will make an impression on your wedding guests.

The theme and choice of flowers continued with the two bouquets. Kathy’s bouquet was a beautiful loose arrangement with flowers from her cutting garden. Again, roses were the main flowers. But she also added pops of colour with her peach foxgloves, lilac clematis, and some white fragrant sweet peas. Donna’s bouquet mirrored Catherine’s neutral look. She used large roses of varying colours: old rose, blush, and white. And she added some sprigs of Savill Lace to complete the look.

creative team:

Photography: Cristina Ilao | Floral Design: Kathy of All Bunched Up and Donna of The Country Garden Florist | Hair and Make-up: Catherine of Graciebelle Beauty | Venue: Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire

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Close-up newly married couple portrait at an English garden wedding in Ardington House Oxfordshire England UK; Bride is wearing a white Chantilly lace A line long sleeves Claire Pettibone wedding dress, updo chignon classic hairstyle with half flower crown, groom is wearing a beige suit with a white dress shirt and a nneutral sand straw hat with grosgrain ribbon: Photo by Cristina Ilao

"I just don't have the words to thank you enough for our wedding photos. It goes without saying, but these pictures of us with our loved ones will be cherished forever. You're amazing, Cristina! I'm so happy that we chose you as our photographer, and I'm so happy to have formed a friendship with you." - Ashlyn and Hunter