Just imagine . . . You and your beloved on your wedding day, gathered with family and friends in a beautiful French garden, enjoying a scrumptious reception feast surrounded by giant pink blooms and lush greenery. Now imagine that this dreamy atmosphere can be yours without crossing the Atlantic. That’s right! The incredible Linda Somsersall joined with other talented vendors to bring just such a scene to life right in her hometown of Lakeland, Florida, the shoot fittingly titled “Fête Des Fleurs,” which translated means “Feast of Flowers.” Rich in fine linens, scripty fonts, decadent desserts, and, of course, floral arrangements that steal your breath away, the sunlit scene was truly magnifique! This fairytale of pink, green, and gold was captured by Carrie Wildes Photgraphy!
The styled shoot’s name is “Fête Des Fleurs” (meaning Feast of Flowers in French). The original inspiration was from a swatch of striped fabric which was used for the napkins, the tie for the groom, our adorable puppy groom, as well as the sash around the bride and the bridal bouquet. Two of the main colors from that swatch were used for the linens and the florals, which I imagined being perfect against a lush green natural backdrop.
Different hues of pinks, gardens greens, and regal gold.
hydrangeas, garden roses, parrot tulips, hyacinth, ranunculus, hanging amaranthus, chablis spray roses, artichokes, asparagus
ITEMS TO INCORPORATE
In keeping with the French theme, we consistently used French wording in the paper (place cards, invitation suite, etc.), dessert (macarons), as well as keeping consistent with the stripes even down to the pink and white stripes on the candy.
A couple who is looking for a natural but elegant background; the garden lends itself to its own beauty. The romantic and intimate feel it brings to your wedding gives very little need to add anything else.
WHAT TO WEAR
Comfortable but formal enough that the romantic backdrop compliments and enhances one another. We chose the same striped fabric to synch the waist on the striped chiffon wedding gown, trying all the details together.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
This looks the best in the spring when the florals are in bloom, the grass is lush and green, and your guests won’t roast in the heat outside. Keep your details consistent, but don’t go overboard.
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH
Since we used succulents in the floral design, this is a great way to surprise people with those elements. Kiwi can also be used, as well as brussels sprouts, so that they lend different textures.
Photography: Carrie Wildes Photgraphy | Planning & Design: Linda Marie Weddings & Events | Floral: Events in Bloom | Venue: Hollis Garden at The Terrace Hotel | Invitations & Paper Suite: A+P Designs | Wedding Dresses: Hayley Paige & Christina Wu |Veil & Accessories: Anglo Couture | Shoes: Badgley Mishka | Menswear: Nathan’s Men’s Store | Linens: Connie Duglin | Rentals: Signature Events by Design and WISH Vintage Rentals | Hair & Makeup: Aquali Bridal | Macarons: Le Macaron | Cake: SweetCakes | Models: Emily Jane M & Kel G, Dixie & Abita Wildes