Each August the moors here in North Yorkshire take on beautiful hues of rose pink and soft mauve as the heather plant
(Calluna vulgaris) flowers.
It grows abundantly across the moorlands in the Yorkshire Dales. It has a relatively short flowering season, but I love its subtle beauty and as a wedding florist I have long wanted to use it. I therefore took a small team consisting of two models, a photographer and an assistant stylist to the slopes of Beamsley Beacon to show some examples of how it can be incorporated into an August wedding.
One day I will have a ‘proper’ heather shoot with all the trimming, cake, dresses, men’s attire, hairdresser, make-up artist
– the lot. For now, I will just share a few images of a bridal bouquet, a bridesmaid’s posy and hair flowers.
Our ‘bride’, the lovely Sarah, had a simple hand-tied bouquet of heather, white snapdragon,
white hypericum berries and blue sea holly (Eryngium). The bouquet was finished with trailing silk ribbon.
Our flower girl, Emily, had a small posy with just heather and sea holly.
For hair flowers I chose to make a floral crown for Sarah ...
… and a few sprigs pushed into the up-do for Emily.
I love the innocent simplicity of this look and chose similarly simple, yet elegant dresses for the occasion.
The bridal gown was a fitted, sleeveless ivory dress by Marylise of Brussels with an embroidered bodice and a slight train.
Emily wore a silk and viscose velvet and silk chiffon dress with sequin detailing and a tie waist from Monsoon.
I couldn’t say where the woollen plaid was from, unfortunately. All I know is that it normally lives on our sofa!
Like a true country bride, Sarah wore her trusty Hunter wellingtons underneath her dress for the walk
up and down the Beacon! No twisted ankles for this lass!
Buttonholes for the gentlemen with heather, ivy, blueberry, rosemary and pheasant feathers (photo by S. P. Loweth)
The atmospheric photographs were by Lydia Wakelam, seen here in action (photo by S. P. Loweth)
Photography - Lydia Wakelam Photography
Floral Design and Styling – Susanne P. Loweth, Beamsley Blooms
‘Bride’ - Sarah Hibbert
‘Flower Girl’ - Emily
Assistant stylist - Stephanie Noland
Bride’s dress – Marylise Bridal
Flower girl’s dress – Monsoon