All I can say about today’s fashion editorial is wow. It’s a wedding dress made out of flowers, straight from the garden! Megan Conners Floral & Styling will take you through the idea, execution, and result in today’s gorgeous shoot. Read on and be inspired!
From Megan Connors Floral & Styling – “While working in the garden, I was swept away by the simplistic beauty of the blooming Annabelle hydrangea. It is refined, bold, and has a touch of whimsical grace when I saw it dancing and jutting over the top of a Korean boxwood hedge. It is also symmetrical, crisp, and formal.
As I worked my way down the hedge, I was consumed by the juxtaposing beauty. I was faced with organic floral beauty – in its rawest most unkempt form – the source of it all, my roots, my teacher, and my inspiration: the garden. I was not merely a tender to this scene but an actual part, living, breathing, feeling it’s uniqueness, allowing it to express each imperfection while guiding it toward a collective, eye-pleasing elegance.”
From Megan Connors Floral & Styling – “My thoughts drifted into dreams of being this imperfectly perfect form of beauty. Consumed and intoxicated by the scene I dreamt growing out of the hydrangea, straight from the soil into flowers – into a beautiful form fully living thing – into a floral dress. So now I have my vision. Has it been done? Yes, of course it has, everything has. Has it been done to showcase the freshly grown-from-the-garden rawness and complete human manipulation? Nope. But how can I pull this off?
As I balance the vision and the reality my strategic side weighs in: volume, flow, movement, mass, preservation, freshness, and transportation. Okay, check. My foundation is sound thanks to my handy-man husband, crafty mother-in-law, and engineering brother-in-law. As much thought and work went into the construction of the foundation as the actual execution!
Time to be creative—hmm, let’s say 500 white carnations, 50 white roses, but what variety? 50 white hydrangea, 75 mini green hydrangea, 50 white ranunculus, 2 bunches white majolica spray rose, and 40 orchid blooms should do perfectly. As I access my form I had several practical approaches: glue, wiring, sewing, etc. Well, being a purist, I hated the idea of glue. I am told this would be the quickest but it was the quickest idea I threw out the window! Wire, oh yeah, this is what I know! A constant smile, and twenty hours later the dress of my dreams is complete.”
From Megan Connors Floral & Styling – “Where to photograph? This was a no brainer. After managing the Hilltop Garden of Caesar and Dorothy Stair for 8 years, my floral skirt must be captured in my favorite garden in Knoxville.
On a ridge overlooking the Tennessee River, designer Ryan Gainey created the four season gardens inspired by the world’s greatest outdoor rooms. The intimate rooms created by the demilune, a corridor of sheared Carpanis caroliniana and the delightful tangle of the pergola created the perfect setting for the floral skirt. The garden very much expressing the same character and energy of the skirt: formality, structure, and symmetry, paired with the unruly ease and grace of flowering shrubs, cascading perennials, and playful vines engulfing and softening their rigid supports.”
From Megan Connors Floral & Styling – “As the photo shoot went on, we moved from the manicured garden rooms into the shade of the massive elm tree with its canopy sprawling over 75 feet. Under the shelter of the elm from a different era, a picturesque swing for the children makes a delightful perch for our floral girl! Beneath the cherry trees, a playful field of early spring daffodils gives way to a knee-high grass prairie.
Inspired by boho-chic fashion, the floral skirt paired with a coral bandeau and lace top, takes on a cascade of color dripping out of her bouquet and pooling at her feet. The effect minimized the bridal feel and transformed the floral skirt into a show stopping work of art straight from the garden!”