We were recently contacted by Joanne of Joanne Truby Floral Design, who had organised a beautiful ‘1920’s Old World Glamour’ styled shoot. Joanne’s idea behind the shoot was to give brides-to-be inspiration for wedding flowers, with some unique ideas for bouquets, table centres and floral decor. The vision and overall style originated from 1920’s old world glamour, in particular from the iconic novel The Great Gatsby, centralising on the main colours of gold, peach and duck egg. Instead of going all out with the pearls and headpieces, Joanne decided she wanted to show a more understated take of the style and how, just by adding little details, you can still achieve a beautiful and elegant look.
As Joanne explains, it’s all in the details…
“I wanted the shoot to take place in a pretty woodland area as the natural beauty of the countryside is inspirational in itself and I love trees; the different shapes the branches make and how they change with the season is something that I feel is magical. I thought it would be the perfect backdrop for the photos as well as fitting well with the underlining theme of the shoot being natural/minimalistic. Neil of Dotpix Photography suggested a great location for the shoot would be a little village called Yalding, in the Kent countryside; it’s not far from where he lives so he had a good knowledge of the area and picked the ideal location.
“I like to use different textures as much as I can within my floral designs, and the flowers included were of a pastel colour pallet made up of peach and sweet avalanche roses, lisianthus, blue mascari (which smells heavenly), and wax flower which has a lovely lemon scent to it, and the foliage included berried ivy, eucalyptus and Pittosporum.
“I used peach feathers within the jam jar arrangements and buttonhole design, but just a few mixed amongst the flowers to give a subtle feel without over doing them within the design. I also wanted to include hints of gold, but again I was very mindful of not using too much, remembering the saying ‘less is more’.
“Berried ivy stems were sprayed gold and incorporated into the bouquet, which complemented the pastel colour of the flowers beautifully, and the berries created an interesting texture.
“The centrepiece was created using a metallic cake stand that I picked up a while ago from a vintage shop. I decided to turn it upside down and construct a flowery design on top, and salal leaves were sprayed gold and pinned in a circular shape around the flowers.
“The floral chandelier was included within the shoot as a unique design idea and to show how designs that hang can create impact, particularly if you are thinking of having an outdoor wedding reception.
“The gold theme was followed through with the model’s dress. It fitted the 1920’s old world glamour style perfectly, with its long a-line shape which draped elegantly all the way down to the floor.
“The gold shimmer material was perfect for the understated yet elegant look I was striving for, and of course not forgetting the ruby-red lipstick and nail polish that was iconic to old world glamour starlets. The brooch used on the bridal bouquet was my great grandmother’s, and gave that sparkly finishing touch needed to complete the design.
“The stationery was designed by Clara Lou, who creates gorgeous handcrafted wedding and social stationery, and she created this design especially for the shoot using gold and duck egg blue colours to match with the rest of the style.”
Flowers and Styling: Joanne Truby Floral Design
Photography: Dotpix Photography by Neil Peterson
Wedding Stationery: Clara Lou Designs