INSPIRATION – Wild & Co Introduce Eco-Friendly Foam-Free Floristry Inspiration in the Autumnal Floral Feast at Euridge Manor, Captured by The Wild Love Club

11th May 2020

Euridge Manor, or The Lost Orangery as it is often called, is a totally unique wedding and event venue. Nestled on the borders of Somerset and Wiltshire it sits on the grounds of famous explorer Sir Walter Raleigh’s old hunting lodge. The buildings and gardens have been lovingly designed and created in recent years, with every step, stone and feature sourced from all over the world. It really is a sight to behold.

We were fortunate enough to be invited by Nicola Dixon Photography, director of The Wild Ones Community, and stylist, Louise Hughes from One Stylish Day, to create some inspirational florals for a portfolio building workshop. With over 17 photographers recording the day it really was quite an unforgettable experience! With such a high volume of photographers capturing the day we have received so many beautiful images from this incredible shoot, but Nicola’s photos from The Wild Love Club are especially moody and gorgeously evocative.

With such a huge push, especially within the wedding industry, to be as environmentally aware and as sustainable as possible, we also made a very conscious decision to take this opportunity to create all the displays foam-free.

Our first challenge was to design a dramatic feature installation in the Manor’s beautiful ballroom. Using chicken wire, wallpaper pasting trays and weighty stones for added stability we set to work. It actually surprises me how quickly installations take shape when working with chicken feels incredibly liberating and far less precious that working in foam, especially on a larger scale. Branches and stems can easily be moved and added elsewhere if needed and the displays evolve in a very natural way.

Working with all the glorious colours of early Autumn, the majority of the foliage for the main installation was foraged (with permission!) from a country estate close to our studio. 

The most challenging section was placing the pasting trays, covered in chicken wire and filled with weights, on the top left ledge…working at height whilst filling containers with water is never an easy combination! Careful consideration then had to be paid to balancing each branch and stem so as not to tip or dislodge the trays. In these situations, the larger branches work as the ballast to the back of the display and the lighter branches filled in the front and sides.

The mechanics for the tall display to the right involved a wooden pole supported by a metal footing that clamped the pole in place, and then we covered this in chicken wire and added the foliage.  An additional pasting tray at the base, filled with stones and chicken wire, allowed us to hide the metal plate with more foliage and flowers (filled in plastic water tubes that can be reused many times over). 

For the urn display, we covered an inner bucket with chickenwire and did the same for the smaller table centre vases.

Pasting trays from the larger installation were moved to the boating lake for a last-minute but always popular, boating shot. 

Locally grown flowers from our nearest and dearest flower farm, Loanda Flowers, included dahlias, ammi, scabious, and phlox. Grasses, seedheads, berries, aged ferns and Old Man’s Beard helped to give texture and movement to all the displays, the cake decoration and the bridal bouquets. 

My thanks to Julie of Wild & Co and the whole team for creating and sharing these magnificent images!

Gwenda x



Planning: The Wild Ones Community           

Photographer: The Wild Love Club              

Design & Styling: One Stylish Day                  

Florals: Wild & Co  

Venue: Euridge Manor                                        

MUA: Amy George

Hair: Alchemy Hair & Makeup

Stationery: Bureau Design

Hair Accessories: Eden B Studio

Bridal Gowns: Halo & Wren

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