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Updated: Feb 6, 2019

The opportunity to truly transform a space with flowers is always something incredibly exciting. This shoot at the home of eccentric luxury – Aynhoe Park – made my rebel heart so happy, and I designed a vibrant garden wonderland in shades of pink and purple. A richly embroidered chinoiserie fabric inspired this shoot in all its decadent glory, and when the flowers were coupled with the neon signage and fabulously colourful feathers, the end result was magical. 

Its not every day you get asked to be part of a shoot at the magnificent Aynhoe Park that is being styled by the lady of the house, Sophie Taylor. Rebel and the Rose's sister company Lovestruck Creative also got to add in some neon elements. I was literally jumping for joy for this one and have been itching to share all the details.

Here is what the very talented Sophie had to say about what inspired her:

As a wedding stylist you seek inspiration from everything and anything – A photo-shoot in a magazine, something you scrolled to on Instagram – a piece of art on a musem visit or a film you may have watched.

For this styled shoot I was inspired by a piece of furniture James (my other half) had bought which subsequently has now been re-homed with Matthew Williamson, who when he saw it just had to have it.

Esther was thankfully keen to create the look with me. I really wanted to do something up the stairs as a lead into the Orangery and tho the arch hides the room as you enter through the door, as you take your steps up the stair, through the arch and into the room fully and you feel like your taking a journey to disseverment.  

I loved her suggestion of making the over grown archway not a perfect arch and using as much green as possible, something loose and growing like a wallpaper but with pops of colour with rose pink to deep fushia peonies and purple delphiniums – open blush roses.

Jay Rowden has shot at Aynhoe serveral times and I love the way he captures the house and weddings and the details – his work has a almost graining look to it which worked perfectly on this project.

To tie the theme together the dress was of course extremely important – and for me had to be Hermoine De Paula, her needlework and beautiful floral detail was like the flowers were as one with the arch. She could have almost painted on the flowers in thread!

For the table setting I wanted to create something untraditional – the French style chairs against a textured pink cloth and a very gold centre allowing the tableaware and food to do the singing… so instead of having a large floral installation down the centre which can often get in the way – we decided upon long installations that sat parallel to the table and chairs. Framing the table and giving a walkway to the guests seats - creating the illusion they were sat between flowerbeds.

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This shoot was so much fun, full of lots of different elements and an absolutely amazing team. I can't wait to see the incredible images popping up all over the internet giving couples lots of inspiration. Its also been featured in the latest edition of Mr & Mrs Uniques magazine - click here to read Issue Eight - I for one am off to do a little rebel dance to celebrate.

| Venue | Aynhoe Park

| Styling and coordination | Sophie Taylor

| Floral design | Rebel and the Rose

| Neon | Lovestruck Creative

| Food | Stone Events

| Gown | Hermione de Paula

| Hair and make up artist | Gillian Singh

| Tableware | Classic Crockery

| Cake | The Natural Cake Company

| Feather lamps | A Modern Grand Tour

| Stationary | Papier

| Photography | Jay Rowden

| Photography and Videography | John Scott Blackwell

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Updated: Jan 22, 2019

2018 was an incredible year. It was full of challenges, amazing highs and unforgettable moments. I worked with so many wonderful couples who trusted me with one of the most important days of their lives and for that, I am forever grateful.

"The flowers were incredible, tables utterly gorgeous and my bouquet couldn’t of been more perfect. It was everything I wanted and more."

Under the name of Flower Style Co, I’d had 3 years of bringing to life the visions and concepts of couples to make their dream day come true. I’ll always cherish those years. They weren’t easy, but they taught me so much. Every challenge, every high, and every one of you that I worked with helped me to grow. It helped me to understand who I am and what I believe in. It showed me where my strengths lie and how I can embrace my rebellious nature to reflect my customer's dreams of doing things differently.

I know now, I’ll never be the florist that plays by the rules. I’ll never follow fashions or ‘go-with-the-flow’. I’ve chosen a different route. I want to rip up the rule book and do flowers differently.

It’s time to say farewell to Flower Style Co. I’m so excited to introduce you today to my whole new look and announce the launch of Rebel and the Rose.

There is so much to look forward to this year with some incredible weddings lined up. If you’re newly engaged or planning your wedding this year (or next) and you’re looking for an event florist without a rulebook then I invite you to put aside those Pinterest boards and come on an adventure with me. We’ll explore colours, textures, blossoms and blooms that will spark your creativity and make your imagination run wild.

I love to chat all things flowers, so do get in touch if you want to hear more. Hopefully, this whole new website will show you more of who I am, how I work and what my clients say about me.

I’m so proud to share this story with you. My clients have brought me to a place where I want to shout from the rooftops and be more visible – rather than shy away like I always have before and I’m absolutely thrilled to be starting 2019 with Rebel and the Rose.

To everyone I’ve met on my journey to this moment, thank you. You’ve made my dreams come true, now let me do the same for you.

Here is a quick round up of images from some of this years weddings and lovely things my clients have said - pop over to the portfolio for more images from these incredible weddings and some gorgeous styled shoots:

THANK YOU for everything. The flowers were incredible, tables utterly gorgeous and my bouquet couldn’t of been more perfect. It was everything I wanted and more. We have had letters, emails, texts and calls from everyone telling us how beautiful it looked. The church was transformed by you!! I didn’t know it couldn’t look that great!! Even the Vicar said it was the best flowers he had ever had seen in there. FLOSSY + PELLE – ANYHOE PARK

I don’t know where to start. Thank you so so much for all the beautiful flowers and your styling. Absolutely stunning!!! You brought all my ideas to life. Everyone has been commenting on how gorgeous everything looked. The arch looked incredible. My bouquet and the bridesmaids were just perfection. The flower girls looked so adorable holding their flower hoops and Russ was so pleased with all their buttonholes. Then when we walked into the gillyflower it took our breath away. BECCI + RUSS – ELMORE COURT

Thank you so much for the wonderful flowers you created for our wedding. We were utterly blown away. The colours, the arrangement, the marquee installations – we cant thank you enough it was truly special. ROSEANNA + JAYE – COWLEY MANOR

After giving Esther very little information she not only managed to put together the most beautiful bouquets, button holes and corsages, she also stayed longer to style our ceremony and reception rooms to perfection. Esther is very talented and has the rare ability to know exactly what you want. She has a great eye for detail and makes sure everything matches the couple and the venue. PAMELA + GAVIN – THE SLAUGHTERS MANOR

I was absolutely blown away by the flowers and can’t believe how amazing it all looked. The bouquets were absolutely beautiful, I was in love with the roses and peonies. My favourite part of the entire decorations was the hanging wall of flowers, it was so much better than the inspirational photos I showed you and I'm so happy it came together. Finally the silk ribbons, I loved them!! You did an amazing job of taking my ideas and making them even better and it fitted us perfectly. I just wish we could do it all again!! I can not thank you enough. REBECCA + WILLIAM - HYDE BARN

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