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Summer Paddock Elopement Shoot

Updated: Aug 17, 2022

Beauty in Riverdale Farm Albany.

On a warm summer’s day in early January, Abbey and I inspired by the parched paddocks surrounding the extensive gardens at Riverdale Farm #riverdalefarmalbany #riverdalefarm designed a bouquet and table setting. Our aim was to highlight the colours and textures of the wider landscape with the cultivated elements growing in our reticulated gardens. As flower farmers #farmerflorist and designers we had a collection of beautiful dried textural elements from the gardens which combined with a soft summer palette of flowers and fruit to make up the design.

We love to collect vintage #vintage wares in our travels which combined with some lovely hand thrown bud vases from Miss Willow Designs displayed the flowers and dried elements from the garden capturing the spirit of the place. The installation rising out of the ground was made using foam-free techniques #foamfree #nofloralfoam .

Hand dyed silks and natural linens dressed the table casually, creating a romantic setting reminiscent of a summer bush picnic under the shade of large marri tree in a paddock sloping down to the Kalgan River lined by native vegetation. The tree cast elements of light and shade over the composition of botanical elements; home baked apricot cake and grazing platter with freshly ripened fruit from the garden. In the background there was a granite outcrop and several beautifully sculptural dead trees with bleached trunks.

A bouquet of delicate fresh flowers #seasonalflowers and dried textural elements was finished with simple silk ribbons floating in the warm summer breeze, captured on film…a moment in time.

A nostalgic nod to simpler times, perfect for an elopement #elopement or a lazy afternoon with family and friends combining flowers, food and beauty with pleasure.

The summer setting was captured beautifully on film by the very talented and lovely Jemma Keech.

Riverdale Farm has recently launched our delightfully renovated settler's cottage Airbnb Riverdale 1898 #riverdale1898 for guests to stay in.

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