In Full Bloom
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As spring begins to make way for summer the flowers are all in full bloom now and we are surrounded by many different pretty florals. An abundance of beautiful flowers also makes the perfect inspiration for styling an event. This botanical inspired baby shower was styled by Dream a Little Dream Events and I Heart Table Art.  The shoot was a collaboration of vendors from the Life's Little Celebrations group to create a stunning botanical inspired editorial filled with seedlings, lush greenery and cascading florals intermingled with the rose and copper tones. The event was photographed by Nikki Duncan from Love Her Photography. 

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Here at ELK Prints I contributed a series of botanical paintings used to decorate the event. Two new original watercolour artworks were created specifically for the shoot and prints of some of my previous botanical paintings were also incorporated into the backdrop of the gift station. I also created custom gift tags with each illustration drawn directly onto the gift tag and hand-painted. A set of gift tags using Victorian style pressed flowers were also made. 

 This original watercolour illustration was inspired by the vintage floral prints used on the wrapping paper

This original watercolour illustration was inspired by the vintage floral prints used on the wrapping paper

Historical botanical paintings were a key inspiration point for the photoshoot. This original painting I created was inspired directly by one of the traditional illustrations that had also been used in the stationary set. I inked the flowers in sepia before finishing off the design with a delicate wash of watercolour.

 Victorian style pressed flower tags 

Victorian style pressed flower tags 

 Hand drawn gift tags made the perfect finishing touch to the take home gifts of botanical jars

Hand drawn gift tags made the perfect finishing touch to the take home gifts of botanical jars

Celebrating one of nature’s miracles, a new baby grows along with the excitement of their pending arrival. Surrounded by seedlings, lush greenery and gorgeous flowers our expecting mother blossoms. These elements mixed with soft, feminine styling and a touch of ol’ world natural history museum created this beautiful botanical baby shower. We used delicate tones of blush pink, peach, rose gold and copper which works beautifully with the fresh greens of all the greenhouse foliage.
— Leanne, Dream a Little Dream Events
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Collaborations are a wonderful way for the various creatives involved to be able to showcase their talents and join together to reflect the vision of the stylists. The centrepiece cake by My Petite Sweets features delicate hand-painted details and a spectacular sugar work flower. Paper flower bulbs from Hanging Pretty make a unique table decoration piece and were all lovingly handmade. Daniella from Eve and Co created the beautiful invitation design using the historical botanical illustrations interwoven with foil details. Stunning overflowing cascades of flowers filled the entire venue courtesy of The Black Posy company whilst Frosted by Nicci created the wonderful vintage seed-packet inspired cookies.

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Gorgeous stationery, a vintage pram, bespoke linens, water colour illustrations and terrarium favor jars were just a few of the pretty details we conceived and requested from the very talented Life’s Little Celebrations vendors to pull this look together. Delicate paper flower bulbs, a vintage style flower press and pressed flower gift tags, stunning desserts and an incredible hand painted cake completed our vision.
— Leanne, Dream a Little Dream Events
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The drinks station setup features pink moscato and peach fizz cocktails. Custom labels on the mini magnum bottles were a clever way to reinforce the theme of the event. Small little dessert stations were also set up in amongst the lush nursery setting of Little Leaf Co. 

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The watercolour rose painting was a new original artwork I created inspired by the stylist's brief that referenced botanical traditions. I also sent across prints of some of my other botanical artworks which were used to decorate the back of the gifting station. 

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I loved being able to play around with making my own pressed flowers in the Victorian style and really indulging in my love of botanicals and the history of their illustration and collection. 

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STYLING & COORDINATION Dream a Little Dream Events + I Heart Table Art

PHOTOGRAPHER LoveHer Photography

FLOWERS + FLORISTRY The Black Posy

VENUE Little Leaf Co

STATIONERY Eve & Co.

PARTYWARE Ruby Rabbit Partyware

GIFT TAGS + BOTANICAL PAINTINGS ELK Prints

FOILED DRINK LABELS Kels Gift Labelling

MINI CAKES, MERINGUE BULBS + COPPER DRIP CAKE Niknak’s Sweetest Treats

MAIN CAKE, TARTLETS + DESSERTS My Petite Sweets

PAPER FLOWER BULBS Hanging Pretty

VINTAGE SEED PACKET COOKIES Frosted by Nicci

CAKE TOPPER, DRINK STIRRERS + ENGRAVED TIMBER FLOWER PRESS Glistening Occasions

LOLLIPOPS Petal and Pop

FURNITURE Higher Events

DRESS Share My Armoire

TABLE LINEN + TERRARIUM Her Beautiful Mess

MODEL Tammy Willis

HAIR STYLIST Off Your Head 

MAKEUP Megan Princiotto MUA

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If you love this beautiful botanical baby shower as much as I do you can also check out more images and information about the shoot on the following blogs where it has also been featured 

In Full Bloom at Ruffled Blog

In Full Bloom at Lenzo

In Full Bloom at Lifes Little Celebrations

Check me out on pinterest to get a feel for what else inspires me. http://pinterest.com/elkprints/