Industrial Into The Wild Photo shoot- Wedding Flower Inspiration

Those of you busy wedding planning today will be over the moon to view these inspirational and ruddy well beautiful images, I am certain. If you are lacking in ideas for décor, florals or outfits, I have all three covered. Don’t say I don’t treat you now lovelies.

There were the most lavish, opulent and striking floral arrangements ever. Think flower installations everywhere, from adorned hanging hoops to a floral packed top table and whimsical bouquets. Oh my! Then there was the lovely styling on the tables, complete with botanical stationery, pretty tableware and a show stopper of a cake. The bride and groom looked so on trend in their perfect outfits and bridal hair and make up look. Wow wee.

Many thanks goes to Ivory Fayre for sharing these sensational shots.


“When we all set out to create this shoot we wanted to make something super dreamy with a fashion feel – something that was edgy and yet absolutely beautiful all in one.

We chose The Pumping House as our venue for the shoot because it has this incredible mix of old and new – beautiful, original windows with contemporary flooring and styling. It also boasts some pretty incredible grounds so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make use of them. We really liked the idea of creating pairing unusual things together -and so the theme ‘Into the Wild’ was born!

The shoot was to feature heavy greenery and foliage with slight accents of muted pinks, blues and greys. This meant the use of bright smoke bombs really worked – again creating that juxtaposition that we were looking for.

The flowers were supplied by Avant Garden – Laura and Scott really worked their magic on the ‘Into the Wild’ theme! We had heavily foliaged hoops, overhead hanging flower arrangements and the most incredible bouquets.

When we got out into the woods Save the Date Event Stylists provided us with a beautiful chandelier hanging from the trees and some gorgeous gilded frames which were adorned with flowers from Avant Garden. There’s something beautiful about the clash of those items out in the woods.

Hair (Cherry from Nashwhite) and Makeup (Josephine Way) wanted to use the colours and textures from the surroundings to really pull everything together. Josephine Way created a dark smokey eye to add intensity and kept the rest of the makeup fresh and in keeping with the muted colours of the shoot.

Cherry created fabulous messy up do’s which really fitted with the ‘into the wild’ theme. Rachel Ash provided a selection of dreamy dresses which were topped off with beautiful crystal accessories from Annaliese Rivers. Cherry also added some flower headpieces which looked gorgeous with the backdrop of the woods….”

Many thanks to Louise Baltruschat Hollis of

Making dreams come true


Welcome to our very first blog!

If you have just begun planning your wedding – congratulations, you’re embarking on a wonderful journey and have many exciting months ahead of you.

Here at Avant Garden we are absolutely passionate about weddings and everything that goes with them; from bouquets to buttonholes and candelabras to cake stands.

In fact, we love weddings so much we sold everything we own – including our home and our possessions – to launch our business. It means that we have one of the widest ranges of wedding props in Derbyshire and a beautiful showroom for customers to look around.

We love nothing more than making dreams come true for brides and grooms, not least because Avant Garden itself is a dream come true for me.

Years ago, when I was studying Criminology and Law at the University of Derby, I dreamed of being a florist. It was a world away from the classroom or a court – but nothing appealed to me more.

So, with the support of my amazing partner Scott, I decided to follow my dream. I signed up for a part-time floristry course and went on to have a market stall in Rowsley – selling flowers, plants and gifts.

I soon found I was spending more and more of my time working with brides-to-be and the idea for Avant Garden was born. At first we offered wedding flowers only; dressing bridal parties and venues with the freshest and sweetest arrangements possible.

But soon we were being asked for vases, bowls and jam jars or birdcages, candelabras and crates. It made sense to build up our stock – which was when our house and home went up for sale!

Today we have multiples of most props and our offering means we can dress the whole wedding. Our clients like it because it means they have to explain their vision to just one person – and we like it because it’s such a beautiful job.

We feel absolutely privileged to work in some of the loveliest wedding venues in Derbyshire, including Shottle Hall, Makeney Hall, Hassop Hall and West Mills.

And we get to be part of a bride and groom’s special day, helping to make their dream become a reality. And no one understands how important that is than us!