Well hello friends…
Now our wedding has happened and life as husband and wife is settling into a beautiful calm place, I have been able to start paying some attention to our new focus point…
With Lo & Behold we wanted to do everything right, not to rush or settle for anything less then perfection, so one of the first things I wanted to do was create a visual that we both adored, that showcased the thought, love and attention we applied to everything we made for our wedding and would continue to apply to all things Lo & Behold.
I turned to a gift (that actually was a thank you for helping out with another wedding) for inspiration. The Language of Flowers – A Miscellany by Mandy Kirkby is a beautiful book that features 50 flowers and foliage and tells their story, their meaning, what they mean culturally.
“Flowers do speak a language,
clear and intelligible. Observe them, reader,
love them, linger over them and ask your own heart
if they do not speak affection, benevolence and piety.”
I spent hours pouring over the pages making a list of the flowers whose meaning spoke to me; Honeysuckle for devotion, Bouvardia for enthusiasm, Myrtle for love and Hollyhock for ambition etc
Once I had a list to work from the sketching began, using the internet, real blooms and my wedding flowers for reference these simple sketches then got a lick of colour. I dug out my old watercolour box from my childhood and brought the blooms to life.
Then it was a day at the computer, scanning them all in and using photoshop to bring everything together to create a visual representation of what Lo & Behold Bespoke will be.
I hope this visual showcases my ability, my inspired colour palette and the skills that I have to offer others. I hope you like it?! I’ll do a full list of the flowers and their meanings below…
Chrysanthemum | Truth ✣ Daisy | innocence ✣ Hyacinth | Beauty
Lilac | First emotions of Love ✣ Lilly of the Valley | Return of happiness
Myrtle | Love ✣ Passion Flower | Faith ✣ Poppy | Fantastic Extravagance
Rose (peach) | Modesty ✣ Coreopsis | Always cheerful ✣ Hollyhock | Ambition
Polyanthus | Confidence ✣ Honeysuckle | Devotion ✣ Bouvardia | Enthusiam
Baby’s Breath | Everlasting Love ✣ Sage | Good Health, Long Life
Stephanotis | Happiness in Marriage ✣ Lupin | Imagination ✣ Angelica | Inspiration
Freesia | Lasting Friendship ✣ Fennel | Strength