The Rookery photo shoot (a nod to the Bard)

I love the countryside and I live in Streatham, south London. How does that work?

Garden with table in foreground, set with flower arrangement in a long metal trough

All photos: Fiona Kelly

I wanted to create a shoot showcasing the beauty and nature found in our urban environment and the incredible community of creative talent we have here. Inspired by a project I have been working on using plants and flowers referenced in Shakespeare’s plays, all the flowers are locally grown – some wild, including buttercup and daisy, and some simply wonderful, such as the zingy yellow parsnip flower or oh-so-dainty love-in-idleness. The scent of mint, marjoram and lavender fill the air with a hint of perfume from the pale pink roses.

Detail of wedding table fower arrangement

I wanted to create a very natural looking design to reflect the beauty of our surroundings. This is echoed in Catherine Robert’s simply stunning wedding dress and Natacha’s choice of understated make-up. The brogue boots hand made by Sanna, give the look an earthy twist.

A woman in a bridal outfit walking through a garden in summer

The Rookery is an area of Streatham Common now run by a co-operative, managed by the visionary Dom. It is surrounded by a community garden and a barn which will soon house the fantastic Inkspot Brewery, who supplied our bar for the shoot. Not only will Inkspot be brewing beer and producing honey for the beer in the Rookery, but sourcing water from the old well that you see in the photos, captured perfectly by local photographer Fiona Kelly.

A garden with a fountain in the foreground and a tabletop in the background arranged with beer bottles
White flowers in a metal urn, resting on the rim of a water well

The well seemed the ideal place for the cake table. Elaine’s company, Bunting and Pops, supplied cake pops with intricate flower work, sitting on a mound of moss with a sprinkle of edible flowers. This worked perfectly with Emma’s delicious mini Victoria sponge cakes, decorated with fresh fruit and flowers.

Cake pops and flowers arranged in a mound-shaped support of moss

Both the Rookery and Inkspot barn are available to hire for a perfectly unique nature inspired wedding with a hint of botanical theatre.

Bridal bouquet of white, pink and purple flowers, held by a woman wearing a white dress
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