Garden Party

Some people have a natural talent for making things looks beautiful, like it sprang to life off the the pages of a magazine. Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland of Repertoire - Assistant Services is one of those people. So when she asked me to do the flowers for an upcoming styled shoot for Social South Magazine I jumped at the opportunity! 

Garden tea party with flower crowns, centerpiece and pink velvet cake. Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. Purple tulips, yellow ranunculus, bridal piano garden roses, eucalyptus, pink spray roses, pink ranunculus, babys breath, silk ribbon, tweenagers. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services. 
Garden tea party flower centerpiece in sterling silver teapot and goblet. Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. Purple tulips, yellow ranunculus, bridal piano garden roses, eucalyptus, pink spray roses, pink ranunculus, babys breath, silk ribbon, tweenagers, tea cart. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services. 
Garden tea party flower crown / headpiece. Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. Eucalyptus, pink spray roses, pink ranunculus, babys breath, silk ribbon, tweenagers. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services. 

The shoot took place in historic Forest Park, a neighborhood in Birmingham, AL. (Which also happens to be the neighborhood of my very first apartment. Aw!) The theme that Sarah Elizabeth came up with was "Throwing the Perfect Garden Party", which she translated into the most adorable little tea party. It was a little bit of Alice in Wonderland mixed with a splash of The Secret Garden, topped with good ol' fashioned southern charm.

Garden tea party flower centerpiece in sterling silver creamer. Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. Yellow ranunculus, bridal piano garden roses, eucalyptus, pink spray roses, pink ranunculus, babys breath, silk ribbon, tweenagers. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services. 
Garden tea party. Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. Purple tulips, yellow ranunculus, bridal piano garden roses, eucalyptus, pink spray roses, pink ranunculus, babys breath, silk ribbon, tweenagers. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services. 
Garden tea party tablescale. Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services. Lettering by Swan Lindsey Lettering.

Inspiration colors included a palette of pastels-- pink, lavender, yellow, blue and purple. Flowers included garden roses (duh!), tulips, ranunculus, succulents, eucalyptus and lots of baby's breath!

Garden tea party flower centerpiece in sterling silver teapot and creamer. Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. Purple tulips, yellow ranunculus, bridal piano garden roses, eucalyptus, pink spray roses, pink ranunculus, babys breath. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services. 
Garden tea party flower centerpiece in sterling silver teapot. Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. Purple tulips, succulent, yellow ranunculus, bridal piano garden roses, eucalyptus, pink spray roses, pink ranunculus, babys breath, silk ribbon, tweenagers. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services. 
Garden tea party flower centerpiece in sterling silver creamer. Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. Purple tulips, yellow ranunculus, bridal piano garden roses, eucalyptus, pink spray roses, pink ranunculus, babys breath. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services. Lettering by Swan Lindsey Lettering.

In addition to styling the shoot, Sarah Elizabeth also made all of the yummy food and drinks, which you can find the recipes for at her website and in the Social South article. (Including pink velvet cake and cranberry orange scones, yum!) 

Garden tea party cake and finger sandwiches. Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services. 
Garden tea party table spread. Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services. 

All photography is by the super talented Love Be Photography. Lettering on the name tags is by my favorite calligrapher, Ginger Lindsey of Swan Lindsey Lettering. And a special thanks to our sweet models: Chloe, Meredith, Lola, and Ella. 

Garden tea party tea cup and name tag. Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services. Lettering by Swan Lindsey Lettering. 
Garden tea party flower centerpiece in sterling silver teapot. Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. Purple tulips, yellow ranunculus, bridal piano garden roses, eucalyptus, pink spray roses, pink ranunculus, babys breath, silk ribbon, tweenagers. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services. 
Garden tea party for young ladies-- Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden. Flower crown, pink spray roses, pink ranunculus, babys breath, silk ribbon, tweenagers. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldlealfloral. Photo by Love Be Photography. Styling by Repertoire- Assistant Services.