With the scent of a flower often most potent at dusk, there's an intangible beauty that unfurls in flowers as the night falls. Midnight gardens…a theme, a mood, an over-arching aesthetic, permeating everything from Valentino's collections to the backdrop of editorial dreams, continues to resonate, weaving its magic as an imagined setting and form of sensory floral styling - a darkly beautiful take on a traditionally feminine element.
To create a complete midnight garden mood for your reception, think about the entire space. Dine beneath a floral canopy, with flowers that trail in tendrils from above, or branches of blossoming magnolia hung over tables, creating an almost lowered, floral ceiling, a sculptural installation of dark blooms, suspended above guests.
Think not towards traditional arrangement in vases, but more about instinctual styling, flowers that spill down tabletops, bare tendrils of jasmine trailing across timber or dark blooms snipped from their stems and scattered freely, a magnolia resting on each plate, attached to a name tag written in spidery gold ink.
Embrace a mix of pale, luminous blooms like anemones as well as the jewel tones of bougainvillaea, hellebores, dusky roses and lilacs, for a moody, feminine palette, becoming richer in tones as light levels drop.