One Clove of Gillyflower

This bridal session is inspired on the historical wedding venue Elmore Court and its flowery past.

When the grounds were first granted to the Guise family, the rent was set at "One clove of Gillyflower" each year. Elmore Court was founded in the medieval era, an era in which keeping the promise of paying with flowers was very common. The Gillyflower was as important as the rose and very much used in medieval England. Gillyflowers were carried close to the face to counteract the foul stench of the medieval streets, or along with other cloves and spices in pomadors worn around the neck.

Hundreds of recipes form medieval times exist, that contain Gillyflowers, but the most important of all is the recipe for love, as a symbol of their promise. Newly engaged or wed couples drank Gillyflower wine in celebration of their union.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Theresa Furey CREATIVE DIRECTION, PRODUCTION, DESIGN & STYLING: A Very Beloved Wedding DRESS: Verinas Costume de Marriage ROBES: Girl and a serious dream MAKE UP ARTIST: Victoria Jones HAIR STYLIST: Bella Bridal Hair STATIONERY: Kallos HEADPIECES: Sibo FLORAL DESIGN: A Very Beloved Bloom VENUE: Elmore Court