When our talented friend Alexia Crossman of Wiley Events Co. reached out to collaborate on a Modern Botanical styled shoot, inspired by naturalist exploration and featuring clean whites and greens, we were all in. We find great joy in our work when we get to source and illuminate the beauty of overlooked, nontraditional, and locally sourced materials. All the flowers and foliage used came from our garden, local farms, garden centers, and back yards for this late June project at the charming McAlister-Leftwich House in Greensboro, NC. We created a dramatic forest floor-like floral table runner, an ethereal white bouquet with a touch of quirky texture, a cloche arrangement that doubled as an Em Paper Co. cocktail menu, and lots of lovely flat-lay details. To frame the table scene, we also added a touch of clematis vine to the wall.

Floral materials included white Lisianthus, Sweet William, Foxglove ‘Cafe Cream,’ Obedient Plant, Scabiosa, Dahlia, Viola, and Nicotiana ‘Grandiflora.’ As lovely as the blooms were, the varied mix of foliage really stole the show, including autumn fern, heuchera, ninebark, caladium, clematis, and pineapple mint. Alexia had the brilliant idea of incorporating taxidermied butterflies, and made impeccable selections of linens and table settings, creating an overall look both masculine and delicate, whimsical and sophisticated, earthy and polished. We’re thrilled with how the pieces fell into place, thanks to a stellar team of creative and skilled women — especially our stunning model, Kaylin Williams! You can find links to all the fantastic vendors below. We hope you’ll find inspiration in these modern botanicals, and that you’ll reach out to Wylde if you’d like to incorporate unexpected natural curiosities into your wedding or event.


Close up of forest floor bouquet