The photo-shoot was inspired by my parents' wedding 45 years ago when, rather than carry flower posies, my mum chose a fabric muff (made by my Grandma) embellished with fresh blooms. The idea then took on a wintery feel, incorporating lavish faux furs and crystal embellishments with a palette of soft ivory, taupe, frosty whites and silver.
As much as I love styled shoots, they can often be so creative, so lavish, that it becomes difficult for couples to envisage how they can re-create the look for their own day. While we have incorporated a lot of luxury elements in this shoot, it continues to be one which is both inspirational and realistically achievable.
Our venue was the stunning Ashfield House in Standish, Lancashire. An elegant venue with a luxury country mansion feel, combining classic period features and quirky architectural nods to the buildings history. Katie, the manager, is always encouraging couples to consider how they can make their wedding uniquely personal. The sweetheart table, as seen here, is a great example of this. It’s a little unconventional, but answers the age-old question of who gets to sit at the top table. It also offers couples valuable, quality time together.
I was very lucky to have a wealth of amazing wedding professionals who supported me on this project, not least our fantastic photographer Teresa C. I have always adored her photography style from the very first wedding we did together. Fresh, contemporary and feminine, Teri manages to combine a real honesty and a touch of whimsy in her images. She’s also a lot of fun and we laughed a lot during this shoot!
We also welcomed Paul of In Love Wedding Films, who recorded a fab “behind the scenes” video for the shoot. Having Paul there enabled us to capture the emotion and fun of the shoot, and shows a little of what goes on during a styled shoot. If you'd like to see behind-the-scenes mini-movie, then click here
Sarah and her team at The Rose Boutique provided not only the bouquet, but also crafted the suspended floral backdrop, decorated the cake stand, dressed the sweetheart table AND produced the most amazing floral wrap for the fur muff.
The bouquet featured white Ranunculus, delicate anemones and dainty spray roses along with thistles, scabiosa seed heads and dried poppy heads for a fabulous mix of textures. The fur muff was decorated using similar blooms to the bouquet, but smaller flowers allowed a more intricate design. It looked simply stunning and is a great alternative for a winter bride.
The delicate suspended backdrop comprised of soft, feathery white limonium interspersed with long crystal dropper and twinkling glass tealight baubles.
Moss and eucalyptus was used to dress the sweetheart table, complementing the natural wood, creating a real earthy feel. Vintage cut glass crustal vases added an element of luxury too and echoed the crystal elements in the suspended backdrop.
All the delicate blooms once again feature on the cake stand with added silvery foliage for texture and to reflect the subtle tones in the cake.
The elegant 4 tier cake was courtesy of Kellie of Pink Frosting Cake Company. It features delicate hand crafted flowers and the quote “Ever mine, ever thine, ever ours”, taken from a love letter written by Beethoven to his “Immortal Beloved”
Tracy of T-for-Two Bespoke Wedding Invitations provided two beautiful sets of the most elegant stationary. Continuing with the wintery shades, Tracy created the first set using shimmering pearlescent card, elegant calligraphy, and sumptuous satin ribbon. Crystals and pearls were also used in this decadent design. The laser cut invitations also feature the same shimmering tones, emulating a luxury wintery theme.
No shoot with lots of crystal elements would be complete without some real sparkle for our model to wear! The beautiful jewellery was provided by Andrew of Sparkle Designer, who brought an exquisite collection of platinum and white gold diamond rings plus silver pieces set with precious stones to complement the gowns.
Our beautiful model Nic is wearing 4 stunning dresses brought along by Becca of Edith and Winston bridal wear. Designs by Kelsey Rose, Callista and Ronald Joyce were chosen and featured delicate lace and subtle touches of sparkle. Each gown lends itself perfectly to a winter wedding and could be accessorised with a fur jacket or stole too, essential for cold wintery days. (fur jacket is models own)
Our hairdresser was Mairead of Wedlocks Bridal Hair. Mairead opted for soft, flowing curls which could be adapted to sit over one shoulder or cascade behind Nic’s back. For a second look, she created a sophisticated style with the curls pinned back to show off the detail of the dresses.
For Nic’s first look, I wanted to turn her into an ice princess, with ruby red lips, dramatic fluttery lashes and flawless dewy skin. It worked perfectly with her hair and the dresses for look 1, and we all felt it a little reminiscent of Snow White (hence the appearance of a red apple in a couple of shots). When adapting the make up for look 2, I changed the lip-colour for a more muted, dusky rose but added lots more shading to the eyes for a more dramatic effect. Cheeks were given a little more colour too for a particularly stunning result.
Supplier roll call:
Kerry Baker Make Up Artist. www.kerrybakermakeup.co.uk
Ashfield House: www.ashfieldhousehotel.co.uk
Teresa C Photography: www.teresac.co.uk
Edith and Winston: www.edithandwinston.co.uk
The Rose Boutique: www.theroseboutique.co.uk
Pink Frosting Cake Company: www.pinkfrostingcakeco.co.uk
Sparkle Designer: www.sparkledesigner.co.uk
T for Two Bespoke Wedding Invitations: www.tfortwoinvitations.com
Wedlocks Hair designer: www.facebook.com/wedlockshairspecialist/
In Love Wedding Films: www.inloveweddingfilms.co.uk