On a cool March morning a handful of Herefords best wedding suppliers came together for this wonderful photoshoot. Lucie from Loved by Lucie had organised all of the elements of the photoshoot with great care and we were all very excited and raring to go! The weather started off lovely and sunny, with cloud appearing later in the day. We were all very happy with this, anything but rain!! The shoot was mostly based outdoors so wanted the weather to co-operate!
The theme of the shoot was rustic geometric opulence. We wanted to use nudes, coppers, marsala reds and petrol blue to create a cool, and current shoot. Whitney Court in Herefordshire is an amazing place and the views of the surrounding countryside are just awesome. We had the privilege of having the whole place to ourselves for the day. It truly is beautiful inside and out.
Alice was playing bride for the day and Rebel Rock were in charge of hair and make-up and were determined to give her an edgy, dramatic look. Alices hair was braided back and sides with beautiful floral elements added in. Alices make up incorporated dramatic eyes and deep red lips
Stephanie Kyles handmade Alice’s stunning nude dress with sheer cape and delicate lace embellishment. Also Stephanie created the totally cute bridesmaids dresses also in nude with billowing layers of fabric (perfect for bridesmaids twirls) with beautiful big bows perfectly formed at the back of the dresses. The dresses looked fabulous and really made the shoot full on modern elegance.
Once Becci & Keri from Rebel Rock had Alice made up and ready, on to the bridemaids. Their hair was beautifully waved, then the lush flower crowns were added and secured. The flower crowns were made with all eucalyptus parvi for a natural foliage effect. I think you will agree they look just adorable!
Lucie had liased with Jo from Couture events to get some bang on trend tablewear, with copper toned glassware, copper candle holders, beaded glass chargers layered onto copper chargers, with copper cutlery. Really adding that metallic edge. Lucie had sourced wonderful marble elements too and blue candles and napkins. I had placed succulents moss and foliage along the table runner to surround the floral centrepiece. Not just any centrepiece! An antique copper pot containing masses of varying greenery including eucalyptus Parvi, cinerea & nicoli, and olive leaf. Cappucino roses, Burgundy ranunculus, steelberries for that blue element, white spray roses, white waxflower, red astrantia, and scabious pods.
Brittany Davies design the artwork; menus, invitations, place settings, save the date and rsvp. She had delicately hand drawn the artwork and used modern calligraphy in copper tones. Which fitted in with the shoot style amazingly. We added small floral touches and succulents to the place settings.
The Calvary of Heroes brought along this stunner, this horse was amazing, so calm and cool, and the handlers were just great with him. Alice was feeling a little horse shy, so Richie, our groom, took the reins and I think that this image is so wonderfully captured with Whitney court in the background.
My absolute favourite bit now! The brides bouquet! This bouquet is one of my all time faves, it is just brimming with so many elements and has a real vintage opulence about it. Ingredients include eucalyptus Parvi, cinereia & nicoli, and olive leaf, nude toned Cappucino roses, Marsala red ranunculus, metallic blue steelberries, white spray roses, white waxflower, deep red astrantia, and scabious pods. All wrapped with lace and deep red trailing ribbons.
The cakes were lovingly created by Heidi at F & H Country Cakes. She made 3 separate designs, but all included the elements and ran with the shoot theme. Flowers all handcrafted sugarwork and hand painted. She did a wonderful job. They are displayed here in the garden room. I delicately decorated the outside here with copper hoops decorated with foliage and flowers to add delicate touches to compliment the cakes. Also I designed a mossed swing which was used as a great prop for many photos of bride, bridesmaids and the cakes! This was such fun to do!
The Groom, Richie, was wearing a blue suite and tweed waistcoat with crisp white shirt from Bill Childs Formal Wear. The shades that Lucie picked really complimented everything so well, it just all tied it very naturally. Here Richie is wearing a buttonhole made of Cappucino Rose, steelberries, waxflower, scabious pod and parvi. I delicately wrapped the stems in copper wire to incorporate the metallic tones.
Now all throughout this, models getting ready, preparing the table, cakes, flowers etc, our awesome photographer Cat Beardsley is constantly looking at positions, light, placement, any detail that can be incorporated to make that picture so very special. Her style is so natural, and fresh and really captures the light. She was amazing on the day really knowing her craft, and was able to guide the models to get the very best from them. There were so many amazing pictures, and this write up only shows a few of my particular favourites. But these last few pictures I feel really works the light to make the best of the picture and they look so utterly ethereal.
Everyone worked so hard to achieve these wonderful results, and the best part of it was it was so much fun!! And much to everyones delight our lovely shoot made it into the October 2017 edition of Wedding Ideas Magazine!
Hopefully another photo shoot in the pipelines very soon!
Venue: Whitney Court Herefordshire
Styling: Loved by Lucie
Photography: Cat Beardsley Photography
Dresses: Stephanie Kyles Bridal
Florals: May Rose Floral Design
Cakes: F & H Country Cakes
Stationery: Brittany Davies Art
Hair & Make Up: Rebel Rock
Grooms outfit: Bill Childs Formal Wear
Horses: Calvary of Heroes
Tablewear: Couture Events