Today I wanted to share with you some beautiful images from a styled editorial wedding shoot that I created back in the early Spring with a wonderful team. I adore creating wedding styled shoots - they are a great way of a team of wedding suppliers coming together and creating work to showcase what we can do to our future brides and grooms. Collaboration is key and working with the right people, and this team was just perfect. Here are some inspirational images for a quintessentially English wedding…
Before the design and styling begins on any wedding or editorial shoot, a background story needs to be set. Inspiration is sought either from the couple’s stories or personalities, or I create a story from a piece of inspiration for a styled shoot. It is then essential that this is remembered throughout the whole shoot and all the suppliers and decor sourced will work to tell the story. This is the story that I wrote to base this styled editorial shoot on:
A woman was clearing the belongings of her much loved grandmother, who had passed away recently at the grand age of 97. The woman had loved listening to her grandmother’s tales of her life and how she had met her grandfather at 16 and fell instantly in love. She knew that they had 2 glorious years together in love before her great-grandfather was called to duty for WW2. During those years they had lived in a little village called Ellingham, where they spent as much time as they could outside exploring, walking around beautiful Somerley Estate and going on bicycle rides to the beach for picnics and ice cream.
When the Grandfather knew the war was inevitable, he proposed to his beloved and they had the most beautiful and happy day with their loved ones. Sadly, the grandfather died fighting in the war in 1943, however not before celebrating the birth of their beautiful daughter. The Grandmother would get so sad talking about these times, that the Granddaughter would often change the subject.
Whilst searching through belongings in her Grandmother’s dusty loft, she was so ecstatic to stumble upon a pile of love letters from her Grandfather to her Grandmother during their few but very special years together, along with special memorabilia from the time. Today we are depicting our version of the love story in beautiful Somerley House, and how we envision it would look today.
The above pieces were carefully collected and curated to help tell this story. When I am picking out wedding decor or props and pieces for editorial shoots, I select each item carefully and ensure it will work to tell the story and it is right in its design, and also that all of the pieces work together. I loved curating these antique pieces put together with love letters and stationery by Fine Art Calligraphy and rings by London Victorian Ring Co.
The perfect wedding venue for a quintessentially English wedding is a beautiful stately home, country manor estate. I adore all the history and all of the details and they work perfectly for my timeless and elegant design and styling. Somerley House is a beautiful period property in Hampshire that is crammed full of character and architectural details. It was the perfect setting to give me the basis for my story, and I curated pieces to tell the love story in the beautiful wedding venue.
We used the stunning grounds and gardens of the venue a lot, which were just perfect to tell the tale of the English wedding. With delicate Spring flowers by Blue Sky Flowers placed amongst the architecture, featuring lots of beautiful blossom and other Spring blooms. I wanted to capture parts of the venue to help tell the story and show beautiful Somerley off in all its glory. The details of a stately home wedding venue are so beautiful, I believe they should be honoured and respected, and so the wedding decor chosen should complement them and work with them, not fight against the intricate detailing.
The Bride and Groom
An integral part of the love story was the bride and groom. Essential to depict the gentle nature of what we were creating and also to give inspiration to couples on what to wear for their wedding day. Telling a modern-day version of an old love story, we needed to keep the look soft and relaxed. The story that I created had a gentle nature and as were depicting a tale set in war times, it was important to keep the bride and groom’s styling fairly simple and not too over the top.
Our bride wore a beautiful Anna Kara dress from Morgan Davies Bridal that had delicate lace detailing and a soft tulle skirt, and we paired it with shoes from Bella Belle. We kept the hair and makeup very classic but paired back and soft, with dewy skin and a simple up-do all created by Mari Chase. The groom had a traditional tweed suit on by The Vintage Suit Hire Company with a bow tie in the colour palette of the whole shoot.
The Table & Cake
If this isn’t the first time you have visited my blog you will know that I adore creating wedding tablescapes and believe it is one of the most important parts of the wedding decor, as your guests are at the tables for so long. I kept this table styling fairly simple, like the entire styling, with a focus on the pieces I chose being right for the look rather than cramming too much onto the table. I like to be consistent in the metals and materials within my designs, and for this look I used silver - so the cutlery was silver and very traditional, with simple yet beautiful plates and pretty, delicate glassware, all by The Wedding Present Company. These were placed with linen by Silk and Purl and I chose to use antique chairs by Virginias Vintage Hire to complete the look.
The final piece of the wedding inspiration shoot was the beautiful cake by Sugar Plum Bakes. Again, this was kept simple with beautiful butter cream icing and a delicate trail of flowers to reflect the Spring. The cake was simply placed on an antique silver, tarnished tray, in-keeping with the other items I picked out to use within the styling, like the trays used to showcase the letters and stationery.
I adored everything we created at this inspiration for a quintessentially English wedding and the stunning images were captured by Camilla Arnhold Photography. I love putting together these kinds of shoots, working with wonderful teams that I can work with again for my bride and grooms’ weddings and creating stunning imagery for you all to see what we can do. We were very fortunate that the beautiful wedding blog Wedding Sparrow featured this editorial, and you can read the full feature here.
Pop below in the comments what you think about this quintessentially English inspired wedding shoot or you can send me an email here. And if you are a wedding supplier reading this, I offer creative direction and styling services if you need some help making your wedding editorials stand out to your ideal clients and being published by your dream wedding blogs. I’d love to chat some more here.