Way back when last year Team RMW dedicated a whole week to all things peachy keen. Because we LOVE this feminine shade for W-day. Especially when combined with grey, or nude, or pink or green….. basically any combination of colours that may take your fancy.
A few weeks back photographer Chanelle Segerius-Bruce and wedding planner and stylist Helen Carter contacted Rock My Wedding to see if we would like to feature their recent bridal inspiration shoot, a vintage country style extravaganza with the prettiest decor and one single common theme throughout…
Yes you guessed it people, PEACH.
The make-up, fashion and hair is particularly delicious and don’t even get me started on the florals or the paper…. seriously, if I was planning my own big day I would be stealing every. single. detail.
Helen has kindly written all about the ideas and suppliers behind the shoot so you can go create something equally as delectable for W-day should you chose to.
Enjoy you gorgeous lot.
Helen Carter from Helen Carter Weddings: I’d been wanting to do a styled bridal photo shoot for some time, but somehow it was one of those things that just kept slipping down my to do list. In my mind I knew I wanted to create a look that was very design-oriented with a real focus on the little details, but that also offered realistic inspiration for brides looking for ideas for their own day.
I’ve ‘known’ Chanelle from Segerius Bruce via Twitter and e-mail for well over 12 months, but we hadn’t actually met until April this year. We got chatting about photo shoots, and right from the start I could tell that we were on the same wavelength. This was really important, as I knew I needed a talented photographer who could shoot beautiful model shots without overlooking all the little details I wanted to incorporate. Fortunately for me Chanelle was on board with all of my crazy ideas (!), so I set about putting everything together my very first styled shoot.
I already had an idea in mind for the design (which fortunately Chanelle loved!) – a subtle vintage country style with a duck-egg blue and peach colour scheme. However, when I started getting into the details I had so many ideas that I soon realised that just one look wasn’t going to be enough! So I decided to split the shoot into two parts – the first would be an elegant vintage style with hints of duck-egg blue, long flowing dresses and a formal table setting, whilst the second would have a more relaxed and country feel, hopefully (weather permitting!) using an outdoor setting. Both would have an individual feel, but would complement each other by using the same peach-based colour scheme and accessorising with lace, pearls and peaches.
Because I wanted the shoot to provide brides with inspiration, I didn’t want to use an impractical or inaccessible location. However, I wanted it to have the right outdoor space to complement the rustic side of the design, as well as having a beautiful interior that worked with the vintage look. Not an easy task!
After much searching I discovered the George in Rye, a gorgeous boutique hotel in Sussex. The exquisite silk panelled ballroom was just perfect for the vintage look, whilst the pretty little courtyard was exactly what I wanted for the outdoor country tablescape. And as an added bonus, with its quaint cobbled streets and quirky little store fronts Rye also offered a great backdrop for some gorgeous model shots!
I knew for this shoot I was going to need an amazing team of suppliers who understood the two different, yet still complimentary, looks and exactly what I was trying to achieve. As a wedding planner I am lucky enough to work with some incredibly talented and creative individuals on a regular basis, so I went straight to my little black book of trusty contacts!
The flowers, provided by the lovely Leanne at Wild About, comprised a seasonal mix of peach and pink tones punctuated by smatterings of vibrant green, with two different bouquet styles to complement the vintage and country designs.
One of my favourite cake designers, Zoe Clark at The Cake Parlour, provided the cakes and confectionary. As soon as I saw the George in Rye I knew I wanted to do two completely different cake displays. For the vintage look we took inspiration from the beautiful silk panels in the ballroom, with Zoe hand-painting the hummingbird design onto a striking 3-tier creation, whilst for the country style she designed a beautiful 2-tier peach cake with sugar flowers that we set up in the courtyard.
For the stationery I again took inspiration from the ballroom decor. Jenny at In The Treehouse did a fabulous job of creating the ‘usual’ stationery items (e.g. invitation, table number and menus), and also created some quirky little pieces that we used for the drinks and cake displays.
Because of the mismatched nature of the accessories and props I wanted to incorporate, I sourced many of the items from Ebay, charity shops, car boot sales and antique centres – a bit of rooting around and you can find some great bargains! Some of the larger pieces were borrowed from Vintage Style Hire, who have loads of different props and accessories that are just perfect for accessorising a vintage wedding.
Stephanie Allin provided four beautiful dresses for the shoot, which all had their own distinct style but complemented each other with the continuing use of lace and soft fabrics. We accessorised these with a range of shoes from Rachel Simpson, and beautiful headpieces and jewellery from Chez Bec.
For the bridal shots I really wanted to have two distinct looks to complement both the vintage and country designs, and Gemma Sutton did a fantastic job on hair and make-up. The vintage looks were characterised by more formal up-dos and sparkly headpieces, whilst the country look used loose curls, pearls and floral accessories.
Designing and organising the shoot was a great experience, and I would like to thank everyone who was involved for all their hard work and support. I really hope you like the ideas and find some inspiration for your own wedding day!
Styling, planning and design: Helen Carter Weddings
Styling assistant: Andri Benson
Photography: Segerius Bruce
Flowers: Wild About
Cakes and confectionary: Zoe Clark at The Cake Parlour
Stationery: In The Treehouse
Hair and Make-up: Gemma Sutton
Dresses: Stephanie Allin
Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Hair accessories and Jewellery: Chez Bec
Venue: George In The Rye
Behind the scenes video: Iota Media
A peach place setting with a flag. Can someone please have that for their own W-day?
And if anyone is considering similar styling/colour schemes then we would love to know, tell us all about your ideas in the comment box below.
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