I love this shoot because it really tells a story – there’s a sense of anticipation in the ‘getting ready’ shots, the decor spreads across the venue, complementing and contrasting with the traditional, ancient space, the blooms seem to soften as the day progresses, and the closing images of the couple boating on the stream are just bursting with romance and tenderness.
There’s something very peaceful and relaxing about being so close to water and that feeling seems to radiate from the images by Hannah McClune. In fact, all of the colours and textures used to style this shoot seem to reflect the water, which makes it beautifully cohesive. There are just so many gorgeous decor ideas to borrow for your own wedding day, and we’re particularly taken with the stationery by lovely Lisa at Paperknots, such elegant typography and attention to detail with pretty motifs.
Hannah the Photographer: Photographing a romantic rowing boat styled shoot had always been on my wish list, so I was thrilled to secure The Elvetham Hotel, the dream location (rich with history from the British monarchy – Queen Elizabeth was entertained there in 1591! I had a vision of soft delicate tones in the images with airy watercolours and luxury elements. Building a team of trusted suppliers was key to the shoot, it took several months to bring everyone together with the creative ability and quality services to make something truly special. Enjoy looking at the images, below is a little more information from each of the suppliers.
Rich with history, The Elvetham is mentioned in the Domesday book. In 1426 it became the home of the Seymour family and for generations was passed down through a succession of Seymours including Edward, the brother of Jane Seymour (third wife of the notorious Henry VIII).
After a long history embroidied with scandal the estates were forfeited but eventually restored to his son Edward, by now created Earl of Hertford and in order to regain favours and to have his children legitimised, Edward entertained the Queen at Elvetham in 1591.
The Elvetham Hotel now is a beautiful wedding venue set in the gorgeous Hampshire countryside. With architecture which hints relation to Hampton Court and it’s clear history entwined with the English Monarchy it acted as the perfect backdrop for this traditional couple whilst offering beautifully unique spaces for their ceremony and reception in the heart of the English countryside.
The four tier wedding cake was created by Melissa Woodland Cakes and featured hand painted water, evocative of the river theme, and a delicate painted monogram echoing elements of the stationery. Sisal rope was a clear nod to the nautical and added a touch of masculinity. Hand painted meringue kisses and mallows continued the watercolour detailing through to the mini dessert table.
The centrepiece had a whimsical waterside feel which was created using blue delphiniums with white scabiosa stallata and nigella. Romance came in the form of stunning David Austin Juliet roses alongside delicate talea and beautiful super bubbles spray roses. We added some drama with silver brunia berries and scabiosa seed pods and set it atop a stone urn. Vintage blue bottles and silverware with simple blooms along the ‘river’ runner gave movement and interest.
Bouquet : An informal hand tied bouquet with blue delphinium points and trails of beautiful hand died ribbon from L&C. A button hole to match using David Austin Juliet rose.
Aisle : Foliage garlands adorned the door backdrop and stems of flowers were placed in bottle pew ends.
Boat : Foliage garlands were placed along the bow of the boat and flowers in shades of blue and peach were added for drama.
Both rings were white gold with diamonds, the ‘Ti Amo Belleza Engagement Ring’ is inspired by the romance of Venice. The design comes from an ancient Venetian lace pattern and symbolises love. (£5,000) and each stone on the ‘Ti Amo Sempre Ring’ represents one half of the marriage joined together for ever (£3000)
We chose to pair the silk Peony Chemise Set with the Posy veil, so the intricate hand ‘Cornely’ embroidery and delicate covered button detailing on the back of the chemise is subtly highlighted, with the veil creating a soft and seamless illusion around the bride. Perfect for getting ready on the morning of the wedding or even for a honeymoon set. All handmade in England using a Cornely machine, a beautiful 1920’s machine which creates a decorative chain stitch, sewing a little bit of history into your wedding.
The posy veil is perfect for wearing with intricate garments, as the plain veil compliments them beautifully with the handmade silk flower adornment adding a touch of detail at the top of the veil. The handmade beaded hair vine with silk ribbon ties can be paired with a veil or worn alone for a more relaxed look later in the day.
Worn by the bride is the unique, intricate embroidered veil. It complimented the simplicity of our Bride’s look but added enough detail for her feminine style. It acts as the perfect family heirloom.
We chose to combine the popular tweed range with the lightweight navy lounge suit for an informal groom’s look. The silk bow tie added opulence to the ceremony, but switching to a tweed tie, braces and rolling trousers up gave a care free vibe to the boat scene.
The Make Up
For the make up I created a glowing flawless complexion as I wanted the skin to look natural & dewy. I created a subtle smokey eye using soft chocolate & bronze tones with some individual lash extensions to give the eyes some pop & definition. The lips & cheeks I used a subtle rose tone to give him a healthy glow.
The hair is soft, textured & romantic. I tonged the whole head to create soft tousled waves & pinned it all up at the back of the head in a romantic messy design. I wanted the hair up to look & feel formal for the ceremony but in a relaxed chic design.
We worked with Lisa at Paper Knots who created a fabulous monogram to incorporate her gorgeous stationery suite with our customised printed glassware. Stylish personalised champagne glasses featured in a luxurious oyster and champagne bar which reflected the elegant nautical theme. Our quirky nocturne bottles, featuring the couple’s bespoke monogram lined the aisle for the ceremony and tied the stationery in with the decor of the day.
The ‘Eva’ dress by dress designer, Emma Hunt London was selected for the photo shoot because of the natural yet romantic style to the dress. The ‘Eva’ dress is from the 2016 Echo Collection, is hand made in London by Emma Hunt London using ivory silk and satin with silk georgette overlay, complete with French corded lace appliqué.
The ‘Riverside Story’ stationery captures the romanticism of the natural riverside, with a subtle watercolour background and delicately illustrated foliage. The soft blue and stone grey colour palette, emphasised by organic bamboo silk ribbon with its natural ability to ‘ripple’, is reminiscent of a waterside scene. The luxurious frayed ribbons are hand-dyed using plant-based natural dyes, enhancing their beauty whilst adding a further natural tactile element to the suite.
Within the invitation bundle, guests will receive the main invitation incorporating the Bride and Grooms’ names using an elegant calligraphy font encased by a foliage motif, along with the main wedding details featured below. On top of the invitation sits a water-coloured information card for the small but important details, featuring a hand-drawn location map on the reverse. The RSVP, printed on a paperstock of combined of recycled fibres and cotton linters, comes with its own return envelope with address sticker – this sits below the guests name tag, which is bound into the bamboo silk bow to complete the suite.
For the ultimate sumptuous finish, heavyweight luxury-lined envelopes were adorned with beautiful hand lettering and calligraphy, decorative postage stamps and sealed with a white wax and silver twine.
With it’s ‘nod to nature’, delicious muted colour palette and exquisite finishes, this would make a perfect stationery suite for all seasons.