As soon as I saw a sneak peak of this beautiful shoot on Instagram, I just knew we had to share it with you all. We've followed photographer Matt Horan and florist Louise at Number 27 Floral Design for a really long time now and knew from the start that they'd have incredible careers and do amazing things, and this shoot is a testament to their talents. We love that they've collaborated with a crew of other incredible suppliers to create The Wedding Collective, a team of creatives whose work compliments each others perfectly. I'm not going to say much more, as the images, styling and flowers truly speak for themselves...but it's safe to say that I LOVE this shoot. Bonus points for the fact that the dresses are from Halfpenny London, borrowed from one of our favourite boutiques - Cicily Bridal.

The Wedding Collective

Matt the Photographer: The Wedding Collective are a group of creative individuals coming together to work as a team whilst showcasing independent talents. The aim is to create visual inspiration to share with engaged couples with a strong focus on seasonality, a shared sense of style, fun and romance. Autumn is one of our favourite seasons; we chose to shoot at Camelia House, a wrought iron glasshouse set within the stunning grounds of Wollaton hall. 

The Venue

Wollaton Hall is set within 500 acres of rolling parkland where wild deer are free to roam and graze. Camelia House is situated in the formal walled gardens just to the south west of the hall. The intention was to capture the magic of Camelia house in an autumnal landscape, filled with natural light and atmosphere. With a focus on nature and seasonality we wanted to emphasise the earthy, fiery tones of Autumn and set a gently romantic stage for our bride alongside the blaze of crisp fallen leaves and the mellow warmth of the late afternoon light.  However, it was a touch overcast and misty on the day so just as we would for a real wedding we made the most of what the elements had to offer on the day.

The Flowers

Louise at Number 27 created a fluid bouquet and display with a seasonal palette of rustic foliage and blooms including Dahlia, Snowberries, Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Chrysanthemum, locally foraged oak leaves and bracken.

The Details

Elle Jane created a collection of cakes in seasonal flavours including a dark chocolate & blackberry, Salted pecan & maple, a tower of apple & cinnamon doughnuts and salted caramel macarons. Decorations include edible flowers, fruits, herbs and sugarcraft flowers.  Isaac's handcrafted artisan chocolates showcased contemporary flavours. Gin chocolates and truffles filled with rose petal, pistachio and spiced pumpkin were all on the menu. Kayleigh Tarrant's modern Calligraphy & typography is all about delicate craftsmanship. From finery and detail in stationary & signage to creating a modern romantic twist for the rock star bride with an embossed leather jacket.  Rachael's Cinematography portrays a narrative of the afternoon with a short behind the scenes film offering insight into our process.  Our model Ellie wore two stunning, British made dresses from Cicily Bridal in North Leicestershire. Kate Halfpenny's Vera and Cheryl added a touch of modern vintage elegance. Make up artist Joella enhanced Ellie's natural beauty with soft natural tones and an elegant braided hair crown.  Pompom Blossom's hand dyed silks added a soft tonal palette to both the bouquet and the table setting.

Fern Godfrey

Written by Fern Godfrey

Florist: No.27 Floral Design | Cakes: Elle Jane | Chocolates: Chocolate Alchemy | Calligraphy: Kayleigh Tarrant | Hair & Make Up: Joella Senior | Model: Ellie Louise Griggs | Dresses: Halfpenny London | Boutique: Cicily Bridal | Hand Died Silks: Pompom Blossom | Venue: Camelia House & Wollaton Hall | Video: Rachael Grace Cinematography
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