Where to begin with Katie & Ian’s flower and cake filled extravaganza? Honestly, there aren’t really any words, so I’m going to leave it with this – wedding suppliers should get married more often!!
Images come from Dottie Photography, the incredible floral arrangements are by Michele Gledhill and the cakes come from super talented Bride Katie, who looks stunning in her glitzy Jenny Packham gown. Are you ready for this?! I hope you’ve got a sofa/bed/desk handy because you will probably need a lie down once you’ve finished – this wedding is off-the-scale-pretty…
When the super clever and creative folks at Dottie sent us a few sneaky peeky images of an inspiration shoot that they had recently organised and photographed, Team RMW knew straight away that this was going to be something that you gorgeous lot would want to pore over, pin and share until you are all something blue in the face.
Not only does Dottie do photography but they also do stationery to. Try saying that five times fast… So, how clever are they? Very.
The words and details below have been compiled from everyone who was involved in the shoot and it is really interesting to hear everyones ideas and inspirations and how it all came together on the day. Add in a bunch or pretty, pretty pictures and you have yourselves a perfect RMW Tuesday afternoon…
Truly madly dottie: We just love cliff barns and the colour yellow, we have also known the guys there for a few years and they have perviously let us use their fab venues for lovely shoots, the interior is quite wacky and mad, so we feel quite a home. Paul at Cliff barns called us out of the blue and asked us if we could come and photograph their marquee and do something pretty with it too… but we had to do it the following Wednesday. We love a challenge so just could not wait to get everything organised… it was a bit like organising a wedding but in a lot less time and with a lot less money.
Luckily we know some great suppliers that were really happy to help, in-fact the only thing we struggled with was the dress, so we purchased this ourselves and for £70, we think it was a real bargain! The veil itself was vintage and came from oxfam, it was given to me by one of our lovely brides Gemma, she know i loved it and said i could keep it for a shoot!
We already had some beautiful wooden invitations that we designed for the designer show last year, which fitted in perfectly with cliff barns and spookily when we did the design Cliff barns was the venue we used for all the wording. Me and Zoe then searched our wonderful library of pinterest boards for inspiration and created the perfect mood board, which got emailed over to everyone involved, then a quick phone call to make sure we all had the same end result visualised in our heads and then we were all left to sort out our own pretty things!
Luggage Tag Wagon Wheel Plan (Wagon wheel not included!): from £2 per tag
Bottle Labels: £15 for a pack of 5
Make Up & Hair
Liza Smith: I used all mac makeup I wanted to keep the skin fresh and luminous I created this by using strobe cream on the cheek bones and contoured the models face to keep the makeup natural I applied a cream blush called something special.
Emma’s eyes where nude and bronze both by mac, finished of with black mac paint pot and some individual lashes ! I found the venue to have perfect lighting and space for me to work with, the staff were just brilliant they made me feel so welcome and make the best lunch for the team …. Would Defo jump to work with all involved again x
Katie @ couture cakes: The brief from Mandy involved lemon yellow, ruffles and butter cream, so it seemed pretty obvious that all 3 should be combined to produce a ruffly cake that doesn’t involve the sugar paste which some brides are increasingly trying to avoid, we loved the yellow too with a lack of sunshine this year it brightened our studio up!
Lemon & Honey cake, decorated with butter cream ruffles £415
Michelle from Swaffham and Fakenham Florist: I was very excited to have the opportunity to work with everyone involved in the shoot, Mandy and I had a few days of getting ideas together over email, then it was over to me to bring to life our ideas. It was such a refreshing change to do something slightly different with the yellow colour scheme, the bridal bouquet consisted of a full dome of craspedia with dainty tanacham daisies creating a collar around. The grooms buttonhole complemented the bridal bouquet with a cluster of craspedia and wheat.
The marquee was dressed with hanging yellow birdcages, it’s amazing what a tin of paint can do, transforming the very popular traditional birdcage into something more unique and quirky, the cages were filled with white hydrangea, tanacham daisy and training green amaranths.
To meet the rustic informal style of the photo shoot tables were dressed with tree trunks and various quirky bottles were filled with dainty blooms including craspedia, tanacham daisy, freesia, Veronica and dill, the lovely Dottie creations finished the bottles with beautiful labels to personalise.
My favourite part of the floral displays was dressing the ‘Just Married’ Archway, a great and cost effective alternative the the traditional floral arch, it was simply decorated with jugs and crates, perfect for the theme of the day and a great photo opportunity for the couple!
Cliff Barns has a magnificent ceremony room full of interesting decor, the wagon wheel chandelier was dressed with sunflowers, white hydrangea, tanacham daisy and trailing amaranthus to give a beautiful focal point to the room.
Paul from Cliffbarns: A favourite of Elle Decoration, Stylist and the Guardian, and selected as Conde Nast’s BRIDES magazine’s ‘Top 100 venues 2013/14’, Cliff Barns is the decadent country house home-tel, in opulent surroundings. Cliff Barns sleeps 18 and caters for weddings of up to 150. Make your wedding fantasies reality in the ‘rancho deluxe’ venue, voted top ten places to stay in the world by the Sunday Times.
Sofia from Lila: Our flowers are handcrafted from clay, a type that becomes lighter and slightly soft when it dries, which makes it ideal for headpieces. We don’t use cutters, stencils and other such tools, it’s all done exclusively by hand and we make our own colours too, so every bud is totally unique and we can match any colour scheme and style.
Sometimes inspirational shoots can be guilty of being a little bit non-translatable. By that I mean it’s hard for a couple planning a wedding to recreate a look in ‘real life’ that they have seen in a glossy or on screen.
Sarah Vivienne: It didn’t take me long to say ‘yes’ when Charlotte from Charlotte Harley Bridal Couture asked if I’d shoot her new collection of ‘So Sassi‘ gowns. So Sassi is a diffusion line by renowned British designer Sassi Holford and has rather a lot of gorgeous going on. Did someone say peplum?
Charlotte’s brief was for something fairly simple with wide appeal but to do it in an inspirational, slightly unusual way. Something of a dichotomy but we love a challenge!
We considered what was currently popular in weddings. We talked about how outdoor ceremonies are becoming more popular. And we chatted about how natural styling and green colour schemes are filtering through from interiors and fashion into weddings.
Which all led to us thinking that something with a woodland style might be fun.
There’s been a surge of woodland wedding inspiration of late but in reality much of it isn’t achievable for the UK bride. There are very few woodland wedding venues, let alone with marriage licenses, and we don’t really have the weather for it either.
But we loved the concept so set about finding ways to make an outdoor theme work for a classic, indoor wedding.
Rushton Hall, one of Northamptonshire’s most in demand wedding venues, has beautiful grounds so was a perfect location.
We pulled together a brilliant creative team of Northants wedding suppliers who helped us create an elegant interpretation of a woodland theme so that it fitted the brief and perfectly suited the surroundings.
Evergreens. Moss. Berries. Twisted willow. Bark. Feathers. Textures. Anna from Julie Anna Flowers and Tracey’s from Nothing But Lovely created table settings with nuances of the woodland theme along with fresh flowers and succulents to balance the rusticness with something elegant. A moss covered table number. Hobbycraft is a wonderful place!
The textures of the paper, ribbon and real wood blocks are delightful ideas for woodland themed stationery…
It’s all about how your cake is presented right now and Katie from Couture Cakes did a fantastic job of styling a woodland themed dessert table. I loved the use of the stone bench but it would look great inside too. Meringue mushroom anyone?
With a climate like ours it does seem to make sense to reverse the trend of taking things from inside to the outside and instead bring the outside in. And now Charlotte from Charlotte Harley Bridal Couture and Sarah Vivienne have shown you how… So what are you waiting for. Get foraging people.
And to finish things off nicely, we know how you lot love a sneak peek behind the scenes so we’ll finish todays walk in the woods with the film by Nick Grove Cinematography