Katrina the Photographer:
We wanted this whole shoot to really be about laid back elegance. We took our inspiration from the beautifully elegant manor house, where the shoot was set, but focused on a laid-back, simple styling – warm jumpers and loose wavy hair, natural foliage everywhere, a relaxed tapas food table and wild floral bouquet combined with luxurious skirts, elegant jewellery and gold embossing.
The shoot took place at brand new wedding venue, Twyning Park
– a stunning riverside country house on the edge of the Cotswolds. As soon as the owners showed me round I could immediately picture a shoot there – pared back, a muted colour scheme making the most of the stunning yet simple backdrop there. One of the many spaces set up for a humanist ceremony/blessing is a gorgeous long room with beautiful wooden beams, floor to ceiling windows and pure white walls. After chatting to the amazing Hannah at Bride and Bloom
and with both of us having a strong eco focus in our business, we decided that reams of foliage would suit the room perfectly; climbing up the fireplace and wrapped around the wooden beams.
The drawing room at Twyning Park is a classically elegant and luxurious room with high ceilings, regency details, a delicate duck egg blue palette and a striking bay window. Myself and Krysta from For the Love of Weddings
designed a simple blue and grey colour scheme to compliment this base, which was complimented perfectly with napkins and runners provided by Kate Cullen Styling
For the bride we wanted a relaxed elegance, so a beautiful lace dress to start teamed with a soft blush underlay and a 2nd look combining an Asos jumper and scarf with a luxurious skirt. The hair and make up again perfectly fit the laid back and elegant theme with loose, natural waves and a soft up do combined with a floral headpiece. The jewellery and headpiece provided by Glitzy Secrets
was the perfect way to enhance the elegance of these looks.
We combined a few shots to show that the morning of your wedding doesn’t have to be full and busy, there can always be time to take 15 minutes to yourself to compose, reflect and look forward to what will be the most wonderful day.
I love to incorporate food in my shoots, partly because I adore food! But also because I think it is such a huge part of your wedding day and most often the biggest expense. For this shoot we decided to do a simple but beautiful tapas table, beautifully styled with a silk runner and minimalistic candlesticks, with a selection of delicious treats to satisfy any taste. The wedding cake perfectly summarised the whole shoot – a simple white tiered cake perfectly dressed with foliage to create a stunning centrepiece of its own.
The stationery that Ollie's Studio
created was sublime. An enchanting soft blue watercolour edge with beautiful blue calligraphy and gold leaf to adorn it. It absolutely made the table settings and I think is the perfect example of how investing in some really beautiful calligraphy can also double up as stunning styling for your wedding day.
A New Venue
I am so excited for the opening of this new wedding venue. It has the perfect combination of beauty and elegance with a natural and simple backdrop that is perfect for styling. And the light in the fields surrounding it at the end of the day was sublime, I can’t wait to see what some of the real weddings here are like.