It's truly magical to get married in the Winter time. A gorgeous ambience can be created with the candle light, the rich tones of the foliage and berries and the wealth of textures that just seem to lend themselves better to the colder months, like faux fur and tweed. There's definitely something special about the bleakness of Winter and this has been captured to perfection in today's shoot from Launcells Barton. If you've fallen for the venue as much as we have, then make sure you're registered to attend their open day NEXT WEEKEND, there are just a few spaces remaining.

Launcells Barton

Lara at Launcells Barton: Steeped in history and set in over 200 acres of rolling Cornish countryside, Launcells Barton are passionate about helping you create a truly memorable occasion, while offering a fully bespoke service and exclusive use. Our aim was to show, that no matter what time of year or weather, you can have a truly beautiful wedding and still use every area of the venue. We wanted to use candle light and create a "magical feeling" in the barn as they produce such a soft light which is perfect for this time of year, as the days become dusky. We loved the idea of creating an enchanting branch canopy at the end of the aisle, to really frame the couple beautifully. We kept the styling simple adding subtle plum and deep greens, to add depth and a touch of opulence to the shoot.

The Photography

Oli the Photographer: From a photographer’s point of view Launcell’s Barton is a dream. Its beautiful, stately home interiors with windows in all the right places and beautiful rustic barn, mean there are always going to be incredible options whatever the weather outside, which makes it an ideal choice for a winter wedding. I’d shot a wedding here in the summer and continue to be surprised by how many different locations there are for excellent photographs all within a few minutes walk from the furthest point one side of the grounds to the other. On this occasion we made the most of some gorgeous low hanging winter sun and were treated to another amazing sunset there. A pleasure to shoot here again and to work with such a nice team with everyone doing their bit to make sure the whole thing come together as successfully as it did. A lovely escape from busy city life in London and I would have returned fully refreshed had I not stayed up to 3am drinking wine and catching up with Matt and Lara, who’s passion for creating such a wonderful venue was as evident now as it was when we first met back in the summer.

The Beauty

Lizzie the MUA: Lara & Jenny gave me the simple of brief of 'winter wedding'. I decided on a soft, nude, winter palette, as I wanted to create a soft yet striking look, without being too heavy to compliment the winter berry & green tones used in the bouquet and styling throughout the shoot. Using muted, cool tones I created a soft pink/ nude smokey eye (tempted + commando by Urban Decay) not forgetting those all important cold, winter, flushed cheeks. This look was finished with a soft nude lip (patisserie by MAC). Hannah Woodgates created a soft natural style with small details of fresh flowers and texture.

The Cake

Hannah the Cake Maker: Using the mood board provided I thought a dark cake would suit the winter theme. Lara mentioned she loved the idea of dark green, so with this I decided to paint the bottom tiers dark eucalyptus leaving a brush stroke, textured effect. I used a gold stroke to lift & compliment the green and give a more on-trend luxe feel. I wanted a complete contrast for the top tier so created a semi naked style with fresh flowers to add a natural element to the finished product.

The Flowers

The flowers were designed around a winter wedding using lovely lushes greenery with a contrast of twigs in dark reds, browns and plum. Including orchids, roses, berries and a mix of seasonal foliage. We used lots of lovely candles creating a warm and romantic atmosphere, which set a magical feel to the wedding. Inspiration for the winter wedding came from the time of year and nature.

Fern Godfrey

Written by Fern Godfrey

Venue: Launcells Barton | Planning: Jenny Wren Weddings & Events | Cake: Hannah's Cornish Cakes | Flowers: Bleujen | Prop Hire: Inspire Hire | Dresses: The Bridal House Of Cornwall | Faux Fur Wrap: Tootsie & Tiger Vintage Boutique | Suit: Moss Bros | Hair: Hannah Woodgate | Make Up: Lizzie Couch | Stationery: Pip Designs | Dinnerware & Linen: South West Event Hire | Confetti: Cornish Gardens Confetti Company

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