Creative wedding ideas collaboration – and not a union jack in sight!

I’m avoiding union jacks and red-white-blue features with every glance at my inbox these days! There are gorgeous ideas out there, and yes a little inspiration from current events is nice… but before we all plan red-white-blue weddings (and before I start buying red-white-blue accessories for my new home!) I’m going to try and win you over today with some regal wedding inspiration done a little differently. Which is what we love here on English Wedding Blog, yes? Enjoy…

Photo credit Meg Hawkins (1)

Davenport House wedding inspiration shoot

On English Wedding blog – shared by Big Little Things with photography by Meg Hawkins. All supplier information is towards the end of the page
Photo credit Meg Hawkins (2)
Photo credit Meg Hawkins (3)

Big Little Things needed no encouragement to style a shoot to pay tribute to the Queen and the Jubilee. It is potentially the last time in our life time we’ll celebrate a Jubilee of a reigning Queen – how exciting is that?

Our inspiration for the shoot was British heritage and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. We researched photography of the coronation to identify a dress for the shoot that reflected similar elegance and was equally regal. We selected a Lyn Ashworth dress called Mitzi kindly supplied by My Little Wedding Shop, an independent boutique specialising in the best of British design and manufacture. The dress seemed idyllic and echoed the dress created by Norman Hartnell because of the floral bead embroidery. Queen Elizabeth had specifically requested floral emblems of Commonwealth countries on her own dress such as English Tudor roses. We hand-crafted a vintage crown style tiara and matching drop earrings both made from freshwater pearl nuggets to compliment the grandeur of the dress.

We collaborated with wedding and portrait photographer, Meg Hawkins who is renowned for her best use of natural light to capture the perfect ambience within the images. Along with Meg, Liz Bell MUA brought our royalty to life in the shape of our fantastic model, Jessica Biddle.

The backdrop for the shoot is the magnificent country mansion and premier Shropshire wedding venue, Davenport House. Built in the 17th Century it has a wonderful elegance that was more than in-keeping with the heritage theme of the day. We styled the venue with vintage crockery supplied by the wonderful Claire at The Vintage Occasion. We are devils for detail and the genuine 1953 coronation mug leads our colour palette and overall design. From the cream peonies and passion flowers in the posy to the brush-work and floral piping design on the cake – each aspect reflected elements of the mug! The monarchy symbolism continues on the cake with the gold fleur-de-lis associated with French Royalty, not forgetting our handmade coronation crown cake topper.

Photo credit Meg Hawkins (4)
Photo credit Meg Hawkins (5)
Photo credit Meg Hawkins (6)
Photo credit Meg Hawkins (7)

Wedding supplier credits:

Venue styling, floristry, cake, accessories & finishing touches: Big Little Things

Phone: 07769748950

Big Little Things are the one stop wedding shop who take care of the little details that are a big deal. They offer a bespoke service including cakes for all occasions, fresh and faux wedding floristry, bridal accessories and finishing touches for any event. All of their creations are as unique as you are.

Wedding venue: Davenport House

Phone: 01746 716221

Davenport House is a magnificent country residence which has become one of Shropshire’s premier venues for weddings and corporate events. The attractions are the building itself, in a secluded setting near the Shropshire village of Worfield, and the high-class cuisine – produced in-house by Cordon-Bleu trained chef Jane Murphy whose husband Roger is the proprietor.

Photographer: Meg Hawkins Photography

Phone: 07811 672 460

At Meg’s studio in Burwarton, Shropshire, she offers a range of styles perfectly arranged around your big day starting the luxury of boudoir. Then fun engagement shoots. Your Wedding day is approached with a modern, stylish and contemporary twist she captures your whole day creating a story for you never to forget .

Photo credit Meg Hawkins (8)
Photo credit Meg Hawkins (9)
Photo credit Meg Hawkins (10)
Photo credit Meg Hawkins (11)

Vintage crockery hire: The Vintage Occasion

Phone: 07970 072293

The Vintage Occasion hires beautiful vintage china and crockery to help you celebrate your occasion with style. A small team who has fallen in love with china from a bygone age, we offer a professional, dedicated service tailored to individual’s needs. Vintage props and a styling service are also available.

Make-up & hair: Liz Bell MUA

Phone: 07971463795

Liz Bell is a freelance bridal make-up artist with over 20 years experience offering a range of beauty therapy, lash extensions and hair styling for weddings, photo shoots and special occasions. Liz is able to travel throughout Shropshire to offer her service in the comfort of your own home or chosen venue.

Photo credit Meg Hawkins (12)
Photo credit Meg Hawkins (13)
Photo credit Meg Hawkins (14)

Wedding gown: My Little Wedding Shop
Phone: 01746 768968

My little Wedding Shop is an independent bridal boutique specialising in the best of British design and manufacture. The boutique has exclusivity across the West Midlands for Lyn Ashworth, Harriet Wilde and Rosie Willett. In addition we offer bespoke bridal and groomswear, wedding planning, excellent, personal service and much more!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Loulabelle
    8 years ago

    Stunning! The dress is gorgeous and all that china is fab xx

  • Jennifer Bone
    8 years ago

    Thank you Loulabelle, it was a great day and we are all thrilled with the shoot.

  • Gary - Special Day
    8 years ago

    I couldn’t help but smile to myself reading your introduction having recently finished the blog post below! Union Jacks all round from me! 🙂

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