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A Winter’s Tale - a warm winter wedding ideas shoot from Hampden House in Buckinghamshire

Don’t you think there’s something extra romantic about winter months? There’s a wonderful sense of magic in the air… that first snowfall, frosty patterns on windows… and (perhaps it’s just me) the secret pleasure of pretending to breathe like a dragon when it’s cold enough to see your breath?! I really do love winter. I love candles and cosy evenings, and I love the magic this season evokes. If you’re like me you’ll love today’s winter wedding inspiration shoot as much as I do!

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The shoot was sent to me by Plenty to Declare Wedding photography www.plentytodeclare.com and wedding designer and stylist Petra Opperman www.petraoppermanweddings.co.uk. There’s a full list of the Buckinghamshire wedding suppliers involved in the shoot at the end of the post for all you Bucks brides and grooms! Marek and Daria from Plenty to Declare (who are so lovely and charming – their emails caught my heart straight away!) will share the meaning behind the shoot with you. It’s inspiring and oh so beautiful in every detail. Enjoy!

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One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, The Winter’s Tale was the inspiration behind this winter wedding styled shoot. Shakespeare had the ability to capture humanity in all of its diverse shades and colours. We can see ourselves reflected wonderfully in his mirror. The Winter’s Tale was beautifully structured and it is a story that has everything: tragedy, pathos, outrageous comedy, songs, dances and moves on to a very special and magical ending. I wanted to use all these contrasting elements to create a warm winter wedding theme.

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Breaking away from traditional tall table centrepieces, a log covered with flowers and candles forms the focal point on the table. Different shades of white flowers are loosely placed around the log and playing with the contrasts of using different textures makes this centrepiece fascinating from all angles. Colour is brought in by using rose hip and in turn is being complimented by the yellow-orange of the candle flame. As the play shows the natural progression and emotions of the characters, I wanted to use natural elements such as flowers, flames and wood to create the colour scheme.

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Not only are the candles effective in providing the lovely warm colour but also adds to create a warm atmosphere. Candles are also used on the wedding cake. This is also a way of using the candle flame to bring colour to the neutral colour scheme of the cake. The simplistic design of the wedding cake and the wood stand contribute to the idea of using contrasts to create beautiful features. The cake design with fresh flowers and candles ties in elegantly with the flower centrepiece. The subtle use of gold by adding ribbon also matches the classic crockery of the table setting.

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The beautiful embossed invitation and laced menu are perfect for the theme. Invitations are a very important part of the wedding day as it should not only invite you to this special celebration but also give away a hint of what is expected. The embossed paper of the wedding invitation provides that touch of drama and with a very classical feel. The lace on the menu matches the “Queen Anne’s lace” used in the flower centrepiece.

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Outstandingly elegant and perfect for this theme is the Pronovias (Dagen) wedding dress. This is a spectacular A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline and flowing skirt. The gorgeous lace that decorates the tulle bodice and skirt ties in well with the lace effect used on the cake, table centrepiece and menu. A light tulle skirt flows out from beneath the bodice appliques giving movement to the entire dress. The fur bridal wrap adds to the cosy winter feel. Beautiful and intricate, it makes this hairdo unique and adds the touch of drama to the delicate finish of the dress. Thinking of, and working with contrasts always brings a spectacular result.

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Adding to the classic and elegant feel, the formal attire of the groom just completes the perfect picture created at the exquisite Hampden House.

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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 www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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4 COMMENTS
  • Nathan @ Artemis Stationery
    4 years ago

    White can look cold in winter – but the candles make it feel still warm and inviting. Great images and ideas.

  • Nathan @ Artemis Stationery
    4 years ago

    Oh, I’ve already commented, still think is really great! Well done to all involved.

  • Lovely shoot. Love all the candles around.

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