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A Sassi Holford & William Morris styled bridal shoot, with Vickerstaff Photography

Ahh… happy Friday everyone! With the weekend beginning in – ooh about 8 hours shall we say? ­čśë I thought I’d share something really special with you this morning. I had the absolute honour of styling a creative shoot at Broadoaks Country House a little while ago, and we really made the most of the amazing William Morris Music Room for a truly timeless setting which brought our shoot to life. You can almost taste the romance in the air – it’s such a beautiful setting.

Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (15)

Our beautiful model Kelsey wears a Sassi Holford wedding gown with exquisite embroidery detailing around the neckline. My heartfelt thanks to Julia Tasker Bridal Couture. Kelsey’s graceful and elegant hair was styled by lovely Gareth from Aqua The Salon, and make up is by Helen at Definitions Mobile Beauty.

For couples searching for a truly memorable and character-filled venue, it doesn’t get any better than this. William Morris is one of the most celebrated English designers of all time, and from a chance meeting in the late 19th century he was commissioned to create the Music Room at Broadoaks Country House. The patterned plasterwork was created by Morris’s own hand, the alcoves and panelling as well as the baby grand piano and guitars all make for a room so filled with character you’ll fall in love at first sight.

Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (24)

We made the most of this amazing room as part of a full day bridal shoot (there’s much more to show you after today too!). Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography had some very impressive tricks up his sleeve and I adore the reflective images he created – but I won’t tell you how, because it’s a secret! Get in touch with Jamie through his website to find out more: http://vickerstaffphotography.co.uk
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (6)Sassi Holford’s elegant and intricate wedding dress went so beautifully with the character and warmth of the music room. I love this shot of Kelsey holding her own amongst all the portraits of stars from times gone by: the wedding gown is worthy of any movie star, don’t you think?
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (11)Sassi Holford is one of my favourite bridal designers bar none; and one of the top UK designers of the last decade. Her dresses have something special I can’t put a finger on: perhaps its in the way they move, or the intricacy of the embroidery. I owe huge thanks to lovely Julia Tasker Bridal Couture for not only styling Kelsey for the images on the day, but also for choosing the dress, which couldn’t have been more perfect.
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (1)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (2)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (3)Kelsey’s brooch bouquet is by the fabulous Pumpkin & Pye. Including the most wonderfully eclectic mix of vintage brooches, pearl and pastel coloured buttons and delicate lace, this bouquet is perfect for a vintage inspired bride!
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (4)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (5)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (7)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (8)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (9)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (10)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (12)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (13)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (14)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (16)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (17)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (18)Kelsey’s naturally beautiful make up is the work of the truly lovely Helen from Definitions Mobile Beauty. Using soft shades of blush and lip colour, with a more defined eye shadow and tones to complement Kelsey’s colouring, Helen created a timeless look perfect for our vintage bride.
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (19)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (20)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (21)We were lucky enough to have Gareth from Aqua The Salon on location with us for the day. Gareth had some stunning tricks up his sleeve: this wonderfully elegant up do made Kelsey the belle of the ball for the early part of our styled shoot. There is so much more to come… keep reading the English Wedding Blog to see what else we did!
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (22)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (23)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (25)
Sassi Holford bride Julia Tasker Couture (26)

If you’re looking for a new take on vintage styling then the glamorous look in today’s shoot is perfect for 2015 weddings: choose a timeless venue with real charm and character, and look for the best in bridal boutiques, styling and beauty for your big day.

You absolutely can’t go wrong with the suppliers we chose for this wonderful shoot: featured today are –

and I owe huge thanks also to everyone else involved on the day. Not all are featured here, but watch out for pastels and peonies, watercolour paper stationery, vintage mirrors and our very creative cape made of flowers… coming soon!

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 November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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