Today’s blog is full of country charm for those of you planning a winter wedding. White orchids, obligatory pine cones, adorable little white cotton balls and handcrafted table centrepieces make today’s shoot magical. The bride and groom are real: they eloped last summer but had no photographs taken of the day. The intimacy of today’s blog captures their love as well as the romance of an intimate winter wedding – and I love it.
An uber charming photo and film shoot of an intimate winter English elopement with a real life couple who returned to this private garden estate venue bordering Dartmoor National Park on the banks of a Devon river where they were married in their own elopement last summer before having a big wedding reception nearby.
The bride and groom had worn casual clothes for their original elopement ceremony and had no professional photos from the day. The idea developed to have a grand re-enactment for the couple who wore their own wedding clothes for the shoot. Professional suppliers in the form of hair and make up artists and photographers and film makers came together to make this an emotional and super special day for Kayliegh and Ben. All the suppliers working on the shoot felt it was more like a real wedding than a photo shoot, the emotional re-enactment of the ceremony for this couple was so special and the real tenderness between the couple is beautifully captured in the photos and the film.
With no leaves on the trees we wanted to reflect the stark winter beauty of the natural oak and slate materials of the venue, the shoot colours are matched with nature; snowy white, fir cones with touches of evergreen and silver for warmth and sparkle. The venue is decorated with a simple fir tree with a dusting of snow, fairy lights in hanging glass jars, lanterns and dozens of tealights. The sweetheart table is richly dressed with a platinum matte sequin tablecloth, silver beaded plates and silver hammered drinking goblets.
Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning florist Amanda Randell created a spectacular contemporary centrepiece for the table with hand-twisted wire, wild cotton balls, white orchids and snow dusted fir cones. These were echoed in the bridal bouquet created by Amanda with white roses, cones, wild cotton balls and delicate grasses to add movement. A faux white fur rug on the white sofa and the silvered macarons by artisan baker Harrie of Boo to A Goose add to the sense of opulence and luxury. The open fire with an abundance of candles and fairylights bring a feeling of warmth and sparkle.
The location for the wedding ceremony in front of the outdoor fire under the cover of a glass roof brings the natural outdoor beauty into the space whilst protecting the couple and their guests from any wet winter weather!
Clare Kinchin was the stills photographer and Baxter & Ted filmed the shoot both on HD and super 8, editing the two formats together to produce this charming elopement story from preparation in the honeymoon cottage, through the “I do’s’ in front of the fire to the couple’s final stroll over an old stone bridge and along the river.
Location: Ever After – A Dartmoor Wedding
Photographer: Clare Kinchin
Film: Baxter + Ted
Florist: Amanda Randell
Stylist & props: Nicola Evans
Hair: Jodi Brent
Make Up: Jessica Hawke
Macarons: Harrie Kivell