I’m lucky being able to do what I do, travelling the country virtually through all the fabulous weddings and shoots which land in my inbox every day. Cornwall is one of my favourite parts of the UK and I’ve gotten to know some incredibly inspiring Cornish wedding suppliers over recent months. I adore discovering Cornwall’s coves and beaches – there seems to be something new and exciting around every corner of the landscape. To learn that there’s a beautiful botanical garden with acres of tea plantations was a wonderful surprise to me… the Tregothnan estate is the home of British tea, (who knew?! over a hundred acres of tea plantations!) and a perfect setting for today’s gorgeous wedding inspiration shoot filled with beautiful botanical styling. I adore the calligraphy by Megan Riera, and oh, that cake….
Words and images by the fabulous Olivia Bossert Photography
Who says that rain can’t be beautiful? Rain can be inevitable on your wedding day, and when we were faced with not just rain, but weather warnings for our styled shoot, we all took a second to think about whether we should go ahead with it. Wouldn’t it be a waste? Well, we very quickly reconsidered, and all realised that we couldn’t control the weather, but what we could do was work with it. All the vendors from this shoot banded together in a way I’ve never seen before! We trudged through the mud carrying tables, chairs and cakes. We all got wet. We all got cold. But we all laughed as well. We smiled and giggled at how crazy we were to be doing what we were doing! But we loved every second of it, and I truly believed that shows in the images.
Tregothnan has the largest private botanical garden in the UK and is the home of British tea, with over 150 acres of tea plantations nestled on the banks on this ancient Estate, dating back to 1334. Generations have lived and worked on these lands; producing everything from charcaols, and tea, to flowers, honey and Kea Plums. One thing’s for sure, this grand estate has no intention of slowing down.
The focus for this shoot was to showcase the amazing gardens (still beautiful, despite the torrential rain and wind!), and the flowers grown on the estate. All the flowers you see from the shoot were grown within the gardens of the estate, so they showcase the change of the seasons. Tregothnan say they are extremely proud to support the British flower growing industry, which forms less than 5% of the flowers actually bought in the UK! Along with that, we intended to bring together vendors from all over Cornwall and give them a chance to shine. I’m sure you’ll agree, they did just that!
Gemma Rawlinson of Box And Cox Vintage Hire dressed the table for the perfect intimate winter elopement. Swagged in raw muslin and foliage, with a colour pallet of deep lapis and navy blues, she offset it against the soft pale pink and ivory. The addition of the ivory and blue china, luxurious handmade silk napkins and satin ribbon added just the right touch of luxury. Paired with the Sweet Williams, Tulips, Narcissi, Alstro, Fern and Ivy from the Tregothnan Gardens, we’re sure you’ll agree it made the perfect match.
Emily Hankins, the cake designer of the day, designed and created a wedding cake inspired by the surroundings of Tregothnan Estate. Working closely with Gemma from Box And Cox Vintage Hire, she opted for a watercolour effect with blues, greys an silvers, rather than a flat base of colour. She hand painted the front of the cake with Hellebores – the perfect English country garden flower for this time of year. Due to Tregothnan being famous for its tea, Emily decided to also create a set of completely edible teacups and saucers to compliment the cake display. That’s right; you can eat the entire teacup!
When it came to styling our model, Jodie, the entire team decided to embrace the wet weather we were given on the day. As a result, Emma Carlyle chose to pull all the hair from her face. The pull through braid was essential, in that it wouldn’t leave our model feeling uncomfortable after a full day of shooting (or in your case, perhaps your wedding day!) and wouldn’t be affected by any rain! To tie the whole look together, Emma threaded some of the beautiful Treogthnan estate flowers through her hair.
Photographer: Olivia Bossert www.oliviabossert.com
Flowers: Tregothnan Estate https://tregothnan.co.uk/flowers-and-foliage/
Tregothnan Estate Liaison and Coordination: Annabelle Percy Hughes
Dress: Private Label by G, Ella Rosa Collection from Bliss Bridal Gowns, Perranporth http://www.blissbridalgowns.com/
Make Up: Ione Kutz www.makeupbyione.com
Hair: Emma Carlyle http://www.hairbyemmac.com/
Table Styling: Box And Cox Vintage Hire http://www.boxandcoxvintage.co.uk/
Cake and Teacups: Emily Hankins http://emilyhankins.co.uk/
Stationery: Megan Riera http://www.meganrieralettering.com/