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Lush and exciting vintage botanical inspiration shoot at The Pilgrims Rest in Sussex, with Sarah Williams Photography

This is one of the prettiest botanicals shoots I’ve ever seen – I absolutely adore the ferns and the tablescapes, and the stationery is just wonderful! Words by Helen at Betty Loves Vintage & images by lovely Sarah Williams Photography

Gorgeous ferns, lush botanicals and glorious wedding stationery in a styled shoot by Sarah Williams Photography (5)

“I am a real lover of colour and pattern, mixing scales and mismatched patterns, I come from a textile design background and have always edged towards busy floral prints, the busier the better! That’s me: that’s my style topped off with a love of vintage crockery, and so far it’s that of a lot of the brides that I have had the pleasure to work with.

Gorgeous ferns, lush botanicals and glorious wedding stationery in a styled shoot by Sarah Williams Photography (20)

I always look forward to hearing about the latest trends in interior design, fashion and the wedding industry, they all have a slight influence over each other, though I am a great believer in the fact that your wedding should represent you as a couple and reflect your personalities, sometimes it’s helpful to gather a bit of inspiration from what’s going visually on around you.

When Pantone announced that their colour of the year for 2017 was Greenery, I could not quite get my head around their choice. I mean green!?! Personally it was not a colour that sprung to mind when thinking of weddings, but I wanted to explore this trend further and take the opportunity to push myself a little outside my comfort zone.

Gorgeous ferns, lush botanicals and glorious wedding stationery in a styled shoot by Sarah Williams Photography (7)

I am so lucky to live by the coast and be surrounded by the south downs. My husband and our two young children live close to several beautiful parks and woodlands. We can often found exploring woodlands my little boy loves nature, climbing trees, collecting unusual shaped twigs and colourful leaves.

I thought back to how I felt the previous summer, I took a moment to really take in our surroundings, standing in the woodland staring up at the leafy canopy above us, climbing over lumps of lush green mosses and walking through fern lined pathways. It felt calm, It felt serene and actually it all felt a little bit magical.

So there it was, that would be my interpretation of Greenery, Pantone’s colour of 2017 and what beautiful feelings to evoke on your wedding day! That would be what I wanted to capture in my styled shoot!

Gorgeous ferns, lush botanicals and glorious wedding stationery in a styled shoot by Sarah Williams Photography (34)

Sussex has a lot of hidden gems when it comes to wedding venues and when I heard of that a new rustic wedding venue had launched not far from me, and was having an open day I had to go and have a look round. The Pilgrims Rest did not disappoint! The 600 year old timber framed Wealden hall house is right next to battle abbey, and not only was it steeped in history, it was also filled with so many beautiful details. I was inspired by the texture of the exposed brick work, the patterns in the timbers of the beams, and the atmosphere created by the beautiful inglenook fire places.

Gorgeous ferns, lush botanicals and glorious wedding stationery in a styled shoot by Sarah Williams Photography (30)

During a couple of chilly February mornings spent drinking tea and talking thorough
ideas by one of the Pilgrims Rest’s fireplaces with the venue’s owner, wedding planner and a talented group of like minded, creative wedding suppliers I shared my vision for the Greenery inspired botanical photoshoot. We all each shared our ideas, our resources our time and our skills. when shoot day came along I was so excited! We all worked together to created something beautiful and are all pleased with the result, hopefully capturing those feelings and that atmosphere.

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Gorgeous ferns, lush botanicals and glorious wedding stationery in a styled shoot by Sarah Williams Photography (29)
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Gorgeous ferns, lush botanicals and glorious wedding stationery in a styled shoot by Sarah Williams Photography (36)
Gorgeous ferns, lush botanicals and glorious wedding stationery in a styled shoot by Sarah Williams Photography (37)
Gorgeous ferns, lush botanicals and glorious wedding stationery in a styled shoot by Sarah Williams Photography (38)

Suppliers:

www.bettylovesvintage.co.uk
www.sarahwilliamsphotography.com
emilysmixingbowl.co.uk
www.theenchantedflower.co.uk
www.lyndaloves.com
www.pilgrimsrestbattle.co.uk

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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