Our brand new digital magazine, The English Wedding Bible, is yours FREE to download or read online this January – full of beautiful wedding inspiration and advice features from the heart, written by some of our favourite photographers and wedding experts. Grab it here… and enjoy today’s sublime inspiration shoot, which was one of my favourite features in the English Wedding Bible’s very first issue.
Pastels are our favourite wedding palette – they have been for years and I doubt that will ever change. But it’s easy to forget there’s a gentle rainbow of pastel colours encompassing everything from palest dusky pinks through to barely-there olive greens, dove greys and soft corals… because pastel doesn’t only mean pink.
Today’s shoot puts forward a beautiful and very strong case for delicate blue pastel hues. The key colour is Serenity, which works well all year round; for cool winter weddings and soft pastel spring and summer ones. It gives you the ‘something blue’ and is incredibly calming, delicate and outrageously pretty, whilst maintaining that elegant feel.
The overall feel and style of this shoot is of romance, elegance and serenity, inspired by the Georgian era. Lovely Emma – stylist and coordinator at Goose & Berry – adores Jane Austen novels (being named after that Emma, no less!) and the setting of Cornwell Manor couldn’t be more perfect to showcase this style.
Emma says, “Working in weddings could be seen as the perfect job for me and I am so lucky to surround myself with love and happiness on a daily basis. The romantic in me so adores everything that surrounds me, the smiling faces, the looks between couples, the passion and all the pretty that comes with planning and styling wedding. Florals are very much a love of me and always play a central part in weddings I help with. I have grown up in a picturesque country garden and have been lucky enough to spend my childhood days playing on my grandparent’s farm – pretty idyllic. The rural life is another key component that has played a factor for my love of Jane Austen; the rural life features heavily and love and the countryside are synonymous with romance for me.”
The most romantic florals were crafted by Fiona Perry. The look she has achieved with seasonal florals; peonies, ranunculus, lisianthus, lily of the valley, delphiniums and blossom are quite heavenly, as was the scent. Used to add to the romantic and create layers and texture on the bouquet, buttonholes and tablescape were the finest of ribbons from Lancaster & Cornish, paired with the wonderful muted grey runner by Kate Cullen.
The stationery suite by Paperknots added a touch of luxury and elegance, with its pastel blues and greens and patterned paper which matched the ballroom so well and hints of fruit paired with the fruit that helped style the table. Superstar photographer Kate Nielen captured the most breathtaking images, setting the scene so well and creating a serene and romantic set of photographs. Fine art, light and dreamy!
See below for a full supplier list!
Photography: Kate Nielen Photography
Styling & Coordination: Goose & Berry Weddings
Floral Design: Fiona Perry Floral Design
Makeup Artist: Mel Kinsman Make Up Artist
Hair Stylist: Patricia Soper Make-up and Hairstyling
‘Contessa’ Dress: Chantal Mallett Couture Bridalwear & Accessories
Shoes: Emmy London
Jewellery: Arabel Lebrusan Jewellry
Headpiece: Victoria Millesime
Cake: Melissa Woodland Cakes
Lace & Ribbons: Lancaster & Cornish
Grey Linen Table Runner: Kate Cullen
Rentals (Crockery, Cutlery, Glassware, Linen, and Napkins): Couvert
Chairs: Academy Furniture Hire
Model: Charlotte Godfrey
Venue: Cornwell Manor
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Arabel LebrusanChantal MallettCornwell ManorFiona Perry Floral DesignGoose & BerryJane AustenKate CullenKate Nielen PhotographyLancaster and CornishMel KinsmanMelissa Woodland CakesPaperknotspastel bluePatricia SoperVictoria Millesime