Long, hazy summer evenings… vineyards as far as the eye can see and an instinct for beautiful, relaxed and elegant wedding styling is the focus of the English Wedding Blog today. It all feels exquisitely French, and the styling touches are wonderfully français… but this inspirational photoshoot took place in the Cambridgeshire countryside! The creative team behind it all took elements from vintage, classic and rustic styling yet their approach was simplistic and grew organically on the day giving the whole ensemble a fresh, homely and natural feel.
A colour pallet of white, fawns and hues of blue gave the backdrop and flowers a real sense of purity and the idyllic location of a farm house backdrop really led the way with the placement of wedding settings and in turn the photography.
Lattenbury Hill offers a blank canvas – a completely customisable space for you to create the wedding of your dreams. Our super talented group of suppliers imagined a couple having a summer wedding at Lattenbury – their proposal happened in a stunning French countryside village after the groom got down on one knee, and this inspired their wedding style.
I love how full of personality this all is – and that it’s how photographer Sarah Brookes, who came up with the idea, believes every wedding can be: “We want to inspire couples to think outside the box and have a wedding that reflects them and that will make them happy, rather than pigeonholing themselves to a strict theme.”
Hayley from Dolly’s Vintage Tea Party says, “French shabby chic style to me encompasses summer in a picturesque rustic French village. Go for enchanting flowers of blues and off whites in old mason jars, watering cans and kitchenalia. Embrace the use of fairy lights, vintage white-framed mirrors, chandeliers and lanterns hanging from trees. All can be delicately dressed with lace and textured draping. Complement with crisp white linen, lace table cloths and vintage china in blues, alongside a beautiful outside back drop of rambling fields or old brick courtyard. Being synonymous with the shabby chic style, favour decor and props that show signs of wear and tear and any furniture that has a distressed appearance. Your catering could be as simple as artisan bread and cheeses followed by the most exquisite pastries, just ensure the wine is a good year!
A theme or idea can be elegant yet unembellished with extravagance and by using the location and backdrop presented sympathetically it will enhance all the elements of your day. From the intricate details of the dress against the rawness of a dilapidated barn to the delicate floral arrangements placed randomly on a white doily runner and bare wood trestle table – the pretty feminine details will only be complimented by using the textures of nature, buildings and rawness furniture around you.”
Hair stylist Ashley Kay Gifford wanted to go for something chic, yet ‘undone’. “I opted for a French Twist with a spin on it. Rather than keeping it sleek and clean I tonged the hair and utilised my gorgeous model’s lovely thick , wavy hair – pulling bits out in the twist and around her face. This look was perfect for a bride who wants a modern twist of that classic French style.”
Sarah Brookes Photography
Tipis / Marquees: Country Tipis
Make Up: Kate Fletcher
Hair: Ashley Kay Gifford
Catering / Styling – Hall and Co. Event Design
Styling: Hayley from Dolly’s Vintage Tea Party
Dress: Jo from Woburn Bridal
Stationery: Eliza May Prints
Flowers: Clare Jones Floral Design