So how’s your sunshine today, lovelies? I’m loving this week – it feels like SUMMER!! I can play in my garden and walk on the beach… it’s heaven. Right now I’m working on the next edition of the English Wedding Bible, which we’re publishing in May. If you’d like to be a part of it, get in touch with your ideas for shoots, articles or real weddings we can feature. Today though, we’re all about al fresco wedding dining, herbs and botanicals with a gorgeous editorial from Gaynes Park which was sent in by English Wedding Directory member, lovely Gwenda at The Gilded Fern. She’s here to tell you more!
I may be a floral designer, but I’ve got a major soft spot for plants and foliage! I often include some herbs in buttonholes and cake decorations, so the concept of this shoot stemmed from there. Herbs are often short-stemmed, so I took a little bit of artistic licence in my choices, for the bouquet, which included olive leaf, thlaspi (aka penny-cress), lavender, calendula, chamomile daisies, dill, and mentha. Many of these were also made into leaf and petal confetti.
The table styling centred on potted herbs, with vintage glass bottle of flowers, and a ‘runner’ of pure white garden gravel. Each place setting was given a tiny bunch of mixed herbs and flowers to accompany the slate place names from Ananya Cards, and a little gift bag with gilded motif from my new range of eco-friendly, all-natural wedding favours.
I wanted the overall look of the shoot to be drenched in light, so photographer Cristina Rossi was my natural choice. The couple who modelled for us were former wedding clients of Cristina’s and they were a dream to work with! Amy truly rocked the ‘Stevie’ dress by Chantel Lauren, supplied by Rock The Frock. For Amy’s makeup, Lisa Alger created a subtle smokey eye and to ensure the lipstick stayed all day, she used a liquid lip by Caked Cosmetic. For her hair, Lisa created loose waves with a chunky Dutch braid to form a soft, romantic half-up style. Donna Crain’s exquisite Swarovski crystal and pearl hairvine on gold plated wiring completed the boho luxe look.
Millie-Ann’s dessert table (well, ornate bench in this case!) was filled with herb-inspired goodies, including rosemary shortbread (with the symbolic meanings of herbs piped on them in dark chocolate), chamomile and salted honey cake, strawberry and thyme cake; and individual dessert pots of white chocolate and mint mousse, and lavender-lemon meringue.
Vaishali’s stationery reflected the rustic and organic feel of the shoot, but with just a touch of luxe mixed in. She used a textured cardstock and opted for deckled edging over the more conventional straight edge, then to transform the look from rustic to rustic-chic, she used metallic gold calligraphy ink to write the main invitation, menu and table name. The table name also includes some watercolour illustration to elevate the organic feel of the suite.
All this, set against the beautiful gardens and buildings of Gaynes Park, came together to fulfil my vision, and Cristina’s lumious images captured it perfectly.
Gaynes Park (Essex) wedding suppliers
Venue: Gaynes Park (www.gaynespark.co.uk)
Photography: Cristina Rossi Photography (www.cristinarossi.co.uk)
Floral Design: Gwenda at Bohotanical (www.bohotanical.co.uk)
Styling: Gwenda at UNITYstyling (www.unitystyling.com)
Hair Accessories: Donna at Donna Crain Surrey (www.donnacrain.com)
Stationery: Vaishali at Ananya Cards (www.ananyacards.com)
Cakes & Dessert Table: Millie-Ann at Ever After Wedding Cakes (www.everafterweddingcakes.co.uk)
Models: Amy & Brad
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