Wedding style inspired by The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
Are you a country girl at heart? Did you grow up in a village, learn about the different leaves at school and grow up loving the English countryside? Then today’s feature is just for you, my lovely!
I spent my own childhood in a small village in the Lake District. Those days were all about playing out in the sunshine, and as I grew up I would explore the country lanes and fall in love with nature. My mum had “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady” on her bookshelf; now I own a copy of my own. The illustrations capture our native flora and fauna so perfectly; Edith’s words take me back to a place in time…
So this wedding editorial spoke to my heart. Lovely Jennifer Jane Photography explains her inspiration behind the beautiful images.
“Edith Holden would go out each morning and document what she saw around her; in the fields, hedgerows, trees. What was in nature locally as the seasons changed. I wanted to do the same for this shoot. I wanted to use very soft, natural, flowers that you would find locally growing around. To keep the shoot as natural, soft and romantic as possible, but with a modern edge.”
The venue was Hillersdon House, which was the perfect place with its abundance of beautiful grounds, fields, kitchen gardens, lakes and flower beds as well as geese and swans and deer on cue ready to say hello. It had everything one could want for a wedding shoot with nature at the heart of its theme.
The groom kept it low key with jeans and white shirt and a waistcoat, bow tie and braces, whilst the bride has the soft lace reminiscent of the Edwardian era but brought up to date with a modern Jesus Peiro two piece from Lovely Bridal in Honiton.
Hair and Make-up were created by Laura Avery who kept the make up simple and natural but quite dewy and bright and The Updo Girl, who swept the Bride’s hair up into a jazzy updo and then used a specially designed hair piece for the shoot by the The Lucky Sixpence which included green leaves and small white flowers.
Ellie at Darling Buds did an amazing job sourcing flowers to producing the stunning bouquet, table centrepieces and buttonhole.
The cake was a simple white cake with green marbling from Mandy’s Classic Cakes that had an amazing dried flower decoration made for it by Rosehip and Wren to give it that beautiful natural look as if the harden had come to life on the cake. The stationery was designed by Watercolour Woodshed, who did a terrific job of interpreting the diaries. It is as if the pages have come to life.
The table accessories, plates, chargers, cutlery and glasses to create the luxurious feel of the shoot were from Keeping it Vintage with bespoke white napkins, edged in white lace from Lighthouse Interiors.
Hillersdon House wedding supplier list
Accessories (plates, glasses, candlesticks) www.keepingitvintage.co.uk
Bridal boutique www.lovelybridal.co.uk
Three piece, skirt, top and slip by bridal designer Jesus Peiro www.jesuspeiro.com
Hair piece www.theluckysixpence.co.uk
Dried flowers for cake www.rosehipandwren.com
Make up www.lauraelisabethmua.co.uk
Linen runner & napkins www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LighthouseInteriors
Models www.emiliacopeland.com and @luke_nicholas_clarke