Happy weekend, my lovelies! I’m busy teaching a modern calligraphy workshop at the fabulous Little Paper Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire today (head over to my insta @bymoonandtide for behind the scenes pics!) but of course I saved up something wonderful to share on English Wedding while I’m there! Senel from Bride and Belle and lovely Eva Tarnok used the history of Chiswick House as a basis of the inspiration for this wonderfully feminine and romantic, classic bridal editorial.
The images tell the love story of Elisabeth, an English lady, and her Italian suitor. Using a colour palette of soft pinks and neutral tones paired with gold details reflects the romantic and classical feel of this shoot, combined with a Fine Art aesthetic. The graceful, romantic and feminine images celebrate the historical nature of the building, which is transformed into a stunning wedding venue with lots of beautifully styled details.
This styled editorial is centred around the beautiful Italian inspired architecture of Chiswick House. The historic venue was designed by the Third Earl of Burlington, who was inspired by his tours of Italy through the 1700s and the architecture of Andreas Palladio, one of the greatest Architects of his time. Our shoot focuses around the fictional love story between Lady Elisabeth, the daughter of The Third Earl of Burlington and her suitor, Prince Andreas. Elisabeth met Andreas when on a Grand Tour of Europe and they immediately fell in love. Upon her return to England, Andreas wrote frequently to Elisabeth who always started his letters with ‘Mio Amore Elisabeth’.
The shoot is styled around feminine and romantic details. We used a colour palette of soft pinks and neutral tones paired with gold details to reflect the romantic and classical feel of this shoot, combined with a Fine Art aesthetic. Our vision was to create something that reflected the historical nature of the building while also being romantic, graceful and feminine with lots of beautifully styled details. The entire story was captured on film by Hand Craft Pictures and you can watch it here.
Our bride is professional ballet dancer Tamra Burke who wore exquisite dresses from Morgan Davies Bridal. We chose two different looks with very feminine details; Tulle skirts with beautiful hand embroidered pearl and crystal detailing. The dresses were paired with simple yet elegant shoes by Harriet Wilde. Hair and make up were styled by Alison Jenner, who created a soft English Rose look, complimented with gorgeous accessories from Clare Lloyd Accessories, courtesy of Poppy in Pearls. For our groom, model Stuart Compton, wore a classic tuxedo.
The love letter you see in the shoot, along with the rest of the beautiful stationery was created by Dimitria Jordan who used hand crafted paper and gold foiling.
The cake featured in the shoot was created by Lauren of The Honey Bee Wedding Cake Company and takes inspiration the design of Chiswick House. The six tiers with a neutral colour palette with gold baroque detailing to reflect the grandeur of the building. To tie in with our tale of Italian romance, Lauren had painted the word ‘Amore’ onto ripped fondant, edged with gold foil which matched the beautiful stationery. The cake was adorned with delicate English climbing roses handmade from sugar to represent Elisabeth and the beautiful Roses grown in the gardens of Chiswick House. The cake was completed with a beautiful ribbon from Silk & Purl.
The floral design for the shoot is by Mary J Vaughn, an award winning London Florist, who worked with our colour palette to create something magnificent! For our table, Mary Jane created a stunning centre piece featuring Lilac, Hydrangea, Jasmin and Roses. in soft pastel tones with trailing foliage. Mary Jane also created a stunning arrangement for the ceremony room with a natural stone urn coupled with smaller individual arrangements and lots of candles to create a romantic and intimate feel. The ceremony for our shoot takes place in The Link Building which is a stunning but often unused space, so it was incredibly important to us to create something special. For the Brides bouquet, Mary Jane chose Sweet Avalanche Roses, Bombastic Spray Roses, Jasmine, Lilac, Waxflower and Paperwhite Narcissus.
Furniture on the Move provided us with beautiful furniture which complimented the interiors of Chiswick House perfectly. The hand carved frames and beautiful silk upholstery certainly added to the feel of luxury and elegance.
For the table, we chose graceful and delicate pieces such as the gorgeously romantic scalloped edged plates, which were perfectly complimented with stunning cut glass candelabras, gold detailed glassware and elegant mother of pearl cutlery courtesy of The Food Show.
Those Chiswick House wedding suppliers are:
PHOTOGRAPHER & CONCEPT DESIGN: Eva Tarnok Photography
PLANNER & STYLIST: Bride and Belle Luxury Weddings
PLANNING ASSISTANT: Champagne and Sparkles
PLANNING ASSISTANT: Victoria Sykes Events
SECOND SHOOTER: Neli Prahova
VIDEOGRAPHER: Toby Sleigh-Johnson
HAIR AND MAKEUP: Alison Jenner
BRIDAL DRESS: Morgan Davies Bridal
SHOES: Harriet Wilde Shoes
CAKE: The Honey Bee Wedding Cake Company
FURNITURE: Furniture on the Move
STATIONERY: Dimitria Jordan
ACCESSORIES: Poppy in Pearls
ACCESSORIES: Clare Lloyd Accessories
FLORIST: Mary J Vaughn
TABLEWARE: Silk & Purl
TABLEWARE: The Food Show
Alison JennerBride and Belle Luxury WeddingsChampagne and SparklesChiswick HouseClare Lloyd AccDimitria JordanEva Tarnok PhotographyFurniture on the MoveHandcraft FilmsHarriet WildeMary J VaughnMorgan Davies BridalNeli PrahovaPoppy in PearlsSilk and PurlThe Food ShowThe Honey Bee Wedding Cake CompanyVictoria Sykes Events