A rich, warming and super stylish autumn wedding editorial from Shropshire, with a group of talented local suppliers and images by English Wedding member Nicola Gough Photography. See how all the styling touches came together to create a perfectly curated autumn wedding look with stunning florals, a deliciously different dress and cape, vibrant cake and stationery and a warming, cosy vibe. If you’re planning a Shropshire wedding for this autumn, you’ll love this!
Photographer: Nicola Gough Photography
Venue: The Hundred House, Norton, Bridgnorth
Couple: Real life couple Ali & Dionne @a.d.modelcouple
Dress: My Little Wedding Shop Bridgnorth
Suit: Moss Bros. Telford Store
Hair: Hair by Tisch Townley
MUA: Beauty by Marra
Flowers: Big Little Things, Apley Estate
Cake: Hunkington House Kitchen
Stationery: Evelyn & Elliot
Our colour palette chose itself for the autumn months, with warming oranges, yellows and reds accompanied by a contrasting dark green. I wanted to show how beautiful a small wedding or elopement would be at a cosy country venue like the Hundred House; focusing on the couple, showcasing that by keeping things simple with fewer guests, you might choose instead to splurge on outfits and jewellery or go all out on the details like stationery, flowers and cake.
The Hundred House is a beautifully quirky country pub with gorgeous gardens, great food and award-winning wedding venue set in Shropshire. The gardens here look beautiful all year round, but there is something extra special about autumn where the garden colours just sing.
The shoot was fantastic, everything fell into place easily and I’m thrilled with the images. We were able to make full use of the grounds including the romantic gardens, the historic tithe barn and the unique nooks and crannies of the venue. The Phillips family are the faces behind the bricks & mortar, and as a family run place, they go above and beyond for their customers. Gemma and the wedding team are with couples every step of the way on their wedding journey and working closely with couples ensuring they have the best big day ever.
After securing the venue, as with a wedding, it was time to put the dream team for our photoshoot in place. I feel that it is very important that styled photoshoots represent weddings accurately so working with a real-life couple is a must. Ali & Dionne are so happy, outgoing, upbeat and obviously head over heels about each other!
The dress was designed especially for this shoot by My Little Wedding Shop and as an extra surprise, it is two dresses in one! Designed as a soft crepe, strappy dress, the bride’s look can be worn two ways or transformed from day to night. The dress transforms very simply, with a sleeved lace layer dropping away to reveal the simple, backless crepe dress with delicate strap detail. To add some drama to this simpler dress, Jennifer had designed a lace edged tulle cape with a dramatic lace collar and matching lace edge, which showed off the shape of the cape. This cape is finished with beautiful silk covered buttons and loops along the shoulder.
For cooler days or where you’d like a little more coverage, the dress features a soft, ivory Guipure lace with a full yet soft skirt that drapes beautifully and feels lovely against the skin, ensuring that the full length fitted sleeves are both flattering and comfortable to wear. Designer Jennifer Bone balanced the higher neckline at the front of the dress with a low V at the back, creating such a flattering look on our model, Dionne. As an extra detail the lace opens at the front of the skirt with a tulle insert, showing off the crepe layer underneath.
The makeup used on Dionne was very minimal to enhance her natural beauty, opting for a classic vintage look. Soft eyes, sharp black eyeliner to bring out the eyes and a bold lipstick to make the whole look stand out even more. A style of makeup to accentuate Dionne’s natural beauty as well as enhance the dress, and the hairstyle.
Tisch the hairdresser was instantly excited about the shoot and knew exactly what to do and create with Dionne’s hair. Dionne has gorgeous textured hair which is so versatile and adaptable when styling. Tisch wanted to accentuate her natural curls and showcase Afro textured hair in all its beauty. Flowers were added to Dionne’s hair to create a romantic touch complementing the outfit.
The bespoke stationery was printed on to beautiful handmade cotton rag paper. Burnt oranges and tones of red within the floral wreath design really make a statement with the flashes of teal. The texture of the paper, the twine used to tie the separate cards together and the brown envelopes all add a rustic feel that reflects the autumn theme perfectly. Favour and place name tags in contrast colour were tied to gorgeous clear boxes filled with orange macarons made by @hunkingtonhousekitchen. Menus to match were placed on each table.
Floristry wizards Big Little Things love working with Autumn flowers; from the rich tones to the sculptural textures and they wanted to embrace these elements with the floral design throughout the shoot. They used the opportunity to juxtapose floral shapes and varieties of flowers; mixing British, autumnal fresh flowers such as Dahlia and Sedum alongside exotic dried flowers like Palm Spears and Pampus Grasses. The end effect is a striking floral design for a modern-day wedding.
The jewellery is a selection of vintage re worked pieces that Fran has collected and crafted over the years.
The suits were by Moss Bros and a huge shout out to Kelly and Tony from the Telford store for their assistance in ensuring Ali looked perfect for the shoot in a sage herringbone suit.