An Intimate Wedding Picnic

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Today’s wonderfully styled shoot comes from lovely London and Cotswolds wedding planner Lucy Bull Weddings. The romantic and whimsical look has delightful touches of elegance throughout, with stunning florals and a gentle, welcoming luxe look. Thank you so much to Lucy for sharing this with us, and to all of the suppliers who collaborated in bringing this wonderful wedding inspiration to life. We are smitten! “english

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With an increase in intimate weddings, my vision for our styled shoot was to create an outdoor wedding picnic located on the daisy-dotted lawn of an island venue on the River Thames. Low wooden tables surrounded by plump cushions, sumptuous grazing platters and an abundance of florals pulled our relaxed and informal wedding breakfast together. The subtle sequins of Evie Young’s Lyric dress, accompanied by the gold accents and velvet touches of the stationery, cake and tablescape added the hint of luxury.

The low wooden tables and overhanging beams were made by Erin from The Luxe Occasion with her own fair hands. She added subtle pinks through candles, cushions and linens to create a warm, romantic feel, whilst the champagne gold of the candle holders, cutlery and more linens delivered an element of luxury. Comfort for our bride and groom was ensured through plump floor cushions and rugs.

Florals by Holly and the Ivy Florist were a huge part of our shoot and were so important in softening the edges of the set up. Two large arrangements were placed on the wooden beams over our table, as well as two on the floor. They were made up of menta and charmant roses, foxgloves, delphiniums, salmon chrysanthemums and coral sunset peonies. The greenery was ivy, eucalyptus, cow parsley and mixed grasses. These four arrangements were then cleverly recycled on our moon arch which we used for the ceremony and behind the cake table. Silk and velvet ribbons in different shades of pink were draped through the floral arrangements along the tops of the beams for a whimsical, romantic look. Bud vases with peonies, roses, bunny tails and dried grasses were dotted along the centre of the tables, among the place settings. Our bride’s bouquet was made up of more menta roses, chrysanthemums, eucalyptus and dried grasses.

The overall look of our stationery suite was to be minimal with a hint of luxe. Jess from Sweet Ophelia Designs played around with textures, finally opting for vellum menus, gold wax seals, luxurious pink velvet ribbon and – the best bit – plantable seed paper invitations. This ensured that part of our suite was eco-friendly and sustainable by allowing guests to plant their invitations and think back to the wedding as they watch their wild flowers grow.

With a more intimate wedding, we felt that a double-height single tier cake would be the perfect creation. Jen from Jen’s Cakery iced the cake with pure white icing and decorated it with gold leaf, dried flowers (from Bloomz and Bakes) and a fresh menta rose around the base. Two pale pink macarons were also included; one each for the newlyweds! The overall look was simple, elegant and perfectly in-keeping with our romantic wedding breakfast.

The brief for hair and make up was, above all, to be subtle. Storme Webster opted for a half up hair do with soft waves intertwined with a delicate hair vine handmade by Donna Crain. Neutral tones were used for the make up for a soft, romantic bridal look that was both fresh and naturally enhancing.

Wedding Planner Lucy had always envisioned a two piece for her bride to wear and so coming across Evie Young’s Lyric skirt and top was exactly what she had hoped to find. An A-line skirt with a high waist was ideal for a floor picnic whilst the translucent sequins took our bride seamlessly into the dancing and celebrations of the evening. The soft, latte colour complemented the rest of the shoot perfectly and the delicate sequins added that touch of luxury, especially as they twinkled in the May sunshine. Freya Rose’s shimmering suede sandals rounded off the look and the ivory Mother of Pearl block heel ensured no sinking into the lush lawn of the wedding picnic venue.

No picnic is complete these days without an instagrammable grazing platter. The muted tones of the creamy cheese, crackers, cured meats, figs, rosemary, olives, dates, honey and nuts by Didi and Dot rounded off the set up. A three-tiered brie cake adorned with juicy blackberries and grapes added something special to the grazing plates.

And finally to the venue. Our picnic wedding breakfast took place on the lush lawn of Ravens Ait Island, located in the middle of the river, near Kingston Upon Thames. Surrounded by water, the location provided a peaceful setting whilst the large oak tree promised shelter from the sun (and rain!). Our bride and groom were able to arrive to and depart from their venue in style, on board the venue’s own motor boat.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.


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