Cosy Winter Elopement Inspiration at Coombe Trenchard

The cold January weather is upon us, so these cosy winter elopement ideas at Coombe Trenchard look perfect right now. Picture the scene – beautiful country house venue surrounded by the rolling countryside, and the two of you saying personally written vows in front of the roaring open fire before snuggling up and enjoying a fabulous feast to celebrate. Sounds perfect.

I adore these cosy ideas, from the muted colour palette of blush, pale mustard yellow, ivory and soft green to the groom’s tweed suit and the bride’s cosy chunky knit jumper that she wears after the ceremony. The whole idea is relaxed and chilled out, just how an elopement should be.

Simple styling allows the flowers to take centre stage. The delicate roses, ivy stems with an abundance of berries, foliage and leaves in autumnal colours look superb. The bride’s matching floral crown, together with a beautiful organza wedding dress with poet sleeves, gives her a romantic air.

Bride and groom toasting marshmallows on fire

Coombe Trenchard’s romantic look and stunning surroundings makes it a wonderful choice for an elopement. In this shoot the couple enjoy delectable desserts by the fire, warming hot chocolate outside whilst toasting marshmallows on the fire pit, and even a whiskey or two by the cosy wood burning stove. Aren’t these ideas just magical?

Amber from Liberty Pearl Photography’s amazing pictures tell the story of this wonderful winter elopement…

Cosy and Intimate

“Coombe Trenchard, a beautiful arts and crafts house in the mid Devon countryside, has a grand but really warm and homely feel. It is also very secluded, so the idea of an elopement shoot there immediately appealed.

“The large fireplaces and warm tones of the venue inspired me to create a wintery feel, basing the shoot around the beautiful fireplaces. I was also very much inspired by the film ‘Edge of Love’, with lots of chunky knits and loose hairstyles, so I created a palette of mustard, dark and pale green, and ivory.

Coombe Trenchard

Wedding dress hanging on fireplace

Grey wedding shoes and winter bouquet

Bridal flower crown

Bride wearing flower crown holding bouquet

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Tropical Wedding Styling with Macramé Elements

Macramé, popular in the 1970s, has been a hot wedding styling trend for a while now and I’m loving it! Although it’s not a combination you may immediately think of, using tropical wedding styling with macramé elements creates something incredible, as you’ll see in this fabulous shoot.

Styled by the very talented Fringe and Fray, this concept gives a modern nod to bohemian style. An abundance of lush palm leaves, including the popular Split Leaf Philodendron, add an amazing sense of the topics, and the incredible macramé backdrop bordered with leaves is a wonderful focal point for the styling.

Bold pops of blue, pink and mauve, together with the tropical oversized palm leaves, look great against the natural stone walls of the venue, and the eclectic mix of styling props lincluding rugs, cushions, candles, vases and demijohns create a cosy vibe.

Bride sitting on chair in front of macramé wedding backdrop

For me though, the macramé pieces really are the stars of the show; from the magnificent backdrop to the macramé tied bouquet, macramé covered jars to the macramé doilies and table runner. Talking of the table, this looks great with the macramé touches, vases of tropical palm leaves, candles, and place settings with handmade dyed napkins. The most wonderful tie-dyed circular backdrop also features which, suspended from the ceiling, looks almost tipi-like.

Throw in some vintage style wedding dresses and this tropical wedding styling with macramé elements is really unique and beautiful. Camilla Andrea Photography has really brought the concept to life with these awesome pictures…

Bohemian ’70s Vibe

“Taking inspiration from all things ’70s and laid-back, we pushed ourselves to come up with an eclectic mix of elements that we all loved.

“For this wedding shoot our key points of inspiration came firstly in the shape of the awesome macramé pieces. Hugely popular in the ’70s, macramé has seen a resurgence in the past couple of years. Fibre artist Jenny Collier from Fringe & Fray wanted to create a bohemian ’70s vibe using her macramé pieces, which was our main starting point. Other talented artists, including textile artist Mia Sylvia, created handmade and naturally dyed ethical fabrics and fashions. Tie-dye effects on the fabrics gave a nod to our ’70s vibe.

Macramé wedding backdrop in The Crypt at The Halls Norwich

Macramé wedding backdrop

Detail of macramé wedding backdrop

Tropical palm leaves around macramé wedding backdrop

Tassels at bottom of macramé wedding backdrop

Tropical palm leaves in bottles

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Decadent Winter Wedding Styling in Tuscany

Any wedding in the romantic setting of Tuscany is going to be beautiful, but these decadent winter wedding styling ideas at a nineteenth century villa in Lucca are pure and unadulterated sophistication. Stylist ilbiancoeilrosa used a colour palette of rich burgundy and petrol blue, the perfect choice for the surroundings.

With the magnificent venue as the main visual attraction, the styling is minimal but oh so elegant. Flowers form much of the styling with the use of white anemone with striking black centres, rich burgundy roses and ranunculus, dark green foliage and even the unusual inclusion of oak leaves. This concept really brings the outside into this magnificent Tuscan venue.

Bride and groom outside Villa Lenka, Tuscany

The florals give a real wow factor to the tablescape. Keeping it simple, vases of oak tree branches fall over the table adorned with candles, vintage china and glassware, and scattered with rose petals. This winter wedding styling is very romantic.

Whilst there are so many details I love about this shoot, I adore the bride’s style in particular. In keeping with the surroundings and romantic vibe, she wears a gorgeous ball gown wedding dress by the fabulous Gabriella Sposa, with lace bodice, full tulle skirt and intricate beading. Her hair and make-up, kept naturally simple, features statement dark lips to complement the burgundy colour palette.

From the decadent tablescape to the bridal style, you’ll find oodles of ideas for a wedding which is timeless and sophisticated. Photographers Beatrice and Alberto of Intimate Love Stories captured this gorgeous winter wedding styling so perfectly…

The Old World

“We wanted this winter wedding shoot to enhance the beauty of the Tuscan countryside and luxurious villas of the territory. A wonderful nineteenth century villa in Lucca, a beautifully restored village, was the perfect location. The styling details treated an environment that reflects the old world with a decadent touch.

“We chose a dark red and blue colour palette for the shoot, and decorate the table with beautiful ceramics and an impressive floral centrepiece.

“And for our couple… a refined lace dress with wide tulle skirt for her and a stylish dark suit for him. Artisan jewellery completed our bride’s look. The Villa Lenka garden and fish pond were the perfect background for photos of the bride and groom.”

Countryside around Villa Lenka, Tuscany

Villa Lenka, Tuscany

Red wedding shoes

Red wedding shoes and leaf bridal hair accessory

Desk statue in front of hanging wedding dress

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Rustic long long wedding table with colourful flowers

2018 Round-Up – Real Weddings and Shoots

I hope you’ve all had a magical Christmas, and congratulations if you have just got engaged. 2018 has been an amazing year in the world of weddings, especially as we had two beautiful Royal weddings this year. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding in October provided so much inspiration.

The Wedding Community has featured so many incredible real weddings and styled shoots this year to give you ideas for your own wedding, and here are some of our most loved features of 2018…

A Rainbow Geek Chic Wedding in Cambridge

Bride and groom kissing in VW Beetle in Cambridge city centre

What does the wedding of self-confessed ‘nerds’ look like? Well honestly, pretty darn awesome! This rainbow geek chic wedding in Cambridge really is very cool.

Photography: Lina and Tom

Fine Art Floral Wedding Inspiration with Mauve and Blush Tones

Bride holding large bouquet with mauve and blush flowers and foliage

The gentle colour palette of soft mauve and blush tones creates an oh-so elegant feel to this wedding styling concept. There are plenty of chic details that build up a portrait of the day, and these styling ideas are easy to recreate for your own wedding day.

Photography: D’Arcy Benincosa Photography

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Navy, Burgundy and Gold Winter Wedding Styling

Happy Christmas Eve! It’s the most magical time of the year, and today I have this magical winter wedding inspiration for you. Wren Photography has captured the ambiance of this navy, burgundy and gold winter wedding shoot so perfectly.

These romantic styling ideas feature many floral elements. From the fabulous floral stationery with burgundy roses, navy envelopes and beautiful gold calligraphy lettering, to the wonderful bridal bouquet, table centrepieces, and floral hoop wreath elegantly hung above the inviting fire. The fire, candles, blankets and rich berry tones create a cosy winter vibe which you can easily recreate for your own magical winter wedding.

Bride and groom sitting next to fireplace

Following the floral elements, the bride wears an incredible wedding dress adorned with silvery flowers which glisten in the light. To complete her look, a faux fur wrap is perfect for this snowy setting of WIllowbrook Mill, Michigan.

I love a wedding where the food almost takes centre-stage, and the food here looks magnificent. Such a feast, perfect for a cold winter’s day.

So, grab a glass of mulled wine (it’s Christmas Eve after all) and enjoy these wonderful ideas for a navy, burgundy and gold winter wedding.

Merry Christmas x

Cosy Fireplaces and Nostalgic Charm

“I love a good winter wedding. The cosy romance, an adventurous couple, and the pristine landscape create a completely different vibe to summer soirées. So, when Jen from Wren Photography suggested we put together a styled shoot to inspire more winter weddings in northern Michigan, I jumped at the chance.

“It turned out the fireside lounge, cable knit blankets and rich berry tone palette on our Pinterest board were just the beginning. Jen suggested we find a couple to actually get married at the styled shoot. They would invite guests and enjoy all the goodness of fireside blankets and berry-inspired dining.

“We reached out to Mimi from Willowbrook Mill, whose venue in Northport has three cosy fireplaces and nostalgic charm off the charts.

“Holly Thomas Design sent over the most stunning invitation suite in rich burgundies, navy, and gold calligraphy. I then talked to Jen at Grandview Catering about our vision of comfort food with a gourmet twist, and mentioned our berry tone palette. She sent me a mouth-watering menu that not only took comfort food to a new level, but also entrées and winter vegetable hash that became focal points in the table decor. The artistic presentation of pistachio crusted lamb chops was perfection between the taper candles, red wine, and the protea in Rory’s glorious centrepiece.

“Watercolour brie and fig macarons served as amuse-bouche place cards, detailed with guest names in gold calligraphy. We then used linens, candles, cross back chairs and lounge furniture, flowers and snowshoes to pull the whole look together.

“Our models JP and his gorgeous girlfriend Katie added the romance to every scene we assembled, and Lakeshore diamond rings and a fur stole completed the look with a touch of glam.”

Navy wedding stationery with red flower design

Wedding ring on red flower on top of wedding stationery

Navy and burgundy winter wedding stationery

Willowbrook Mill, Michigan

Wedding dress hanging in doorway of Willowbrook Mill, Michigan

Groom adjusting tie

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