Bride and groom on hay bales reading a book

A Vintage Country Styled Wedding Shoot at Bawdon Lodge Farm

Bride and groom on hay bales reading a book

Today we have pictures from the first of three beautiful styled shoots which took place at Bawdon Lodge Farm to share with you. Photographed by Lumiere Photography, the shoots were planned to showcase the versatility of the farm in preparation for when it launches as a wedding venue later this year. Benessamy Weddings and Events planned and co-ordinated the shoots…

“Bawdon Lodge Farm is a family owned country farm in Nanpantan, Leicestershire, and is due to launch as a country wedding venue later this year, available for weddings in 2014. At Benessamy Weddings and Events we are pleased to be working with Richard and Lynn Bailey to assist them in the management of weddings at Bawdon Lodge Farm.

“Richard and Lynn were keen to work with creative wedding suppliers from the local area, who they would be happy to recommend to their wedding and events clients when the venue opens next year. The idea behind the styled wedding shoot was to showcase the versatility of Bawdon Lodge Farm, both as a country farm wedding venue and as a marquee wedding venue. Hence, we planned and co-ordinated 3 styled shoots.

“The inspiration for the first shoot was a vintage country wedding…”

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A Vintage Styled Wedding Shoot at Pincents Manor

A Vintage Styled Wedding Shoot at Pincents Manor

A Vintage Styled Wedding Shoot at Pincents Manor

Today we are featuring some beautiful pictures, taken by Jo Richards Photography, from a vintage styled wedding shoot which took place at Pincents Manor in Calcot, Berkshire. Jo Richards, Andrea Fearon and Clare MacDonald of Digital Paper Studios styled the shoot, and inspired by current vintage trends, the shoot was created by utilising the skills and products of a group of wedding professionals from the Berkshire Wedding Community.

Included with the images are quotes from each of the suppliers regarding their involvement in the shoot…

“When the BWC decided upon a vintage theme for their collaboration I immediately thought of the typical 1940’s and 1950’s style of Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe; nude coloured eyes with plenty of eyeliner, teamed with the signature red lips. As with all wedding make-up it is essential to get the base just right, but with vintage make-up the skin has to be flawless. A light dusting of coral blush gives colour and softly complements a bride’s natural features.” Emma Rivers of Emma Rivers Bridal Make-up

Vintage bride holding bouquet Vintage bride holding bouquet

Bride with birdcage veil Vintage bride wearing birdcage veil

“My hair ideas for our vintage inspired wedding shoot started off the same way as I approach a wedding hair trial for a bride. It is vital the hairstyle complements the style of gown and that the hairstyle works with the bride’s choice of accessories. For the longer vintage lace gown and beautiful birdcage veil I felt a more elegant, polished, vintage creation would be the perfect finishing touch to the overall look. My creation was based on a low chignon which was beautifully detailed with pin curls and Marcel effect waves. Because of the stunning birdcage veil I decided to keep the hairstyle simple around the front and work most of the detail at the sides and back, creating a beautifully elegant look with vintage inspired detail.

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Scottish style wedding table outdoors

A Styled Scottish Wedding Shoot in Utah

Scottish style wedding table outdoors

We just love the pictures from this shoot, photographed by D’Arcy Benincosa Photography! When D’Arcy lived in Europe, one of her favourite places was The Scottish Highlands, and having read about the rich culture she wanted to bring some of the old traditions to the highlands of Park City, Utah…

“Traditional Scottish weddings are small affairs, and include customs such as the Maid of Honour washing the bride’s feet before the ceremony, the joining of hands with clan tartan during the ceremony, toasting with the finest Scotch, eating lots of bread and cheese during the reception, and getting married in the highland groves.

“The lovely arch was handcrafted and tied together using limbs from the local willow trees and as the leaves were cut fresh that morning they remained green while all the other trees in the mountains were variations of the bride’s red hair. The arch echoed the green of the bridesmaid dresses from Anthropologie, while the furs came from our grandmothers’ closets.

“The hair and make-up was a simple affair; lightly crafted braids that could be taken right off an ancient or modern Scottish lassie, the make-up of warm colours and soft highlights. The invitations and thank you notes were handcrafted, with delicate calligraphy expressing the Scottish phrase ‘Moran Taing’, meaning ‘Many Thanks’. The challenge given to the florist was to create wedding flowers based around the Scottish thistle, which was used throughout the bouquets and the centrepieces. The final thing we wanted to make this shoot transport us to Scotland was the professional bagpipe player we hired to come and play.

“This shoot was simply stunning; each image has a golden glow that is unique to this little wedding. The locals of Park City came out from their houses to see the event and the feeling of community that is present in the images is tangible. It was a perfect day, and all that we hoped it would be.”

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A ‘Majestic Splendour’ Styled Shoot at Blenheim Palace

A Majestic Splendour Styled Shoot at Blenheim Palace

On a cold winter’s day in January, a creative team brought together by Seyi Olusanya of Cedar Events joined forces to create a stylish vision of wedding inspiration for brides and grooms, in one of the most luxurious settings in England, historic Blenheim Palace. The shoot was captured beautifully by Cristina Rossi Photography, and Cristina told us how the shoot came together…

“When I was approached by Seyi Olusanya of Cedar Events to photograph a styled shoot at Blenheim Palace I was beyond excited. Seyi set about creating a mood board full of rich opulent colours and majestic inspiration so her chosen team of top wedding professionals could liaise with each other to ensure her vision was delivered. I personally have worked with many of the team previously and knew each and every one of them would go beyond the call of duty to create gorgeous products for me to capture.

“The team were given unprecedented access to the venue and we set about transforming the Orangery from the early hours of the morning. Heather and Andy from Essential Flowers worked tirelessly to create incredible floral designs to be used throughout the shoot. This included designing three floral centrepieces which stood majestically on the table to create a labyrinth of floral splendour, a stunning floral arch for the sweetheart table, as well as a beautiful adorned floral tree for one of the cake tables.

“The gowns were by Kosibah and were made from the finest silk, satin, brocade and lace fabrics. These were perfectly accessorised with jewellery by Rosie Weisencrantz and stunning brooch bouquets by The Finer Details.

“The table was beautifully covered with fabulous linen supplied by Libi from Over The Top Rentals and styled with an abundance of stationery details designed and created exclusively for this shoot by Jinder of The Finer Details. Jinder designed a monogram combined with an image that Blenheim Palace had sent her to create venue specific stationery that was used on everything, from the luxurious silk invitation box that introduced the shoot, menus, place cards, quirky sayings on round cards for the side plates, cute cards for the back of the bride and groom chairs that said ‘He Asked’ and ‘She Said Yes’, and table names which were named after different rooms in the palace. In particular I love the hanging place cards that are finished with a luxurious satin ribbon, and a pearl and crystal bead, that rested on the stunning wine glasses which were provided by His Grace.

“The stunning cake display created by Elizabeth of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium oozed majestic splendour. Elizabeth accented everything she made, from cakes, cake pops, cupcakes, cookies and petit fours, with and array of detail that included edible gold cameos, cherubs, and handcrafted sugar flowers.”

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Hepburn Collection Bridal Hair Shoot

Hepburn Collection Bridal Hair Shoot

Hepburn Collection Bridal Hair Shoot

Our latest styled shoot features gorgeous bridal hair inspiration from the Hepburn Collection. Severin Hubert, The Wedding Community’s Bridal Hair Advice expert, created a selection of hairstyles to complement both hair and real flowers for this shoot, which took place at Fetcham Park in Surrey, and was photographed by Marianne Taylor Photography.

The stunning dresses worn in the shoot were provided by Minna

“I have always loved Marianne’s style of photography: very natural , nothing over styled, and nothing too bridal. In this shoot we were focusing on gorgeous natural make-up, hair, and Steph’s stunning flowers; our simple dresses provided the perfect backdrop for this shoot. I loved the results as our brides tend to go for this look; they are not big on heavy make-up nor elaborate flower arrangements. For the shoot, we used our gorgeous Emily dress, made from delicate Scottish lace, off-the-shoulder style Alyssa dress, and our floaty and ethereal Dorothy dress.”

Steph from Fairynuff Flowers was on hand to transform each hairstyle with beautiful flowers, and the models’ looks were completed by make-up artist Ana Ospina

“I had worked previously with Severin Hubert on other shoots, weddings and at The National Wedding Show where we met and worked on the catwalk shows together, and I was asked to be involved in this shoot at the last minute. I know Severin wanted to showcase some sleek, sophisticated yet different hair up bridal looks, so I went for classic, clean yet modern takes on my make-up looks, not too vintage and not too much either, just enough to draw the eye onto something pretty but still keep the focus on the hair.

“When we changed the hair to the looser, softer hair down styles the lips got a little glossier, the blush got a little bolder, and a little more highlight was added to the complexion to catch the light and give a soft dewy finish to the skin. When you have worked with someone before you get to know their style and we have created some fab looks following just a quick conversation and observation on how the hair is going and what the models are wearing. I am then already looking through images on Pinterest to say “OK, I am going for something along the lines of this look” which will work well with the model’s skin tone, the hairstyle, and the style of dresses being worn, to create a finished look that will work photographically and have a visual impact.”

Severin explained the idea behind the shoot…

“Using flowers in the hair is on trend for the 2013 bride, and as a hair designer I wanted to create a selection of hairstyles that would complement both hair and real flowers. Organising a portrait shoot was the perfect answer for showcasing both.

“Fresh flowers are the ultimate accessories for a romantic wedding hairstyle. Softness and not too structured was the key look, and spring was in the air so I wanted this to reflect in the hairstyles. Steph of Fairynuff  Flowers understood my concept and set about creating her magic. Together, I hope we complemented both the hair and flowers, and inspired brides looking for something dreamy and romantic.

“Creating a low bun with a shell effect and adding small flowers gives sophistication and elegance to this style.

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