This styled shoot was put together by the talented Christianne Hemming from China Grey. “The theme was woodland boho,” says Christianne. “We wanted to complement the beautiful and natural surroundings of the ancient woodlands where we shot. The area belongs to the Earl of Yarmouth and is tucked away in a quiet corner of the county of Warwickshire, bordering Ragley Hall. Aptly named Ladies Wood, it’s a private events venue and is home to the elderflowers that make the Earl’s award-winning St Maur, a delicate and exquisite elderflower liqueur. We wanted to be as natural and organic as possible with simplistic design features while still taking full advantage of what nature had to offer. The ever-changing light added to the drama, and even a deluge and thunder didn’t dampen our spirits.
“Our bride and groom were married under the giant redwood with its cathedral-esque proportions. Simple benches and furs provided the seating for the congregation, and candles lit the aisle. Sharing vows under the canopy of the forest, our wedding celebrant eased away any last-minute nerves and even provided umbrellas when the rain came.”
The cake was provided by Cake Fantastique. “Our woodland bake was inspired by the natural tones of the landscape, and St Maur was used to flavour the amazing sponge, which tasted sublime,” shares Christianne. “It looked magnificent perched on top of the tree stump, which acted as an unusual cake stand. Our beautiful flowers from Studley Florist were robust and earthy, with thistles and hydrangeas setting the backdrop for the bridal bouquet and buttonholes. Our chill-out Little Bouteepee tent created an area to allow the happy couple to escape for a few moments to reflect on the ceremony and day’s events. The cocktail bar, Bluebelle, provided an elegant drinks station for guests and is equally at home on the shore of the lake bordering the woods as she was nestled in amongst the bluebells.”
The bride and groom’s attire was supplied by Country Master. “It was cleverly styled and layered to allow for all the weather that the day threw at us and easily allowed them to move from day to night without outfit changes,” explains Christianne. “The hair and make-up were stunning yet understated with the subtlety of colours bringing out the bride’s beauty yet complementing the wedding style and woodland setting.”
Contributors to the shoot
Venue, Ladies Wood
Photographer, Zara Davis Photography, www.zaradavisphotography.com
Concept and boat bar, China Grey,www.chinagrey.co.uk
Dress and suit, Country Master, www.countrymaster.co.uk
Hair stylist, Gina Lou Bridal, www.ginaloubridal.com
Make-up artist, Kiss the Bride Kate, www.instagram.com/kissthebridekate
Flowers, Studley Florist, www.studleyflorists.co.uk
Table styling, Dress To Impress by Julie, www.dresstoimpressbyjulie.co.uk
Cake, Cake Fantastique, www.cakefantastique.com
Celebrant, Sharon Gordon Celebrant, www.sharongordoncelebrant.com
Bell tent, Little Bouteepee, www.littlebouteepee.com
Special thanks to, The Spirit of St Maur, www.drinkstmaur.com
Model, Elise Williams
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