I could spend all day getting lost in this gorgeous photo shoot, set at the English estate thought to inspire Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility. Inspired by that very fact, each and every detail is completely enchanting—from the stunning jewels and the lovely gowns to the breathtaking flowers and delectable pastries. It’s all an absolute dream, executed by a dream team including WOOKIE Photography, Emma Vowles, Coco Wedding Venues, Kate Burt Cakes and Katrina Otter Weddings. Fall for it all in The Vault.
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From Coco Wedding Venues and Katrina Otter Weddings…Our classically elegant styled shoot was designed around the breathtakingly beautiful Pynes House. Steeped in history, this is an exclusive country house wedding venue in Devon, set in its own 37-acre park. Pynes House is believed to be the inspiration for Barton Park in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and this charming association provided a constant source of inspiration.
With the backdrop chosen, we wanted the design to ooze classic contemporary elegance; think sexy-yet-sophisticated gowns, bold bouquets, luxuriously gilded cakes and a sweeping tablescape. Our palette focused on pale peachy pinks and soft dove greys whilst an array of shaded blues added quite the drama. We couldn’t create a Classic Elegance shoot without capturing the day on film. Amy from WOOKIE Photography and her assistant were so much fun to work with, inspired and inspiring, their gorgeous results blew us away.
For the first bridal look our florist, Emma Vowles, fashioned a classic hand tied bouquet of hydrangeas, scented garden roses and peonies. This had a nod of ‘old school’ glamour when coupled with the sleek fitting Jesus Peiro gown with beautiful bow detail and silken platform heels by Freya Rose. To complete this classically chic style, the sumptuous bouquet was mirrored with a statement crown of hydrangeas. Makeup artist Tori Harris kept things simple, with flushed cheeks and bold brows, which worked perfectly with the structure of the dress and flowers.
Inspired by bridal bouquets from the 1930’s Emma used an abundance of asparagus fern for our second bridal look. A simple mix of foxgloves, blossoming spirea and aquilegia didn’t complicate the soft ‘foam’ of the fern so a romantic cascade was achieved. Our beaded Clinton Lotter number looked divine against this frivolous floral statement and a classic blusher veil added that touch of tradition without compromising the overall look. Our Bride, Chelsea, has the most incredible blue eyes so we decided to go for full on smolder. A strong eye also works perfectly if you are choosing a veil such as this; you certainly want your boy to be looking into your eyes as you walk down the aisle! Pale blue suede heels from ASOS and bold drop earrings and matching cuff by St Erasmus from Liberty in Love completed our Bride’s style.
For the final look we wanted decadence with a touch of irreverence. Think dancing ‘til dawn with your guests and stolen kisses with your newly acquired husband. Our Bride gallivanted in the gardens wearing another Jesus Peiro gown with subtle silver brocade. The strapless neckline demanded a bold necklace and St Erasmus has some of the most decadent jewels I’ve ever seen. We adorned Chelsea with the crocheted Swarovski teardrop crystal necklace and matching bracelet. Our bold lip was mirrored by the pop of ‘black’ scabious in the third and final bouquet. The mix of peony, ranuculus, delphiniums, astilble, spirea, and garden rose looked wonderful in this soft hand tied bouquet, especially contrasted against the stunning blue of the sofa sourced by Elle at Inspire Hire. We finished the bouquet with bespoke hand-dyed soft blue silk ribbons by Kate Cullen.
Kate Ruth Romey carried through our blue hues in the stationery. An elegant calligraphy script and crest was enough to tell guests they were in for a classic treat. Our suite consisted of an invitation, RSVP card and the most dramatic deep blue envelope with a hand-stamped golden crest seal. Our soft calligraphy suite continued through to our tablescape with pale blue place names and sweet menus in frames.
Ali Beaven, founder of the ultimate Gift List Company Prezola, assisted us with the styling of our tablescape. Ali has a background in interior design and with her eye for luxury we knew our Classic Elegance dining experience was in safe hands. The Linen Works provided the grey tablecloths and napkins, whilst Burleigh had the prettiest blue & white tableware with a delicate Asiatic Pheasant pattern. The place settings were completed with silver leaf napkin rings by Culinary Concepts and Ladurée sugared almond favours. I particularly loved the larger-than-life lanterns by Artisanti!
To finish, I simply must mention the cake table designed by Kate Burt Cakes. With not one, not two but seven gorgeous cakes it was quite the luxury statement. A white croquembouche was flagged by twin hand-painted cakes, a simple 3-tier iced cake was decorated with a painted gold stripe and the master of ceremonies, a square 5-tier cake, stood in all its glory with blue velvet ribbon, gold sugar flowers and a crisp white feather. You are spoilt for choice at Pynes House for places to display your wedding cake, but we did rather fall in love with the blue alcove – a stunning spotlight for your sugary treat.
From Coco Wedding Venues – Emma Hla…The ethos behind Coco can be summed up using these words; “Luxe, stylish, unique, quality, bespoke and cool”. These words capture the spirit of Coco Wedding Venues and all that we look for in our wedding venues…” Since launching in early 2014, Coco Wedding Venues has captured the imagination of Brides and wedding industry professionals alike. This beautiful, style-focused wedding venue directory and blog has carved a special niche in a crowded marketplace and won numerous fans along the way. Curated by editor Emma Hla, who left her career with brands such as Michael Kors and Links of London behind, has enticed some of the most stunning wedding venues in the UK to join the Coco family.
From Katrina Otter Weddings…I bring beautiful, timeless and classically elegant wedding design to life, adding a touch of contemporary styling to create exquisite, perfectly organised weddings for my clients. Over the last 10 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to organise an array of weddings, from intimate celebrations to lavish affairs. I have worked right across the UK in venues that have ranged from stately homes and country estates to luxuriously renovated barns and marquees. I am also a member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP), an organisation that was founded with one purpose – to promote professionalism in wedding planning.
Photography: WOOKIE Photography | Floral Design: Emma Vowles | Cake: Kate Burt Cakes | Stationery: Kate Ruth Romey | Bride's Shoes: Freya Rose | Jewelry: St Erasmus Via Liberty In Love | Hair And Makeup: Tori Harris | Venue: Pynes House | Bespoke Ribbon: Kate Cullen | Bridal Boutique: Blackburn Bridal | Creative Director: Coco Wedding Venues | Floral Garlands: Friend Of Faux | Furniture & Decor: Inspire Hire | Shoot Manager: Katrina Otter Weddings | Tablescape Styling: Prezola | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother