Gloucestershire

‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ themed wedding photoshoot

10 Jan 2018

Hanami Dream talks us through its ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ themed winter wedding photoshoot, which took place at Oxleaze Barn, Gloucestershire

Inspired by Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne, which was published in 1864 and features an expedition to Iceland with exploration through volcanic tunnels, this modern winter barn wedding by Hanami Dream shows the stunning hidden interior of volcanic rock in the form of slick agate and timeless marble. 

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Acres of gentle, ethereal and floaty tulle were placed alongside tactile sheep skin rugs and the tendrils of delicate air plants in glass suspended baubles. The industrial-style lighting pairs wonderfully with relaxed seating, exuding hygge with its intimate vibe. An moongate wreath backdrop surrounds the cool blue 1700s barn door, with hints of blue featured in all the details.

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Beautifully renovated with some stunning original features, yet adapted efficiently to provide a comfortable space, Oxleaze Barn was a great location for this wedding. It offers year-round weddings which made it perfect to showcase a winter wedding. The venue is tucked away in rolling countryside, with a landscaped courtyard and firepit, along with access to a phenomenal private garden. The ceremony took place on one side of the barn with rustic willow chandeliers hanging above the guests.

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The aisle was lined with Chivari chairs covered with chiffon vertical drops, tied up with a few stems of dried lavender. This led to the impressive moongate which was adorned with moss, an asymmetric floral display and lavish succulents and air plants. The flowers, berries and silver green foliage were echoed around the room in the table displays, buttonhole and bouquets. Florals included avalanche white roses, asparagus fern, brunia berry, eucalyptus silver dollar, eucalyptus small-leaf gum, eucalyptus baby blue, dusty miller, dried lavender, leather leaf, birch twigs (sprayed white), eryngium, sea holly and thistles.

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The bride was dressed to impress in a mix and match bridal gown by Lilly with its dual layered style to combine an intricate, beaded tulle overlay with an elegant satin slip-dress underneath. She was escorted by her attendant in a powderblue prom dress which fitted the colour theme flawlessly.

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Standing tall was the four-tiered marble cake embellished with edible gold leaf and a dramatic sugar flower cascade. The cake was festooned with replica air plants, ivory roses, succulents, brunia berries, thistles and dusty miller leaves which complemented the dusky green/grey marble perfectly and mirrored the real flowers seamlessly.

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The other half of the barn was laid for a banquet style wedding reception, complete with grey galley shade loft-style chandeliers above solid wooden tables and benches lined up in front of the roaring open fire. The heart cut outs in the tables echoed the ceremony thrones and, for extra comfort, sheep skin rugs were placed over the benches.

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Wedding stationery embraced the geode style with a watercolour invitation with gold accents, an information card, an RSVP card and an RSVP envelope all tied together with gold thread and a little monogrammed tag. The menu was in the same style as the invitation with exquisite gold calligraphy. Guests could find their tables by referring to the geode style table plan tabs with gold accents mounted on a rustic pale blue barn door. At the table, the geode style watercolour place names had gold edging and modern calligraphy to represent slices of agate. 

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Down the centre of the tables ran swathes of pale blue organza table runners for a light and airy feel. Topped with exquisite floral displays, modern gold cutlery, plain clear champagne coupé glasses, plain clear glass candlesticks with 32cm tapered white candles, along with blue glass bottle vases and glass salt bowls giving a simple, striking and delicate tablescape.

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The models wore stylish jewellery including an 18ct yellow gold, tear drop pearl and half carat, old cut diamond earrings with a matching pendant by the bride. The wedding ring was 18ct yellow gold with scattered, flush set diamonds. While the bridesmaid wore an 18ct yellow gold pendant with three, coloured, fine quality sapphires and a selection of 18ct yellow gold and coloured sapphires stacking rings.

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Get the look:

Planning & Design Hanami Dream
Photographer - Squib Photography
Location – Oxleaze Barn
Models – Sophie and Elodie
Hair & Make up – Blushing Brides
Furniture – Cotswold Event Solutions
Stationery – Emerald Paper Design
Florist – Enchanted Floristry (with airplants from Andy's Airplants)
Chair covers and table runners – Everything Covered
Bridal dress and bridesmaid dress – Fairytale Occasions
Lighting – Oakwood Events
Cake – The Pretty Cake Company 
Bar – The Watering Hole 
Jewellery – We Three Kings 
Cutlery and crockery – Vintage Gold China 
Rugs and throws – Witney Blanket Hall