This country house wedding shoot in the New Forest was fulfilled by a host of Hampshire suppliers who each brought their individual talents to the table
Anne Aveyard talks us through the details of this enchanting country house wedding shoot in the New Forest, shot at Minstead Lodge where couples can choose to have their wedding in one of five stunning locations. A magical and elegant woodland retreat, Minstead Lodge is part of Minstead Trust, providing hospitality training and work experience for people with learning disabilities. All income supports this work and this means that every wedding will make a difference to someone's life.
Read on and see how these Hampshire suppliers brought the country house concept to life.
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
I was inspired to do the shoot when I first saw Minstead Lodge at a wedding fair. I thought it was such a lovely house in the heart of the forest. Being a local photographer I love the New Forest; it is such a gorgeous area and each season has its own beauty. I wanted to do a shoot which depicted an English country house wedding. The house and its gardens are perfect for this; the house is old with loads of character and beautiful wooden panelled walls and oak staircase. The gardens are pretty but not heavily manicured which also added to the feel of being in the countryside.
What did you choose for the flower arrangements?
The flower arrangements consisted of flowers that would be found in an English garden in June, thus tying in with our theme of an English country house wedding. We chose pretty subtle colours which are softer and more romantic.
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom?
The look we wanted to achieve was of natural beauty: soft, pretty and romantic. The bride’s make-up was very subtle and natural, enhancing her own beauty. The hair was styled in a fairly loose style with flowers threaded through it which tied in with our theme. The dresses we chose featured lace and and the groom’s suit with the tweed waistcoat also added to the country feel.
What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?
All of the suppliers discussed the shoot over a period of weeks and shared ideas to bring together the English country house wedding. We wanted to include something really traditionally English... afternoon tea, so a table was set up on the terrace laid with pretty English vintage china. Cakes were simple styles and decorated with flowers that co-ordinated with the bride’s bouquet and table arrangements. Tables were covered with plain white tablecloths with the addition of a hessian runner for the outside table and chairs were decorated with lace covers.
Get the look:
Venue: Minstead Lodge, www.minsteadtrust.org.uk/weddings
Photography: Ann Aveyard Photography, www.ann-aveyard.co.uk
Wedding dresses and groom’s suits: Minster Designs Bridal Boutique, www.minsterdesigns.com
Make-up: Tara Sanger, www.tarasangermakeup.co.uk
Hair: Grace Khedira, www.gracebaileybridalhair.co.uk
Venue dressing: Fundoo Weddings, www.fundooweddings.co.uk
Vintage china: Granny’s China Cupboard, www.grannyschinacupboard.co.uk
Wedding cakes: Karen’s Clever Cakes, www.karensclevercakes.co.uk
Wedding car: RK Prestige Car Hire, www.rkprestigecarhire.co.uk
Wedding stationery: I Do Personalised Wedding Stationery, www.facebook.com/iDo.PWS
Wedding flowers: Belle Flores Design, www.belleflores.co.uk
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