A magical winter wedding shoot inspired by The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

29 Oct 2019

North Yorkshire suppliers came together to create this winter wedding shoot inspired by the magical tale from C.S. Lewis

We go behind the scenes of this winter wedding shoot, which features a captivating outdoor ceremony set-up and an ice queen bride. 

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

Inspired by the soft winter light and the magic of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, this whimsical winter wedding shoot at Birdsall House aims to showcase the ways in which literature can be used to inspire a wedding without moving into a full-on theme.

Victoria Robson Bridal styled the bride and groom in a dress and outfit which blends timeless style with the modern details from florist Dittany Entwined. Here, Dittany Entwined used natural, cascading floral arrangements to frame the ceremony location in the grounds' 12th century monastery ruins along with floral chandeliers for the temple to provide softness and warmth to the intimate space, which holds a ceremony licence.

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Vines in the hair styled by Gillian from The Park, Hovingham gave a romantic and ethereal feel. The cake from Apple Charlotte Cakes is simple, elegant and stylish – it’s important to balance the different factors of a wedding to make an impact and the intricate decoration complemented the floral styling perfectly.

The finishing touches from Lonetree provided menus and table plans in a heavy soft 'mist' on deckled edge cotton rag paper using hand calligraphy, grey graphite 'evergreen' illustrations, sage twine and antique wax seal detailing.

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Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen

Birdsall House and its grounds are full of history, romance and intrigue. With exclusive use of the house and gardens, couples can ensure total privacy surrounded by stunning interiors and scenery that reflect the romance that began here in the 18th century when Thomas Willoughby lost his way in a heavy snowstorm and took shelter at Birdsall House, where he met his future wife Elizabeth Sotheby. 

Throughout the shoot we chose settings across the grounds which nodded to the fantasy novel and allowed our imaginations to run wild. The settings included overgrown roots in the wooded area and the Estate’s impressive temple which is only accessible through a hidden entrance among the trees. Other locations included a grand, antique wardrobe in the one of the many bedrooms which the flowergirls hid in. We then took advantage of Birdsall’s ornate fireplace in The Ballroom which the bride sat upon for extra drama.

We brought it all together by working with Rustic Rose Styling combining different textures with gold and crystal to take it from boho to glamour. A warm palette of golds, reds and burgundies with hints of white were used throughout.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

For the couple, Dittany Entwined wanted to capture the magic of the second outdoor ceremony space at Birdsall House, the temple. For this, team member Nicola created a hanging floral chandelier. This provided the perfect backdrop for those intimate shots, giving the space warmth and a link to the floral theme. For the tablescape, the luxury warm winter feel continued.

Nicola explains: “I love using punch bowls, they are so versatile in terms of different styles and they are also easy to move to other areas in order to get the most out of all of your arrangements. These gold ones really complement the gold tones in the flowers but also the colours that run throughout Birdsall House. I love creating arrangements packed full of beautiful flowers, luxury, textured and delicate. I think they worked perfectly with the velour table cloth and the peacock feathers.”

For the bride, the beauty of winter was captured using a long floral hair vine made with a mixture of dried and fresh flowers and foliage, nothing says ethereal more than flowers in your hair. A front facing bouquet full of different flowers and foliage was created using traditional roses, bleached ruscus and bunny tails – giving the floral arrangement a modern twist. The groom wore a beautiful golden mustard rose as the focal flower adding some bleached ruscus and foliage.

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What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom?

The Park, Hovingham put together a very natural look using a loose texture wave in the bride’s hair for daytime and followed with an evening look inspired by the novel’s ice queen. The frosty lilac hair complemented the winter cape. We wanted the groom to look masculine and quintessentially English as many grooms who marry at Birdsall House do, so Vitoria Robson Bridal provided this high-quality, navy suit.

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Get the look: 

Photography: Little Sixpence Photography
Venue: Birdsall House
Flowers: Dittany Entwined
Styling: Rustic Rose Company
Hair: The Park, Hovingham
Cake: Apple Charlotte
Bridalwear/groomswear: Victoria Robson Bridal
Stationery: Lonetree
Cocktails: Yorkshire Bartender

For more Yorkshire wedding inspiration, browse the latest edition of Yorkshire Bride magazine

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