A rich and luxurious wedding shoot in Bedfordshire

24 Jul 2019

Shot in Biggleswade, this styled shoot harnesses the beauty of nature in both indoor and outdoor wedding set-ups

This shoot sought to bring the inside out and the outside in with a twist, using vintage styling and props set among the beautiful Swiss gardens and mansion house within the vicinity. Lisa Osborne from The Flower Room in Sandy shares the suppliers' vision...

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

It wasn’t hard to find inspiration for this shoot at The Mansion House at Shuttleworth and having met Lorna Newman at previous shows and seeing her work, I knew she was the perfect photographer for the shoot. I wanted the colours to be rich and luxurious to fit in with the theme and she ensured just that. Being one of Lorna's favourite venues to work at she was already familiar with the grand style of the house with its rich décor, wood panelling and gold antique framed paintings.

Deciding to use the stunning Swiss gardens as the backdrop for the bulk of the shoot, we wanted to bring a sense of that grand interior to the outside within its beautifully kept acres of gardens complete with resident peacock. The colours were chosen to reflect elegant glamour in tones of rich purples with a hint of magenta which also matched the beautiful rhododendrons in full flower in the gardens - adding touches of gold.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

I used seasonally available local and British grown flowers and foliages, keeping in mind the very English country house theme. I included scented stocks, sweet peas, Solomon’s seal and alliums teamed with garden style roses, scabeous and peonies which created a fabulous delicate scent reminiscent of warm summer days in the garden.

I also wanted to create a bridal bouquet with a difference to reflect times gone by with a vintage inspired floral fan. Using fresh flower petals and accessorising with a vintage style brooch and peacock feathers, I created a traditional waterfall trailing bouquet of scented roses and sweet peas.

Adding the soft fabric drape to the moon gate made a stunning setting for our dove shots... certainly a talking point for any wedding. 

For our final shots on the staircase, I created a running stepped arrangement to give the illusion of the flowers growing from the steps upwards - tucking in some peacock feathers for added effect. 

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

Dolly’s Bridal Boutique brought along four amazing dresses on the day for our gorgeous models. The first two suited the outdoor setting of the gardens perfectly and were matched with accessories from the very talented Rachel Sokhal Bridal. We wanted to reflect the elegance of the house as well as the natural style of the garden in the styling.

Beautful bridal make-up was done by Hayley Bristow and amazing hairstyles created by Ashleigh O'Keffe. 

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What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?

A cake table with a difference was created using a vintage telephone hall table to show off the amazing cake and macaron tower assembled by Ann from Sugar Blossom Cakes Co. With its gold detailing, marble effect and fresh flower touches, it really added the wow factor. 

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The hall table and fabulous vintage accessories were all provided by Carla of Herts Vintage Hire from her huge collection of available props, fitting our theme perfectly with a little bit of quirky styling - including our hanging floral lampshades set among the trees.

Wedding Beautifuls Carolyn created a stunning mirrored table plan framed in gold with matching table stationery for our table setting which included cute vintage china from Carla and macaron favour boxes from Sugar Blossom Cakes. Florals displayed in a vintage gold dish from Herts Vintage and glamorous gold cutlery, cut glass tableware and candlestick complemented the set-up. 

The house has a beautifully restored fernery glass house which made a stunning backdrop for shots including our foliage filled floating balloons and floral fan. We showed off the gorgeous hair accessories and earrings from Rachel in some close-up detail shots and by also added a fresh floral crown for one of the looks. 

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Get the look:

Styling and floristry: The Flower Room Ltd
Photography: Lorna Newman Wedding Photography
Venue: Shuttleworth The Mansion House & Swiss Gardens
Doves: Angel Wings Dove Release
Make-up: Hayley Bristow
Hair: Hair by Ashleigh
Dresses: Dolly's Bridal boutique
Stationery and table plan: Wedding Beautifuls
Prop styling: Herts Vintage Hire
Accessories: Rachel Sokhal Bridal
Cake: Sugar Blossom Cakes Co
Models: Daisy Hope Whetlor and Charlene Turay

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