A summer wedding shoot with children in Somerset

15 Jan 2020

This styled shoot featured a host of features suitable for children at weddings, including supersize balloons and a sweetie cart

Joanna Evans of Dream Parties, which supplies balloon décor in the South West, shares the details of this shoot inspired by the younger wedding guest. 

The inspiration

Very often at weddings, we see the youngest guests having a special role or task to perform. From flowergirls and pageboys to ring bearers, we thought it would be a great idea to create a styled shoot and help future brides with outfits, entertainment and advice. 

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The theme

Our theme was pastel colours with a rustic touch. We were looking for a very nostalgic and dream-like look, like a memory from a childhood where you are not 100% sure if something truly existed or if it was your imagination. Pastel colours are romantic and elegant, ideal for any type of wedding whether it be held in a garden, barn or period house in the countryside, whatever the season. 

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The venue

Dairy House Farm Barn and Weddings in Aller, Langport provided the backdrop. Its orchard with fruit trees, a swing and a barn created the ideal rose-tinted setting. 

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The flowers

Goldfinch Floral Studio used mainly British grown flowers for the floral arrangements, using flowers that many would grow in their garden. Allium, nigella, lilac and sweetpeas evoked feelings of nostalgia and were mixed with large full bloom roses in unusual pastel tones as well as foliage such as Yearning Desert amaranthus. 

The bouquets were also a mix of these slightly surreal shapes and colours and were tied together with long trailing 100% silk ribbon from Bertie's Bows.

A cloud of gypsophila suspended above the table in dyed pastel shades created a rainbow effect to add a playful aspect to the shoot. 

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The details

We incorporated a sweetie cart from Wedding Hire South West and The Little Buttercup Cakery created a three-tier cake in soft pastel colours with a touch of gold.

We customised balloons in dusky pink, lavender and lemon and created an organic garland with three-foot giant balloons.

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The outfits

The children's outfits were another important aspect of this shoot. The girls' dresses, bows and boys' braces were provided by Matchimony. The dresses were made of silk underlay, chiffon overlay and had peach-coloured sashes. 

Flower crowns for the little girls were provided by Heavenly Bridal. They gave our shoot a fresh, garden party appearance. Isra Rana Signature Brides took care of our little models' angelic hairstyles, creating natural curls to complement the crowns. 

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Tips for children at weddings:

  • If you decide to invite children to your wedding, make them feel like they play a special role in your big day. They will be very happy to help.
  • If your venue has a beautiful garden, make the most of it. Everyone will enjoy the fresh air and perhaps some garden games.
  • Add activities or games to your reception tables to keep children occupied, not to mention stand out features such as a sweetie cart or bouncy castle to entertain throughout the day. 
  • The wedding photographer will play a big part in your wedding day, especially when capturing your younger guests. You will look at those photos for the rest of your life, so make sure you find the perfect photographer. Our photographer for this shoot, Rachel Lou Photography, travelled all the way from Reading to join us. 

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Get the look:

Venue: Dairy House Farm - Barn Weddings
Photography: Rachel Lou Photography
Balloons: Dream Parties
Flowers: Goldfinch Floral Studio
Flower crowns: Heavenly Bridal
Cake: Little Buttercup Cakery
Hair: Isra Rana Signature Brides
Sweet cart: Wedding Hire South West

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

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