A vibrant springtime shoot in Plymouth

25 May 2016

Fusing the joys of springtime with the intricate detailing of a modern-day wedding, this vibrantly colourful shoot lifts the spirits

Offering intimate access both behind the scenes and infront of the camera, Abigail McKenzie from stationery design company, Dearly Beloved, fills us in on this delightfully detailed springtime shoot.

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

The starting point was the custom invitations we created for Devonport Guildhall. Whenever we work on a new design we can’t help but imagine what the actual wedding might be like. We wanted to create a fresh chic look for the spring that felt really relaxed and joyful; all the wonderful suppliers came together to create a shoot filled with sophisticated clean shapes and vibrant florals - perfect for the modern couple.

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

After visiting the beautiful light space at Devonport Guildhall, we thought it would be great to illustrate the iconic architecture. It can be really tricky to find a city centre venue that still has a classic, airy feel and so really wanted to share this venue with couples looking to get hitched in Devon. Devonport Guildhall has an in-house artisan bakery and a column you can climb to see the views and have photographs overlooking the city (with a glass of fizz of course).

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

Native Flower Farm are all about natural, British flowers and created wild rustic arrangments that really suited the modern spring look and their ethos of homegrown, authentic flowers. Kelly of Native Flower Farm said: "We knew we needed bright but delicate flowers to highlight and meld all the elements of the scheme into one big beautiful whole. Inspired by what we saw in our fields and the classic flower shapes of Dearly Beloved Guildhall designs, we created a bridal bouquet and table-scape of bright pops and fresh greens in a riotous garden-gathered style with a delicate nod to the elegance of the regency setting of the Guildhall with our favourite trailing ribbon styling."

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

The styling really was a collaborative effort between all the suppliers; we used sweet pastels, vibrant tones and rose gold elements throughout the shoot including a hand painted cake by Edible Essence Cake Art. Taking inspiration from the stationery's quirky floral wreath, Jenny from Edible Essence, hand painted a luxourious, contemporary cake with sugarcraft detail.

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What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?

The whole shoot was focused on the finer details of a wedding celebration. We wanted to come together and give couples inspiration for how to use items such as the table plan, bouquet and all-important wedding cake to create a personalised, creative celebration.

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Get the look:

Venue: Devonnport Guildhall, www.devonportguildhall.org
Photography: Grace Elizabeth, http://graceelizabethphoto.com/
Photography: UpArt Photography, www.upartphotography.com
Stationery: Dearly Beloved, www.dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk
Cake: Edible Essence, www.edibleessencecakeart.com
Flowers: Native Flower Farm, www.nativeflowerfarm.co.uk

See more from Dearly Beloved at the Great British Life online shop.

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