Featuring two different winter wedding set-ups, this shoot offers seasonal colour schemes and rustic wedding ideas
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
The shoot was a winter theme in December. However, we wanted to steer clear of the traditional reds and greens of Christmas, so we opted for a winter wonderland theme in a marquee. We used fairy lights as a backdrop and folds of white ice cool fabric for a wintery effect. We wanted to produce a shoot with an elegant, luxurious feel and make the theme versatile, so you could use it at any time of the year but change the foliage to fit the season.
The next shoot was in the outdoor pavilion in which we opted for a rustic theme with golds and navy shades. We wanted to showcase the rustic feel of the pavilion, so combined pheasant feathers with gold hues and navy accessories for the table decorations. We also wanted to tie in the grand big fireplace with a roaring fire to give that earthy feel, plus add some warmth to the idea of a cold day in December.
Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen
I chose Goldstone Hall Hotel in Market Drayton and the venue dressing was provided by Definitive Weddings & Eventz.
I approached this venue because of the many beautiful aspects of the hall and also because I had a warm feeling as soon as I arrived, which was proved when talking and working with the team there.
The hall has a family history and has been passed through the generations so it has that loved feel about it straight away. The marquee feels as if it's part of the hall and provides an outdoor option for a wedding in the warmer months.
What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot?
In the marquee, we chose ivory roses with white feathers and fir cones to add dense green foliage. Feathered circular centrepieces were used for the tables with tall cylinder vases sprouting branches and ivory roses.
We combined the ivory roses with outdoor seasonable foliage for the top table. This included evergreens, fir cones, dried twigs and branches and green ferns. We then added white feathers, silver dragonflies, silver fabric and jewels for a snowy crisp winter feel. Cream birdcages with a hint of foliage were added to the top table, with large candelabras and white candles. Silver drapes of fabric were added as a swag to this table also to finish the décor.
We also used large 4ft LOVE letters with warm white bulbs to give an elegant feel.
For the pavilion shoot, we didn't want to play it safe with white tablecloths so we embraced the great outdoors with evergreens atop hessian brown table covers and a navy overlay. We mixed the golds and designed a centrepiece of grandeur with blue thistles, sage green roses and hints of pale blue roses. Not the usual flower arrangement for this time of year or flower combination, but our ethos was to combine colours and textures which you would not usually mix. We added some vintage white and blue tableware and gold glassware.
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