The beauty of autumn shines through in this seasonal-inspired shoot brought to life in a rich and warm colour palette
Autumnal abundance meets refined country glamour in this shoot by a team of Norfolk-based suppliers; we find out more...
Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen.
Applewood Hall has an amazing reception garden, full of beautiful flowers and foliage inspired by the British countryside. This wedding shoot brought to life the Hall’s unique arbour in the midst of this beautiful garden, showing how it can be used for a ceremony on a sunny October afternoon.
What did you choose for the flower arrangements?
We really wanted to bring to life the vibrant colours of autumn, so we used rich jewel tones of trailing amaranthus, astilbe, astrantia and pink ice protea with seasonal foliage including hydrangea, populus leaf and leucodendron. Pheasant feathers and trailing garnet ribbon for the bridal bouquet, claret chair drapes and plum draping on the arbour added that extra autumnal feel.
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride?
Autumn is an amazing time of year to celebrate golden shades, so we added some extra highlighter to our bridal look with a gold shimmering eye shadow that would catch the afternoon sun and incorporated the bold colour palette with a deep, red lip.
We chose a stunning all-over lace Rebecca Ingram dress that had a romantic, vintage feel. Its deep neckline with scalloped edging and double-keyhole back added classic elegance.
What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?
The refined country style inspired the use of pheasant feathers which were incorporated throughout along with glimpses of gold from the antique brass candle holders to the personalised wedding sign.
The colour palette of rich reds and deep plums was complemented with natural accents from the heavy wood trestle tables, wicker peacock chairs and sheepskin throws as well as the pearl brooches on the chair drapes. To add a bit of vintage glamour, we also created a ‘gentleman’s bar’ featuring bottles of whiskey, port and sherry, with crystal tumblers and decanters.
We really wanted to celebrate the bounty of autumn harvest with an opulent sharing-style feast of hearty pies and mouthwatering puds. A five-tier buttercream wedding cake also encapsulated our autumnal theme with sprigs of foliage and feathers.
What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?
We wanted to add as much detail as possible so there was always something new to look at – almost like raiding an old country house and bringing it all to life outside.
We did this by choosing accessories that would complement each other, from the pheasant feathers to the painted pheasant port glasses, different sizes and shaped brass candle holders and stoneware jars, as well as vintage books, a leather floor cushion and even a rug.
Get the look:
Venue: Applewood Hall, www.applewoodhall.co.uk
Photography: Dave Blake, www.dblakephotography.co.uk
Hair & make-up: Stephanie Alexandra, www.stephaniealexandramua.co.uk/
Floristry: Flowers By Jasmine, www.facebook.com/flowersbyjasmine2014/
Ceremony chairs & chair drapes: Banqueting Hire, www.banquetinghire.co.uk
Furniture (peacock chairs and rug): One Curious Dream, https://onecuriousdream.com/
Signage: For Keeps, www.forkeepsbyamie.co.uk
Catering: Dawn Seager, www.dawnseager.co.uk
Cake: Bee’s Bakes, www.beesbakesnorfolk.co.uk
Dress: Boutique of Dreams, www.boutiqueofdreams.co.uk
Model: Ebony Reeder, www.ebonyreeder.co.uk
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