An English Country Garden bridal shoot in Hampshire

20 Oct 2016

Vintage victory rolls, a VW campervan and garden games all served to bring the theme of this English Country Garden bridal shoot to life

Gemma Starr of Little Star Events brought together a host of Hampshire wedding suppliers to create an English Country Garden-themed bridal shoot. Here, she tells us more...

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

The photo-shoot was inspired by different interpretations of an English Country Garden wedding. We were keen to show how one theme can be explored in many different ways by showcasing hair and make-up, dresses and flowers which could all be classed as this theme, but that are all very different.

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Channon Vs Georgia:

For these shots, we were keen to show the more off-beat country garden bride versus the more traditional country garden bride with their two bridesmaids as their team mates. Nicola’s victory rolls and strong make-up by The Glam Ambassadors by Sophie Pierson really supports Georgia’s look in the Sass & Grace tea dress and her dark make-up, again by Sophie Pierson.

Georgia Louise’s soft, pretty style make-up shows how despite being in the the same vintage floral style dress as Nicola but a different colour (supplied by VJ Vintage), you can create two completely different looks. Georgia Louise’s soft make-up and hair really supports Channon’s romantic look.

We thought it would be fun to involve the garden games supplied by Wessex Events in these shots to emphasise the versus feel.

Using toastmaster, Nigel Worsfold, as the referee between the brides seemed like the obvious choice as he prides himself on having a calming effect.

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Garden Party Fun:

We were keen to create a real, fun garden party feel to the shoot and to showcase how you can play around with the theme. Bringing the table outside really shows how you can embrace the surroundings of this beautiful countryside venue. The chair covers and the table decor was supplied by Chair Covers of Hampshire with the beautiful floral centrepiece by Flowers by Helen with stationery from Lola & Elvis.

We loved using Brook Ice-Cream Tricycle for the shoot in order to showcase light-hearted garden party fun.

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

Old Alresford Place is a bit of a hidden gem. Set amid the tranquil beauty of five acres of gardens and grounds, Old Alresford Place offers a beautiful setting for wedding receptions, family events or other large functions. The gardens of this great venue come alive in the spring and it has a real relaxed feel about it. The flexibility of the staff mean that it is a great venue to be able to have a themed wedding as you have the whole venue for the whole weekend.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

We worked with two florists for the shoot with Flowers by Helen providing the wonderful fresh bouquets and Judith Searles Flowers, the wonderful floral crown. Flowers were an important part of the shoot as we wanted to really have the garden theme coming through. We went with a mix of soft and bright colours in order to get a bit of a colour pop. The table centrepiece was by Flowers by Helen and it perfectly complimented the table set-up by Chair Covers of Hampshire.

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

I was keen that we had two teams: one was Team Romantic which was Channon in the beautiful Cymbeline Ironie dress from Sass & Grace with beautiful soft hair and make-up by Make-Up by Sophie Pierson and her bridesmaid, Georgia Louise Harding who was wearing a stunning bridesmaid dress by VJ Vintage, also with gorgeous soft colours for her make-up.

For Team Retro, I really wanted to show how the contrast could work perfectly. Georgia Soffe was wearing Amanda Wyatt Cherub from Sass & Grace and looked great with her dark eye make-up. Her bridesmaid, Nicola Ascroft, was wearing a gorgeous bridesmaid dress from VJ Vintage and Sophie Pierson created a wonderful vintage look for her hair and make-up with victory rolls and heavy eye and lip make-up.

Georgia Louise Harding also wore Anasul Y AY2497B from Sass & Grace and looked stunning as a very elegant bride.

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

We (Little Star Events) organise wedding fayres in Hampshire and Surrey and we have started doing styled photo-shoots at our wedding fayres as an experiment to see how we could incorporate as many of our lovely wedding suppliers as possible. As we theme our wedding fayres and they all have lots of their work which ties into this theme with them, it is a great opportunity to use as many of them as possible.

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

We used the amazing stationery from Lola and Elvis to really finish off the table which was dressed beautifully by Chair Covers of Hampshire, using a beautiful arrangement from Flowers by Helen. Helen Norgate from Stella & Dot dressed the girls in beautiful Stella & Dot jewellery which really finished off their looks. 

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Get the look:

Venue: Old Alresford Place, www.oldalresfordplace.co.uk
Photographer: Ginny Marsh Photography, http://ginnymarsh.co.uk
Organisation: Little Star Events, www.littlestarevents.co.uk
Models: Channon Kail, Georgia Louise Harding, Georgia Soffe, Nicola Ascroft
Hair and make-up: The Glam Ambassadors by Sophie Pierson
Bridal dresses: Sass & Grace, http://sassandgrace.co.uk
Bridesmaid dresses: VJ Vintage, www.facebook.com/VJvintage
Garden Games: Wessex Events, www.wessex-events.co.uk
Table dressing/chair covers: Chair Covers of Hampshire, www.chaircoversofhampshire.co.uk
Stationery: Lola & Elvis, www.lolaandelvis.com
Florists: Bouquets and table centrepieces: Flowers by Helen, http://flowersbyhelen.org
Floral head bands: Judith Searles Flowers, www.judithsearlesflowers.com
Ice-Creams and Trike: Brook Tricyle Ice-cream: www.tricycleicecream.co.uk
Toastmaster: Nigel Worsfold, www.nigel-worsfold-toastmaster.com
Jewellery: Stella & Dot by Helen Norgate

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