A summer wedding shoot in the Welsh countryside

04 Jan 2022

A host of Welsh wedding suppliers pooled their creative talent into this charming countryside wedding shoot

Florist Kirsten Tanner of Queen of the Meadow details the concept and creation of this summertime shoot in South Wales. 

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

I wanted to showcase as many Welsh wedding suppliers against the backdrop of Penpont House in South Wales. The theme was summer in the countryside.

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

Penpont House was chosen as it is a magnificent country house in Brecon. It has such beautiful spots to take pictures including a stained-glass conservatory, a walled garden and a river. Sustainability is at the heart of Penpont and the walled garden is certified as organic.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

The flowers were all grown in South Wales; some by me, some from a local flower farm (Blue Hill Flora), and the rest were cut from the organic garden at Penpont House. The flowers were all chosen for their look and smell, showcasing artisan flowers and highlighting seasonality when choosing wedding flowers.

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

We wanted the bride and groom to look effortless and timeless but with an alternative take on the classic wedding dress. Therefore, we chose to use bridal outfits from Bowen Dryden, supplied by Wax Flower Bridal. The make-up was glamorous but natural, as was the hair styling.

We used a large straw hat for some of the bridal shots as the venue is in the heart of the countryside and felt that this would really complement the surroundings, the weather and some of the bridal pieces.

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

Megan and Claude were the venue stylists for the shoot. They source many of their pieces from France, so we incorporated some of these as we felt they complemented areas at the venue, such as the courtyard and the rose garden. We wanted to include pieces such as benches, tables and urns.

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

We used table accessories such as candle sticks and a mixture of glass and earthenware bottles to give a rustic, non-traditional look to the tablescape. Megan and Claude used soft textures to style the table such as linen napkins and straw placemats set against the wooden table top.

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Get the look: 

Venue: Penpont House
Photography: Kate Richards Photography
Flowers: Queen of the Meadow 
Cake: Miss Havisham's Cakes 
Dresses: Wax Flower Bridal 
Suits: Hanson: The Clothes People 
Venue stylists: Megan and Claude 
Hair: Jayne Shelley
Make-up: Charlotte Raine 
Stationery: Abi Lewis Design 
Models: Tom and Jess

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