I’m delighted to show you the latest styled wedding shoot that myself and Elaine from the Mrs T Weddings team worked on recently! As an award winner in the 2020 Four Counties Wedding Awards (4CWA), I was approached to plan and organise a styled wedding shoot to showcase the fellow winners that had been unable to collaborate together during the pandemic. Once everyone had finished their respective 2021 wedding seasons, we cleared our schedules for early 2022 to have a fab day putting together this shoot.
The 4CWA winning venue, Offley Place Country House in Hitchin, has a Conservatory that beautifully combines modern and traditional features. With 180 degrees floor to ceiling windows facing out onto their beautiful parkland and historic grounds, plus ornate skylights, the room also boasts the manor house’s original 17th century brickwork. With so much natural light, the fantastic exposed brickwork and sage green painted wooden panelling, this is a beautiful space for a wedding. I was immediately drawn to using The Conservatory for the staging of a celebrant ceremony led by award-winner Kelly Hawes Celebrant.
Working with Kelly, we decided to show a handfasting ceremony as part of the marriage. Kelly would use ribbons that would reflect the colour scheme of the florals while giving added symbolism to the ritual. Handfasting is an ancient Celtic tradition which is becoming increasingly popular in modern ceremonies. It symbolises the binding of couples to one another as they take their vows while tied at the wrists, coining the phrase ‘tying the knot’. In Poppy and Ben’s ceremony their ribbons had the following significance:
White – peace, truth and devotion
Peach – kindness, encouragement and adaptability
Green – love, luck and prosperity
Pink – happiness, unity and romance
I really wanted to showcase some gorgeous textures in the shoot. Using the backdrop of the brickwork as the scene for the handfasting ceremony, I began to plan how the florals could both complement and contrast this rustic texture.
Willow and Blossom Floral Design were fab to work with, having won the 4CWA in 2019 and 2020! I shared vision boards with Ellice and she created the most beautiful ceremony displays, plus boutonnieres and bridal bouquet. One of my top tips to couples when considering their wedding flowers is to think about shape, structure and texture, and not just colour schemes. Working with Ellice, we opted for neutrals with accents of green and colour pops of pink and peach. Ellice then built height into the designs using contemporary golden columns and structural pampas grass. Using a combination of live and dried flowers including large, striking roses, the altar display was laden with incredible explosions of florals.
These beautiful photographs have been captured by award winner Hannah Hall Photography. Hannah worked tirelessly throughout the day to find fun and unique shots to showcase the ceremony, which was filmed by the equally brilliant Adam from Creative Spark Films who won the videography award. They both produced wonderful capsule collections in varying light conditions, including some striking overhead scenes and hidden moments of couple Ben and Poppy. I’ll show you more of this gorgeous pair and the other suppliers in Part Two of the styled wedding shoot coming soon!