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An Autumn Romance in the Walled Garden

Autumn Romance in the Walled Garden

A few months ago, Lorien from Storeybook Cakes asked me if I would help her to plan and style a shoot that she had in mind.

I love Lorien’s work and when I saw the mood board she had created, I was really keen to get involved.

As soon as I saw the mood board, I realised that Emily Olivia Photography needed to photograph the shoot.  Emily’s light and airy style of photographs is perfect for the style we had in mind.

I went to visit the venue – the Walled Garden at Beeston Fields –  to talk to them about the possibility of holding the shoot there.  When I saw the garden, I knew it was the right spot for what we had in mind.  You can see my blog about the venue here.

The gardens are beautiful with so many hidden corners making for the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous images.

Lorien and I worked together to source an amazing team of creative suppliers who worked incredibly well together.


Bride & Groom in front of stylish door in the Walled Garden

The Bride

The dress was a focal point and a priority for us both.  We were keen to have some subtle colour in the dress and plenty of tulle.  The ‘Bille’ dress supplied by E & W Couture fitted the bill perfectly.

The 4 layered full circle skirt has a peachy tone which complemented the autumnal colours.  Coupled with the long sleeved lace bodice it’s a great choice for an autumn wedding.

I was thrilled when Rachel Simpson Shoes agreed to provide some shoes for the shoot.   I love the image of the shoes against the wooden door in the garden.

The bride’s hair and make up were beautifully styled by Adele Coxon and were the ideal complement to the dress.

The addition of a silk garter from Extra Special Touch and statement earrings from Starbox Wedding completed the bride’s look.

Bride twirling under the arch at the Walled Garden Autumn Wedding

Sparkly Rachel Simpson Bridal Shoes against the wooden door in the Walled Garden
Bride against door in walled garden


The Groom

We hit an issue with our menswear supplier a few weeks before the shoot.  But thankfully Blidworth Menswear were only too happy to help us out.  They supplied a gorgeous blue Mark Darcy 3 piece suit which matched the blues in the flowers perfectly.

Groom Blue Mark Darcey Suit in Walled Garden, Autumn Wedding

Bride & Groom laughing on steps in Walled Garden


The Flowers

The flowers for ‘An Autumn Romance in the walled garden’ were created from blooms grown by Frances and Rose at their sheltered plot in the Peak District. Fresh and dried elements were used to create the hues of Autumn, with foliage and seed heads to add texture and drama to the arrangements. We decided on a hint of blue to pop against the more subtle reds, oranges and browns and brought the blush of the dress out with statement roses. Apples and berries were also a feature of the styling, really bringing together the best of Autumn!

I’m sure you’ll agree the bouquet was a masterpiece and was further enhanced with hand dyed silk ribbons from C Fleurs Design.

Bride with Bouquet on steps with copper lanterns

Close up of couple & bouquet under arch


The Cake

Lorien, as always, designed a stunning cake.

The pale blue with copper details was perfect for the theme and was further enhanced with fresh flowers and fruit.  It looked incredible on the dresser, in front of the mirror in the garden,.  We added a fab flower urn and styled the table with a silk runner and more fruit.

Acrylic Cake Menu on Copper StandAutumnal Blue & Copper Cake on Dressing TableBride & Groom with Pale Blue & Copper Wedding Cake


The Stationery

When our stationer dropped out just a couple of days before the shoot, I really thought we would have to re-arrange the shoot. But thankfully 2 amazing ladies came to our rescue.

Rae Jenkins at Made By Rae Designs creates unique wedding stationery using only eco-friendly, sustainably sourced card and envelopes. ‘I was invited to design the stationery very last minute, but thoroughly enjoyed the challenge! Using the garden and colour theme as inspiration, I created a simple sophisticated calligraphy suite in powder blue all wrapped up with an elegant floral vellum overlay in the same colours’

Powder Blue Wedding stationery suite

Katie from The Ivy Cottage stepped into the breach to make the fabulous acrylic seating plan and cake menu with literally a few days notice.  I had given up hope of being able to include them in the shoot but she made it seem so easy! They both looked incredible in the garden on their copper frames.

Walled Garden - Acrylic Seating Plan


The Table

When it came to designing the table setting, I wanted to use long trestle tables.  The limewashed tables from Be Event Hire were the perfect choice for the garden setting.

I added white crockery with copper cutlery from Whitehouse Crockery.  Heidi from Extra Special Touch provided the soft cotton napkins which draped beautifully from the tables.  Heidi embroidered the couple’s monogram in copper thread to tie in with the overall theme.

I knew that I wanted to include silk table runners to bring softness to the table setting.  I knew it was a big ask as I needed 3 really long runners so I was ecstatic when Corette from C Fleurs Design agreed to supply them.  The colour was perfect and they looked fantastic against the white tables.

I then completed the look with my copper candlesticks, white candles and plenty of small flowers vases from Frances and Rose.

Close up of stationery on plate


Blue & Copper Table Setting Autumn Wedding in the Walled Garden

Overhead shot Blue & Copper Table Setting Napkin Embroidered with copper monogram Fairy light installation over banquet tables in Walled Garden


The Lighting

One of the big things that we really wanted to achieve, but were worried it would be too much to ask, was over table lighting. I contacted Jan at Fabric Theatre and despite a broken wrist she created the amazing light installation over the tables. The lights looked absolutely beautiful in the twilight as the day drew to an end.

We added further subtle lighting in the garden with hanging tea lights in the trees and my copper lanterns on the stairs.


Fairylight installation over banquet table in the Walled Garden


Bride & Groom with hanging tealights in trees

I loved working with this fabulous team and I’m so happy with the outcome.  I hope you love it too and it gives you some inspiration for your wedding day.

Full List of Suppliers:

Venue: The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields

Photography: Emily Olivia Photography

Concept & Cake: Storeybook Cakes

Dress: E and W Couture

Shoes: Rachel Simpson

Flowers: Frances and Rose

Hair and Make Up: Adele Coxon

Napkins and Garter: Extra Special Touch 

Light Installation: Fabric Theatre

Jewellery: Starbox Jewellery 

Menswear: Blidworth Menswear

Plates & Cutlery: Whitehouse Crockery

Seating Plan & Cake Menu: The Ivy Cottage

Trestle Tables: Be Event Hire

Stationery: Made By Rae Designs

Silk Runners & Bouquet Ribbons: C Fleurs Design

Planning & Styling; Your Fabulous Wedding

If you’d like some help to create a look like this, get in touch.  I’d love to hear from you and see how I can help with your wedding plans.


Louise Wearmouth, Founder of Your Fabulous Wedding