Timeless Elegant Inspiration For Your Wedding
Back in February, before our lives changed beyond recognition, I had the pleasure of working with an incredibly talented group of wedding suppliers when we created this beautiful wedding inspiration. We spent the day at the stunning Thicket Priory near York – which is a fabulous venue with so much history and character. (I’ll share more about the venue in the future)
So today, I’m going to share the story of the shoot as well as the most amazing images courtesy of Boho Chic Weddings.
It’s fair to say the shoot was faced with many challenges including suppliers having to drop out, glassware arriving in smithereens, stationery going missing in the post twice, flowers held up in Holland and snow on the day of the shoot. But determination and tenacity won in the end and we had an amazing day once everyone had managed to get there. You can find the full list of suppliers at the end of the blog.
When I first started planning the shoot, I knew I wanted to create a timeless elegant wedding style but as the team came together and the design evolved we brought in fashion led bridal and menswear. We combined classical with modern and I think the result is beautiful.
Lisa from The Bridal Affair provided tons of help and advice during the planning of the shoot and provided a number of dresses for our gorgeous models.
The floaty dress worn by Rebecca in the bridal suite is by Veromia (61916). This is a gorgeous crepe soft A-line dress in ivory. I absolutely love the images of Rebecca in this. The sleeved veil jacket was also from Veromnia in chiffon with a delicate pearl waist in ivory.
The main wedding dress was a Mark Lesley dress (7434), a satin off the shoulder ball gown with tulle and bow back with crystal buttons and a chapel length train in ivory. This dress is absolutely stunning and I was thrilled to be able to include it in our shoot.
The 2 bridesmaid dresses were both from Onlyway, their standard multi way dress. This dress can be worn in 15 different styles and comes in 42 colours so it makes it a fantastic choice when you have bridesmaids of different shapes and sizes.
Nick from Dandy Threads was our male model as well as providing the mens clothing. Here’s what he said about his choices:
“At Dandy threads, we decided to showcase some new season pieces, a beautiful check suit by Robert Simon mixed with parts of Cavani menswear. Both classy yet exceedingly affordable. They complement each other beautifully using the lightness and textural differences to play off each other.
Accessories were used to add little pops of colour to tie in with the overall scheme and using a neutral palette with the outfit helped make those accessories really stand out.”
Hair and Make Up
Nicola Whitfield joined us to do hair and make up for our lovely models. Here’s what Nicola said about the hair and make up: “For both make up looks for our bride and bridesmaid models I used airbrush foundation to give a flawless, natural finish to the skin. With the other makeup elements I wanted to create a complimentary palette to fit in with the theme of the photoshoot. For this I used gold and bronze tones for the eyes and a subtle pink toned lipstick to perfectly compliment several outfit choices.
For our gorgeous bride model I designed a loose bun up do for the daytime look, using two different hair accessories to show how pieces can be worn together to create a cohesive look. When it came to the evening look we left the hair loosely waved and added a hair vine for an added touch of sparkle to compliment the outfit.
Our lovely bridesmaid model had the same neutral make up and flawless skin base. For the hairstyle I created a sleek half up/half down style with added twists to show off the gorgeous pearl hair pins which finished off the look.”
Justine, owner of Starbox Wedding Accessories, supplied the jewellery and hair accessories for our bride and bridesmaid.
“The brief for this amazing shoot was classic elegance. I decided on silver and pearls as these are perfect for a wedding to provide a classic look. The hair pieces for the bride were crystal hair vine and silver hair pins that look amazing in any hair style along with the gorgeous silver classic bracelet. For the bridesmaid I choose classic pearls both in the hair and earrings.”
In addition, Catherine from Akito Avalanche, sent me some beautiful hangers for our dresses and suits.
I wanted to create a timeless and elegant look for the wedding table. I decided to use a neutral palette mixed with a few earthy tones and a mix of textures to create a stylish look and feel.
Using different shades of one colour creates a cohesive look and adds a feel of luxury to the styling. The styling also complemented the stunning features of the venue – Thicket Priory – but would work well in any setting.
The Embroidered Napkin Company supplied lovely soft linen napkins and a tablecloth which I draped to the floor (always an elegant look with table legs hidden!)
Prezola very kindly supplied me with the tableware and I added my glass charger plates to complete the place settings. Again I chose complementary neutral colours and added some slightly deeper tones with the glassware and copper cutlery. The table was finished with small bud vases, along with my copper candlesticks finished with Ester & Erik tapered candles in Nude.
Sarah from White Orchid Print & Design provided the stationery for the shoot. We had fun getting this delivered though! Sarah posted 2 lots to me at home which both went missing and had to post a 3rd set to the venue which thankfully arrived on the day of the shoot.
I’m so glad it did arrive on time, wedding stationery is so important to complete the look of your wedding. Sarah provided beautiful menus, table number and name cards as well as wedding invites with envelopes in complementary colours.
I invited Liz from the Watering Can to provide the flowers for the shoot. Liz created a beautiful bouquet for our bride, Rebecca and a smaller version for our bridesmaid Abigail. As the quicksand roses we’d planned to included were stranded in Holland! Liz substituted them with peach avalanche roses which were accompanied with the ever soft grey tones of eucalyptus.
Liz also created a unique designer buttonhole using craspedia luecaspernum and eucalyptus as well as the pretty bud vases which finished the table look.
The amazingly talented Gayle from Where the Ribbon Ends, stepped in with very little notice to make the cake for the shoot. I love the ruffles on the bottom tier coupled with marbling and the flowers which brought all the tones of the shoot together beautifully. (Gayle also brought us some cake to eat which, as always, was delicious – one of the best bits of any shoot!!)
Our Thicket Priory wedding supplier list
Photographer – http://www.bohochicweddings.co.uk
Planner & Stylist – https://yourfabulouswedding.co.uk
Venue – https://thicketpriory.co.uk
Dress designer (back detail dress) – https://www.marklesley.com
2nd dress and sleeved veil – Veromia
Bridal boutique – http://thebridalaffair.co.uk
Menswear – https://www.dandythreads.co.uk
Florist – https://www.thewateringcanhd8.co.uk
Stationery – https://www.whiteorchidpd.com
Cake – https://wheretheribbonends.com
Hair & Make Up – https://www.mua-nicky.com
Jewellery – https://starboxjewellery.com
Table Linen – https://theembroiderednapkincompany.co.uk
Chairs – https://www.chairandtablehireyorkshire.co.uk
Dress Hangers – https://www.akitoavalanche.com
Tableware – https://prezola.com
Bride – https://www.instagram.com/msgalaxyeurope/
Bridesmaid – https://www.instagram.com/missaefenn/
Groom – https://www.masterdandy.com
I hope you’ve found some inspiration here for your wedding style. I’d love to help you recreate this type of look so do get in touch if you’d like some help to bring these sort of ideas to life. I’d love to help.