Images by Sophie Carefull Photography.
Arnos Vale is a Victorian Garden Cemetery; a unique, leafy and tranquil setting full of heritage and wonder, hidden in the heart of Bristol. It’s a secret world with 45 acres of discovery.
Perhaps not the obvious choice for a wedding venue, but wait until you discover the magical woodland Underwood Centre and the site’s two architectural delights – the Anglican Chapel and the Spielman Centre. This alternative wedding venue is perfectly suited amongst newly-engaged couples looking for a unique, relaxed venue, full of natural beauty, and boundless options to create a wedding day to remember.
A rather creative team have got together to produce this Beauty & The Beast inspired shoot and it’s all pretty gorgeous. Not one for ‘themes’ myself, I do have a soft spot for a bit of Disney. But following in Emma Watson’s recent footsteps, the Belle in today’s feature isn’t your average Princess…
Notes from Arnos Vale
Arnos Vale was a clear choice for a Beauty and the Beast inspired photo shoot on a frosty morning back in January. This indulgent shoot utilised the grandeur and elegance of the Anglican Chapel and the stunning but simplistic backdrop of the Chapel’s curved apse for Belle to lounge in pure opulence.
Belle then meandered through the woods to the rustic Underwood Centre, for an open-air banquet surrounded by beautiful bird song and rustling branches. As a location often used for wedding ceremonies, it was a fabulous alternative to use the space for a dining experience as the sun set and the fire crackled away into the evening.
This shoot was inspired by the new Beauty and the Beast film, but there wasn’t a yellow dress in sight! We wanted to create something really opulent and full of jewel colours, so we teamed vintage crockery with contemporary florals and super chic bridal-wear.
Image by Kate Nielen Photography.
Join this stunning London venue at their very first Wedding Showcase dedicated to inspiring you to create the wedding of your dreams, whether at this beautiful location, within London or further afield.
The team are thrilled to be opening the doors to their West-London gem with an interactive and exciting event dedicated to helping you design your wedding day. With the help of award-winning wedding planner, The Bespoke Wedding Company, they’re creating anything but your regular wedding event.
Teamed with their hand-picked wedding professional partners, come and see your unique wedding day brought to life. Visit their bridal fashion boutique, sample mouth-watering wedding catering and decadent wedding cakes, meet floral designers, paper goods gurus, photographers, stylists and many more.
Their partners include some of our faves; Kate Nielen Photography, All for Love London (both featured in this shoot!), Harriet Wilde and Ellie Sanderson Bridal. You can view the full list of suppliers here.
Experience Chiswick House as you’ve never seen it before set for your wedding ceremony and the Burlington Pavilion dressed and sparkling in 2017’s key wedding trends and designs.
This is a feast for the senses with live talks and demonstrations taking place throughout the day featuring hair and make-up presentations and professional advice on planning your perfect day.
Entry to the show is free. All guests who pre-register for the wedding showcase qualify for a gorgeous goody bag of treats and entry into a prize draw to win four tickets to the Chiswick House & Gardens open air cinema this summer.
This is a must-have wedding planning experience for you and your bridal parties.
Images by Humpston & Bull.
The Riding School at Calke Abbey is the most amazing ‘blank canvas’ and is described as the National Trusts’ ‘unstately’ estate.
It is surrounded by 600 acres of lush parkland, ancient woodlands and ponds filled with deer, long horn cattle and rare bread sheep. Frozen in time, Calke Abbey and it’s Riding school genuinely is one of the most charming and beautiful wedding venues in the British isles!
Its location, size, shape and furnishings perfectly allow every couple to add their own style and personality. This venue has some rather lovely custodians in the form of wedding planners Honeysuckle & Castle and because this venue offers so much decorative freedom, they are regularly asked by their couples “How would you style and decorate the venue..?”
So, staying true to the ethos of Calke Abbey and all that they hold dear, they have ‘restyled’ the Riding School in a way that would both inspire their clients and demonstrate its dynamic versatility.
Notes from Honeysuckle & Castle
The old Riding School is full of charm, character and quirky features allowing couples to add their own style and personality.
We at Honeysuckle & Castle, the proud exclusive wedding coordinators for this National Trust property, are thrilled to be surrounded by the most marvellous team of wedding companies from across the East Midlands who worked with us to transform this prestigious, exposed brick, white washed walled, rustic barn.
In order to enhance its rustic charm we used luxurious metallic gold and midnight blue touches throughout and working with the amazing Wild Thyme we brought the outdoors in.
The fabulous Fabric Theatre draped our amazing venue and along with the most perfect script which was elegantly set from the high Georgian windows thanks to the very talented Polly & Me, created the perfect backdrop for this stunning shoot and for any wedding.
Images by Lydia Stamps Photography.
Award winning accessories designer Victoria Fergusson has launched the much anticipated new Botánica Collection for 2017. This exquisite collection comprises the most beautiful selection of hand crafted accessories, including hair adornments, jewellery and exclusive dress appliqué embellishments with two talented dress designers; Tara Bradley-Birt and Ailsa Munro.
We of course said yes to sharing this new collection because a) it’s super gorgeous and b) it was shot on location at one of our very beautiful venues – Hatch House in Wiltshire.
It’s always a pleasure writing about Victoria and her treasures so if you want to learn a little more about the lady behind this accessories brand then take a peek here. Otherwise jump straight in my friends and start that bridal wish list! I feel like I need the Seeds of Love Headdress to complete my life.
Oh and if you do fall in love with this collection then Victoria is offering a special 15% discount on any orders placed before the end of the month – simply use code COCO15 valid until midnight Friday 31st March.
Notes from Victoria Fergusson
The Botánica Collection is inspired by lush and exotic botanicals such as ferns, palms and giant water lily. Think Kew Gardens, think Victorian Hot Houses, the architecture as well as the plants themselves have influenced the designs. Brides can choose from delicate hairpin sets, petite combs and unique headdresses, available in gold, rose-gold and silver colour ways with accents of silver shade and white opal crystals.
Images by Frances Carlisle Photography.
Hillersdon House is a truly stunning venue, overlooking rolling hills, woodland and has its own chapel by the lake. Having just opened its doors to wedding bookings, the truly talented Devon based wedding planners Blue Fizz Events put together an amazing wedding inspiration shoot that celebrates all the contemporary romance and elegance this home has to offer.
“The elegance and attention to detail are evident in every aspect of this beautiful venue…” comment Tracy and Bridget, the geniuses at Blue Fizz, “…and we wanted to reflect that alongside stunning suppliers to narrate a current trend that is an eternal favourite with many couples. It’s where you will feel at home for your special occasion.”
The lady behind the lens is the ever wonderful Frances Carlisle who has used the natural light to capture the feel of this venue inside and out bringing it all to life with her expert eye.
Over to Frances for the delicious details…
Notes from the Photographer
This shoot was a true romance set in the inspiring and unique house and grounds of Hillersdon House. As a lived-in country house, we wanted to show that this is a beautiful, contemporary and well-cared for home – a far cry from a venue set up for en-masse wedding hire.
Delicate shades of soft pinks and ivory embellished with glimmers of gold steal the show but we also wanted natural wood to make an appearance to reflect the acres of woodland surrounding Hillersdon.