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Images by Theresa Furey Photography.

Lauradana, curator of prettiness at Wedding Creations UK, had me at the mention of foliage and calligraphy. But when I saw the dreamy images by Theresa Furey Photography and the stunning details from all involved in this Rustic Elegance inspired shoot I just knew I had to share it with you folks.

First off, we’re all about the venues and this is the perfect way to show Rustic Brides-to-be how to dress your barn venue, serve your cake and sweets and inspire your guests through delicious details.

So enjoy and start flexing that pinning finger…

Notes from Wedding Creations

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Images by Theresa Furey Photography.

Lauradana: The emphasis for our Elegant Rustic styled shoot was placed on simple sophistication with a colour palette of soft greens, white, nude and subtle hints of gold. By keeping the palette simple the finer details shine through, such as the individual calligraphic place names by Calligraphy for Weddings.

The tablescape was awash with linen in shades of grey by Table to Dine For and in the Hessian Table Runner by Wedding Creations UK. The main feature being the foliage garland which ran down the centre of the table which was highlighted by the use of gold candelabras.

The dessert table was a key component of this shoot and it was influenced by not only the theme but also by the seasonal changes in November. Italian treats such as; Panettone and Biscotti featured alongside the modern take on the ‘Naked’ Cake. This was complemented with tree slices and wooden cake stands and framed with a subtle gold frame from The Vintage Hire Company.

This look can be re-created on any budget and can be adapted to suit most venues. Using warm tones such as the gold hints and candles can also take the look through to evening celebrations.

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Images by Theresa Furey Photography.

Those wanting to channel a sophisticated Italian look can add soft yellow tones with lemon place names and Limoncello Favours. On the contrary those wanting a winter wedding look can add further brown and gold tones by using pine cones and dipping the ends into gold glitter- these can then be used to hold place names.

Claire Spiller from Garden and Wild has written some lovely notes all about her foliage and floral choices for the shoot… 

Claire: Our shoot took place on a chilly early November morning when the burgeoning floral abundance of summer was just a memory and had been replaced with the tangle of bare branches, evergreens and seed heads so often sprinkled with natural silvery glitter by the morning frosts. In November we enjoy a gentler pace in nature and a much more subtle colour palette. My work is very much inspired by the countryside around me, being a grower as well as a floral designer it is important to me that my designs truly reflect the beauty and colours of the seasons.

To reflect this and in keeping with the look that Lauradana wanted to create I used a simple monochromatic scheme in colours that are restful to the eye and that allow the beauty of the setting to shine through. When working with stunning venues, understated florals with emphasis on foliage, natural movement and texture works wonderfully, the room feels dressed and enhanced yet is not disguised. The gorgeous Cotswold stonework of the barn has subtle warmth gently enhanced with natural elements and styling that feel as though they belong and sit comfortably with the vernacular of the building.

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Images by Theresa Furey Photography.

I used a selection of different foliages and flowers chosen for their seasonality or interesting forms. When using a simple colour scheme I particularly like to include lots of textural interest and to stimulate all the senses, I believe doing so is important as it brings a simple colour scheme to life. Graceful white Veronica flowers add highlights, movement, and lead the eye. Delicate star shaped white narcissi were added for a wonderful scent. Subtle green hellebore flowers studded throughout the designs add visual interest and an extra layer of texture and colour and finally the beautiful soft silvery kochia just invites you to touch it and to me mimics the look of frost laden evergreen foliages in winter.

Although our shoot took place in November a similar look could be created in the warmer months too. To achieve this British grown cottage garden or wild flowers would work wonderfully, looking as though they had been freshly gathered from the stunning garden or fields surrounding the venue. Flowers such as wild carrot, white cosmos, white sweet peas, feverfew, oxeye daisies, ammi, delicate ephemeral grasses and lush new foliage buds or blossoms could all be used to create this gorgeous look but in keeping with nature and the seasons. It would be well worth seeking out your local British flower growers or florists who source locally grown flowers for unusual, delicate and unique flowers if you are a couple seeking to create a similar look for a spring or summer wedding.

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Credits

Photography Theresa Furey Photography | Styling & Decor Lauradana Day by Wedding Creations UK | Assistant Stylist Yolanda Day | Candelabras & Glassware The Vintage Hire Company | Linen Table to Dine For | Florist Garden and Wild| Cake The Vanilla Pod Bakery Cheltenham| Stationery Calligraphy for Weddings

Beautiful yes…?

Just so many gorgeous details and ideas for your own rustic W-day.

Thank you to all involved and to Lauradana {Wedding Creations UK} and Theresa Furey Photography for sharing this epic venue inspiration.

Lots of love…

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