Constructed Nature at Elmore Court

Written by Caitlin Hoare
Modern. Sustainable. Textural. Natural. This editorial is a bit of me.

Tell me you’re inspired by nature and passionate about highlighting sustainable practices in the wedding industry and I’m already there. But when you pick a venue (a super cool, incredibly inspiring, eco-conscious one), and base your whole shoot around their sustainability ethos and rewilding efforts then I’m all ears (and eyes!). But when you then turn that theme into a modern, minimalist, achingly cool editorial combining fine art and documentary photography styles, well, I’m done.

This shoot is everything. What are you waiting for? Get scrolling…and pinning!

Notes from the Planner

Abigail says…

Dating back to the 13th century, Elmore Court is traditionally a family home, built for hosting and entertaining guests. This tradition continues to this day with its focus on exclusive hire for weddings and events. Upholding an environmentally friendly and sustainability ethos, Elmore’s focus on ‘rewilding’ of the estate’s surrounding land, became a natural focus for our ‘Constructed Nature’ wedding editorial.

Inspired by the ‘rewilding’ ethos, this organic theme uses natural materials to play with the idea of manmade beauty vs the natural rhythms and processes of letting nature ‘rewild’ itself.

Focusing on photography that combines fine art and documentary styles, we wanted to capture authentic, tender moments between our couple. Through this editorial we have created a wedding story; from the wedding morning preparations, through to reception celebrations, and romantic post wedding day wild swimming at Elmore’s spring-fed swimming lake.

A warm palette of stone, blush, peach, orange and brown hues has been used. Traditionally chosen for autumnal weddings, these colours were actually inspired by the warm tones of the estate timber and rammed earth wall construction that were used to build the Gillyflower reception room.

Whilst getting ceremony ready, Cecily wears the Arianna Bespoke Emmeline Gown with rose satin camisole and short set, which are specifically designed to easily slip off when changing, as to not disturb your hair and makeup. Designed to be worn beyond just your wedding day, they fit perfectly within our sustainability brief.

Charlotte from Wilden London creates luxurious, handmade, romantic designs. Here Cecily wears the ‘Priscilla’ dress which incorporates two key 2022 bridal trends; bows and large puffed sleeves. Featuring modern elements and a babydoll style shift pattern, the dress itself combines the modern with the traditional (much like Elmore itself).

For accessories, we paired the Priscilla gown with bespoke, cathedral length, veil from Rebecca Anne Designs. Specialising in personalised veil designs, Rebecca embroidered the quote ‘Find someone just as wild to run with‘ within the veil to incorporate our ‘wild’ theme. To complement, K.Fines Jewellery provided statement gold accessories including natural gemstones such as clear crystal quartz and freshwater pearls. Pearls are also found within the beautiful champagne shimmer suede platform heels from Jimmy Choo.

Our groom Joshua wears a made to measure timeless and classic black tux from Suit Yourself tailors.

Juta Zorubiene created a hair design that has a high-end editorial feel, but a style that is very much achievable and easy to wear on your wedding day. Specialising in romantic, modern makeup, Josephine Way Makeup Artist created an understated and fresh look to complement.

Using sustainable floristry methods, large and transferable floor installations of bronze grasses, surround the table design to represent the rewilding of the land. The table itself by contrast, uses varying minimal and structural designs along the centre, with the mechanics of floristry deliberately exposed – recomposing nature’s natural beauty. Neutral linens create a base for the warm colour palette, and handmade, botanically dyed napkins add further textural detail.

We placed earth-coloured, traditionally hand-dipped, taper candles from Smith and the Magpie at either end of the table, help to create a balance to the design. At the top end, raw sienna pigment, is used as a base for the candles to stand on, creating a feeling that they are growing up from the earth itself. Warm orange and pink tones are also found within the physallis fruit, stone coloured marble vessels, Himalayan salt and tall tangerine geums. Large stones are used on the table to add natural textures and tones.

Influenced by the use of natural stone and marble materials used in the table design, Joanna from The Orchid Kitchen, created showpiece cake designs in the shapes of raw stone, that feel like works of abstract art when displayed on the white plinths.

Sticking with the sustainability theme, Helene from Smitten with Ink, used paper that is recycled from paper cups, and foil that is biodegradable for her modern stationery designs. Bold and minimalistic fonts are used, with subtle texture created through blind printing monograms and place settings. A venue illustration is added to the invitation suite, creating a personalised element to the design.

Both myself, (Abigail from AR Weddings) and Rebecca from A Thing Like That always had Pearl from Millefleur in mind when putting together the style and mood board for this editorial. Using sustainable floristry methods, and sourcing most of her florals from her own wild meadows and country garden, Pearl has a passion for using seasonal and British florals, which we knew would mirror Elmore Court’s self-sufficient principles. Her passion for creating hedgerow and meadow inspired seasonal designs fitted in perfectly with the ‘rewilding’ emphasis to the designs. Using meadow boxes of bronze grasses to represent the rewilding of the land, Pearl then created structural arrangements, using Apricot Lisianthus, Cappuccino Roses, delicate Brownie Sweet Peas, Quaking Grass and Black Lace Elder foliage. The addition of tall tangerine Geums, really helped to pull together the hints of orange hues used across the scheme.

The lead up to the day and the days after can be just as important events as the wedding day itself, allowing you to create wonderful, lasting memories with your friends and families. Working with an exclusive hire venue such as Elmore Court, allows you this time and space to truly enjoy the run up to and after the wedding celebrations, so you if you want a pre or post wedding day wild swim, then planners like myself can make this will happen for you!

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Credits

Venue Elmore Court

Planning AR Weddings and A Thing Like That

Concept Design + Styling AR Weddings

Photography A Thing Like That

Second Photographer Robin Quinn Photography

Videographer Olivia Whittaker

Florist Millefleur

Bridalwear Wilden London

Veil Rebecca Anne Designs

Jewellery K.Fines Jewellery

Cake Design The Orchid Kitchen

Stationery + Signage Smitten with Ink

Hair Juta Zorubiene

Makeup Josephine Way Makeup Artist

Nightwear Arianna Bespoke

Candles Smith and the Magpie

Suit Suit Yourself

With thanks to Model Couple Will and Leigh

 

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