Too Cool for Tulle

Written by Caitlin Hoare
Images by Holly Smith.
When more is more is more!

Pennard House, a hidden gem in the rolling Somerset countryside and a charming neighbour to the iconic Glastonbury Festival, provided the backdrop to today’s super fun styled shoot. This Grade II-listed Georgian manor offers a unique, laid-back setting with quirks and personality in abundance—the perfect backdrop for a dreamy English wedding.

Here, you can expect fun, freedom, flexibility, and frolics! Today, though, we’re supercharging your wedding inspiration by x100 with an editorial that mixes bold styles, bright colours, and luxurious textures, channelling the vibrant festival spirit that defines this enchanting slice of Somerset countryside.

Read on for some serious statement detailing and to find out how the team managed to infuse magic and fun into every little detail.

Notes from the Venue

Hannah Says…

Pennard House is a grade II-listed country house with a relaxed home-from-home vibe, where you’ll find character in every corner. One of our favourite things about Pennard is that it provides the perfect backdrop for couples who love an understated look—a few candles and you’re good to go! We wanted to evoke fun and stir up possibility by throwing styles, colours, patterns, and textures together, proving that an eclectic look can also work well—especially somewhere as unique as Pennard.

The theme was fun and flouncy, bold and blousy – with a beautiful retro edge. Complete with peachy tones throughout, we love how these colours can take you from early spring through late autumn, making them accessible for many couples.

When it comes to wedding dresses, many modern-day brides opt for simple silhouettes and timeless designs… but whatever happened to the princess dress era? We’ve taken this iconic style to another level, with lashings and layers of tulle.

From the ruffles in the dresses to the swirls of the candles and the bubbles in the glassware, you can see how much we have played around with pattern and texture – as well as those bold and beautiful colours, of course! We’ve mixed vintage crockery from Pennard’s kitchen cupboards with the ‘oh-so-retro’ Aperol tower to create an eclectic shoot with a modern retro edge.

Our florist, Jodie from Copper Green, knew that dahlias had to be included. The range of colours available when they are in season is incredible. Ones that are homegrown in the UK are so vibrant but somehow with such a soft pastel tone that it makes your heart sing! They were the main stars and sat alongside roses, butterfly ranunculus and the palest ice-blue muscari. The roses added another more ‘blousy’ dimension that suited all the ruffles of the stunning dresses. The butterfly ranunculus and muscari were a dainty addition to add to more of a textured garden feel to make sure that nothing looked ‘formal’ and to add to the fun!

Just because weddings are a big deal, doesn’t mean they have to have a formal feel to them – your day can be as fun as you like. And when it comes to your dress – more is sometimes more!


Venue Pennard House

Photographer Holly Smith

Hair Isabel While

Makeup Elle Hitchens

Florist Copper Green

Cake Patisserie May

Blue Jacket and Blue Skirt (both worn as a dress) Mishi May

White Dress Millia London

Pink Veil Savchenko Design

Pink Bobble Tumblers The Wedding Shop

Napkins The Lost Girls

Stationery Lucy March Studio

Wide Swirl Candles Pretty Little Party Shop

Narrow Swirl Candles Hay Design

Boots/Shoes ASOS

With Thanks to Model Lola Jones

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