Styled Shoot

Bohemian bride. A styled shoot for all seasons at Stanton Gardens, Northumberland

22nd November 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Boho brides – look right this way, as we have a special treat lined up for you. In today’s stunning bridal shoot, we’re showcasing one of Northumberland’s finest venues – Morpeth-based Stanton Hall, which provides an ever so pretty backdrop with its light, bright and airy setting.

Led by Jessica from wedding florist and event styling company Sprig and Thistle, she teamed up with a cohort of wedding suppliers for this boho styled shoot; one so versatile that it’s intended to inspire brides whatever season they say “I do”.

The styling has a distinct DIY feel to it; showcasing what’s possible if you let your creative flair run wild. As for the colour palette – this is an understated one, but a rich burgundy tone adds a contemporary twist, offset by softer blush and cream hues. From the textural foliage and whimsical flower crown to the hand-dipped candles and some rather wonderful food styling featuring brie, figs and honeycomb – every detail within this shoot is simply exquisite. Pinterest boards at the ready, ladies!

With images by Cristina Ilao Photography.

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Jessica says: We wanted to create a versatile look with a colour palette that could be used any time of the year – spring, summer autumn or winter. We did this by using light subtle blushes and textural foliage but accompanying them with one stand out colour – burgundy.

Creating a ceremonial set up and a more relaxed outdoor reception style backdrop at our venue, Stanton Hall, meant there was a lot of versatility throughout the day, but ultimately it was all focused around our vision for a light, airy shoot.

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Understanding our surroundings is a key part of what we do at Sprig and Thistle, especially when it comes to popular venues and working with our surroundings to complement and excite. Ultimately, we wanted to find a DIY venue that would offer our suppliers scope to work with the space creatively, allowing their unique work to really stand out.

The team at Graze & Gorge loved making the most of the uncharacteristically warm September day, choosing the outdoor stone table as their grazing table canvas. They chose fresh, autumnal flavours, pairing local brie with figs and Northumberland honeycomb, and showcasing their popular smoky beetroot hummus topped with toasted sesame seeds.

Sprig and Thistle provided all of the floristry, styling and decor for the shoot, inspired by wanting to encourage brides to explore the possibility of colour in their bouquet. We chose burgundy as a key focus within the colour palette for the shoot to create something a little more daring, stylish and unique whilst also bonding the popular colour scheme of blush tones, creams and foliage.

Using two looks throughout the day, we could explore two areas in more detail. The flower circlet for model Ruby’s hair gave the finished look to the first bohemian style. Keeping all of the styling on trend, we featured brass and gold tones, with long Broste hand-dipped candles and relaxed foliage runners and archways. We also added in subtle hints of weathered and antique hired items to accompany the styling, alongside foliage chair backs on cross-back chairs, provided by Crosby Hire. Making sure we used a range of textures throughout the day, this beautifully complemented Cristina’s light and airy photography.

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The wedding cake was designed by Sadie May Cakes with a rustic romantic theme and soft colour palette to work with the floristry and beautiful gardens at Stanton Hall. This was soft and whimsical with an elegant theme. Hand-painted touches gave the cake a personal artistic touch for the modern bride whilst being subtle too. The cake was designed to complement our Kate Fearnley dresses and the overall styling of the shoot and the photography. Matching hand-painted macaron and white gem chocolates perfectly finished off this romantic look. We also had gorgeous wedding stationery supplied by Ruby Shoes Wedding.

During the day we had two gowns, the first was the Bella dress by Kate Fearnley, a structured silhouette softened with illusion lace and 3D floral detailing, combining the soft blush shades and dark statement florals by Sprig and Thistle. This consisted of a combination of bold and romantic standout tones from the bouquet and a hair circlet. Tina Elliott styled the hair with a whimsical curl throughout, which looked stunning paired with makeup artist Urzsula’s striking berry lip.

The second look was more a woodland wonderland style. Tina created the perfect side plait with blousy roses and woodland foliage which was styled with Kate Fearnley’s second dress of the day – Flora – part of the wonderland collection. The more outlandish, dreamy and romantic white embroidered dress with pops of colour gave a much bolder statement with lots of embellishment and embroidery. Urzsula’s makeup was of a subtler tone this time, featuring a pink blush lip and a blushed cheek.

Working with such a creative team, it was great to see everybody’s creative flairs and how well we all worked together. Sometimes on shoots you can find one person takes the lead or can overpower the group – this was much more of a team effort though, which helped the day to flow and ensure everyone was happy with the finished product. When you enjoy your work, I find the finished product is so much more complete and holds its original style.

When suppliers come together with a similar vision, the result can be breathtakingly beautiful, as we showcased with this shoot. This team were a dream to work with and the styles complemented each other perfectly.

In the future, I’d like to work with the same team but with different goals in mind to see what other outcomes we can achieve. Inspiring couples to think beyond the norm is always the best outcome we can achieve from shoots like this!

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