Styled Shoot

Welcome To Wonderland. A whimsical styled shoot at Crook Hall

19th March 2019 | Rachel Hirst

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We never tire of an Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot or real wedding as creatives and brides take the favourite childhood fairy tale and put their own unique spin on it – proving that there is more than just one way to go through the looking glass.

And we totally adore the incredibly pretty interpretation that today’s featured group of suppliers played out in this wonderfully inspiring styled shoot. Led by stationer and stylist, Katie of Katie Sue Design Co, these images showcase how a modern twist can be put on the classic tale, retaining its fanciful charm, but bringing the look bang up to date with a soft pastel colour palette and acrylic etched signage.

The result is beautifully styled without being too busy on the décor and using tones that complement rather than contrast. All the elements are captivatingly feminine and romantic, but the one that we find ourselves crushing on the most has to be that bouquet! Surprisingly made up of a selection of sweet hued faux flowers and an abundance of fine foliage (anybody else ob-sessed with eucalyptus?) we are 100 per cent in love!

But enough from us, let’s escape to the secret garden with Katie so she can share all the dreamy details.

With images by Hannah Joy Photography.

Katie says: I first started creating wedding stationery ten years ago. The first invitation I designed was a traditional Alice in Wonderland theme. Over the years it has remained a popular invitation. My design style has changed over time though and so I wanted to revisit this design with an artisan twist.

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Creating an Alice in Wonderland styled shoot was the perfect way to bring it to life. I didn’t want it to be the typical red hearts and big white rabbits, like the first design I created all those years ago. But rather a graceful nod to the popular fairy tale, featuring modern elements like the acrylic etched sign and vellum order of service, tags and invitations.

I felt Hannah’s photography style would suit the whimsical feel perfectly – and indeed it did! She gives so much depth to colour and has a beautiful eye for detail.

Crook Hall & Gardens located in Durham, was the dream venue for the shoot, with its beautiful whimsical grounds and adorable little hidden corners.

We kept the colour scheme very natural with pops of pretty pastel colours. This fanciful theme was carried through from the flowers and cake to the stationery and makeup.

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I created the stationery with vellum and silk ribbon. The vellum gives such a beautiful ethereal quality to an invitation. Pretty much every suite I create at the moment includes vellum and silk. I added a very subtle white rabbit entwined with an ornate ‘R’. The letter symbolises the couple’s new surname.

The silk ribbons and runner used within the styling were from Cfleursdesign while the cups and plates were from Anthropologie.

I chose a combination of real foliage from The Green Florist and faux flowers Ruby Reay Interiors to create the perfect boutique. I couldn’t resist the sweet pastel colours of the faux flowers and the lady behind Ruby Reay Interiors was so lovely to collaborate with.

The cake was a beautiful hand-painted creation by the wonderful Sadie May Cakes and included a tiny handmade key hidden in the fondant (can you spot it?). The cute meringues were provided by Sadie May too.

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Our model and makeup artist Sarah, of Flawless Makeup by Sarah, made the most beautiful bride. She was the perfect English Alice exploring the gardens.

When it came to styling Sarah, we went for a very feminine Lipsy dress from Next with a small train – ideal for wondering the grounds in.

Makeup-wise we went for an English rose, super pretty look. Sarah did such an incredible job to bring this look to life. It would suit pretty much any skin tone and is really flattering. We kept the hair natural with real flowers from The Green Florist. Emily from Attwood Grey styled the hair to perfection.

We were fortunate that the shoot took place on the most perfectly lit afternoon. We all fell in love with the gardens, and Hannah, Sarah and I had such a fun afternoon together creating this inspiring set of images.

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