An intimate wedding is the next big thing, with limits in place and lots of couples still wanting to tie the knot sooner rather than later, why shouldn’t they be? This rustic intimate wedding at Findon Manor shows you don’t have to compromise on style. Intimate creates more romance and the day truly is about the two of you. This post lockdown shoot was created by Giulia O’Lorey of Cakes in Bloom who, with her trusty team was desperate to get out creating inspiration for all you lovely couples.
“It was lovely, after months of lockdown, to work on a creative project with a selection of local suppliers. Findon Manor had several changes to their decor, and it was the perfect setting for a socially distanced intimate wedding shoot. We really wanted to convey the idea that a more intimate celebration can still be luxurious and bespoke, with a really romantic and dramatic atmosphere.”
“We really wanted to convey the idea that a more intimate wedding celebration can still be luxurious and bespoke, with a really romantic and dramatic atmosphere. It was important to all the suppliers to showcase their unique style, and there was a lot of cooperation between them to create this burgundy and peach setting. The dress and jewellery had to coordinate not just with each other but with the model and make up artist, the florist had to work with the venue stylist as well as the photographer. It was such a collaborative and curated effort, that came together for a really luxurious look.”
“The aspects of Eco-consciousness that we wanted to highlight were: the support for small businesses; the search for unique yet versatile items; and the misconception that eco means brown. We chose to integrate several keepsake items, like the jewellery set. Handmade by a small local business, the gold choker has a back pendant which can be reversed and worn as a necklace, and all the pieces can be worn independently as well as together. Similarly, suit hire provides the option to have something unique without committing to an item that will not be worn again. Conversely, a couture gown can be a fantastic option when looking for something ethically handmade that is truly unique. We opted for recycled paper and recycled cotton for the stationery suite, which is hand-written using plant-based ink, and an up-cycled moon gate made show-stopping with seasonal florals and pampas grass.”
“The florals are all seasonal roses and dahlias, placed strategically to avoid using foam for structure. They are complemented by lanterns and candelabra, which provided structure as well as the metallic aesthetic while the wild foliage remained very on-trend and on-theme for a country wedding. We loved that we were able to shoot outside too: the lighting was so dramatic and gave such depth that we couldn’t miss it. Although you often see bright spring weddings showcased, we thought it was important to show how a moodier atmosphere could still make an off-peak wedding truly breathtaking.”
Styling – Hire Your Day
“When we were shown the moodboard for this shoot we fell in love with the rich and sumptuous colour palette. We couldn’t wait to get going with the pampas grass! It’s so on trend right now, and a very versatile accessory that can be styled in many ways. We chatted with Wild Botanicals about designing the moon arch for the ceremony, and adding some candles as background accents. For the tables we opted for greenery and candlelight, set off with our copper lanterns. This worked so well to highlight the place settings. At Hire Your Day we love using props in many different ways to provide interest and cohesive design from a ceremony through to a reception. Although this design is perfect for the contemporary bride looking for understated elegance, it’s easy to customise the props for a more boho or romantic feel.”
Photography – Andrea Verenini Photography
“At Andrea Verenini photography I aim for an organic, natural look to tell every unique story. My inspiration for this shoot was, as always, the search for games of light and shadows on sight, and how these can help set the right mood for a fine art romantic look with a twist of fashion and a whole lot of soul. In this shoot, the choice of floral decor, the colour palette of deep reds, pinks, and gold, the intimate setting of Findon Manor, and a loved up couple dressed in an effortlessly elegant style, really helped to bring out the romantic flair and editorial twist which I really enjoyed creating.”
Bridal – Delphine Couture
“The perk of being a bespoke wedding dress designer is that I get to design every dress to fit every individual bride and meet her requirements. It was great to feature this dress on this styled shoot as it fitted perfectly with the overall brief. The dress is thought for a young bride, yet it’s quite traditional, so we designed this floaty look, a timeless classy silhouette that is a bit sexy and shows off her gorgeous back, but demure enough for church. On the day a veil in soft tulle could be added, framed by the delicate scallop edging to complement her dress.”
Flowers – Wild Botanicals Floral Design
“The inspiration for Wild Botanicals was to use autumnal, warm colours and garden roses for a wild garden-inspired style with a bohemian touch. We used seasonal flowers and a mixture of foliage. However, we mixed fresh and dried in all designs, so they can also be kept as a keepsake after. All arrangements are eco friendly and I was very conscious of that, by using mechanics such as moss and water tubes that can be reused. The designs are also versatile and can be moved to other areas of venue, or for example can be moved from an intimate wedding ceremony room to table centrepieces for the reception.”
Cake – Cakes in Bloom
“At Cakes in Bloom, we focus primarily on modern design with realistic sugar flowers. I was keen to showcase these, as they can make a beautiful keepsake if stored correctly after a wedding. We liaised with the florist to make sure we were using similar tones and flowers, and created a dramatic but simple arrangement to complement the decor. Over the past few years there has been a growing request for vegan wedding cakes, and we now have a permanent vegan flavour list, which includes vegan macarons. It was important to us to show how cake can be both delicious and ethical, and how it can be integrated into several aspects of a wedding, from a dessert table to monogrammed cookies.”
Stationery – Wedding Calligraphy By Rachel
“The inspiration at Wedding Calligraphy by Rachel was, as always, to be as eco conscious as possible with the things that I create. For this shoot I was able to use recycled card, vegan ink, rag paper and repurposed glass. To achieve this look we used maroon recycled card and plant-based white ink with dip-pen calligraphy. I feel that it is important when dealing with such a large volume of card that it is as eco conscious as possible, given the potential large volume involved with all aspects of a wedding. It is not always possible with certain colours, but for this shoot the colours that Giulia wanted to capture were within easy reach. For a cohesive but not matchy-matchy stationery suite we used gold accents throughout, with different variations in size and textures for the cards.”
Hair and Make Up – Nadia Wyatt
“At Nadia Wyatt HMUA, my style is to create a flawless natural make-up look, so I take a lot of inspiration from skincare gurus. The first step and secret to flawless looking makeup is to have flawless skin in the first place, so I always emphasise the importance of a good skincare routine before the wedding because this will completely affect what type of products you can use and how they wear on the skin. It’s becoming more and more important to me that going forward my kit is cruelty free, vegan, and eco friendly. I have been taking steps towards this, so all the products in this kit are cruelty free and sustainable, including brands like Stila, RCMA, and Charlotte Tilbury.”
Jewellery – Bish Bosh Becca
“At Bish Bosh Becca, I was extremely excited when I saw the moodboard for the shoot and details of the dress. I jumped at the chance to offer one of my newly created designs. We chose gold and pearls to go with the overall mood and complement the skin tone of the model. The necklace had two strands so it could be worn down the front or the longer tassel flipped over and worn down the back. A matching bracelet and dramatic earrings completed the look. All the pieces can be worn individually or together, in many combinations, for a jewellery set to last a lifetime.”
The Team – Rustic Intimate Wedding With Romantic Vibes at Findon Manor
Photographer – Andrea Verenini Photography @andreavereniniphotography
Florist – Wild Botanicals Floral Design @ wildbotanicalsfloraldesign / Venue Decor – Hire your Day @hireyourday / Venue – Findon Manor @findon_manor / Event Planner – Wendy Lewis@ thewendyplanner / Stationer – Wedding Calligraphy by Rachel @wedding.calligraphy by.rachel / Bridal Gown – Delphine Couture @delphine_couture_ / Hair and Make-Up – Nadia Wyatt HMUA @nadia_wyatt_hmua / Menswear – Greys Suit Hire @greyssuithire / Cake – Cakes in Bloom @Cakesinbloom_uk / Celebrant – Erika Celebrant / Jewellery Bish Bosh Becca @bishboshbecca / Table Settings – Place Settings @placesettings_ / Hair Piece – Charlotte Farr Bridal @Charlottefarrbridalaccessories
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