August 25, 2013
Earlier this year I teamed up with some fabulous local suppliers to create a shoot with a modern take on the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We wanted to capture the romance and whimsy of the story, but with a contemporary twist.
Our venue was Pennyhill Park, a stunning 5-star hotel & spa in Surrey. Pennyhill has several gorgeous rooms available for weddings including a stunning library suite. With its original fireplaces, classic wood panelling & shelves stacked with books it was the perfect backdrop for a Shakespearian inspired theme! The highlight of Pennyhill Park though has to be its outdoor terrace pavilion which is licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships.
See below for my favourites from the shoot, yes I do have lots of favourites!….
I asked Rachael from Serendipity Weddings to come on board early in the process to help style and coordinate the shoot. Her brief was to incorporate the quirky features of the story in an elegant way so using a romantic colour palette of blush pink, pale green and gold accents, Rachael set about creating some subtle but whimsical ideas to bring the theme to life. Her fabulous styling included a drinks station complete with a ‘love potion’ punch, using sprigs of wild thyme in the place settings, order of services designed to look like Shakespearian scrolls and not forgetting the pair of tiny gold donkeys that we all grew very fond of! Rachael also helped with supplier sourcing and was fantastic at getting us all organised and overseeing the running of the photoshoot on the day.
Lisa Butler from Paperknots designed an entire stationery suite for the photoshoot which featured a stunning design of illustrative wild flowers, berries and leaves set within an enchanted forest. The invitation suite which includes a save the date, RSVP and a beautiful hand drawn map was tied with blush ribbon.
Tarnia Williams of Flowers for Weddings provided the beautiful floral elements for the shoot. On receiving the brief she was instantly drawn to the beautiful David Austin roses. The soft colours of ‘Kiera’ a new variety worked perfectly with the blush palette and oozed romance. Tarnia added other varieties of roses and eustoma in complimentary tones.
Jo from Tea and Doilies provided the gorgeous mismatched vintage crockery for the reception table. She also created a beautiful feature of the pavilion by hanging vintage teacups with ribbon and added some of Tarnia’s roses for a stunning backdrop.
The stunning dresses in the shoot are from Chic by Hollywood Dreams and were kindly provided by Helen Lord, owner of Wokingham bridal boutique Borrowed Blue & Lace. The veils and shoes are by Rainbow Club.
The Sweet Stylist Laura Atkinson put together an elegant display of blush, gold and caramel-toned sweets to echo the colours used throughout the photo-shoot. Laura filled gorgeous Bon Bon jars with classic vanilla fudge and strawberry cheesecakes as well as some charming woodland themed sweets – coconut toadstools and white chocolate mice – to tie in with the theme.
Cake Designer Melissa Woodland put together a pretty, playful and elegant trio of cakes, each incorporating elements of the theme. The main cake was layered tiers of blush, ivory and brushed gold leaf. The other two cakes featured vintage style sugar buttons and fairylike ruffles, all in the blush and gold palette