I still can't believe that our work has been featured on the (online) pages of one of the greatest wedding photography blogs on the planet! When I was planning my own wedding, Style Me Pretty definitely came in as a powerful source of inspiration and this is actually quite a big moment for me as a small business owner. It does feel good for your work to be acknowledged and boy this shoot deserved to be featured.
Of course it is the case of working with a wonderful team. Sometimes you come on a set and you just know that this will be 'okay' - you do your best and when the pictures finally land in your mailbox it is a satisfying feeling. However, there are shoots, where you walk in and you know that this is gonna be a jaw dropper - that's how beautiful every detail is. And when those pictures land in your mailbox, your heart (or mine definitely) fills with excitement and all I can you can do is wonder how you have been a part of this. This was one of these shoots! Starting with impeccably coordinated styling by Kerry to the art of working behind a film camera by Lucy, to stunning flowers by Fiona and the unbelievable venue that Sezincote is - it was simply a show stopper and an absolute pleasure to be a part of.
The shoot was inspired by the British Raj and I believed the venue played a key role in shaping the feel of it. From arched galleries with glass doors and exotic roof shapes to two elephant statues and gold carp swimming in tended ponds - the venue is a grand monument to a powerful era in British history.
When Kerry first contacted me, we were talking about potential ideas and this was around the same time I finally restored the antique church pew set I purchased over a year ago. We agreed to use them in the gallery of the greenhouse before I even got a chance to appreciate the beauty this turned out to be. The mahogany table was decidedly covered up with gorgeous silver linen to complement the look.
I brought along a selection of gold, brass and glass candlesticks, which we then used on the tablescape. with beautifully assembled arrangements and gold cutlery the muted soft tones stood out in a really special way. Trailing flowers added ambiance and the flower decorated lampshade was a cherry on top!
The Nursing Chair was a find on the flee market. With unusual silver detail it struck me as oddly out of tune with it's own vintage background (I have no idea if it is original) but I believe the pastel pink colour of it was what Kerry liked, when she first emailed me.
There were two options for cakes - a green marble coffee table and a gold drinks cart. I brought both with me to Sezincote and I believe the green marble bears the loveliest hint towards the jades of the British Raj so popular then.
Just writing this post and selecting images made me fall in love with this all over again! If you are like me make sure to see the whole set of images on Style Me Pretty by clicking here because there also were lace dungarees for the bride and crazy delicious meringues as well as tons of other goodness.
Photography: Lucy Davenport | Floral Design: Fiona Perry | Wedding Dress: Sophia Kokosalaki | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Harward | Cake: Princess Patisserie | Stationery : Oh Wonder Calligraphy | Shoes: Emmy London | Hair + Makeup: Louise Seymour | Bridal Boutique: Suzanne Harward from LA Bespoke | Crockery & Glassware : Summerill & Bishop | Cutlery : Amara | Event Planning, Coordination & Styling : Kerry Poulter Weddings & Events | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Floral Lace Dungarees & Heritage Jersey Top : Needle & Thread | Furniture: Wedhead | Jewellery: Sarie Joynes | Location: Sezincote House | Meringues : The Meringue Girls | Model: Kirsty-Anne Tritton | Silk Ribbon & Runner : Kate Cullen | Sneakers: Florence | Sparkling de Léoube: Daylesford | Table Linen : Table To Dine For