The spectacle of summer blooms is always appreciated. Last year we had the great pleasure of designing and coordinating an inspirational shoot at the stunning Dorfold Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire. We are pleased to announce that the shoot was recently featured on the BLoved Wedding Blog.
Dorfold Hall is steeped in history and boasts stunning architecture and an expansive estate. Dorfold’s extensive gardens are elegant and romantic – the perfect place to host different aspects of your wedding celebrations. The styled wedding shoot which took place in August last year, gave photographer Heledd Roberts the opportunity to capture the venue in full bloom.
Brimming with elegance, the shoot was inspired by the beautiful gardens surrounding Dorfold Hall, a 400-year-old Jacobean mansion. The shoot was designed to showcase the beautiful exterior of Dorfold Hall – as well as capturing the spirit of all that it has to offer as a truly bespoke wedding venue.
Dorfold Hall’s owners aim to deliver an unforgettable tailor-made experience; every wedding is individually designed according to each couple’s style and taste. The stately home is offered for pre and post-wedding dining so that celebrations can be extended and enjoyed at leisure, over a number of days. It was that personal and intimate style which the shoot aimed to capture, hence the small wedding breakfast set up in Dorfold’s dining room – followed by a dessert station in the garden, set against a backdrop of flowers.
The colour palette and florals
To reflect the colours found in the garden, a vibrant palette of purples, deep pinks, lilacs, deep blues and greenery dominated the design of the blooms.
Florists Frog Flowers achieved a colour popping ‘just picked’ English country garden look, effortlessly flowing and romantic in appearance. The bridal bouquet featured hydrangeas and delphiniums, hand tied with loose soft blue silk ribbons from Lancaster and Cornish.
The cake and sweet treats
Dorfold Hall’s rose garden inspired the five-tiered cake covered in beautiful sugar imitations of the flower, whilst sweet treats such as cupcakes and macaroons also incorporated floral elements – even the lollipops featured edible blooms!
The Tablescape and stationery
The shoot featured Duchess and Butler tableware, with place settings, charger plates, cutlery, the gold leaf in the rose champagne and stationery all matching Dorfold Hall’s gold interior design features.
Hand drawn calligraphy on the stationery also incorporated floral illustrations, ensuring that the theme extended to the smallest elements of the shoot’s design.
Stately home elegance was conveyed by the groom’s formal black tie attire in combination with soft, floaty and romantic bridalwear. A selection of styles from Martina Liana featured a number of separates that are incredibly versatile and make it easy to create your own timeless bridal look.
The accessories and shoes
Footwear was supplied by Harriet Wilde and incorporated intricate floral detailing on the heel of each shoe.
A very pale lilac was chosen for the bridesmaid’s dress; it too featured floral embroidery on the bodice.
With floral inspired headdresses, tresses were kept loose and free to capture the romantic feel of the shoot. Make up was also kept very light to create a fresh, natural look in keeping with the design.
Of course all of the above would clearly not have been possible without a fabulous team behind us. We were so lucky to be able work with such talented, passionate and creative suppliers who helped bring the Blooming Elegance shoot to life. With huge thanks to our wonderful team.