A Country Wedding – Inspiration From A Country Diary

My idea for this country wedding styled shoot was to create a very natural, romantic shoot that was centred around nature and the countryside. I grew up in the countryside, it’s my happy place.

My starting point was a book that sat on my mother’s bookshelf as a child. And I was allowed to look at if I was very careful (and had clean hands). Edith Holden’s ‘The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’. Edith Holden was a British artist and part-time art teacher, she specialised in painting animals and plants. Edith Holden was made famous by the posthumous publication, ‘The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’. A collection of seasonal observations, poetry, and pictures of birds, plants, and insects.

And perhaps as a child looking through it’s pages this is where it’s charm lay and why it has captivated me for so many years. Every page has the most beautiful, delicate hand drawn paintings that were simply breath taking and awe inspiring. And I would literally consume the pages of its drawings from cover to cover, devouring the words written in their beautiful calligraphic hand writing, as it detailed what the artist had drawn, when she had drawn them and where.

Edith would go out each morning and document what she saw around her; in the fields, hedgerows, trees. What was in nature locally as the seasons changed. I wanted to do the same for this shoot. I wanted to use very soft, natural, flowers that you would find locally growing around. To keep the shoot as natural, soft and romantic as possible, but with a modern edge.

The Groom I kept modern and laid back with jeans, white shirt, waistcoat, bow tie and braces, whilst the bride I kept more traditional, with the soft lace reminiscent of the Edwardian era but brought up to date with a modern two piece from Lovely Bridal in Honiton. Hair and Make-up were created by Laura Avery who kept the make up simple and natural but quite dewy and bright and the Updo Girl, who swept the Brides hair up into a jazzy updo and then used a specially designed hair piece for the shoot by the The Lucky Sixpence which included green leaves and small white flowers. The Flowers were created by Ellie at Darling Buds who did an amazing job sourcing the flowers to producing the stunning bouquet, table centrepieces and buttonhole. The cake was a simple white cake with green marbling from Mandy’s Classic Cakes that had an amazing dried flower decoration made for it by Rosehip and Wren to give it that beautiful natural look as if the garden had come to life on the cake. The stationery was designed by Watercolour Woodshed, who did a terrific job of interpreting the diaries. The table accessories, plates, chargers, cutlery and glasses to create the luxurious feel of the shoot were from Keeping it Vintage with bespoke white napkins, edged in white lace from Lighthouse Interiors. The incredible venue was Hillersdon House, which was the perfect place, with it’s abundance of beautiful grounds, fields, kitchen gardens, lakes and flower beds as well as geese and swans and deer on cue ready to say hello. It had everything one could want for a wedding shoot with nature at the heart of its theme.

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