I’m super excited to share these pictures from a dreamy winter styling job I did last year. I didn’t get round to posting it in my end of pregnancy/ new born baby daze, and then I thought i’d wait until winter to show it off. I worked with a big team of people to bring together a styled shoot at Elmley Nature Reserve. A "styled shoot” involves all suppliers setting up for free in order to get photos for their portfolio’s and websites, and means everyone brings their A-Game and aims for perfection. We, in effect, set up a mini fake wedding, complete with models. I had actually not been in charge of such a big team before, but I am totally thrilled with the look and wanted to show you some of my favourite shots.
I set the theme and then worked with Georgina at Elmley who made sure it all flowed logistically, and found lots of the local suppliers. I then worked directly with the props hire company, illustrator, cake designer, florist, bridal company, and photographer to get the look I had dreamed up.
The shoot has been featured already on a few big wedding blogs and is in this months You and Your Wedding magazine! Go team!
Despite this having a bridal focus, there is lots of inspiration here for a winter feast, and with the Winter Solstice fast approaching (Thursday) and Christmas Day nipping at it’s heals, I wanted to point out some of the elements that you could re-create in your homes this festive season.
Ideas to steal for entertaining at home:
Here are some ideas from the shoot that you could steal to create something Next Level at home this season.
- The simple white and green colour scheme- it is just timeless. You could forage for the greenery for free, or order from your local florist.
- The fairy lights and big floral hoops hanging above the table, executed to perfection by BlueBelle Creative. Anything hanging down above a table creates drama and magical ambience.
- The small glass bottles with any candles in- from We Hire Love. so simple yet effective.
- The gorgeous French trestle table and peacock chair also from We Hire Love (choosing props from their website was a JOY) Ok- harder to create at home- but, don’t be afraid to hire in props for a special event or party.
- Emilie’s illustrations for the place names. Adding illustrated place names really ups the elegance, in my opinion. Either pen your own (time for that brush lettering or calligraphy course perhaps?) or hire an illustrator.
- The LinenMe towels on the back of the chairs.
- You know I love a wreath, for any occasion for time of year, right? But how about a cake wreath?! dreamy eh? I want to create one for our Christmas cake this year.
- The big jars with candles in. Put a cluster outside your front door and window sill on Solstice/Christmas day morning and dotted up your stair case to welcome your guests.
And here are some of my favourite of the bridal shots too.
Happy feasting, chums.