The White Emporium Walled Garden Photoshoot

The White Emporium Walled Garden Photoshoot

The setting for this shoot was the beautiful Moggerhanger Park In Bedfordshire, the Georgian house there is surrounded by acres of open countryside and within its grounds is this lovely little gem of a walled garden and the beautifully light and airy garden room.

The Garden room is a complete blank canvas that is filled with lots of light from its triple aspect windows and it was really important to me that the styling of the room complemented this. This was also reflected in the use of colour with the flowers, muted pink roses sat with the eucalyptus and wax flower to create bouquets with a relaxed organic feel. Every time I thought about this shoot I had visions of the gardeners who worked the grounds and the idea that they were out picking the flowers and greenery for us to use.

So the table was decorated with terracotta pots filled with garden plants, all the pegged leaves used against the arch backdrop and hessian drapes was foraged from Moggerhanger’s woodland. I wanted to have hints to an allotment and potting shed so included highlights like an old 60’s radio, crates and potted plants. I used white lace chair backs to bounce the light, the table was decorated with books and glass candle sticks. Napkin rings were fashioned from the left over flowers and placed on top of mismatched stacked china plates.

I love the idea of help yourself tables full of sweet treats, so we set up glass Kilner drinks dispensers, which are perfect for cocktails and surrounded them with trays and cake stands full of yummy meringue kisses supplied by Fetti Four. Stationary was supplied Laura from Holmes Sweet Holmes, her relaxed stationary was a perfect fit for the theme, she supplied a black type invite printed on brown Kraft paper layered with an opaque sheet. Outside a pole ceremony arch was styled with pegged greenery and draped in chiffon, this stood against the beautifully set border plots of the walled garden which were in full bloom.

Meri and Ben were our real life couple, their love for each other is so expressive, I love the way our talented photographer Cat beautifully captures the glint in Ben’s eye when he looks at his jaw droppingly beautiful wife.

Meri wore a beautiful beaded low back dress from Justin Alexander supplied by leading bridal shop George James Bridal. Ben wore a 3 piece rustic country style Burford suit along with a gingham shirt and adorned with a stag head pin, supplied by The Vintage Suit Hire Company.

Blessing was our beautiful bridesmaid for the day and she looked out of this world in her Bluebird Alara dress supplied by TH&TH Bridesmaids, the pale blue of this dress and Blessings makeup were a perfect combination. For a second look Blessing slipped into a blush Edie, also from the talented TH&TH bridesmaids, this a dress made for twirling and spinning with meters of chiffon to create the perfect flow.

Both gorgeous ladies wore hair accessories designed and created by Lover from Becky, Meri started with a half flower crown made from preserved blush roses, dried lavender and foliage. She then slipped into a full tulle veil for some shots in the Garden Room. This veil really softened the bridal silhouette and despite being a timeless classic made the look feel quite fresh and created one of my favourite looks of the day. Blessing wore lavender clips amongst her sweeping up-do each lovingly handmade by Becky.

The jewellery was supplied by Arabel Lebrusan her ethically sourced, organic inspired pieces which fitted perfectly with the relaxed feel of the shoot. Meri wore a sapphire engagement ring and wedding band set, the blue of the sapphire matched the grooms suit perfectly and the gem stone engagement ring offers a beautiful diamond alternative. Blessing wore a rose gold filigree friendship bracelet.

Meri and Blessing wore a simple, natural, classic make-up look, created by Emma from Athena Mobile Beauty, using Bobbi Brown and Bare Minerals products. Amanda from Kempston Hair Boutique crafted a sleek vintage low roll for our bride which was the perfect base to place Love From Becky’s hair pieces.

We were lucky enough to have the awesome Sammi from The Blushing provide the stunning cake. In keeping with the garden, home grown theme, Sammi covered a vanilla sponge with vanilla Italian meringue buttercream and organic edible garden grown pressed flowers. Yes you can really eat them! The cake was styled on a old fold top school desk supplied by The White Emporium filled with eucalyptus and foraged foliage.

CREDITS:

Beautifully written by Gemma Lander (The White Emporium)

Styling, Flowers & Shoot Coordination: The White Emporium
www.thewhiteemporium.co.uk

Photographer: Cat Lane Photographer
www.catlaneweddings.com

Dresses: George James Bridal
www.georgejamesbridal.com

Mens’ Suits and Styling: The Vintage Suit Hire Company
www.vintagesuithire.co.uk

Hair accessories: Love From Becky
www.lovefrombecky.com

Jewellery: Arabel Lebrusan
www.arabellebrusan.com

Bridesmaid dresses: TH&TH
www.thandth.com

Makeup: Athena Mobile Beauty
Facebook: Athena Mobile Beauty

Hair: Amanda Deverick @ The Hair Boutique
www.thehairboutiquebedford.co.uk

Wedding Cake: Blushing Cook
www.blushingcook.com

Wedding Stationery : Holmes Sweet Holmes
www.sweetholmes.co.uk

Fetti Four Meringes:
www.facebook.com/fettifour

Supporting Flowers: Pat Davies:
www.facebook.com/daviesdesignsflowers

Model (bridesmaid): Blessing Enejo
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Bride & Groom: Ben & Meri Leggott

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