Ceramics And Perennials
We can’t deny that we are perfectionists, especially when it comes to design. This has meant that over the years we have said no to so many styled shoots. We have learnt the hard way by being involved in shoots at The Old Vicarage where the concept has been out of our control or decided before we had any input. This summer we made a vow to organise our own shoots and choose our own suppliers, as we are wedding/event planners this comes to us so naturally, so choosing a vision and the suppliers it just feels like second nature to us.
Firstly we chose to work with Gigil & Bloom, this is our go to shop for our blooms at home, we always pop in to see what they’re creating and obviously try to get involved. We decided that we wanted a few certain types of dried flowers and we left the rest to the professionals. Sophie created the most amazing arrangements which we used for both the cake set up, table designs, buttonholes and bridal bouquets. We wanted to think outside the box to what the norm is on a wedding day and try something a little different.
So, why should you opt for dried flowers? There are so many different perks for choosing dried flowers, not only are they so beautiful and delicate and last for months, if not years… They won’t die like fresh flowers. They are low maintenance, stress-free, and often times much less expensive alternative to fresh flowers, but they come without the stigma of being fake. We see so many beautiful bouquets wilting or dying the day of the wedding and it is so difficult to completely preserve them which is why we are huge fans of dried flowers, you really can treasure them forever!
We get a lot of couples opting for a ‘natural’ colour scheme to compliment The Old Vicarage which is beautiful however this usually means a lot of greenery and glass decorations. We think that ceramics are a really elegant way to have a tonal and natural colour scheme without falling into the wedding decor traditions. If you’re looking to buy some of the beautiful ceramic pots then just head over to Zara Home, H&M Home or Homesense.
We are over the moon that we used the console table by the front door for the cake table, we wanted to really stage the venue as you guys could use it. It couldn’t have looked more beautiful and we definitely think that we will be advising couples to use this space to showcase their wedding cake. We chose to work with Caroline Debonnaire who created this beautiful cake, each sugar flower has been delicately hand crafted. You have to really see it to believe it, the detail is just out of this world. You know that we love minimalist, so this cake was just perfect.
If we are honest, we have really struggled with recommending incredible wedding stationary companies to our couples, so when we found Millie Stone Stationary we were overjoyed. Firstly, Millie’s round ceramic glazed trinket dishes were exactly what we were looking for, for this shoot. They’re the perfect place setting and wedding favour in one. We love finding local-ish suppliers who are absolutely killing it on Instagram and bringing new and refreshing ideas! Millie supplied us with all the goods for the shoot which made our lives so easy!
Pampas grass was huge back in the 70’s and it’s so nice to see it’s making a comeback. What we love about this tall grass is that it’s so versatile, we are seeing it pop up everywhere and in so many different types of events, it can be romantic, bohemian, luxurious and elegant!
We called on one of our brides, Charlotte from Fine & Dandy. She married with us back in 2018 and since then has created a dream wedding workshop full of everything you could ever need or want for your wedding. You name it, from table runners to flower walls, to lanterns and signage… She has it all! If you’re stuck with your vision or need little advice, she is your girl. For this shoot we decided to use some of her more elegant pieces to enhance our staging of the shoot. We decided on the most beautiful silk textured linen blend table runners in oyster, they lined our perfectly ironed tablecloths so well adding a more rustic yet elegant vibe. Charlotte picked out some lovely stone-grey napkins which were made from cotton sateen. It was a lovely addition to have these, we played around with how we would shoot them, they’re so versatile and they dress our silver beaded charger plates so well.
We also picked up one of her smallest perplex plinths which we knew would look incredible on the cake table but we also used this as a centre piece with the gorgeous arrangement that Gigil & Bloom created. It was just perfect, it looked so majestic floating above the table. It is such a creative way to incorporate a centre piece without being too invasive as it is almost invisible.
The shoot wouldn’t have been the same without the amazing Esther Louise Triffitt Photography. We asked for some beautiful detailed shots to show you guys what we are doing at TOV at the moment, the styles of plates we are using and ways of dressing the charger plates. Esther is so enthusiastic and passionate about what she does, it makes working with her an absolute joy. We couldn’t have chosen a better day to shoot, the sunlight was shining through our bay windows creating the most beautiful atmosphere. Simplicity is a simple art, so many details thoughtfully refined to create such a stunning vision… We are so lucky to work in such a creative environment surrounded by such inspiring suppliers!
So, there you have it, our first styled shoot at The Old Vicarage. We are thrilled with the content we have created, and we hope that we have inspired you to perhaps think a little bit of the box when styling your own wedding or event. Thank you to these amazing suppliers below.
Photographer – Esther Louise Triffitt Photography
Florist – Gigil & Bloom
Cake – Cakes By Caroline Debonnaire
Props – Fine and Dandy
Stationary – Millie Stone Stationary