English Harvest Wedding Inspiration

by Audrey on 11.22.15

in Inspiration

by Audrey
11.22.15

English Harvest Wedding Inspriation | by  Melissa Beattie Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com

Ever so often, a shoot is submitted that is pure magic, and narrowing it down to the 20-30 images we usually publish is impossible.  So curl up with a blanket and cup of tea on this chilly afternoon and enjoy twice the usual amount of images in this gorgeous inspiration captured in the English countryside.

First, thoughts from stylist, Emma of Tebbey & Co. about the design process:

An old English country house and its gardens as autumn unfolds are the foundations behind this event design…that, and a fruit pie…  When Melissa approached me to style the shoot we got together to pool ideas and found that our common ground featured the fruits of autumn, a gentle romantic aesthetic and food.  In fact, Melissa was very firm on the fruit pie front and so a Lakeland harvest became key to the whole design.

For this project, one venue stood out: an elegant character property that welcomes you with open arms.  Halecat authentically marries subtle grandeur with the Cumbrian landscape which is glorious in October.  The venue dictated the palette and textures while hand lettered signage and stationary helped to blend heritage, nature and a sense of occasion.  We brought in velvet detailing to echo the Gillow chair pads from the dining room and figs and pears grow in the flower borders so these were incorporated into the tablescape and used as escort cards. 

Food at gatherings and celebrations brings us all together.  It can be a talking point or a visual statement.  Our menu board had a distinctive Lakeland flavour, as did the all important fruit pie, made with local damsons.  I love to create stations for guests to explore at events and so we included a cheese and port table, skilfully assembled and decorated by Churchmouse Cheeses.

All in all, the styling is designed to sit in harmony with the surroundings while creating a beautiful atmosphere fit for a wedding.

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Photographer: Melissa Beattie Photography | Event Styling + Floral Design: Tebbey & Co. | Hair + MUA: Lucy Pearson MUA | Calligraphy: Calligraphy for Weddings | Venue: Halecat House | Gown + Accessories: Jessica Charleston | Bride’s Shoes: Emmy London | Cake of Cheese: Churchmouse Cheeses | Fruit Pie: Alison Thompson Catering

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