I’m so excited to share this fabulous collaboration with you!
Ashridge House, a firm favourite of mine, contacted myself and Kate & Brent Kirkman of By Lumiere to start planning a styled shoot to begin promoting use of The Fernery – a beautiful glasshouse within the grounds of Ashridge House, perfect for wedding ceremonies, celebrations and gatherings, surrounded by stunning gardens and with the most fabulous light beaming through the glass ceiling. We were all very excited to explore this new area of got straight to work planning the shoot. The results were beyond all we’d hoped for! We roped in the fabulous Caroline of Powder & Glow make up, who without fail creates the most beautiful bridal hair and make up! For the ceremony flowers, I opted for a botanical theme – lots of luscious foliage – Palms, Ferns and other green goddesses. Claire (my right hand woman) and I started dressing the moon gate – the focus area for the ceremony. After adding the foliage, we then added tropical Anthuriums in a peachy pink tone for a pop of colour, off set by some very muted brown/nude tone flowers, including brown Ranunculus, Eustoma, Ammi and of course – very on trend, Pampas Grass for amazing texture and to really make a statement!
We then lined the aisle with my fabulous large silver lanterns, using premium LED flickering flame candles. At the back of the aisle, we added small floor displays of spring flowers, including Fritilaria and French Tulips in orange for another pop of colour. Continuing the foliage theme by placing pieces along the rest of the aisle.
Outside we wanted to try out my new Canopy Blossom Trees to create an arch – well, they looked amazing, but we quickly realised they aren’t suited to outdoors – one gust of wind and…well, you can guess what almost happened! We got some beautiful shots of them, to show the scale and how they can be used to create an archway or entrance but please note, they are not suitable for this exact position! However, they’d look great just inside the doors to The Fernery.
For the model, Shauna – an absolute dream girl – so natural and effortless, Caroline styled her makeup to compliment the muted tones of the flowers and the gorgeous hair comb I’d made using the brown Ranunculus. The dress was stunning – supplied by the lovely ladies at Brides of Berkhamsted. They have the most beautiful collection of bridal gowns!
Shauna’s bouquet was a relaxed tied bunch, with Pampus Grass, Ranunculus, Anemone, Fritilaria and seasonal foliage. I used hand dyed silk ribbon to bind the bouquet.
I also have to thank Andrew of Ashwells of Stewkley – he was a bit of a hero, I’d roped him in to help set up and take down and boy am I glad I did! We’ll be working together over the coming wedding season…whenever that gets going! Let’s not talk about that though.
I do hope you enjoy this gallery of images and if you are interested in using this beautiful space at Ashridge House, contact Annie in the events team and she will gladly tell you more.
Thank you for reading.