By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
We are getting all elegant with these utterly divine wedding ideas today. Those of you looking for rustic meets luxe and uber pretty wedding inspiration are certainly in the right place, for these extraordinary images by Yll Weddings will certainly hit the spot. Designed and planned by Kimberley Rose Designs along with a fantastic team of really very creative wedding suppliers, this set of images really evokes a romantic atmosphere, which I think would fit a Spring wedding just beautifully. Set at Chiddinglye’s Patrick’s Barn, the team made use of the majestic indoor space and the glorious gardens too. With superb styling featuring an on trend grazing table, a gorgeous floral laden tablescape and a delicate stationery suite to name just a few.
The billowing florals really added another dimension to this editorial, with an unstructured flower arch making a real statement and the oversized bouquet was just so fabulous. Shout outs too to the stylish attire, delicious cake, exquisite accessories and inspirational hair and make up looks. Do soak up all of these elegant wedding ideas folks, what a treat!
Step away from the bustle of city life and get married in the tranquil grounds of the serene English countryside with nature as your backdrop. Inspired by life and nature, we created a relaxed and yet elegant set up that the modern couple can relate to. The grounds of Patrick’s barn provided the perfect backdrop for this shoot as it had a good combination of the rustic charm of the barn coupled with the elegance of the formal gardens to give our shoot a vibe that is relaxed and yet has a classic twist to it.
For the design, Ling of Yll Weddings, choose shades of cornflour blue, peaches, ivory, creams and silver as the colour palette for a subtle design with pops of colour to give it that relaxed vibe.
The Garden Chef who believe that food should be beautiful as well as wonderful to eat produced the luxe and elegant grazing station that fitted so perfectly with the shoot. Wedding guests love a bit of luxury, something out of the norm that is beautifully presented and really gives the wow factor, so, we used cake stands as well as boards to give variance in height to the food display to make it even more eye catching.
We used cured and smoked meats from Uphall Farmhouse in Dorset. These include air dried beef, pork loin and ham, Dorset cola and smoked mutton. All produced in small batches, they are the most glorious subtle colours and of course are divine to eat. For cheeses we chose Goats Cheese from Nut Knole Farm in Sussex, coated in black ash it gives a dramatic dark colour to any board, World cheese award Gold Medal winners Waterloo and Wigmore (a scrumptious soft sheep’s cheese) are white and unctuous and Barcombe Blue from the family run two hoots dairy adds darker tones and the rich depth of flavour you’d expect from an excellent blue cheese. Artisan breads from Mr Bunn our local Baker help to make this a meal that makes for a unique dining experience.
The timeless three tier wedding cake created by artisan baker, Cakes and Leaves, was inspired by the elegant yet rustic vibe of the big day. Classic choice of design paired with a fresh cornflower blue finish using entirely natural plant powders and soft, blush peach floral details. Rustic, slightly textured buttercream lushly decorated with vibrant greenery to harmonise with the luxurious floral decor throughout the romantic barn wedding. The sophisticated and mousse-like Italian meringue buttercream covered up the most airy angel cake layers. Warm vanilla and sweet orange – a flavour exclusively created to reflect the colour tones of the day on the inside of the cake.
Mathilda Lundin Atelier created the beautiful stationery suite with a mix of elegant handwritten calligraphy and typography in a gently flowing layout that gave it an elegant and timeless, yet not too formal feeling for this luxurious barn wedding inspiration. The texture of the handmade paper with its deckled edges fit perfectly with the rustic barn and everything was finished off with endlessly romantic hand dyed peach silk ribbons by Nettle textiles, and a copper wax seal. Pops of blue were sprinkled throughout the stationery and on the day details, tying it together beautifully with the floral designs and styling on the day.
To fit the brief of natural elegance, the florals needed to be unstructured without getting too wild and rustic says Lisa of White Cabbage Flowers (who provided all the florals). Peach, blue and ivory blooms carried the colour palette through into the bouquet, buttonhole, tablescape and outdoor deconstructed arch whilst a mix of blousy petals and textured stems kept the overall appearance romantic yet modern.
The oversized bouquet, full of draping foliage in silvery greens, mimicked the outdoors and really complimented the brides silhouette. Its trailing ribbons, a mix of hand dyed silk and velvet, added gorgeous touches of soft luxury. The asymmetric, freestanding foliage and floral arch subtly framed the bride and groom and looked seamless against the backdrop of the country garden.
Wedding planner + designer, Cynthia of Kimberley Rose Designs, (who co-planned the whole shoot with Ling), designed the tablescape with luxe and elegance in mind. She created a relaxed and yet luxe tablescape, starting with white tablecloth with almost imperceptible patterns that added some texture and provided a nice contrasted backdrop to the elegant tablescape especially made the floral runner and place settings stand out without overpowering the overall design, which fits nicely with the relaxed elegant vibe that we were going for. Sparkling silverware, stone table ware, crystal glassware from Coordination hire and pale blue taper candles in silver holders finished off our elegant tablescape beautifully.
The centre of our table was carpeted with a foliage filled runner peppered with florals which carried colour the length of the table and cascaded over the edge to create a gorgeous backdrop to the neutral crockery and crystal glassware (provided by Coordination Hire) and table linen with pockets of colour and texture.
The bespoke grey suit by Keye London complemented the bride’s gown, we chose grey as the colour of choice to add to the relaxed vibe of the day as it gave our groom a dapper and yet relaxed feel.
Our bride wore a bespoke two piece number designed by Cyndy Holt of Oui Madam bridal. The top was made of sheer lace fabric that fitted our bride like a glove, Cyndy designed the tulle skirt to be light, to flow gently and allow ease of movement.
Jo of Jo Elizabeth Weddings created a fresh and subtle makeup for our bride. Nothing heavy that can easily transition from day to evening as with most weddings. The hair was pulled back in a loose fitting chignon that softly framed our bride’s face and was artfully adorned with cornflour blue bespoke hair pins by PSWith Love that added the extra wow to the elegant updo.
We created this shoot for the luxe elegant bride and groom who want a relaxed intimate wedding that effortlessly combines rustic and luxe to produce something truly special. We hope you are inspired to create your own unique day!
Planning & Design
Kimberley Rose Designs
Cabbage White Flowers
Cakes and Leaves
Mathilda Lundin Atelier
Hair & Makeup
Oh my! So so lovely.
Huge thanks to the whole team listed above for sharing these superb and really elegant wedding ideas xo Lou
Want In On My Happy Wedding Letter?
Join over a thousand engaged couples (and counting) who have snagged my fun no-nonsense regular wedding advice and inspo straight to their inbox. Plus you'll get planning checklists & spreadsheets for absolutely nada.