Where I live I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the floral scent in the air recently, both in our garden and on our daily walks. But I can only imagine just how heavy the scent is in the stunning gardens of Bignor Park midsummer. What a treat it is to be exploring the beautiful grounds with this English garden wedding inspiration today, brought to us by wedding planner Natalie Ellen Weddings and photographer Philippa Sian Photography.
These dreamy images capture the essence of a garden wedding perfectly, think blousy beautiful flowers everywhere (look out for the meadowy flower installation for the ceremony!), delicate textured cakes, tables laden with pretty touches and a wonderful coral and lilac colour palette.
The hair and make up featured here is on point, not to mention the stylish attire and accessories, so stylish! There was also romantic stationery and some really lovely personalised details; from the bridal robe to the bouquet ribbon. So gorgeous.
English Garden Wedding Inspiration
Styling – by Fleur & Fig
Before we built the design, mood board and concept for this editorial, we were given 2 key floral colours from Hibbert & Hagström that she wanted to incorporate; corals with lilac highlights. From there, we built a very pretty mood board that encapsulated these colours and developed out our bespoke concept.
With personalisation becoming more of a trend across women’s accessories and home, we see this making its’ mark on the wedding world as well; particularly in the details. We wanted this shoot to really grasp this idea of personalisation, to show bride-to-be’s how they can personalise their weddings in super-subtle and elegant ways.
We styled 2 tablescapes on the day, to show the different ways to personalise your table; one with embroidered napkins, and the other with beautiful personalised stationery; hand-written notes from the bride and groom on each place setting.
Cake – by Simon’s Bakery
With the strong emphasis on the beautiful floral arrangements, I wanted to create a style of cake that had a very soft, neutral colour palette while still incorporating the tones of soft pinks and corals as described in the mood board.
I specialise in making contemporary-looking wedding cakes, and the trio of cakes that I made showed off some of the modern design features I regularly use, such as abstract Swiss meringue buttercream brushstrokes and texturing, in addition to experimenting with heights of different tiers. The result is a collection of modern but beautifully timeless looking cakes that complement the shoot perfectly.
Planning – by Natalie Ellen Weddings
Personalisation was key to bring to life the romance of the day, so I focused on tracking down the most talented bespoke designers to create the beautiful details for our vision.
We wanted personalisation to play a major role without being overbearing, so we used subtle touches throughout styling. Our bride got ready in a beautiful bridal prep gown adorned with her name and the date of the wedding, and spritzed perfume from the elegantly engraved Jo Malone London perfume. Her ‘something blue’ was delicately added as initials on her pretty garter and her bouquet was finished with chiffon ribbon with their names printed in gold.
Our romantic details continued on the wedding table, with embroidered napkins and hand-written, heartfelt messages for each of our guests. These elements added a lovely sense of sentimentality and emotion for our guests, as well as our loved-up bride and groom.
Every detail, from the florals and candles to the cake and make-up was selected and designed to complement the pretty pastel hues of the venue and the feminine colour palette of the day.
Our gorgeous real couple Amy and Lee loved the pretty pastel setting of Bignor Park and were absolute naturals – it definitely helped that they’re so clearly head over heels for each other!
Flowers – by Hibbert & Hagström
Bignor Park is filled with a range of stunning roses, encompassing the tone of an English country garden. When I started designing the flowers for this shoot, I wanted to draw inspiration from the surroundings to complement the setting.
For me, the underlying structure of a traditional English garden is the rose as it embodies the romantic tone of a country wedding. The floral decorations and bouquet were inspired by the idyllic rural surroundings of Bignor Park’s gardens. This inspiration led me to use a selection of roses such as Pink O’Hara, Peony Pink, and Romantic Antike as well as adding touches of delicate pale peach Lisianthus and hints of lilac Clematis to reflect the tone of a delicate, sophisticated, and elegant wedding ceremony.
As more and more couples decide to have their wedding ceremony outdoors, there are multiple ways to tailor floral arrangements to suit your day. As the ceremony was small and intimate, the semi-circle floral decoration helped to construct a curated space for personal moments where the bride and groom could exchange their vows. This could also be used as a unique way to design and transform the smaller-scale aspects of your wedding venue.
Makeup – by Kimberley Louise Makeup
A popular makeup look for brides in 2019 is fresh, luminous and natural looking skin.
Initially, I achieved a soft, dewy ‘no makeup’ look using liquid and cream products. Various shades of coral and neutral tones were used to complement the models skin tone and individual cluster lashes were also added to give drama and intensity to the eyes.
Throughout the shoot, the makeup look was intensified using stronger tones of corals and warm reds which worked in synergy with the mood-board colour scheme.
Stationery – by Beyond V Design
When designing the stationery for this shoot, two things were my main focus, having something personal and something that looked soft and luxurious.
I created a pen sketch monogram incorporating the couple’s initials and used soft deckled edge textured card stock. The finishing touches of hand dyed silk ribbon and wax seals just added that luxury feel to the whole suite.
The personalised details were carried through with hand-written notes as place names and keeping those luxury finishes to add texture to the table place layout.
Hair – by Gavin Harvie Hair
I wanted the hair to complement the relaxed, modern feel of the mood board, with a touch of romantic glamour to reflect our bride’s personality.
With each style, I used a large barrelled tong to create movement, a salt spray for added texture and some clip in hair extensions for more volume. I chose loose boho waves for the first look and a soft, low bun for the second. For the third look, I created a messy high bun which gave a more edgy, editorial feel to match the romantic drama of the showstopper Ersa Atelier gown.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Philippa Sian Photography
Natalie Ellen Weddings
Hibbert & Hagström
Fleur & Fig
Make Up Artist
Kimberley Louise Make Up
Gavin Harvie Hair
Beyond V Design
Just 4 Linen
Furniture & Tableware
Duchess & Butler
Oh so glorious. I do hope we get to enjoy the summer gardens in all their glory this year and if not we sure will be making the most of them in 2021.
Huge thanks to the whole creative team above for sharing such wonderful English garden wedding inspiration with us xo Lou