We’ve featured many elopements here at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, both real weddings and styled shoots. But with the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve definitely seen a rise in elopements and small weddings. The team behind this inspirational editorial (Whitney Lloyd Photography and Hannah Clare Hair and MUA) wanted to help couples to feel inspired by the concept of a two part wedding.
These stunning images really show off what you can acheive with a special, intimate elopement. Here real life couple Caleb and Lia are marrying in a personalised ceremony at a stately home wedding venue; Prestwold Hall. All in timeless style complete with green and white flower arrangements, calligraphy stationery and sumptuous sweet treats. I just adore the attire, with the bride wearing a dress featuring an over-skirt which creates a new look when removed and the groom wore a formal tux. Oh so stylish!
Stately Home Wedding Ideas
With the majority of our weddings for 2020 postponed, Hannah Clare (Hannah Clare Hair and Makeup) and I (Whitney Lloyd Photography) put our heads together and came up with an idea for an inspirational styled shoot. We teamed up with some of most unique and talented wedding suppliers, all dedicated to providing the very best service to their couples. We all had a common goal, to collaborate, reignite our creativity and remind everyone how incredible the wedding industry is!
Our venue, Prestwold Hall, a Grade I listed stately home, was the perfect setting for this English Country Garden inspirational elopement shoot. With its landscaped gardens, acres of parkland and a conservatory filled with exotic plants it made for the perfect backdrop for our photos.
2020 has changed the wedding landscape and many couples are looking for smaller, more intimate ways to celebrate their day. Elopements are increasingly popular in Scotland but are still a relatively new concept throughout the rest of the UK. Our shoot was focused on creating an intimate and personal elopement whilst incorporating a timeless colour scheme to give inspiration to those couples marrying in 2020 who are possibly wanting to bring elements from their day to a post-covid wedding celebration at a later date with family and friends.
Our couple Lia and Caleb, a real couple, were brought together through their love of music. They’re both super talented musicians – Lia has appeared on The Voice – and music plays a huge role in their lives. I love the photographs of them both performing together. It’s always so special at weddings when couples bring in the most important elements of their lives and we wanted to reflect this in our shoot. Lia looked beautiful in a Hayley Paige dress, supplied by Lavelle Bridal Couture. The Elke gown has a flowing skirt that can be removed to reveal a more fitted, lace covered dress. Perfect for brides who want a slightly different look throughout the day – or even at a second wedding celebration! Hannah Clare had created an elegant and natural look for Lia. I love how the Rachel Sokhal Bridal hairpiece looked in Lia’s loose hairdo. The perfect combination of relaxed with a touch of elegance. And we can’t forget Caleb! He looked so dapper in his evening suit by Scotneys of London Road.
All of us suppliers came together to inspire couples who may be thinking about eloping but just aren’t sure how a smaller wedding day could look. With that in mind it was important to me, and the rest of the team, that this styled shoot would play out as though it was a real wedding. Another special element of our shoot was provided by our celebrant, Ali from Cariad Personal Ceremonies. Ali offers couples a Harmony Experience. The Harmony Glass Experience is the first of its kind in the UK. The couple and those closest to them, should they wish to include them, pour glass crystals into a vessel whilst thinking of a prayer, blessing or good wishes. The colours chosen can be symbolic to the couple, or simply their favourites! At a later date the couple are invited to a studio to watch the crystals become made into a beautiful glass piece of art for the newly-weds to treasure forever.
Our stylist and florist put together a timeless colour palette of white and green, with just a touch of silver. Keeping with our timeless theme and thinking of the couples who may have a celebration at a later date and perhaps in a different season, we used flowers that are available all year round. These included roses, lizzieanthus and hydrangea. Roses in particular will be forever timeless, along with greenery which never goes out of trend. Green leaves, soft ruscus and foliage can help create a timeless look that even in 30 years time would still look as great. We also purposely chose eucalyptus which is said to have calming properties – we felt this was very much welcomed in what has been a tough year for all!
Finally our top three tips for keeping a wedding timeless would be:
- Choosing a neutral colour palette can help your wedding photographs stay timeless.
- Communicate timelessness to your photographer and other suppliers, from your stationery to your cake to your wedding dress. Choosing styles that are classic will make all the difference to the look and feel of your wedding day.
- Lastly, a wedding in itself is timeless. It’s rooted in tradition and two people committing to each other is a rare moment that has been built around timelessness. Rather than follow the trends make your commitment to each other personal whether it be writing your owns vows, adding a unique element to your ceremony, having a hand painted cake that is impossible to replicate or even signing your own songs that you’ve written together (like Caleb and Lia), authenticity is timeless.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Whitney Lloyd Photography
Make up & Hair Artist
Hannah Clare Hair and MUA
Sofia Weddings and Events
Sage and Belle Styling
Lilac and Wild
Caleb and Lia
Lavelle Bridal Couture
Marley Rose Cakes
Cariad Personal Ceremonies
How very beautiful.
I really cannot thank the team above enough for kindly sharing such inspirational images with us here at WWW. What a treat! xo Lou
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