Weston Hall ‘Country Greens’ Foliage Wedding Ideas

December 21, 2017

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When Pantone announced ‘greenery’ as their colour of the year for 2017…

…I started collecting ideas on Pinterest for wedding styling that used lots of foliage. I came across some fabulous weddings in greenhouses and orangeries and had dreams of doing a shoot somewhere like that.

It had only been a thought and a Pinterest board when I spotted a wedding planner post some pictures of Weston Hall, a new wedding venue she had started providing wedding management for. One of the photos was of an old conservatory with amazing architecture and details.

A few emails later and we had a shoot planned.

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Weston Hall is nestled deep in the Northamptonshire countryside

It’s a very ‘outdoor’ venue with a marquee for your reception and the setting is beautiful; very peaceful and green everywhere you look.

It has vast lawns, lots of trees and views over fields. It’s beautiful but not formal; it’s a very relaxed and laid-back location.

It was the nature of the venue itself along with Pantone’s ‘greenery’ trend that helped to set the look for the shoot. The two seemed to go together so well.

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In keeping with the relaxed nature of the venue, Jade from Blusher Brides styled Asha’s hair long and loose with soft waves and a modern plait. Her make-up was kept very natural with a rosy lip.

To reflect the laid-back outdoor nature of Weston Hall we chose dresses that were informal and understated. Asha’s dress had romantic lace detail and the layers of tulle gave it a relaxed boho vibe.

Hamish’s suit is a bespoke made-to-measure suit by Saint Crispin Bespoke. We went for a green as that fitted the theme of the shoot and it was made that extra bit special with contrasting red for the jacket lining, on the back of the waistcoat, the stitching and tie. Dark green socks and brown shoes finished the look off.

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Less florals, more greenery

In fact, we barely used any flowers in the bouquet or buttonhole at all. We created a carefree unstructured look with a massively over-sized bouquet, matching buttonhole and a floral (foliage!) arch. We used masses of foliage including lots of wild ivy that we foraged from the grounds at Weston Hall, trailing jasmine, lush eucalyptus, veronica and waxflower. All very wild and free. The floral arch was created by adding extra foliage and flowers to some existing vines in the conservatory. We put in a rusty bird cage and even some dead leaves to break the formality and keep the look wild and natural.

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This is a really easy look to recreate, and affordable too

Keep outfits simple and the detail subtle. As with dresses and Groomswear, go for barely-there make-up and hair. Lots and lots of foliage is needed and keep the style of that wild but with some shape. Asymmetrical arrangements are very on trend and perfect for this look because it gives structure without formality or stiffness.

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Hoorah!

This shoot has now been featured in Your East Midlands Wedding magazine and the photos have also been used in Weston Hall’s own wedding brochure. Yay!

 

Creative Team

Venue: Weston Hall, Northamptonshire

Florals: Once Upon A Time

Dress: Once In A Lifetime

Groomswear: Saint Crispin Bespoke

Hair & Make-Up: Blusher Brides

Production: Country & Coast Weddings

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