a fairytale-inspired wedding

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Planning & Styling: The Stars Inside
Workshop: Photography Farm
Workshop Leaders: Rebecca Carpenter & Lisa Devlin
Photography: Rebecca Carpenter
Videography: Rix Weddings
Venue: Walcot Hall
Hair & Make-up: Storme Make-up and Hair
Bridalwear: Victoria Lou Bridal
Flowers: Pheasant Botanica
Veils: Sash & Veil
Table Linen: Gaia Bespoke Linen
Cakes / Desserts: The Sweetest Thing Cakery
Rings: Erin Cox / Molten Wedding Ring Co
Jewellery: Marte Frisnes
Headpieces: Rachel Chaprunne
Hat: Chapeau
Shell Crown: Discordia Designs
Stationery & Calligraphy: Mathilda Lundin Calligraphy
Table Runner & Silk Ribbons: PomPom Blossom
Couples: Shalini & Carl, Kathryn

I had the joy of partnering with Rebecca Carpenter and Lisa Devlin to plan and style their Sep 2020 "Photography Farm" workshop. The goal was to create joyful, inspirational content for couples wanting to have unique wedding celebrations in the glorious UK countryside. We created set-ups for an intimate dinner, and outdoor ceremony by the fountain, and a row on the lake as the light of the day faded gently - all with a striking palette of teal and sunset tones.

For the design concept, we were inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's story of The Little Mermaid - a gentle narrative thread that lead us through all the styling decisions. We loved imagining what this fairytale character would be like as a bride, falling in love with the world above the sea: what dresses and earrings would she love? What heirlooms would she have on the day of her wedding that she would want photographed? What textures would she be drawn to, when seeing flowers and cakes for the very first time? The palette for this editorial explored shades of sunset alongside striking accents in teal, paying homage to some of the most notable features of the venue itself. Overall, we wanted to show that it’s possible to create a look that feels contemporary and artful, while also being playful and fun - refined but also a little bit wild!

This team absolutely adored coming together to create again, in a safe and considerate way; we want couples to know we are here to bring to life the celebration that is most true to them, and that an intimate day like this can be all the more magical.

“Nothing gave her so much pleasure as to hear about the world above the sea. She made her old grandmother tell her all she knew of the ships and of the towns, the people and the animals. To her it seemed most wonderful and beautiful to hear that the flowers of the land had fragrance, while those below the sea had none; that the trees of the forest were green; and that the fishes among the trees could sing so sweetly that it was a pleasure to listen to them.”- The Little Mermaid, H. C. Andersen⁣

The World Above The Sea: A Wedding Story