Today we are looking back at our styled shoot from summer last year. Peony and Gold and a group of amazing suppliers with a love of pretty and a passion for florals came together with an idea that we needed to see more weddings for the couple with a family.
We focused the shoot around a vow renewal, because for us this was personal. The idea that a couple are still choosing to share their lives whatever the future brings, reaffirm their love for one another and vow, again, to grow old together.
This concept for this shoot was inspired by my own 15th wedding anniversary and my struggle to find inspo that suited our families story.
This was a styled shoot at the Beaumont Hotel in Hexham. The shoot was styled around an intimate vow renewal; we wanted to showcase the passing of time and that the couple were now older and had a family.
The Beaumont is such a stunning hotel which I feel is under-utilised as a wedding venue. The room was perfect for the light and airy feel we wanted.
As a florist, the florals were super important to me but I wanted something that hadn’t been seen before and so I spoke with Jane from Birdcages and Dragonflies and told her I wanted a chandelier arch. She made this up specifically for the shoot and it just brought all of the floral designs together amazingly! The pink sofa, also from Birdcages and Dragonflies, added an amazing familial touch and the children loved relaxing in their fairytale garden while we were shooting.
The cake, by Sara’s Kitchen, was just stunning and those sails were a work of art. We also had a smaller cake, stunning cake pops and geometric cake hearts for the favours. The sails are set to be a huge trend next year, we love the way they show movement and look like fabric. Sara went with them to fit with the theme of movement through time.
The stationery, by Ivy Alice Stationery, was elegant and simple by design, with white gold edging to match the vow renewal ring.
Sarah Vuong provided the stunningly elegant crystal bracelet, headband and earrings which were in keeping with the stationery and the vow renewal ring.
The dress, a Mori Lee design was from Beautiful Day Bridal and worked well with my figure.
The stunning children’s wear was provided by Ralph and Mimi. Ralph and Mimi only stock the best designer clothes with a focus on traditional style and beautiful construction.
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we couldn’t get a hairdresser or makeup artist and we struggled to get models so Lyndsey, the photographer, asked my family to step in. My husband Jonathon and I modelled (uncomfortably!) with our two girls, Isabella (10) and Olivia (4).
Because it had been so long since any of the suppliers had worked on a wedding due to COVID, we all really enjoyed a good catch up and the chance to do what we all do best; create stunning weddings! The chandelier arch coming together was a highlight, months of planning and design coming together was a great treat, oh and eating Sara’s cake was amazing too.
Sally at Rhymes to Remember also wrote the most beautiful poem for the day, which really brought together the last 15 years for us.
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