Fruits from the orchard, amber lit fires and falling leaves – ingredients for a perfect Autumn wedding.
We are absolutely overjoyed to have been featured on the pages of Rock My Wedding in a dreamy editorial shoot. Featuring lavish details, the most stunning of florals, an absolute dream team and the most magical Autumnal light, there’s ever so much to inspire your own precious day.
So, to glean into all of the teeny-tiny details is the lovely Sam of Fantail Designer Florist, who’s beautiful vision was brought to life on a chilly October’s day.
So, why not grab a cup of something lovely this morning as you relax and start your Monday with a light (and rather lovely!) bit of reading…
A seasonal backdrop with a luxury feel including large floral and lighting instalments yet keeping it cosy and romantic.
The luxury Hooton Pagnell Hall – a wedding backdrop worth swooning over with the first mention of the property in the Domesday Book in 1086 by the first owner Sir Ralph de Pagnell – Norman knight… but the backdrop for this sublime diverse wedding shoot is centred around their Summer House, which is a small building on the edge of the main grounds.
When we set out to create this shoot, we knew we wanted it to show Autumn at its best and to really take the season inside the Summerhouse. At the moment the Summerhouse is really only used for gorgeous wedding ceremonies, however, little do many brides and grooms know they can tie the knot outside on the porch and take advantage of the cosy atmosphere it longs for with an intimate guest list of around thirty. A roaring fire, banquet style tables, low chandelier lighting lining the table with whimsical floral table runners and paper scripts oozing over the end of the table to the entranceway.
Inspiration & Styling
The table design was perfectly designed together with flowers, stationery, bottles of Henderson’s Relish, fruit grown from Hooton’s own Orchard, charcoal crockery, black glassware and lanterns. We knew we wanted to go over the top with the table to dip into the imagination of brides and grooms.
A set up like this is truly beautiful however if brides and grooms are on a budget, it can, of course, be tailored down. Instead of a row of hanging chandeliers, you could just opt for one above a round table….. We think brides and grooms are looking at smaller weddings, but it doesn’t mean you have to go small on the wedding styling itself. Venue’s that have extras for eg. having their own orchard like Hooton Pagnell Hall does, is really a big bonus. They use and promote all their fruit and vegetable through to relish’s and chutneys made on-site and this is seasonally incorporated into the menu.
A simple classic styled cake created by Charlotte Wilcox, was centred within a double metal hoop surrounded by fresh florals, fabric swirling to the ground to more lit lanterns. It certainly creates the wow factor.
Fashion & Beauty
The Charis gown from Felisiti Greis’ ‘Adiepena’ collection. It has a stunning silhouette characterised by wavy translucent sequins featuring a plunging neckline. The neckline is intricately finished with heavy hand-embellished details for added opulence and texture. It is handcrafted with soft ivory crepe as an underlay, which allows for an impeccable fit and comfort.
The back of the gown features a flattering low back design which frames a romantic show of skin and a sweeping train that falls and flows gracefully with every move. The Charis gown exudes confidence and grace; a celebration of the modern bride. For this shoot, we paired the gown with a bespoke sheer translucent sequins cape, which was specially made to compliment the autumnal concept of this beautiful shoot.
Carl, Shalini’s real-life husband rocked it wearing a tailored check suit with orange highlights and tie. Finished with an optional buttonhole hole or pocket flowers. A bespoke, hair vine and matching earrings by Victoria Louise Accessories feature delicate hand-wired Swarovski glass pearls and inspired by countryside walks amongst the Anthriscus plant (cow parsley) – we adore their #organic form and structure!
Alison Jenner created a textured yet soft updo for the first hairstyle look to enable the gorgeous flower crown to sit with pride of place. A dewy foundation to enhance Shalini’s gorgeous skin tones and a creamy Charlotte Tilbury gold eyeshadow, smoked charcoal liner to allow the pop of berry lips to be the main accent.
For look two, the hair had natural movement to work effortlessly. A touch of deeper bronze on the eye to add more drama but still blended to allow it to sit naturally against the skin. A little more glow was added to the cheeks but again the berry lip created all the drama we needed.
It’s in the Detail
All this captured by the amazing Lianne Gray Photography. We specifically asked Lianne for her style and the friendly and professional reputation she has. The whole team of creatives were and still are blown away by the way she captured the shoot. Brides and grooms alike can take so much away from this day. We are the first to create and promote this new look for Hooton Pagnell Hall, and it’s something that no one has seen before in the Summer House.
Most of the flowers and foliage you see in the shoot were grown from Fantail’s own cut garden. They wanted to create a completely natural and eco-friendly approach to the shoot and created from what Autumn had to offer. Included was Ammi, Scabisosa Pods, Cosmos, Crocus Pods, David Austine Roses, Eustoma and a vast mix of foliage.
All makeup Products were Charlotte Tilbury except Urban Decay Foundation. A bouquet and alternative hand made willow hoop was used for different looks.
Love, as always,
Team Hooton Pagnell Hall x