Romantic Country Luxe Wedding Inspiration. Whimsical Bridal Editorial at Thurning Hall, Norfolk. Photo: Benjamin Mathers
This romantic country luxe styled shoot is super gorgeous and will give you all the feels this August Bank Holiday Monday. The whimsical setting, luxurious gowns and stunning floral arrangements will blow your mind and will leave you feeling dreamy. The opulent edit was styled and curated by wedding and event plannerEmily Andrews who teamed up with the whole host of fantastic Norfolk wedding suppliers, and Benjamin Mathers, who photographed it beautifully.
Read on for some more details about the photoshoot and the inspiration from Emily and the team. Do share it and let us know what you think!
Thurning Hall is a hidden gem deep in the Norfolk countryside. Showcasing everything that makes this wedding venue unique, this shoot combines super pretty, inspirational aesthetics with the uniqueness and heritage of this 18th-century hall.
The morning room was the main focus inside the hall and with so many stunning period elements very little additional styling was required. The marble fireplace was the key focal point for our images. In the grounds, a ruined gothic tower made for a stunning architectural backdrop for our models in their handcrafted gowns by local couturier Katrine Mogensen. Katrine specialises in bespoke gowns that infuse the romance of the pre-Raphaelites into soft, elegant designs. Her signature look is very ethereal and romantic using delicate fabrics and handmade detailing such as fabric flowers and French lace, all created and finished by hand. These bespoke gowns added a uniqueness to the shoot and a luxurious feel. There were four dresses that Katrine created for us, a demure lace jacket and a vintage, full-length veil.
The walled garden at this country estate was set for an intimate wedding breakfast using tableware curated from the wedding gift list company, Prezola and stationery from White Olive Designs. The table was dressed with a beautiful flower and foliage garland, highlighted with candlesticks and soft pink florals. The refined Dartington crystal glassware, ‘ivory’ handled cutlery from OKA and delicately patterned Monsoon crockery by Denby (all from Prezola) hinted at the elegance and the heritage of the venue. We layered the look to give a decadent style. Each place setting was completed with a mini doughnut favour from Sugar Buttons to add a cute, and contemporary touch to the table. The table was crowned with a crystal chandelier from one of the overhanging trees to create an even more dramatic and opulent visual feast.
The stationery suite from White Olive Designs was created in delicate pinks and florals to complement our flower arrangements and the overall classic beauty of the shoot. Jacquie designed place cards, menus, invitations and hand-wrote envelopes for us. The reclaimed yew tree swing made a perfect setting to display the full array of sweet treats from Sugar Buttons. Show-stopping cakes balanced on the swing is a highlight of this shoot. With gilded tiers, pink marble icing, delicate white ruffles, cupcakes, mini doughnuts and cake pots, the dessert swing was a plethora of sweetness in candy pink hues. Even the resident Shetland ponies, Bongo and Spike, were given the wedding treatment with floral crowns by artisan florist Flower 30. The flowers were in shades of the palest peaches and pinks with the iconic and blousy peony taking centre stage. Hydrangeas, roses and jasmine all played roles in the arrangements to create a romantic, decadent and beautiful floral style. One of the bridal bouquets was an oversized, dramatic teardrop style which really felt opulent and completely in keeping with the Country luxe style. The jewellery for our models was specifically curated from Liberty in Love for their antique quality and refinement. The hairpieces and earrings were so pretty and the pearl, gold and crystal details complimented the delicacy of Katrine’s gowns perfectly.
Cathy Wilson, Hollie Harrington, George Lacey and Kitty Lacey
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