The idea for the shoot was pretty simple, set out to show that weddings in rustic situations such as farms and barns don’t need to be rustic, so stylist Rachael Yorke (Hire Love) put together an inspirational shoot based on maximising the luxe and minimising the rustic.
Beautifully captured by Malitda Delves Wedding Photography The first piece of inspiration was Pantone Colours of the Year “Rose Quatrz and Serenity Blue” then taking a look at French interpretations of asian art in the form of Chinoiserie.
This came together on mood boards and collaborating with Caroline at Wild Rubus the pair collected various Ginger Jars and Bristol Blue glass vessels to set off against the pale key colours, Caroline kept the palette very pale too, beautiful Peonies, Runculas and tea roses in dusty pastel shades. Accents of gold cutlery, brass candle sticks, and pale cream ostrich feather hangings.
The beautiful vintage-lace late ’60’s two piece is an original Frank Usher design, although we can not tell the story of the original bride for this dress we can tell the story of Frank Usher! He opened his first west end showrooms in the mid fifties and created a huge following, Vogue featured many dresses modeled by famous actresses of the day! During the sixties and seventies when swinging London was at its peak, the label was going from success.
The simple understated cakes were Victoria sponges, one with butter cream and the other featuring pale blue Regal Icing decorated with edible gold and peonies. All provided by Mary Queen of Cakes.
The venue, just a few miles from Canterbury set amongst sprawling orchards, was a splendid old brick cow shelter with the original mangers and enormous gates. The Night Yard provides a carte blanche with first class facilities of bar, kitchens, toilets and reception rooms, the Manager; Charlotte was on hand to ensure smooth running and stood in at the last minute as we were let down by our model on the day.
Hire Love supplied a variety of props and furniture from original chinoiserie pieces decorated in custom colours to authentic french chateau sofas and original persian rugs and runners. The top table was adorned with chinoiserie plates, gold cutlery, bristol blue glass and plenty of flowers.
The Super Suppliers:
Photographer // Matilda Delves
Stylist & Props // Rachael Yorke // Hire Love
Floral Stylist // Caroline Grimble Bligh // Wild Rubus
Dresses & Accessories // Story of My Dress
Venue // The Night Yard
Cakes & Meringue Kisses // Mary Queen of Cakes