As Featured in Rock My Wedding
Clare’s brief to Lauren from LBC Weddings and Events was to light the room with candles, lights and more candles to create a romantic, elegant style with a twist. The edge was the disco balls to add the contrast from the lights bouncing off the balls to light up the white walls of the venue. The vision was to present the beautiful Vera Wang bridal wear in a way that brides may have not imagined.
In the heart of Cambridgeshire within the beautiful farmlands is the home of The Willow Grange Farm. This venue is not just a stunning location for a wedding but is a working arable farm producing wheat, potatoes sugar beet and various other crops. There is also a large allotment and a smallholding consisting of free-range chickens, a herd of traditional Hereford cows, pigs, cats, dogs and horses.
The Willow Grange Farm is a sustainable and environmental run venue that has a unique ceremony barn as well as their Sperry Tent which can seat up to 150 guests. For our shoot, we wanted to focus the attention on The Silo Barn which has an array of unique features. From the recycled wood panelling to the slick white walls but not forgetting the previous barn features including under the stairs and railings. The backdrop is a perfect exclusive set-up for you to take in your natural surroundings including the romantic sunsets over the farmlands just before you dance the night away under the stars.
Lauren from LBC Weddings and Events wanted to focus on how to enhance the ceremony set up and the ‘Happily Ever After’ neon sign was the perfect match. We complemented this by adding two floral designs, one on the top left corner spreading across and the other on the opposite corner, adding various eye-catching elements. By using a mix of cylinder pillar candles, taper candles, LED candles, votives and glass vases it drew attention down to the beautiful vera wang dress without being distracting. This style is not supposed to feel uniform and we wanted to mix and match and showcase you can be playful and think outside the box with your wedding styling.
Lauren wanted to create the tablescape by using details from the ceremony space to tie in the overall look. The mixture of black candle holders with pink, white and taupe taper candles, with floating candles and cylinder pillar candles, added the romantic elegant vibe. Sara from Queen and Eden designed small decanters of flowers to add coverage but not detract the attention from the backdrop and floor flowers.
Sara from Queen and Eden commented ‘I love flowers to ooze elegance and romance with a modern edge and I chose flowers to compliment the copper tones in the arch and blush in the styling. I used a colour palette of blush, nudes and deep burgundy with caramel and burgundy Carnations, Astrantia, waxflower, chocolate Lisianthus and beautiful reflexed Menta Roses’.
The bouquet smelt divine with beautiful bridal flow spray roses. The reflexed roses were the focus and the darker tones added depth.
The Bride wore the showstopping ‘Lilian’ dress designed by Vera Wang. ‘Lilian’ is a tulip Chantilly lace mermaid gown with a hand-pieced circular flange train and a mum garden hemline. The dress bought style, elegance and a modern twist to the shoot. The vision was created around this dress and by creating floor-based focuses it drew attention to the lower dress design. The dress lit up with the reflection of candles, disco balls and florals.
We also used three other styles of dresses for the shoot from By Watters. The ‘Adelia’ and ‘ Collins’ from their Love is Not Cancelled Collection are both perfect for all the fun shots and are the perfect choice for an evening outfit change which will be sure to keep your partner on their toes!
Alex knows how to make brides feel and look their best. Alex uses premium products to transform the glow of the skin leaving them feeling fresh and natural. The make-up look was altered slightly to enhance the style of the bridal looks but remained natural and flawless. Rebecca Owen Hair created elegant, slick styles that really matched the outfit the bride was wearing. The updos elevated the dress and allowed the dress and jumpsuit to stand out. Rebecca also partnered each hairstyle with matching accessories from Botia.
The Groom was styled to coordinate with the bridal outfits but both suits still had a little edge, especially the velvet informal jacket which had a tie around the waist.
The Stationery - Simplicity daydreamer, this enhanced the tablescape, tying in the gold details on the place name to the cutlery and smaller details.
Concept Planner and Photographer
Clare Smith Photography
Wedding Planner and Stylist
LBC Weddings and Events
Queen and Eden
Willow Grange Farm
Lotte Rose Bridal
Bridal Make up
Alex Bridal Make Up
Rebecca Owen Hair
Emma Lou Stationery