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Collaboration between Lauren at LBC Weddings and Events, Louisa Antonia Cake Designs and Lois at the Event Stylists. We wanted to show our brides that an intimate wedding can still be exaggerated, that a smaller guest list can mean focusing on the finer details and really having everything you desire on your wedding day! We wanted the shoot to be a fresh, spring style using dusky blues, whites and hints of gold to add depth. We also used Louisa cake floral design to extend the style through all elements of the event including stationery. We wanted to give all suppliers the opportunity to show off their talents and add all their personal touches.

The Barn at Alswick, was our first choice for our spring shoot. Their light and airy barn showcases how you can expand out of your comfort zone. The Barn at Alswick is a late 16th-century barn forming part of the historic Alswick Hall Estate lovingly restored to a stunning contemporary event space for exclusive hire.

Nestled within the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, conveniently situated for access, it is the perfect place for your wedding day dreams to become a reality. So many venues become a conveyor belt of events, where weddings become less personal, less distinctive somehow. They saw an opportunity to offer something different, a far more individual experience, where we don’t have to abide by a set format or strict rules.

Lois and Mark from The Event Stylists specialise in creating bespoke venue decor from custom balloon installations to prop design.

Based on a concept that is all about the play of tones and shades of blue to enhance the spring feels. They created this custom-designed balloon hoop with double stuffed balloons to really perfect the shades of this look. Elegantly finished with beautiful fresh blue hydrangeas and delicate gypsophila to really bring in those classic spring feels.

The shoot also featured some of their classic props such as their white floral centrepiece stands, beautifully finished with flowers from Rachel Jones and their complimenting white cake stand topped with the Botanical Blue cake from Louisa Antonia. Lois and Mark pride themselves on the finishing touches and details of their work to compliment any wedding look.

Rachel from Rachel Jones Flowers wanted the floral designs to be delivered in an elegant and gracious manner with a timeless colour scheme. Rachel wanted to be able to create beautiful, floral heavy flowers with tones and textures that will stay on trend and remain on trend. Rachel aimed to create something that made a real focal point in the room, that can be seen from every angle. A beautiful abundance of flowers that have lots of different eye catching textures and tones, allowing you to get lost within them, whilst trying to keep the colours simple and elegant to not over power the room. I’ve used blue hydrangeas, delphinium and white anemone with their beautiful navy centre running through the designs. I have added lots of different white florals to keep the tones simple, using lots of beautiful tulips, ranunculus, ginster, delphiniums and carnations to complement textures.

The bride wore Airiness by Ida Torez, which blends romantic elegance and seductive dreams. This style has a contemporary yet feminine look that takes bridal to a new, modern vibe! Fierce meets fairytale with these gowns. Hair and makeup artist Nicola complimented the dress with a low ponytail and a gentle make-up look which enhanced the bride's features.

The bridal bouquet was light and had plenty of movement, sweet peas allow for such beautiful texture, movement and a stunning aroma for the bride too. Sweet peas are so delicate and really complement this bridal bouquet alongside the beautiful ruffles from ranunculus, the frills from carnations and pops of blue running through from the delphinium and anemones.

The groom was dressed in a three-piece light grey suit that complimented the dusky blue theme and the tie matched this perfectly.

Louisa from Louisa Antonia Cakes is a UK wedding cake designer based in North Hertfordshire; designing and creating elegant wedding cakes and bringing a fresh and modern style to traditional designs.

This four-tier beauty, ‘The Botanical Blue’, projects the freshness of spring and the elegance of a wedding day. The Botanical Blue features dusty blue shades with detailed and delicate patterned floral work, ivory Roses, blue Hydrangeas, dried white Ruscus and a beautiful cascading hand-dyed dusty blue silk ribbon. Louisa also provided handcrafted shortbreads which were decorated with an elegant floral design.

Danielle from House of Halley wanted to compliment the clean, crisp atmosphere so chose to use clear acrylic as the base for event signage. Using the colour scheme of blue and white, she designed a wedding cake sign, a seasonal cocktail menu, and stand out a quote.

A simple hand-drawn lettering style was used so that the wording and drawings did not detract from the intention or versatility of the whole set-up. Each sign allows the personalities of the couple to translate through the entirety of their celebration.

Shading was used to imitate the bottom layer of the cake. Colours were used to decorate the cocktails appropriately. Details from the stationery were replicated on the larger aisle sign.

RPC Designs was asked to dress the tables for this event and was given a specific colour theme to match the other decor and create something that worked cohesively with the other elements, including the simplistic line floral illustration which features on the cake. RPC Designs put together a similar illustration and used this as a background element on the table numbers and then used the same floral illustrations on name tags, and paired this with a cursive simple font to compliment this.

SheI also created menus using the same elements but added a wax stamp to add a touch of elegance and class and a touch more detail. She printed everything on uncoated stock, to ensure the colour was printed as intended and also give the items a nice tactile feel.

One of the highlights of the day was having our saxophonist, Dom plays sax and the dance choreographer, Icon Dance. To relax our bride and groom into the day and really focus the attention on how magical a couples day should be. We wanted to break the trends of the first dance by mixing styles and keeping it fun!

Photographer Clare Smith Photography Concept & Wedding Planner LBC Weddings and Events Concept Planner & Cake Designer Louisa Antonia Cakes Concept Planner & Stylist The Event Stylists Venue The Barn at Alswick Florist Rachel Jones Flowers Co Videographer Creative Sparks Sax Player Dom Plays Sax

Models @ellridpath95 Hair Stylist & MUA Nicola Beddoes Hair Stylist and MUA Signage House of Halley Dance Choreographer Icon Dance Lessons Bridal Wear Lotte Rose Bridal Stationery RPC Designs Groom’s Suit Menswearr Table Wear Dress It Yourself

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