After months of being in lockdown, I was so excited to get creative again for this gorgeous shoot at Wadhurst Castle. We kept the team really small so that we could be safe and maintain social distancing plus there was a lot of shooting outdoors. I cannot tell you how lovely it was to collaborate with fellow wedding suppliers again though!
It was my first visit to Wadhurst Castle. And what a beautiful wedding venue it is with its views over the surrounding Kent and Sussex countryside. Yes it’s a castle, but the size of its rooms are perfectly suited to an intimate wedding. I especially loved the Winter Garden room filled with exotic plants, which is where Sarah built a gorgeous asymmetric floral arch which created this sense of luscious floral abundance. She used beautiful British grown flowers, from a local grower, in the table centre pieces as well as the bouquet.
As soon as I saw the photos of Wadhurst Castle with its castellated walls, I knew I wanted to make a square cake to echo that architecture. I also wanted to show that small cakes can pack a punch and still be a showstopper despite their size. So I made a tall, single tier square cake with textured buttercream and liberally coated its edges with edible gold leaf. The finishing touch was an explosion of fresh and dried flowers that complemented all the statement florals.
Claire, from Love in Lace Bridal Boutique brought along 2 exquisite Alena Leena bridal gowns (Armeria & Liana). I love sleeves on a wedding dress, and I fell in love with the Armeria gown with with its romantic sheer layers and those incredible off-the-shoulder bell sleeves. Swoon!
And how about the details in this bespoke stationery suite created by Mathilda – I’m always in awe of her work. She used smooth buttery handmade paper which has the loveliest texture. I especially love the custom illustration of the castle as well as the elegant calligraphy. That extra detail of watercolour paintings on the envelope liners as a nod to all the gorgeous flowers too says everything about Mathilda’s creativity and attention to detail! I love collaborating with her, we often share ideas to develop work that complements each others. I created 2 sets of biscuits that could be used on the wedding tablescape and alongside Mathilda’s stationery. There were touches of yellow watercolour, grey and yellow marbling and edible gold leaf that complemented the gold wax seals and gold foil on the stationery.
There’s so much more to look at, including Russell’s fab video. Enjoy Pierra’s beautiful photos! Xx
CONCEPT, DIRECTION & PHOTOGRAPHY: PIERRA G PHOTOGRAPHY
VIDEOGRAPHY: RUSSELL KENT NICHOLLS
PROPS & FURNITURE: LOCATE TO CREATE
FLORAL DESIGN: ORCHARD BLOOMS
STATIONERY: MATHILDA LUNDIN
CAKE DESIGN & FAVOURS: SUGAR PLUM BAKES
BRIDAL BOUTIQUE & EARRINGS: LOVE IN LACE ; DRESS DESIGNER: ALENA LEENA
VENUE: WADHURST CASTLE
LINENS & NAPKINS: @BEYONDV
PLATES: FEBBIE DAY CERAMICS