To celebrate our launch and in excitement for THIS SUNDAYS Wedding Open Day at Clumber Park, Nottingham National Trust, we are delighted to share this beautiful botanical styled photo-shoot, our wonderful Rebecca organised earlier in the summer.
Earlier in the year we were honoured to be approached by the National Trust yet again to work with them as their exclusive wedding coordinators for Clumber Park. There are three venues licenced to hold civil ceremonies within the park with two additional event sites perfect for marquee and tipi weddings. Clumber Park is a magical place that looks stunning all year round, however we choose to focus on just two of our many favourite locations as the key destinations for this summer botanical wedding shoot.
The first, the Old Parsonage, stands in the centre of Clumber Clumber’s 3,800 acres of park and woodlands which is nestled within Sherwood Forest. It is a private suite of rooms comprising of the Georgiana Room, where the ceremony takes place and Hawkins Study which plays host to the wedding breakfast. It has its own private entrance and stunning views overlooking the Parsonage Lawn, which is south facing and the perfect place for Pimms and lawn games and across the breathtaking lake.
We really wanted to capture the beauty of the intimate rooms and felt that the amazingly talented Leigh Mcara Photography was the person to do that. His photos are dramatic but elegant and he was really able to depict the feel of the Old Parsonage.
As we had two stunning models, Ruth and Tyla, to show off two stunning sites we needed two stunning dresses, thank you to Lizzie Malcolm of Elizabeth Malcolm Bridalwear who provided us with a beautiful gown but also made the amazing two piece for Ruth. The models were made over by the lovely Hayleigh Louise and their hair styled by the gorgeous Alison Jenner Hair Stylist.
We asked the wonderful husband and wife team, Scott and Laura from Avant Garden to dress both rooms for us and as usual we were stunned by how they were able to transform the venue with their amazing floral arrangements and centrepiece. They also provided the most stunning flower crowns and bouquet for our models. We wanted something that was over the top and a bit out there and my goodness we were not disappointed.
When it came to the Hawkins study we really wanted to show off the remarkable wallpaper that absolutely sets the room apart from others, as well as Laura and Scott, once again providing us with a centre piece we totally fell in love with, Rachel from Wedding Event Design Studio who also helped us out with their striking range of sequinned table cloths. The incredible Becky Lord finished our table with stationary especially designed for the shoot, pulling the duck egg blue and gold from the wall paper which matched perfectly to the exquisite cake made for us by the very busy and very talented Charlotte from Cherry Blossom Cakes. Let me tell you, if a way to a wedding planners heart is through her stomach, then I am totally in love with Charlotte!
When we had finished in the Old Parsonage we headed over to the Glasshouse. Built in the early 1900’s, the Glasshouse is a truly unique setting for an intimate civil ceremony, with the stunning backdrop of the historic Walled Kitchen Garden and its vibrant array of flowers followed by drinks and canapes in the Rose Garden. Within the Glasshouse itself we didn’t need to do anything at all in the way of styling, the building is able to speak for itself, just imagine walking down the ‘aisle’ surrounded by the eye-catching gardens.
The shoot in the Rose Garden was my favourite part of the day. I love how the garden is walled off from the rest of the Gardens and this is inspired me to think, Secret Garden with a twist for the style of the shoot. Laura and Scott of Avant Garden dressed the table in moss and beautiful bright blooms, birdcages and candles and it was exquisite.
The fabulous Kate from Splendid Signs kindly produced some gorgeous personalised chalk boards that perfectly added the finishing touch.
Photography – Leigh Mcara Photography
Venue – Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire National Trust
Bridal – Elizabeth Malcolm Bridalwear
Florist & Stylist – Avant Garden
Make Up Artist – Hayleigh Louise
Hair Stylist Alison Jenner Hair Stylist.
Personalised Chalk Boards – Splendid Signs
Linen – Wedding Event Design Studio
Wedding Stationery – Becky Lord
Cakes – Cherry Blossom Cakes
Models – Ruth Oldfield & Tyla Jackson