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Classic Vintage with a Modern Edge

This vintage wedding shoot was inspired by the beautiful interior of Boscundle Manor, a boutique hotel set in nearly 2 acres of private grounds, located in St Austell, Cornwall.

Boscundle Manor is licensed to hold weddings and civil ceremonies in a number of locations on site and caters for both elopements and smaller ceremonies of up to 40 with exclusive use hire.

The wedding was held in the library, which has elegant Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue painted walls and dark wooden flooring, giving the perfect setting for this romantic and intimate, candlelit ceremony.

Sue from Classical Strings provided the music for the seating of guests, the entrance of the bride, the signing of the register and the couple’s exit.

The styling of the shoot reflects a couple’s love of travel and literature and used vintage suitcases and books to illustrate this.

A colour palette of silver, green/grey, ivory, blush pink and lilac was used which set the tone of the shoot.

The wedding flowers, which were provided by Katie at Brookside Flower Farm, captured the very essence of this romantic and luxurious shoot, with a colour choice of soft pastels being used.

Roses were the flower of choice, symbolising true love, with much thought was put into the colours used (as they each have a special meaning):

Blush pink – Joy and happiness

Lavender – Enchantment, love and adoration

Ivory – Richness and perfection

Other flower combinations were also used such as Wax Flower, Snow berries, Astrantia, Brunia berries, seeded Eucalyptus and various grasses.

The arch provided a dramatic entrance and contained a mixture of scented roses, Gypsophelia and Chrysanthemums. The flowers were complimented with ivy, Eucalyptus, Asparagus, fern and garden foilage.

The use of flowers throughout this shoot were carried though to the fireplace and set the scene for an intimate and romantic ceremony, with vintage silver candlesticks and blush candles in varying heights used, which added warmth and interest.

The church candles and the hearth arrangement added depth to the final design with the aim of creating both a fabulous backdrop and sense of magic for the few invited.

The table sees a silk runner running down the middle of this beautiful 100 year old wooden table.

White plates and crisp napkins were complimented by heart shaped shortbread biscuits, which were offered as favours.

Place names in pastel green and delicate pink with pearl, diamante and lace detailing covered simple thank you notes for the guests.

Glassware and candelabra gave an impression of grandeur, with the use of blush candles, roses and trailing foliage lighting the table to showcase the delicate handmade stationary and place settings beneath.

Our bride looked beautiful in a fitted Rosetta Nicolini ivory gown, adorned with a gem bodice, a lace overlay and a flowing train. A satin belt with diamante flower detailing and Rainbow Club heels finished the look.

The accessories used were delicately handmade using freshwater pearls and Swarovski diamante and crystals and were designed especially for the shoot.

The headdress from Blushing Flamingos ‘Nightingale’ collection, features a delicate floral design with vines weaved across the hair from a side cluster of flower pearls.

Our bride’s hair was styled in a soft, elegant 1940’s look and was created using a variety of techniques to give a modern touch.

The make-up used was dramatic and glamorous to suit this classic, vintage look.

Our groom’s suit was a House of Cavani suit named ‘Albert’ in tweed grey.

The wedding cake reflected the dress, focusing on a top tier of elegant sparkle.

A modern twist was given to this shoot with the groom’s love of sports cars. The open top wedding car was decorated with an elegant garland of flowers and used the old age tradition of cans trailing the car to give a nod to the couple’s sense of fun.

A behind the scenes view of the shoot was filmed by Mike Dutton of VisionsUK –

Here’s a few of my personal favourites from the shoot…

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Suppliers used:

Venue – Boscundle Manor

Flowers – Brookside Flower Farm, Katie Bikerdike

Planning & Co-ordination – Belles & Beaus, Rachael Couch

Styling – Brookside Flower Farm & Belles & Beaus

Music – Classical Strings, Sue Aston

Dress – Belles & Beaus, Rachael Couch

Suit – Little Anne Maids, Alan Walker

Shoes – Rainbow Club

Jewellery – Blushing Flamingos, Kate Mabbett

Make Up – Emilies Professional Hair & Make Up, Emily Gill

Hair – Fuzion Hair, Claire O’Brien

Cake & Favours – Jax Cakes n’Bakes, Jax Curtis

Stationary- Fairytale Wedding Stationery, Jayne Penlerick

Videography – Mike Dutton, VisionsUK

Models – Richard & Fiona

If you are having a small wedding at Boscundle Manor in St Austell, Cornwall and are looking for a Cornish wedding photographer to capture your special day, please feel free to get in touch. I would love to hear your wedding day plans.

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