A Nice Day for a Welsh Wedding
The Story: This shoot was a romantic summer countryside wedding in South Wales, inspired mostly by the venue. The key elements were big flouncy skirts, straw hats and flowers. The concept was to create a romantic country wedding which would suit different budgets. The use of local Welsh suppliers was also important.
The Location: The impressive Penpont House on the banks of the Usk in Wales. This privately owned Grade I listed house is one of the most spectacular country houses in Wales. In addition to the respectfully restored house which dates back to 1666, this gorgeous property is blessed with extensive grounds, sweeping lawns, the old Victorian rose and walled gardens, riverside and woodland walks and the amazing Green Man Maze.
The Vibes: Rustic, wild and romantic with Cottagecore vibes. This wedding is a celebration of summer and all things local. The embroidery on one of the bride’s outfits adds some romantic whimsy and there is a luxe farmhouse vibe to the tablescape and dessert table.
The Details: The colour palette used was blush pink, apricot, white, green and pale blue. It was important that all of the elements used were very subtle shades so none of the colours overpowered or washed each other out. For example, the pink skirt had to complement the flowers, so they didn’t compete with each other. A lilac and plum coloured bouquet was used with one of the other outfits. The flowers used were all locally grown, some of which were from the organic walled garden at Penpont House. The flowers used were grown for their scent and uniqueness as many of the varieties are not available from normal wholesale flower markets.
Tips & Highlights:
- The shoot took place in summer, so the flowers were dictated by the season. However, you can still get a similar look using other British flowers in Autumn and Spring. The florist, Queen of the Meadow, did not use any floral foam and plastics in the arrangements for sustainability reasons.
- A big straw hat is a must as it complements any big frilly / romantic skirt or dress.
- To recreate the tablescape, old bottles and earthenware can be used with single flowers in them accented by blue and white crockery and natural woven table mats for a soft vintage feel.
Florist: Queen of the Meadow // Photographer: Kate Richards Photography // Venue: Penpont House // Cake: Miss Havisham’s Cakes // Bride’s Dresses: Waxflower Bridal // Groom’s Suit: Hanson the Clothes People // Venue Stylists: Megan and Claude // Hair: Jayne Shelley // MUA: Charlotte Raine // Stationery: Abi Lewis Design // Models: Tom and Jess