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The Fernery at Ashridge House Styled Shoot

Infused with pretty pops of green and the splendour of The Fernery at Ashridge House, this styled shoot gives us life. This botanical-themed photoshoot is filled with all sorts of unexpected elements.

Perfectly captured by By Lumiere, this styled shoot features with pin-worthy inspirations that you could use for your own big day. Scroll down and see all the beauty we’re talking about.

The Design

Ashridge House, near Berkhamsted, asked By Lumiere to create a stunning wedding setting in The Fernery. They opted for a botanical theme, with lots of green foliage, bold palms softened with ivy and ferns. It’s contemporary, natural, and stylishly edgy.


The Colour Palette


The key in this styled shoot is simplicity – muted tones and lots of green. It has a gorgeous mixture of natural pampas grass with dusty brown-tone flowers and accents of peach. 


The Floral Design


The bouquet consisted of small delicate flowers in muted tones with black-centred crisp white anemones for an eye-catching and fresh look. The Moon Gate, popular among couples wanting a statement piece for their ceremony, was perfect for this setting. Their design included pampas grass, mixed palms and ferns, with peach anthuriums as a feature flower. The giant hoop was quite a display, but didn’t detract from the beautiful building itself, allowing fabulous light to pour through.


For the aisle, we used large silver lanterns with foliage draped to the floor. There are also two statement designs at the aisle’s end to draw the eye.


Key Tips to Create this Look

  1. 1. Flowers

Mix bold foliage with delicate ferns, and accent-coloured flowers amidst ones of muted tones. Use pampas grass to add texture and tone. 


2. Hair and Makeup

Caroline of Powder and Glow: “To keep the relaxed, informal style of the shoot, I decided to sweep up one side of Shona’s hair with the beautiful fresh flower comb Rebecca made, and let the other side down with soft, flowing waves for a romantic, natural look. The makeup was full coverage, with a lick of black eyeliner and shadows to suit Shona’s skin tone. I chose a coral pink lipstick to complement the pop of colour in the flowers, but kept the blush muted, focusing on bronzer, again to tone with Shona’s already bronzed glowing skin. Of course, finishing with a high cheek highlighter is a must for a bride’s radiant glow!”


3. The Dress

After hearing the description of the venue and flowers, we decided to pick out a gown that flows romantically and fits into the surroundings. Anything sparkly and structured would have looked out of place, so soft and elegant lace was our best bet! 


4. Photography

The photography style needed to match the florals: natural with an edge. It was also essential that they showed off Ashridge House’s stunning new glasshouse space, how it exudes a refreshing aura of almost being outside. The flowers really were standout, and By Lumiere also used the foliage to frame the couple.