WEDDINGS

Festive Wedding in a Winter Wonderland

Whether you’re a complete grinch or a festive fanatic, you cannot help but be blown away by the stunning seasonal style of this Christmassy festive wedding shoot. 

Personally, we’re big kids at heart—Christmas is our favourite time of year, without a doubt. But that’s not just because of the indulgent food and the big pile of presents (although those do certainly have their perks). One of the elements that make this the most wonderful time of the year is the style. 

A combination rich colours, shameless glitz and rustic greenery characterise the winter aesthetic. It’s a simply dazzling décor choice, and so, it seems like an obvious choice to bring this elegance to weddings at this time of year.  

In testament to all the magnificent style features unique to this time of year, this styled shoot featured a modern take on a traditional festive feel. Themed weddings have never been so elegant. 

THE STYLE

The festive wedding shoot took place in a gorgeous historic venue, Cornwell Manor, which has a regal beauty that was certainly in keeping with the timeless theme. 

This magnificent manor is located in the heart of the Cotswolds. This particular venue was chosen for its quintessentially English charm and glamour. The ballroom in particular provided a key ceremony spot, as in this room (as with countless other grand events across the century) the festive tablescape was set, and the bride and groom’s portrait shots were taken. 

Throughout this festive wedding shoot, the photographer made use of all the beautiful grounds that Cornwell Manor had to offer. The landscape offered an abundance of beautiful autumnal colours, which enhanced the colour scheme wonderfully.  

The selection of vintage clothing and furnishings were in keeping with the elegant country wedding venue. The Savin London and Anna Kara dresses from White Lace and Butterflies, alongside the gold and pearl jewellery from Rachel Sokhal Bridal kept the theme consistent, while still bringing a touch of modernity to the occasion. 

Authentic vintage tableware and glass provided by Vintage Gold China completed the look; the exquisite detail of which made the festive tables stand proud amidst the glamour of the ballroom.  

Then, to bring some festive indulgence to the table, a bespoke four-tier wedding cake from Cherry Tree Cakerie, adorned with hand-painted gold wafer paper flowers, tied everything together under the seasonally inspired theme.  

THE COLOURS

In keeping with the English country house location, this festive wedding shoot was created using a deep and rich colour scheme. The palette was designed to be both romantic and elegant.  

To achieve this luxurious effect, the classic Christmas colours of deep reds, greens and sparkling golds were used throughout to create the absolute epitome of festive style. The planner said that these colours were a dream with which to work, as slight differences in shade didn’t compromise the overall look of the occasion. For example, although a number of different red tones were used in the flower displays and on the tablescape, they all worked together perfectly harmoniously. 

THE FLOWERS

To create the flower displays, velvety burgundy roses were paired with garden spray roses in red, red hypericum berries and burgundy amaranthus.

The all-in-red bouquet was used to give the flowers an elegant wintry aesthetic. Hints of blush and cream were added with lighter roses, which acted to complement the darker flowers, making them pop while also bringing their own softer, romantic feel to the look. Winter is all about different textures of plants, and so white thistles, pine, berried eucalyptus and red skimmia further enhanced the bouquet. 

For the table displays, tall and elegant vases achieved a dramatic height, which then adorned full floral arrangements. This gave the tables a real wow factor without straying from the grandiose theme. 

KEY TIPS

  • Use warm colours for a decadent festive feel. Deep reds and golds in particular epitomise Christmas style.  
  • Don’t over complicate a table with too many elements—often, simplicity is the best way to achieve elegance.
  • Classic gold jewellery partnered with lace and tulle ensured no one element of the bridal look outshone the other. Keep your jewellery simple, so that the delicate intricacies of the dress is not overpowered.  

 

Suppliers

Photographer: Suzy Elizabeth Photography // Planner: Joanna Wilford Weddings // Cake: Cherry Tree Cakerie // Bridal Gown: White Lace and Butterflies // Venue: Cornwell Manor // Menswear: The Cotswold Tailor // Florist: Bramble and Belle // Stationery: Lynda Loves // Jewellery: Rachel Sokhal Bridal // Glass and Tableware: Vintage Gold China // Hair and Makeup: Debbie MAC Hair and Makeup Artist // Furniture: Oxford Event Hire // Glass and Tableware: Table To Dine For 

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