An Opalescent Elopement with a Modern Romantic Wedding Style
Tara Statton Photography shares her modern romantic take on the barn wedding with a beautiful shoot inspired by Opalescent colours! We love contemporary look which mixes pretty colours of pastel pink and details such as iridescent glassware, with on trend florals – and a floating over the table floral installation! Total wedding decor goals! Here is Tara to tell you all about the lovely details and team of suppliers who brought this inspiration together;
“The inspiration behind this shoot was drawn on from the precious Opal Stone. It’s subtle and understated beauty and it’s reflective, iridescent qualities. I love its simple white appearance, that reveals a multitude of tones such as pale pinks, soft blues, purples and yellows when the light hits it. I hoped to portray this delicate spectrum of colours throughout the shoot; from the flowers to the props, to the dresses. Whilst planning the shoot, we focused on incorporating elements that were reflective or translucent, such as a shimmering white sequin crop top, cut glass candle sticks or iridescent wine glasses. Upton Barn is a beautiful venue within Devon and provided the perfect space. It’s large converted barns gave us an ideal blank canvas to work in, with minimalistic white walls, wooden floors, beams and the dreamiest natural light flooding in.
I wanted the shoot to have a very light, feminine and almost ethereal feel to it. When choosing props and styling, we focused on soft textures and fabrics such as the beautiful plant dyed silk ribbons and runners by Border Cottage Flowers and torn edged watercolour stationery by De Winton Paper Co.
Our main table set up consisted of a simple oak table styled with classic ornate silverware, white plates, napkins and iridescent glassware. The organically styled floral centrepiece was held in a beautifully subtle transparent urn, that shone colourfully in the natural light. The table was scattered with succulents and terrariums containing plants, precious stones and geodes supplied by Keeping it Vintage. Above the table was suspended a large floral cloud design that perfectly incorporated vast amounts of delicate texture and the main colours of our shoot.
When it came to florals, Cottage Flowers interpreted the brief exceptionally. Jacalyn embraced the eco friendly and organic floral trends with foam free, romantically styled designs. She focused on muted silver and neutrally toned foliage, with the flowers adding an array of subtle colours. The suspended cloud piece was constructed from British Grown Blossom, dried grasses, lilac Canterbury Bells, Norma Jean Roses and pale blue Delphiniums. The centrepieces and informal hand tied bouquets also had a variety of supersized Hanoi Ranunculus with their tissue paper like petals and their daintier relative Butterfly Ranunculus with their shiny appearance. Shimmering Cadiz Shells were incorporated into the bouquet, adding an opalescent feature. Outside in the ceremony space, a large floral wreath was suspended as a wonderful backdrop that you could visualise real couples saying their vows in front of.
I really enjoyed working with the beautiful handmade pieces by AbideMaids. The first outfit was an ivory lace top and a full length flowing crepe skirt in a dusky rose colour. It was followed by an ivory sequinned crop top with a floaty duck egg blue tulle skirt. This conveyed our colour scheme perfectly, also reflecting the modern and contemporary Bride or Bridesmaid through the use of separates, delicate fabrics and style.
Our outfits were completed by accessorising with Clare Elizabeth Kilgour’s handmade silver eco jewellery. Her ‘Memories Necklace’ enclosed fragile dried pink petals, suspended in a large transparent pendant, inspired by pressing and preserving flowers as a lifelong keepsake. Inspired by iridescence, our model was made up by Laura Le Page Bridal Makeup with light reflecting primers and pink toned powders to keep the skin glowing. A fresh pink on the lips created a youthful and feminine feel, with her full brows giving a fantastic structure to the look. Her hair was styled romantically by Bridal Hair by Rosanne, with plenty of texture, volume, soft curls and plaits, with fresh flowers used to embellish the final look.”
- Photography: Tara Statton Photography
- Venue: Upton Barn + Walled Garden
- Floral Design: Jacalyn for Cottage Flowers
- Makeup Artist + Prop Styling: Laura Le Page Bridal Makeup
- Hair Stylist: Bridal Hair by Rosanne
- Dresses: AbideMaids
- Model: Chelsea Marie
- Props: Keeping it Vintage
- Cakes: Claire Makes Cakes
- Stationery: De Winton Paper Co
- Silk Ribbons + Runners: Border Cottage Flowers
- Jewellery: Elizabeth Kilgour Floristry + Jewellery Design