Sunny Intimate Country Wedding at Bignor Park
Tucked away down an impressive half-mile-long drive, Bignor Park is the perfect hidden gem for an intimate country wedding.
Sitting on over 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens overlooking the South Downs, this magical venue is surrounded by fig-covered walled gardens and features a pink main house with forest green shutters bursting with quirky English charm and understated Riviera style.
The Colour Palette
The team behind this Mediterranean-themed styled shoot wanted to create a warm and intimate environment despite the larger scale venue by focusing on the details.
For this intimate country wedding they chose a sun-drenched-inspired colour palette of buttery yellows, apricot, blush and coral and added earthy tones and simple elegant forms to keep the overall look modern and contemporary. Mixing pastels with nudes and neutrals helped to soften the brighter tones and give the more colourful elements some space to breathe.
The amber tableware pulls the colour palette together while alternating terracotta and warmer cream napkins keeps the table looking fresh. Adding a bright white tablecloth provided a contrast to the Mediterranean palette to ensure the colours popped.
The refined stationery suite complemented the luxurious sun-drenched feels of the Med. Penelope Margot Design used a combination of neutral and terracotta toned papers and envelopes with gold hot foil printing. Wrapped in a subtly patterned vellum sleeve and finished with gold thread, it beautifully complemented the aesthetic rather than overpowering it.
The floral design was inspired by sun baked Mediterranean days and the elegant lines of the bridal gown from Halo & Wren.
Dove and Myrtle chose seasonal September blooms such as dahlias, roses and rudbeckias in mellow late summer hues—many of which were grown locally in Sussex. Foliage was kept minimal so the flowers took centre stage in both the bridal bouquet and on the tablescape. Hanging installations added colour and texture to the backdrop of the glasshouse and complemented the surroundings.
- Choose your colour palette focusing first on the neutral nude tones then add in your brighter colours—lemon yellow, orange, coral, olive greens, azure blues etc.—but don’t try to incorporate every colour from your palette into every single design element.
- Find a venue that fits in with your vision for the day both in terms of the look and the people. Bignor Park was the perfect location for this shoot because it had so many beautiful outdoor spaces with which to work and a friendly and experienced venue manager who went out of her way to ensure we felt welcome and able to create the desired look.
- Create an inspiration board to keep all your ideas in one place and use it to communicate the look and feel you’re going for with your suppliers. Canva is a great tool for this!
Photography: Manon Pauffin Photography // Styling: Pink Palms Events // Flowers: Dove & Myrtle // Venue: Bignor Park // Makeup: Becky Howie // Hair: Your Event Stylist // Dress: Halo & Wren // Stationery: Penelope Margot Design // Cake: Avant-Garde Cake Studio // Furniture Rental: The Little Wedding Warehouse // Tableware: Your Plate or Mine // Jewellery: Tilly Thomas Lux // Candles: Hardwick & Lamb