Posted: March 19th 2019
by Belle Hutton
Choosing a wedding venue and then picking the right theme to complement the venue as well as you and your groom’s styles can be one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding. Do you want to go down the pretty and romantic route? The traditional and historic? Or something fresh and modern? Do you follow wedding trends or go with your own look?
Once you’ve decided on the theme every other aspect of the wedding planning can fall into place. The theme can determine your dress, the type of flowers you choose, decor and even table settings. One of the wonderful things about Holkham is its variety of venues for marriage ceremonies, wedding breakfasts, and drinks receptions. But in some ways that
If you’re still sitting on the fence about what sort of theme you want your wedding day to have, take a look at Holkham’s recent styled shoot for inspiration. We partnered with wedding gift list brand Prezola, wedding dress designers Belle & Bunty and some of our own local Norfolk suppliers, to pull together a beautiful enchanted fairytale styled theme
So what inspired the shoot? “I fell in love with the romantic outdoor setting at The Temple, which made us think of an ethereal, fairytale, glade theme with billowing linen tablecloths, twinkling lanterns, sheepskin rugs, and rustic tableware,” says Katherine Raderecht, Brand Partnerships Director at Prezola.
Soft hues, delicate lighting and plenty of florals gave the rustic setting a romantic feel. The table setting followed a neutral colour palette, with gold accents on the wine glasses, charger plates, storm lanterns and elegant cake stand. To embrace The Temple’s woodland setting and as a nod to the beautiful nature around, textures were added in the form of linen napkins, sheepskin and wool
Once the table’s look and feel had been established we turned to Katherine Brown from Ivy Floral Events to work her magic with the flowers. “With the breath-taking surroundings of The Temple, I wanted the flowers to have a romantic, enchanted look so roses were a must, along with mass petalled ranunculus. I mixed these with blowsy, soft textured grasses and seed heads creating a super gorgeous fairytale look. I chose earthy shades to complement the beautiful tones of the rustic Temple. Soft browns and delicate neutrals mixed with the beautiful soft textured foliages looked gorgeous together”, says Katherine.
And it wouldn’t be a wedding without a cake. Emma from Buns of Fun created a gorgeous one-tier buttercream cake decorated with Katherine’s floral arrangements. The icing took on a textured look inspired by nature. Her advice to brides wanting to recreate this look is to make sure you find a “fabulous florist with knowledge of food-safe flowers or the time and patience to clean and wrap each flower stem used on the cake. The method of placement is organic, depending on the size or colour of each bloom, some wilder pieces might be longer than the rest but this is totally part of the unstructured look”.
Our beautiful bride wore the Evelyn dress from Belle & Bunty’s Island in the Streams collection. The floaty, low-backed dress is decorated with delicate sequins, a sash on the waist and elegant chiffon sleeves. Her hair was worn down with gentle waves in, to keep with the bohemian feel of the set, and she wore a headdress also made by Katherine at Ivy Floral Events.