At Britten Weddings we love an autumn wedding, and this stunning editorial, featured by Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, is about to set some serious seasonal wedding goals.
Inspired by the excitement and intimacy of an elopement wedding, these stunning images by Olivejoy Photography capture the romance and warmth of the changing season along with drama and passion of a secret ceremony.
Styled by The Toast, the photoshoot combines burnished reds and oranges with shadows and earthy tones to achieve an ethereal, yet natural, aesthetic which would appeal to traditional and contemporary brides-to-be.
Set amongst the grounds of the Bignor Manor estate, the autumnal elopement theme is filled with modern yet timeless trends and enduring classic elements, including a pampas grass crescent moon and glowing tapered candles, a modern bridal gown paired with a hooded cape, and unique vintage-inspired decor and a trio of cakes adorned by nature. Take a closer look, it's all in the detail.
Atmospheric and enchanting, enjoy a spellbinding mixture of luxuriously soft tulle fabrics and the pure beauty of pared-back foliage, burnt orange blooms, and sepia finishing touches.
Bignor Park is a 19th Century estate in Sussex, complete with stables and coach house. The aged and rustic features of the location provided a secluded and unconventional spot to showcase the dreamy bridal looks of the day. The setting adds a stately feel, reminiscent of bygone times, complementing the burnished colour palette perfectly with its period features.
Feminine, refined, with a hint of the theatrical, the bridal look contrasts soft textures and minimalist styling with bold colours and seasonal flowers and foliage.
Wearing the simple and modern ‘Twyla’ gown by Leanne Marshall, from Rock the Frock Sussex, the bride looks almost otherworldly as the ivory silk clean lines of the organza gown meet with her vivid auburn hair. During the ceremony shots, the plunging neckline is softened with the addition of the gold leaf vine trim ‘Beltaine’ veil with scalloped hem and crown from What Katy Did Next.
For the outdoor shots, the bride swaps her embellished veil for a fabulous bespoke tulle cape with hood. The strikingly beautiful cape was handmade by our creative team here at Britten Wedding especially for the shoot, and conjures a sense of history and wonder thanks to its voluminous but lightweight translucent tulle hood.
A stately property called for tweed. Provided by Menswearr, the groom wears a fabulous brown tweed suit, paired with a maroon scoop neck waistcoat. The addition of the waistcoat helps to add a sense of formality to the look, and the cut also helps to reveal the groom’s burnt orange tie for a contrasting burst of colour.
With a 'just foraged' feel, award-winning florists Tigers to Lilies created a wild and natural branch installation. The stunning arrangement displayed dried foliage studded with stunning rich-coloured orange roses, a perfect addition and focal point for the ceremony. Taking centre stage and ticking all the boxes for the latest wedding trends, the fantastic florists also created a striking pampas grass crescent moon for the outdoor shoot.
The bride carried an oversized bridal bouquet brimming with untamed foliage and a variety of floral textures, including flawless nude roses, tied with botanical hand-dyed velvet and silk ribbons from The Natural Dyeworks.
Designer Leanne Marshall is known for her signature watercolour dye fabrics, and her burnt orange ‘Soleil’ bridesmaid’s dress made a perfect addition to the colourful photoshoot. Featuring a V-neck bodice and racerback, the dress offers a feminine and floaty look without sacrificing comfort. Delicate hair combs, from What Katy Did Next, were added to the bridesmaid’s hairstyle, and the look was accessorised with our elegant chapel length silk style tulle wedding cape veil ‘Zana’ featuring a gentle scoop neck design and sumptuous soft-touch fabric.
A symbol of love and peace, a white dove release adds to the sense of occasion for couples on their wedding day. A delightful special touch signifying the start of their new life together, the two doves from the photoshoot were kindly provided by Lovey Dovey UK.
For the ceremony, a simple yet dramatic approach was taken. The room was lit with over one hundred candles positioned in oversized wooden blocks. The glow from the candles and the natural warmth of the wood texture helps to add a soft romantic ambience to the venue.
And, what more could an eloping couple ask for, but a sweetheart table for two? Informal and cosy, sweet and charming, the table was decorated with vintage stone and earthenware vases filled with dried flowers and grasses. The look is completed with a variety of textures, from pottery candles holders, designed by the stylist and made by a local potter, to hand-dyed organic table linens and silks dyed in subtle earthy tones by The Natural Dyeworks.
The table also includes glass ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ place settings, hand-etched by Vinegar and Brown Paper, which will help to ensure wedding guests find their seat whilst doubling up as thoughtful keepsake favours.
Central to the elopement shoot, the colour palette used soft and subtle earthy tones. The muted and neutral colour scheme, seen throughout the flowers, cake designs, naturally dyed linen and silk table covers, and the stone and pottery tableware, allowed shades of bright burnt orange and saffron yellow to really stand adding interest and depth to the composition of the theme, from the vintage sofa and candles to the bride’s hair and bridesmaid’s dress.
Good things come in threes, and never has this been more true than with this stunning trio of wedding cakes made by The Beachside Bakery. Using the colours and textures of the dried flowers, pottery, and fabrics taken from the theme, the talented bakers got to work creating amazing cakes inspired by nature. Adding a further sense of the outdoors, each cake has its own plinth accompanied by a ‘just blown in’ mound of moss or confetti from Bubble and Berry.