I’m so excited to share this beautiful ‘Rock My Wedding’ featured editorial on The Journal today.
It took place at the wonderful Barn at Somersbury in leafy Cranleigh, Surrey. The barn had been closed for some years, and the new owners have done a phenomenal job at restoring it to its former glory.
On the land sits the main barn itself – more of that to come on a future blog – and a stunning Victorian glasshouse which is the perfect size for more intimate weddings and parties.
The glasshouse was the ideal backdrop for the design of this wedding editorial. Set in late summer as the leaves were starting to turn into their various shades of gold.
The overall style design was ‘rustic chic meets modern glamour’ which was achieved perfectly in a number of ways.
As always in my designs, flowers featured heavily and I’d asked Kara from the brilliant Artisan Floral Studio to create an arch at the glasshouse entrance.
Oh. My. Goodness she did not disappoint! The arch was absolutely showstopping – full to the brim of autumnal gorgeousness – save the photos for inspiration if you’re having an Autumn wedding and want to inject the best blooms of the season.
I always recommend using your floral budget wisely – spending more on a real statement piece, and cutting back on other areas if necessary will ensure the perfect backdrop for your photos and really wow your guests.
Alongside the floral arch guests were greeted by crates of cosy blankets to ward off the slight chill in the air. A luxurious gold card box was styled with bud vases and mini pumpkins.
A huge fabric banner welcomed them in to the glasshouse, hanging along side brass candle lanterns. Fabric wedding signage has become increasingly popular this year and looks set to continue in to next.
Multi tonal colouring was used throughout, pairing beige and blushes with pops of rusty orange.
The tablescape design totally complimented the long banquet table which I left unclothed. The bare wood working perfectly with the rustic styling.
Using rattan place mats as a base, I built in luxurious place settings consisting of gold rimmed charger plates and matte gold cutlery. The settings were finished off with amber glass wear and soft knotted napkins.
The table stationery, including beautifully curved menus and embossed place names tied with silk ribbons was kept neutral to ensure it really stood out.
No Autumn wedding is complete without a pumpkin or two, and these were thoughtfully placed along the length of the table, nestled amongst the incredible meadow arrangements. There’s a very fine line between classy subtlety and full on theming, the latter of which I’m always keen to avoid at weddings!
Our bride wore a contemporary dress by Watters with a daring side split which allowed a pair of amazing green velvet high heeled shoes to be seen peeping out. Her hair was kept completely natural and accessorised with a pretty gold comb to one side. Accentuating her natural beauty the make up was kept fresh and glowy using golden tones.
The grooms suit complimented his brides look perfectly. He wore a textured tweed suit with a dark green tie and smart brown brogues completed the autumnal styling.
Always keen to make sure the wedding cake is front and centre and not lonely in a forgotten corner, it was placed on a plinth draped in fabric. The cake itself was an absolute piece of art, tiers of texture and adorned with fresh flowers.
As with each season that comes and goes, I’m left feeling ‘you might just be my favourite’. They say a picture speaks a thousand words so I’ll leave you with a selection of the gorgeous gallery images.
You can read the full feature now over on:
The full team:
Planner and stylist – By Hannah Baskett
Photographer – Melissa Megan Photography
Florist – The Artisan Floral Studio
Cake – Sue Hurst Cake Design
Tableware – Blacks Saucers
Napkins – The Knotted Napkin Co.
Dress – Ava Louise Bridal
Brides accessories – Clare Lloyd Accessories
Suit – Charles Gale Formal Wear
Stationery – The Soiree Studio
Venue – The Barn at Somersbury