This shoot, which has a dreamy tonal colour palette of inky blues and grey, takes its inspiration from it’s unique surroundings – an awe inspiring Victorian Shell House which sits on the edge of a lake at West Lexham Manor in Norfolk. This Shell House is home to hundreds of delicate sea shells which have been intricately placed within the frame work of the building’s walls, windows and doors. It is from the historic shapes and colours of the shells that the coastal concept was born, based around the romance of the endless sea and the textures that you find within it.
With a stunning cake by Sugar Buttons Creative (seriously – this cake is so good) and amazing florals by Clare Kenward (which we just adore the bouquet) this shoot is ticking a lot of our wedding boxes. It is romantic, whimsical, elegant, inspirational and wild all rolled into one!
Alex and the suppliers talk us through the location, those beautiful shells and how they were all inspired by the coastal theme….
The Romance of The Endless Sea….
The whole theme for this shoot came from the incredible Victorian Shell House that sits on the edge of the lake at West Lexham. It really has to be seen to be believed, hundreds of delicate shells framing walls and windows. It is a work of art in it’s own right. Seeking inspiration from it’s inky blue walls and the historic shapes and colours of the shells I created a concept based around the romance of the endless sea and the textures that you find within it. From frothy waves breaking on the shore to glistening sand beneath your feet, the amazing creatives involved all brought to life their own coastal visions. We created a floral centrepiece inside a giant clam shell, spilling over with inky blues, sea foam, grey and white blooms and foliage. There was a romantic windswept feel with the loose bouquet featuring unusual plants and flowers such as tillandsia, eryngium, anigozanthus alongside garden roses and delphinium. And with the bridal outfits there was inspiration from the sea with scallop edge details and soft blue lace.
Words By White Olive Design Studio
The turquoise watercolour washes were individually hand painted and vellum was used to layer some of the pieces to soften the colour and add some detail. Hand written calligraphy in navy ink added interest and depth on both the menus and capiz shell place settings.
The table names were inspired by Greek Gods and to keep in with the coastal theme these were hand written in white ink onto seaglass acrylic sheets which has been a popular trend for 2018 weddings! The invites were hand written calligraphy with hand painted watercolour details on cotton rag paper, finished with a vellum layer, hand dyed silk ribbon by Silk & Purl and a marbles wax seal.
Words by Sugar Buttons Creative
The tall cake features watercolour painting inspired by the stationery suite by White Olive Designs. Delicate layered wafer paper with gilded edges emulates the texture of a huge clam shell and the crowning glory is a selection of hand painted edible shells and white chocolate coral.
The Line Up
Photographer: Kindred Photography
Creative Direction & Styling: The Bijou Bride
Cake: Sugar Buttons Creative
Stationery: White Olive Design Studio
Blue Dress: TH & TH Bridesmaids
White Dress: WTOO by Watters from Halo & Wren
Skirt & Top: Halo & Wren
Flowers: Clare Kenward
Hair & Make Up: Jenn Edwards & Co
Props: The Little Lending Company
Venue: West Lexham for Snap Photography Festival
Model – Tayszea Lai from BAME Models