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Brympton House

Brympton House

Brympton House

As a wedding photographer I am always inspired by iconic romances. Here you will find the perfect Valentines Day wedding planning ideas from Chocolat (the movie released in 2000). The film featured some scenes shot on location at Brympton House. Brympton was once described as “the most incomparable house in Britain”. See more inside the house.

“Life is what you celebrate. All of it.”

Take inspiration for a Valentines Day wedding from Chocolat, the iconic romance starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. Based on Joanne Harris‘ book, the storyline is bursting with joie de vivre, colour and life. Scroll down to enjoy the images from an editorial I shot, featuring in this month’s issue of Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding.  

“I sell dreams, small comforts, sweet harmless temptations to bring down a multitude of saints crashing among the hazels and nougatines.”

The movie’s main character Vianne – and her love of chocolate – sparked our inspiration. Luxurious chocolate truffles were made by hand at The Chocolate Society. They’re seen here in coordinating shades of burgundy, caramel and duck-egg blue. A decadent twist served at your cocktail hour, or a mouthwatering treat in favour boxes for your guests!

“Old habits never die. And when you’ve once been in the business of granting wishes, the impulse never quite leaves you.”

Our bride waited in excitement in the walled garden – preparing herself to walk the outdoor aisle to the temple – its brickwork brought to life again with a lush, verdant installation.

I bet you’ll want to curl up together and watch the film. (Don’t forget the chocolates.) See the full gallery here.

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This look would suit any outdoor wedding, country house wedding or destination wedding.

“The process of giving is without limits.”

Warm, joyful and honest, this wedding has a relaxed feel, with Brympton House pictured as a French Chateau. A riot of floral colour adorned our table on the terrace. Elegant, classic gold cutlery and beaded chargers are offset by the simple farmhouse furniture. Blush David Austin roses jostled with vibrant poppies, anemones, delphiniums and ranunculus. Delicate pops of purple come from the snakeshead fritillary and grape hyacinth.

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CREDITS


Concept & Photography: lizbakerphotography.co.uk  | Venue: brympton.house  |  Styling: brymptonstyling.co.uk    |  Flowers: stemsofsomerset.co.uk  | Dress & accessories: sassiholfordtaunton.co.uk  | Stationery: bureaudesign.co.uk  |   Cake: bakingchick.co.uk  |  Makeup: natalieberrymakeup.com  |  Rentals: keepingitvintage.co.uk  |  Chocolates: chocolate.co.uk  |  Silks: Little Acorn Silks  |  Film Lab: richardphotolab.com

Wedding planning in the modern era

Wedding planning in the modern era

Wedding planning: trend or tradition?

Wedding planning trends suggest traditions are out, or at least at an all-time low. Couples planning their wedding in 2019 celebrate how they want, eat what they love, wear what they like. And quite rightly so.

But wedding plans can draw inspiration from time-worn traditions. And some couples may treasure a particular tradition for reasons personal to themselves.

Unique to you

Perhaps you’re ready to throw out the father of the bride’s speech. Maybe you’d love to abandon cutting the cake (or chuck the cake completely?). Or do you even stand on the brink of buying a black wedding gown?

It can also be fun during your wedding planning to consider the history of some of the more old-school aspects of weddings.  In the end you should of course go ahead and choose what actually suits you in the 21st century.

Something Blue

“Something Blue” is one surprisingly enduring tradition that still features in many couples’ wedding planning. It has survived through frequent adaptation over the years to remain a popular touch for many brides and their families.

It is one of four things that brides were to wear on their person on their wedding day. Almost 150 years ago, folklore thought to originate in the Northwest of England told that these four things would bring luck, prosperity and a successful marriage:

Something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
something blue.

Fifty shades of blue

According to the custom, something blue represents faithfulness. It was often the garter which was blue, but more recently the tradition has been to sew a ribbon or scrap of fabric inside the wedding dress. Meghan Markle wore a blue dress on the blind date where she met Prince Harry, and later famously had it sewn into her Givenchy gown.

Blue shoes have been popular over recent years, and general pops of blue in the details of a wedding design have become a classic, iconic look. Grooms have joined the fray with their own Something Blue bowties, socks and suits.

It may be that after all, blue is such a good accent colour that this is a custom worth adapting. So take care not to throw out the blue baby with the tradition bathwater! Here are a few stylish ways to incorporate something blue into your wedding…

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Groom’s blue tweed suit

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Delicate blue Nigella (Love in a Mist) in a bridal bouquet

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Pale blue crockery for the table

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Suited in blue

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Blue letterpress wedding invitation

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Blue wedding car

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Sapphires in the engagement ring

Botanical Wedding Theme

Botanical Wedding Theme

Botanical wedding theme

A botanical wedding theme works so well within the context of fine art weddings. A couple of years back, Pantone named Greenery as their colour of the year, cementing an already burgeoning trend.

Never out of fashion

It’s not hard to see why foliage and botanicals will never really go out of style. It’s a well-known fact that the colour green has a relaxing, pacifying effect. No doubt due to it being the chief colour in nature’s own beautiful palette. Of course it’s also an elegant palette due to its clean simplicity.

Laid-back & natural

If you’re considering a botanical wedding theme for your wedding, read on! You’re in the right place to view my curated selection of images from over the years, and follow the links to the specific galleries. There’s a varied approach to the style here. But the common thread running through is a laid-back, natural look. Just as if you scooped up some wild, exotic leaves and fruit and scattered them across your scene.

Go green

Olive leaves bring elegance wherever they are used. Succulents work all over the place, even in addition to/in place of centrepieces. These are foliages with those dusky blue/grey undertones which speak of warmer climates. Closer to home Rosemary grows abundantly in the UK and carries its own delicious scent, working well alongside/instead of eucalyptus. Consider other foraged greenery on arches, tables and chair-backs. Trailing ivy on window sills is always an English stunner in my book.  And how about asking your florist to create a statement wall or area of floor?

It’s all in the details

Olive leaves & ferns in tablescapes and stationery bring flavour from further afield, as do figs and fig leaves, grapes and other fruits. When it comes to botanical wedding themed stationery you’ll be spoilt for choice. And with the right photographer you can look forward to some beautifully styled photography of your details (think, rings, invitations, perfumes etc). It will be completely in step with your botanical wedding theme, just make sure you keep her up to date with all your design plans as they unfold!

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London Wedding in a Library

London Wedding in a Library

Winter London  Wedding

In a Library on Pall Mall

 

This winter wedding was rich with berry red, gold and green tones. The style was kept simple and classic, allowing the vibrancy of the venue and the couple’s style and personalities to shine.

I love to indulge my passion for architecture and interiors. History is full of fascination for me, be it through paintings, sculpture or buildings – perfect for me as a London wedding photographer.

This London wedding beautifully referenced the careers of the bride and groom with its setting of a private library. Both being university professors there was no better place to celebrate their union than an antique library stocked to the rafters with leather-bound books.

Portraits were shot in the garden of the Pall Mall Club, overlooked by iconic Georgian London townhouses. Afternoon golden hour afforded a few extra shots on the balcony.

 

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Fine Art Wedding Bouquet Workshop

Fine Art Wedding Bouquet Workshop

The DIY fine art wedding bouquet

Are you a modern bride in need of a fine art wedding bouquet? If so, it is certainly a wonderful idea to consider the DIY route for this special aspect of your day.

By getting along to a one-day workshop, perhaps with your mum or bridesmaids, you’ll learn how to create your own fine art wedding bouquet.

These courses offer fantastic value for money for the fine art bride. It’s one of the recommendations in my guide How to Plan Your Fine Art Wedding which I send out to all my clients when they enquire.

The real cut flower garden

It’s always such a pleasure to hang out with Charlie and her team at The Real Cut Flower Garden. Charlie’s home and garden is a true gem in the heart of rural West Dorset.

A journalist and passionate gardener for 25 years plus, Charlie traded the pen for the trowel and began The Real Cut Flower Garden in 2004.  They were the first company in the UK to send out bouquets of entirely home grown flowers nationwide. Four years ago expert Charlie launched her Flower School, and every year she and her team add to the courses on offer.

Real flowers for real brides

I was lucky enough to get along to the bouquet workshop in June – perhaps the UK’s most beautiful month, flower-wise. Here are some photos from the workshop, including the bouquets which I created with Charlie’s beautiful flowers. (How stunning do they look tied up with hand-died silk ribbons from Kate Cullen?)

Of course, if you are totally not the green-fingered type, don’t panic! Charlie can supply all your wedding flowers, home-grown and cut fresh from her garden.

P.S. Don’t forget to request your personalised quote today in order to get more tips and keys to planning a fine art wedding.

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