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Forde Abbey Weddings: A Grand Romance

Forde Abbey Weddings: A Grand Romance

Forde Abbey

For a Seriously Grand Romance

 

Channel Downton to your heart’s content at a Forde Abbey wedding.

In the gentle Somerset hills near the Dorset border sits this exclusive gem of a wedding venue.  If impressive architecture, endless gardens and a friendly team are your thing then add this venue to your list pronto.

 

 Editorial Wedding Photographer

Dorset, UK & Europe

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…

Don’t forget, you can get my guide to planning your own fine art wedding sent to you completely free, along with your no-obligation, personalised quote.

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Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

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

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Blue letterpress wedding invitation

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Blue wedding car

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

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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Wedding bouquet preservation

Wedding bouquet preservation

Everyone's talking about

the botanical bouquet

MODERN ICONIC FINE ART PRINT

Introducing…

A new UK wedding bouquet preservation service.


I am delighted to be the first to offer brides & grooms right across the country this modern UK wedding bouquet preservation option. The Botanical Bouquet offers UK couples the opportunity to preserve their wedding flowers as a luxury fine art print. The Botanical Bouquet is an authentic, contemporary approach to preserving your bridal bouquet, inspired by a love for iconic botanical illustrations of the past.

uk wedding bouquet preservation

The oldest illustrated sketchbook is traced to a Greek botanist during the first century AD. The practice has never gone out of fashion since, booming across Europe during the Georgian and Victorian eras.

Today the tradition continues to thrive, through watercolours, paper sculpture and glass art. We are thrilled to join the botanical art movement, with hand-crafted surfaces, finest pigment inks and pure cotton papers.

uk wedding bouquet preservation

uk wedding bouquet preservation

So how does it work? Well, all it requires is a little extra planning and care with your bouquet. Don’t worry, detailed instructions are included in the brochure (request yours here). But in a nutshell… stand your bouquet in water whenever you can on your wedding day. Then, the next day, separate the stems, wrap them in damp cotton wool and post/courier your flowers to me.

I take care of the rest of the process, and you receive your beautiful fine art print by special delivery as soon as you return from honeymoon! I carefully arrange the varieties from your bouquet, using linen boards hand-made in a Somerset bindery. Then I photograph and annotate your design, before ordering your archival quality print on 100% cotton rag.

The Botanical Bouquet print is available to brides throughout the UK. Simply send me your wedding date and browse the brochure. Then choose your surface, mount and any extras. Click here to check if your date is available and receive the brochure.

uk wedding bouquet preservation

The Botanical Bouquet Fine Art Print

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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Editorial Wedding Photographer | Liz Baker

 Editorial Wedding Photographer

Dorset, UK & Europe