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| STYLED SHOOT | Inside The Garden

Lockdown creativity strikes again! Taking inspiration from how weddings may look for the near future - with small ceremonies now being allowed to take place; outdoor micro weddings are coming - Emily, from In Awe Weddings, shows us how special an outdoor reception can look when styled to perfection. We just love everything - take a look at those amazing blooms and that bar station is as on-trend as it is pretty!

Here Emily gives us the full lowdown on this spectacularly gorgeous shoot;

"An outdoor wedding that encapsulates indoor luxury surrounded by all the beauty and freshness of a quintessentially English garden. The elegant, sophisticated, French-inspired design boasted a hint of contemporary aesthetic mixed with timeless antique pieces.

The textures of the wooden pine table and low-level florals established the base of the tablescape. Gold rimmed white antique plates and aged golden cutlery sat alongside the mismatched sorbet and crystal glassware, which gave the alfresco dining experience a relaxed, yet refined feel. The dining table was adorned with florals, all entwined within a lavish table garland that stood out perfectly against the historic stone walls of the old orchard.

As the table is where many sit, listen, eat, and drink as a wedding party in its entirety, I find this is where a lot of those treasured memories are made. The styling of this space is always very important as it becomes the backdrop for delicious food and emotional speeches.

Of course, there is no party of all parties without a stunning bar! Glass optic jars were filled with lavender lemonade, and a gin and tonic station I placed inside the drawers of the sage sideboard would allow guests to mix gins with their own chosen botanicals, An old Victorian sink basin was even reinvented as an ice bucket, giving the occasion that subtle theatre and extra personality."

What was your inspiration behind the shoot?

Inspired by our recent way of living, I wanted to create something that represented what our current and future brides and grooms are considering at this time, the prospect of a small outdoor wedding. I wanted to reassure and inspire couples during this time that garden weddings certainly don’t have to be the BBQ George Banks describes in father of the bride! We maintained the essence of indoor luxury, whilst encapsulating an alfresco wedding surrounded by all the beauty and freshness of a quintessentially English garden.

The shoot was created in complete isolation and I wanted to take this downtime as an opportunity to learn. As a planner, I believe it’s imperative to understand the level of hard work, skill and expertise of the wedding industry suppliers we work alongside. Without them, their skill, and their knowledge it would be incredibly difficult to provide the degree of quality, service and refinement we promise our clients. I used our ‘Inside The Garden’ editorial as an opportunity to explore floristry, experiencing the journey from order to creation, and photography, taking and editing all the photos myself.

Talk us through the setting

The quintessentially English garden was an old orchard, the perfect setting to showcase our shoot, the historic stone walls and steps embedded in the greenery were the perfect backdrops and it was easy to imagine my couple dining and laughing with their loved ones basked in sunlight. Lounging and talking, legs intertwined sipping Cote de Provence Rose underneath the canape of the apple tree that’s plaited with white roses, whilst being serenaded by a grand piano placed on the grass.

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