I really struggled to find a main image for this shoot because there are so many beautiful shots. I hadn’t heard of Merriscourt until Rachael submitted this to me, and what a venue! It really does have the feel of The Med about it on a beautiful English summers day. Everything about the styling of this shoot is impeccable, from the colours used, the stationery, down to the dessert station and drinks bar. Excellent work from an exceptionally talented team. I hope you enjoy looking through these images as much as I did. Plus, Bess the lurcher is just beautifulllll.
Rachael from Serendipity Weddins said – I came across Merriscourt in Chipping Norton whilst carrying out a venue search for a client and instantly fell in love with it myself, so was thrilled when their venue manager Romaine confirmed we could use it as the location for our shoot.
With 2 beautiful stone barns, a sun-drenched courtyard and stunning countryside views Merriscourt has a real Mediterranean feel about it, which inspired our overall theme.
The styling focused on rustic textures such as terracotta, crochet and wood, coupled with some simple Italian-inspired touches such as homemade olive oil favours and an Aperol spritz bar.
We also wanted to show that you needn’t rely on traditional pastel shades to create a romantic celebration, so our florist Tarnia instead opted for a cheerful palette of pink, purple and warm citrus shades. The bouquet and centrepieces incorporated roses, ranunculus, dahlias and lisianthus, alongside fragrant rosemary and eucalyptus foliage.
The Mediterranean theme extended to the dessert station too. Victoria from The Chipping Norton Tea Set created a beautiful naked cake topped with figs and pistachios, which was displayed alongside nougat, amaretti, florentines and biscotti.
The stationery featured in the shoot is the aptly name ‘Mediterranean Romance’ collection from Paperknots. The design is based on a traditional mosaic tile pattern and the lavender and copper colour palette was a perfect match for the theme. Paperknots designer Lisa provided us with an entire invitation suite, menu cards and a seating plan, which was uniquely displayed on the tree in Merriscourt’s courtyard.
After having her hair styled and make up applied by Katie Reay-Scott it was time to get our bride Cammie dressed. We were lucky to loan not one but three beautiful vintage inspired bridal gowns from London-based designer Sally Lacock; the styles Cammie wore are ‘Bea’, ‘Carly’ and ‘Constance’.
Finally the shoot wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our photographer Mark, who captured some stunning shots of the barn and styling as well as of Cammie and her handsome groom Jack. We even had our very own photoshoot pooch, an adorable little lurcher called Bess!
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