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English Harvest | Melissa Beattie-1

Oh, I have been sitting on this shoot for weeks! I thought it would look perfect against the rebrand so have kept hold of it and I am so so happy I can finally share. It has made me long for autumn. The big Horse Chestnuts next to my house have already started to turn, there is definitely a chill in the air (though this is Yorkshire) and I am itching to get out the knitwear.

photography by Melissa Beattie

English Harvest | Melissa Beattie-2

Words by Emma from Tebbey & Co

An old English country house and its gardens as autumn unfolds are the foundations behind this event design…that, and a fruit pie…

When Melissa approached me to style the shoot we got together to pool ideas and found that our common ground featured the fruits of autumn, a gentle romantic aesthetic and food.  In fact, Melissa was very firm on the fruit pie front and so a Lakeland harvest became key to the whole design.

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For this project, one venue stood out: an elegant character property that welcomes you with open arms.  Halecat authentically marries subtle grandeur with the Cumbrian landscape which is glorious in October.

The venue dictated the palette and textures while hand lettered signage and stationary helped to blend heritage, nature and a sense of occasion.  We brought in velvet detailing to echo the Gillow chair pads from the dining room and figs and pears grow in the flower borders and so these were incorporated into the tablescape and as escort cards.

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Food at gatherings and celebrations is special in that brings us all together.  It can be a talking point or a visual statement.  Our menu board had a distinctive Lakeland flavour, as did the all important fruit pie, made with local damsons.  I love to create stations for guests to explore at events and so we included a cheese and port table, skilfully assembled and decorated by Churchmouse Cheeses.

All in all, the styling is designed to sit in harmony with the surroundings while creating a beautiful atmosphere fit for a wedding.

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Photographer: Melissa Beattie Photography | Event Styling & Flowers: Tebbey & Co | Hair & Make-Up: Lucy Pearson MUA | Calligraphy: Calligraphy for Weddings| Venue: Halecat House |Gowns & Accessories: Jessica Charleston| Shoes: Emmy London | Cheese Cake: Churchmouse Cheeses | Fruit Pie: Alison Thompson Catering