a beautiful winter wedding editorial at Birdsall House, Yorkshire | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe

Not gonna lie, winter is my favourite wedding time (please see me in July when I declare summer to be my favourite). I myself was a November bride. I like the chill in the air, no expectation for it to be a gloriously sunny day and I enjoy the excitement people often feel in the run up to Christmas, throw in a wedding and people are quite beside themselves. I also love the colour palettes around winter, its not all pastels and sweet colours, it is often rich, enticing hues of warm reds, deep purples, midnight blues and black. Todays editorial comes from a very talented team who tie all those lovely combinations together whilst taking inspiration from C.S Lewis – The Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe.

photography | Little Sixpence Photography

Inspired by the soft winter light and the magic of C S Lewis’s Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe this whimsical winter wedding shoot at Birdsall House aims to showcase the ways in which literature can be used to inspire a wedding without moving into a full-on theme. Birdsall House and its grounds are full of history, romance and intrigue. With exclusive use of the house and gardens couples can ensure total privacy surrounded by stunning interiors and scenery that reflect the romance that began here in the Eighteenth Century: In 1719, Thomas Willoughby, a younger son of the 1st Lord Middleton and MP for Cambridge, was travelling over the Yorkshire Wolds from the family home, Wollaton Hall in Nottingham, when he lost his way in a heavy snowstorm. He sought shelter and followed a light he saw in the distance which led him to Birdsall House. The Sotheby’s gave Thomas shelter for the night and introduced him to Elizabeth, their daughter and only child; the pair fell in love, marrying the same year. The historic home has remained in The Willoughby Family ever since and the Honourable James Willoughby and Lady Cara Willoughby will often conduct visits and tours themselves. Old and new complement each other wonderfully and playfulness is always welcomed – something captured by Little Sixpence Photography so beautifully.

Victoria Robson Bridal styled the bride and groom in a dress and outfit which blends timeless style with the modern details from florist Dittany Entwined. Here, Dittany Entwined used natural, cascading floral arrangements to frame the ceremony location in the grounds Twelfth Century monastery ruins along with floral chandeliers for the Temple to provide softness and warmth to the intimate space, which holds a ceremony license. Vines in the hair styled by Gillian from The Park, Hovingham gave a romantic ethereal feel. The cake from Apple Charlotte Cakes is simple, elegant and stylish – it’s important to balance the different factors of a wedding to gain an impact and the intricate decoration complemented the floral styling perfectly.

The finishing touches from Lonetree provided menus and table plans in a heavy soft “mist” on deckled edge cotton rag paper using hand calligraphy, grey graphite “evergreen” illustrations, sage twine and antique wax seal detailing.

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Little Sixpence Photography – Emma Parslow @littlesixpencephotography

“Birdsall House has so much to offer from the beautifully restored grandeur of the house to the sprawling grounds which have hidden gems throughout them just waiting to be discovered. It’s a photographer’s dream!

When I was approached to photograph this Whimsical inspired shoot with a nod to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe I jumped at the opportunity. With a captivating theme and a team of expert suppliers, I knew the shoot would be special.

Throughout the shoot we chose settings across the grounds which nodded to the fantasy novel and allowed our imaginations to run wild. The settings included overgrown roots in the wooded area and the Estate’s impressive Temple which is only accessible through a hidden entrance amongst the trees. Other locations included a grand, antique wardrobe in the one of the many bedrooms which the flower girls hid in. We then took advantage of Birdsall’s ornate fireplace in The Ballroom which the bride sat upon for extra drama.

Using natural light throughout the shoot, I wanted to create a contrast of dark, moody tones for the groom’s portraits against the light and airy tones more akin to my style of photography for the bride’s portraits. I shot the grooms portraits in The Library which gave a masculine feel and continued the literature theme. In contrast, I then shot the brides portraits in the grounds with light tones with the emphasis on their makeup and details such as the florals in the bride’s hair.”

Birdsall House @birdsall.house

“Nicola, Emma and Steph approached me at Birdsall looking for a venue for their Winter Wonderland shoot. They had such brilliant ideas which suited the house and we thought all the creative elements would work together to create something magical. The photographs Emma took for the shoot suited the theme of Winter Wonderland to perfection and showed off our venue and each suppliers’ work brilliantly. It is always a pleasure to work with a team of very talented wedding suppliers to create something that we can all be proud of.” Cara Willoughby

Birdsall House and its grounds are full of history, romance and intrigue. With exclusive use of the house and gardens couples can ensure total privacy surrounded by stunning interiors and scenery that reflect the romance that began here in the Eighteenth Century: In 1719, Thomas Willoughby, a younger son of the 1st Lord Middleton and MP for Cambridge, was travelling over the Yorkshire Wolds from the family home, Wollaton Hall in Nottingham, when he lost his way in a heavy snowstorm. He sought shelter and followed a light he saw in the distance which led him to Birdsall House. The Sotheby’s gave Thomas shelter for the night and introduced him to Elizabeth, their daughter and only child; the pair fell in love, marrying the same year. The historic home has remained in The Willoughby Family ever since and the Honourable James Willoughby and Lady Cara Willoughby will often conduct visits and tours themselves.

Dittany Entwined – Nicola @dittanyentwined

“I love anything that is a little magical and whimsical, as you may have worked out from my business name. Whimsical elegance is how I would describe my natural style of floristry.  I like all my arrangements to be personal and creative, so they are unique to each couple and highlight the areas or aspects of their wedding that are important to them. Steph (Rustic Rose) and I have been wanting to do a winter inspired shoot for a while now. I loved The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as a child and thought it would be a perfect theme for a winter shoot at Birdsall House. The moment I saw Birdsall all I knew we had picked the right inspiration, it’s full of history, secret doorways and gold accents. My imagination and creative mind was full of ideas. There are so many beautiful locations at Birdsall it really was hard to pick, however the Temple, twelfth century ruins and ball room were areas I could not wait to flower. I wanted to create something that was natural, romantic and imaginative that framed the intimate ceremony, a little like looking through the wardrobe doors. I wanted the flowers and foliage to look as if they have been growing up through the gold frame, like it has been there for years. The gold metal added a regal, grand feel without being pretentious, which matches the house itself. The floral chandeliers for the Temple provided softness and warmth to this beautiful intimate space.

The bridal bouquet was inspired by the bridal gowns, to add a luxury, romantic ethereal feel in keeping with the whimsical theme of the shoot. This was paired with a long full floral vine that could be moulded into many different hair styles. The junior bridesmaid all wore short hair vines to follow a similar theme. Instead of a bouquet the girls all wore a wrist corsage and held a lantern to give a modern twist on a historical tradition. I love this look grown up but child like all at the same time. The hair pieces used a lot of dried flowers and foliage, I love the texture it gives.”

Rustic Rose Company – Steph @rustic_rose_company

“I took inspiration from a love of the outdoors and The lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Using different natural textures such as wood and stone in the tableware with the glamour of gold and crystal was a real pleasure to put together.”

The Park, Hovingham (Hair) Gillian (@theparkhovingham )

Apple Charlotte (Cake) Charlotte (@applecharlottecakes )

Victoria Robson Bridal (Bridal / Groom outfits) (@victoriarobsonbridal)

Lonetree (Stationery) – Emma and Sara (@lonetreeweddings)

A wedding collection created in heavy soft “mist” and deckled edge cotton rag paper using hand calligraphy, grey graphite “evergreen” illustrations, sage twine and antique wax seal detailing. Inspired by soft winter light and the magic of C S Lewis’s Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe.

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