Meadow Wedding Bouquets, Floral Head Bands, Buttonholes and a pocket full of flowers at Sheffield’s wildflower wedding venue
MANOR LODGE says ‘We have a range of options to make sure your reception is exactly how you want it to be. The Tudor grounds or Manor Oaks Farm offer pretty and unique spaces to pitch a marquee while the Turret House allows guests to wander through the rooms used by Mary Queen of Scots, including the beautiful banquet room. The Discovery Centre is also available for receptions.’
Tudor Grounds and Turret House
The doorway of the 16th century Turret House provides a unique setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony, with up to 100 guests surrounded by sweeping grounds and romantic ruins. Inside provides unique spaces for canapes to be served and photos to be taken. The grounds also offer stunning photograph opportunities, from the sweep of meadows to the lavender labyrinth, apothecary garden, romantic ruins and the the Turret House itself.
Manor Oaks House and Barn
The barn extends from a rustic farmhouse into a country feel cottage garden. Featuring original stonework and exposed wooden beams dotted with fairy lights, our barn offers the perfect backdrop to add your own personal touches.
The flowers and dress to shine through, so using the ethos of the original idea, we did not have any hair or makeup professionals on the shoot.
The dress and veils used in the shoot were supplied by Kelly of KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer, ‘Violet’ the dress modelled by Danielle in the shoot is an ivory, floor-length, circle skirt gown with a corded lace V neckline bodice. The full skirt is made of two layers of ivory duchess satin and chiffon with scallop lace edge detailing on the waist. We styled ‘Violet’ with the ’Louisa’ bridal belt and to mix up the looks for some of the shots we also added the ‘Evelina’ veil with Sam from Fantail Designer Florist’s stunning floral crown.
This was always going to be a flower crown worthy shoot, but I left the styling up to Sam. Sam created a slightly wild crown of Waxflowers, Green Trick Dianthus, Erygium Thistle and Memory Lane Roses, tied at the back with decorative lace. The only cue I gave her was big not subtle. She knew that I was going Boho, and that the model had ginger hair. All of the colourings and style were left to her.
On the day when I saw the totally original horizontal bouquet and the flower crown, I had that gut feeling that we had it nailed. The horizontal bouquet included Protea, Thistle, Astrantia and Memory Lane Roses. Always trying new things Sam had done a gold Alice band head piece. Metallics are very in at the moment and a neat grouping of flowers gave it justice and finished off Danielle’s hair perfectly. A rectangular buttonhole that fitted in the top pocket of Oliver’s jacket is a fabulous new design to make the groom just a little different and shouts suave. It complemented the headband perfectly. Sam also showcased a funky floral ring with a Craspedia head, surrounded by Waxflower florets.
The vintage china and cupcakes were a great addition to the setting of the shoot as we wanted it to look like a small scale affair, so an afternoon tea seemed to fit. Angela at Snowdrop Cakery always makes such stunning cakes, so when I asked her for some cupcakes to go on a vintage afternoon tea I should have expected the elaborate intricate work, but to tie in a wedgewood blue was just genius! All the china was supplied by Debbie at Sherbet Pips, who also lent us the bunting and cloths to finish off the setting, which looked divine.
I wanted to approach the shoot as if it was a wedding day. We were trying to show what could be achieved, so taking a whole day seemed like cheating. Therefore, on the day of the shoot I gave myself a 90 minute window (which is slightly more than I would get on a wedding day). We shot from 2.30 pm until 4pm, which is a typical portrait time for me on a wedding day.
However what we did not expect was the weather to turn and a huge chance of snow in mid-April. So just like any other wedding day, I needed to deliver some results. I took me about ten minutes to get Danni relaxed in front of camera, and then the results just came in. As we dodged rain showers, and kept wrapping Danni up in warm coats we could see the styling just working against the backdrop.
Overall I wanted to prove that getting the basics right still count. What you wear and excellent photography will always outlive the trimmings.
In addition to the results of the shoot, a few suppliers that took part, including myself, have exciting news to share. This month I will be opening a studio/showroom in east Sheffield and have been picked to attend a select UK workshop with one of the world’s most creative wedding photographers, Gabe MacClintock, both of which I’m really looking forward to. Fantail meanwhile is excited to announce that they will be opening a florist shop in the heart of Oughtibridge, South Yorkshire, in the autumn. They will also be launching an online shop and accommodating floral deliveries throughout the UK locally, nationally and internationally. Finally, designer Kelly of KMR Bespoke Bridal is launching her new collection later this year, so keep an eye out for the launch in the coming months.