I adore everything about this shoot – the venue, the styling, the florals… such an elegant nod to the 1940’s captured beautifully by the super talented Tara Statton.
I’ll let her tell you all about the inspiration for the shoot….
The inspiration behind the shoot came from old black and white photographs of weddings and Grandparents getting married. We didn’t want to go overboard with a ‘vintage’ theme, but carefully selected elements that would suggest the 1940s period in a classic, thoughtful and sentimental way.
Paschoe House in Devon proved to be the perfect location for our shoot, with it’s unique and stunning interiors. It is the perfect mix of contemporary meets traditional, with lavish velvet furniture and crystal chandeliers. It has wonderful character and period features such as statement stone fireplaces, colourfully printed wallpapers, a secret staircase and a large collection of taxidermy.
The key colours of the interiors at Paschoe House were reflected within the styling of our shoot. We focused on white, gold, navy and a pop of pink, which was incorporated both in the flowers, stationery and table set up.
Inky and Grace created an array of beautifully arranged florals for the shoot, with a focus on wild and organically styled designs. The fireplace in the lounge was the perfect spot to create a floral and foliage statement. She constructed this piece from young Oak leaves, Beech, Ferns, Foxgloves, Climates and Ranunculus. Foraged and garden gathered florals reflected the era of the shoot, whilst demonstrating both larger scale more elaborate designs.
The stationery by Studio Oudizo was perfect for the shoot. I envisioned handwritten letters between couples of the era, and I feel that the thick torn edge paper and hand-lettered calligraphy brought this idea to life. We styled it with old black and white wedding photos and the natural hand-dyed silk and velvet ribbons by Border Cottage Flowers.
Our elegant four-tier wedding cake was created by Boo To A Goose, a grey and white marble design with gold texture and fresh flower embellishment. It contrasted beautifully against the striking navy and gold wall in the dining room of Paschoe House and was a perfectly timeless creation.
Days of Grace provided a rare antique lace wedding dress and veil for the shoot, dating from around 1910. It was an original one of a kind garment, a real piece of wedding history. I loved that this dress was an antique – rather than a vintage replica or style, as it emphasised the concept of passing down heirlooms and repurposing what you had during the time.
The dress was both simplistic in style but beautifully intricate in the lace detailing, a timeless option for a Bride both then and now.
Our model was transformed into a modern-day version of a 1940s bride. Laura Le Page Bridal Makeup kept the focus on the lips with a strong matte pink as an update on the classic red lip and used soft grey tones on the eyes.
The Updo Girl went for old Hollywood style with voluminous curls and layering, the perfect look for our model’s long black hair. We wanted to demonstrate how you can incorporate a modern twist on classic style.
Tara Statton Photography
Inky & Grace
Makeup Artist & Prop Styling
Laura Le Page Bridal Makeup
The Updo Girl
Dress & Veil
Days of Grace
Keeping it Vintage
Boo To A Goose
Ribbons & Runners
Border Cottage Flowers
The Moorland Flower Company