Secret garden bridal shoot

We love, love, love the pictures from this shoot! Andri of Always Andri Wedding Design, with the help of some top wedding professionals, planned and styled this gorgeous ‘Secret Garden’ bridal shoot. Captured perfectly by Fiona Kelly Photography, the shoot took place at┬áThe Walled Garden at Cowdray, and featured two looks which were inspired by the two beautiful┬áSally Lacock dresses. Andri told us how the shoot was put together…

“Fiona put a shout out on twitter that she wanted to do an inspirational photo shoot, and as I’ve known Fiona for a while now (we’re neighbours) I thought it would be a great for us to finally work together. Other fab suppliers who agreed to get involved were florist Steph Turpin from Fairy Nuff Flowers, Sangeeta and Olivier from jewellery and accessories company Olivier Laudus , and Sarah Dickenson did the hair and make-up for our model Terri.

“With these key suppliers in place we needed to decide on a theme. We already knew we wanted to have an outdoor location, and Fiona thought a Secret Garden theme would be a good one to work on. I put together some mood boards which, with Fiona’s inspiration images, we ran by the team and they loved. The next step was to find the ideal location and what Terri would wear for the shoot.

“As a wedding planner you get to see and hear about some great venues, so I was lucky in that I already knew about the fabulous Walled Garden at Cowdray, with its beautifully designed gardens and perfect ‘secret garden’ door. Once the venue was on board I set about looking for dresses. From the beginning Fiona had said she didn’t want a typical wedding dress, so when I found Sally Lacock and her beautiful ethereal vintage inspired dresses I knew we had struck gold.

“On the day we were also joined by Andrea from Cake by Sugar who, as well as the lovely miniature wedding cake and cookies, brought along some scrummy mini cupcakes for us to eat, and Charlie Davis, who sourced the lovely frames and mirrors from Dodo Vintage and helped me style the shoot.

“On the day we had two looks that were inspired by the dresses:”

Grecian Look ‘Isadora’

“The beautiful silk chiffon ‘Isadora’ wedding dress was what first attracted me to Sally Lacock’s designs so it was a delight to be able to use it for the shoot. Sarah complemented the dress with a fabulous up do and glamorous make-up; Terri’s eyes looked amazing! With the very distinctive antique gold colour we decided to stick to a neutral colour palette with pops of blue shades in the flowers, and strip back to a very minimal look with the decor, making the most of The Walled Garden’s lovely wrought iron gazebo and furniture.”

Bride standing at door to secret garden

Bride looking through gap in door

Flower on Isadora wedding dress

Bride walking through door of secret garden

Bride standing by door of secret garden

Back of bride's head showing updo

Bride with hair comb

Bride with updo

Bouquet and bride on wooden chair

Bride sitting on wooden chair in garden

Bouquet in bride's hands


Bride looking at camera

Bride standing with bouquet

Heart on wooden chair

Bride standing by pond

Bride walking through garden

Bride wearing Sally Lacock Isadora wedding dress

Bride holding bouquet

Back of bride's dress

Heart paper chains

Bride in gazebo in secret garden

Bride sitting in secret garden

Bride sitting in gazebo

Bride sitting at table

Bouquet hanging in gazebo

Mr tag on back of chair

Mrs tag on back of chair

Bunting and blue wedding cake

Blue wedding cake on table

Wedding table props

Vases on wedding table


Wedding table decorations


Vases of flowers

Bride standing by passageway

Bride leaning on wall

Bride standing by wall

Bride leaning back on tree

Bride standing by tree

Isadora wedding dress by Sally Lacock

Birdcage and bride holding bouquet

Bride holding bouquet

Bride holding heart box with key in it

Bride sitting and laying on grass

Lace Dress ‘May’

“The lovely wedding dress ‘May’ is inspired by 1940’s styling and made from beautiful lightly corded French Leavers lace, and was perfectly complemented by Steph’s flowers of pink peonies, hydrangeas, dark red dahlias, Sweet Williams and grape hyacinth. I love the idea of hanging frames and flower filled bottles, an idea you can easily incorporate into your wedding day such as for a photo booth backdrop, so it was great that we were able to hang lots of little bottles and keys to the gazebo; it was a particularly windy day though so they are flying around a lot!

Purple flowers in secret garden

Pink flower

Bride standing by wedding cake

Bride looking at wedding cake

Bride holdinh out bouquet

Bride in lace wedding dress

Bride in lace dress holding bouquet

Small vases hanging on ribbon

Hanging vases

Small vase of blue flowers

Key hanging from ribbon

Bow on garland

Vase of pink flowers

Wedding table layout

Wedding table place setting

Bride walking from building

Bride walking along garden path

Bride looking at flowers in garden

Pink bridal bouquet

Bride holding bouquet

Bride with hair accessory

Flowers on chair

Garden chair with flowers

Bride sitting in garden

Bouquet and picture frames

Bouquet on grass by picture frame

Bride in picture frame

Bride walking past picture frame

Bride with veil walking through garden

Bride walking through landscaped garden

Bride with lace veil

“At the end of the day the whole team was really pleased with the way the shoot turned out and Fiona’s beautiful photography perfectly captured the stunning venue and all the great ideas, products and talents of all involved. I also hope some of the lovely details will help inspire all those brides out there planning their weddings.”

Photography: Fiona Kelly Photography

Planning, Design and Styling: Always Andri Wedding Design

Venue: The Walled Garden at Cowdray

Florist: Fairy Nuff Flowers

Dress Designer: Sally Lacock

Jewellery and Accessories: Olivier Laudus

Hair and Make-up: Sarah Dickenson

Props and Styling Assistant: Charlie Davis

Frames and Mirrors: Dodo Vintage

Cakes: Cake By Sugar

Model: Terri

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