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 The Walled Garden at Cowdray, and featured two looks which were inspired by the two beautiful Sally 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.”
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!
“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