When asked to describe the Lucy Bull Weddings brand, I use words such as refined, elegant, contemporary, personal and luxury. I have these adjectives in the back of my mind when planning any LBW event and it was no different when preparing for my Brand Shoot. My weddings are stylish and romantic, laidback but extremely well-organised. When I set to work with the ever-so-talented Brand Studio Co, I knew we needed to convey these aspirations. Louise Beukes was fundamental in helping to pull my brand vision together and the whole shoot was captured by fine-art photographer, Helen Warner.
The majority of my weddings take place in The Cotswolds and one of my favourite venues is Caswell House in Oxfordshire. Dating back to the 15th century and boasting the unmistakable honey-coloured Cotswold stone, Caswell was the perfect backdrop to our shoot. We set our shoot up in one of the three medieval barns, complete with flagstone flooring and original wooden beams. We also explored the landscaped courtyard, walled garden and picturesque moat for additional shots.
Hair and Make Up
Whilst Louise and Helen from the Brand Studio Co. began bringing my vision to life with the tablescape, I was able to enjoy an hour’s pampering session with Clare Bryce from Pure Pampering as she prepared me for the shoot. Clare’s brief was keep the look natural. As with a bride on their wedding day, I wanted to look like an extra-special version of myself. With soft curls and a neutral make-up palette she hit the nail on the head.
My vision for the table set-up was a clean, fresh and minimalist look, all tying in with my brand colours. We chose soft blue/grey table linen with a delicate pale pink runner down the middle from Kate Cullen. The tableware was simple with warm gold cutlery, crisp white crockery and modern champagne flutes, all from Prezola. We punctuated the set-up with a couple of tapered candles by Ester & Erik in nude beige. The cross-back chairs from Blue Goose Hire blended seamlessly with the Cotswold stone backdrop.
With a very clean-cut table set-up, I felt that we needed a floral arrangement that was verging on the edge of wild, to soften the edges. Joanna Carter provided a statement centrepiece complete with gold stand and provided smaller, softer sprigs for each place setting. The flowers, buds and berries complemented a muted colour palette, whilst the loose and trailing greenery provided interest.
With a contemporary theme for the shoot, it only seemed right to work with White Olive Design and to incorporate vellum into our stationery suite. We opted for a luxuriously thick, white card for the invitations with a modern print, but chose vellum menus and enveloped the whole suite in a vellum pocket, filled with delicate rose-petal confetti, for added colour. Copper wax seals added warmth to the colour palette whilst also providing another stamp of luxury.
The End Result
With the help of the above-mentioned dream team, my brand vision was brought to life. We created an elegant and refined wedding set-up which was contemporary yet romantic; exactly how a Lucy Bull Weddings day would be. If you’re looking for someone to help design your big day, take a look at my How I Can Help You page.