Written by Abigail of Bowl of Corks Weddings...
The vision was champagne towers, kisses at midnight, burnt oranges, gold sequins and confetti! Celebrating a new chapter in a love story, as well as a New Year. Stepping away from the classic monochromatic glamour, I wanted to embrace a warm, vibrant, stylish sparkle.
For a winter wedding, I thought dried flowers would be amazing, and I’d fallen in love with Maria’s work earlier on in the year. The bouquet was completely dried and it. was. incredible. With a matching boutonniere it sparkled without needing glitter! Also perfect for the couple as a keepsake.
On the table, fairy light filled terrariums lent a crisp shimmer to the grasses and honesty. Greenery created a perfect centerpiece, filling the geometric lanterns. And obviously, a clock was required! How else would we know it was midnight!
In order to bring in some colour, I used burnt orange linen and amber goblets. Along with gold rimmed glassware, gold cutlery and gold rimmed plates, it all added a brilliant sparkle to the table. Add gold glitter place names and we were set.
We went with two Dando dresses: one classic, stylish and glamourous, and the other, sparkle and party. The long sleeved lace was gorgeous and, for me, proof that a dress can look completely different on and off the hanger. The detailed train was intricate without distracting from the lace bodice, creating a sleek shape for a modern bride. The high neckline and incredibly sparkly detachable train of our second dress was fun and flirty and definitely something you’d love to be wearing! Lastly, we had a sequin number from Quiz which was the exact amount of party and glamour that every girl wants on New Year's Eve. The jackets were from Limehaus and in wanting to step away from the traditional monochrome, I embraced a statement colour. The soft velvet adding an extra shimmer to our Groom's attire.
Our Hair and MUA Sarah joined the team only a few days before the shoot and instantly got the vibe. Ombre orange eyeshadow and a soft curled up-do blended the style of the dresses with the colour of the jackets fantastically.
Now let’s talk about cake. Cathlene made a real show stopper. Most certainly not something that would fade into the background. And paired with edible favours (always a winner) it is certain to WOW all your guests.
As a NYE flourish we needed lots of confetti, and dried petals were a brilliant option. They smell incredible and are more eco-friendly.
The newly renovated 'Old Dairy Barn' at Coton House Farm was a great backdrop for our linen-draped and paper-garland-covered archway, with exposed brickwork and a real rustic glamour vibe. ‘The Oak Barn’ with its glass front had such beautiful light and the large converted dining area was the perfect blank canvas.
Organising this shoot, with ever changing restrictions, definitely confirmed that having the right group of suppliers around you, makes every aspect of planning a wedding not only easier, but far more enjoyable!
The Dream Team
Concept, planning and coordination: @bowl.of.corks.weddings https://www.bowlofcorksweddings.co.uk/
Models: @justinthomas1 @laurenstroudx (real life couple)