Whispers Of Du Maurier – A Styled Shoot

Styling and words by Gemma Rawlinson for Box and Cox Vintage Hire.

Photography by Joanne Clement for Enchanted Brides

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Surrounded by Cornwall’s wildly romantic landscapes, Enys House has stood still in time for almost a century. With its eight hundred year history and ancient gardens over-flowing with exotic botanicals, this once great estate has exceptional atmosphere and could easily be plucked from the pages of a Daphine Du Maurier’s classic.

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Taking inspiration from Enys’ rich history of adventurous custodians who gathered plants from across the globe, we used botanicals to breathe new life into dormant spaces. Soft, delicate chiffons juxtapose the crumbling plaster and bare stone. Antique pieces from the Box and Cox Vintage Hire collection set the mood. A host of exquisite artisans local to Cornwall create the details of our story.

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With echoes of the novel, ‘Rebecca’, the bride gazes from the vast windows, awaiting her groom whilst dressed in a timeless ensemble. Designed by couturier Claire L Headdon, the intricately beaded tulle cover up is worn over a delicate silk camisole and floor length georgette and soft double crepe skirt. A hand beaded lace hair comb from milliner Holly Young and Rachel Simpson shoes from The Bridal House of Cornwall completes the look.

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The bride’s oversized bouquet with its sumptuous jewel tones fill the shadows with colour and beauty. Hand dyed silk ribbons from Lancaster and Cornish give a soft and feminine finish.

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The groom, attired as if returning from adventurous travel, arrives wearing a Panama hat adorned with feathered brooch pin from Holly Young Millinery. A simple black tuxedo pays homage to the 1930s era of Du Maurier’s earliest masterpieces.

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Our real life couple perform their vows in front of one of Box and Cox’s bespoke backdrops – a soft ivory chiffon, adorned with light catching glass beads and metallic leaves.  The couple enjoy stolen moments amongst Enys’ captivating spaces.

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The brides stunning rings, designed by Mirri Damer, include a diamond band and an unusual 3 ring stack engagement ring created using yellow gold and green tourmalines.

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Time to dine and delight in the company of those whom we hold dear.  A table plan, designed by Laura Likes, is displayed on Box and Cox’s large ornate mirror, draped with foliage.

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The dining table housed inside the once grand library awaits the guests. A simple ivory pallet with aged metallic accents adds light to space, while the floral centrepieces, designed by This Rugged Coast, creates drama and romance. Ranunclus, anemone, tulip, rhododendron and camellia radiate their beauty.

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The 1930s inspired four tier cake, designed and created by Peboryon, is seated upon a simple vintage writing desk. Filled with lush ferns and adorned with silk ribbon, the botanical vibe filters throughout every styling element.

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Stationary designed by Laura Likes, is inspired by the journals and drawings of botanists and plant hunters and includes calligraphy lettering and adorned with hand drawn foliage detail.

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Photoshoot Credits:

Photography – Enchanted Brides

Props, Furniture, Styling – Box and Cox Vintage Hire

Venue – Enys House, Cornwall

Stationary – Laura Likes

Flowers – This Rugged Coast

Silk Ribbons – Lancaster and Cornish

Trestle Table, Chairs, stemware, crockery, cutlery and napkins – Trevarno Marquee and Event Hire

Gold Plate Chargers and sequin table cloth – Wedding Flowers in Cornwall

Brides Dress – Claire L Headdon

Shoes – Rachel Simpson at The Bridal House of Cornwall

Rings – Mirri Damer

Hair Accessory and Panama Hat – Holly Young Boutique

Hair – Shear Beauty

MUA – Katherine Rowe

Models – Megan and Billy (real couple)

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An Intimate Woodland Wedding: A Styled Shoot

 

 

Autumn leaves fall, sun low in the sky, time for gathering close and enjoying the feast that harvest brings.

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Our Macramé backdrop hangs from the branch of a tree, awaiting vows of love to be spoken. The soft focal point settles gently amongst the beautiful nature that fills the woodland setting.  Offset candelabras add a sense of romance to the space.

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An intimate supper for two follows nestled amongst moss covered trees and softly falling leaves.  The table is dressed with antique metallics, antlers, sumptuous roses, protea and foraged foliage.  Hampers laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables add to the sense of the season. A poetry book lies open awaiting sonnets to be uttered lovingly.

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Photography, Props, Styling by Box and Cox Vintage Hire

Keep Dancing….A Wedding Packed with Olympians and Strictly Come Dancing Contestants!

We were thrilled to play a small part in the utterly beautiful Cornish nuptials of Newlyn born Olympic double gold medalist rower Helen Glover and TV Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall.  Attended by Olympians and Steve’s former dance companions from Strictly Come Dancing, this really was a star studded event.

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The couple chose to host their wedding at Porth-En-Alls at Prussa Cove near Penzance.  A series of clifftop fields which jut out into the sea played host to their ceremony and marquee.  For their ceremony guests sat on staw bales and looked on as the couple said their vows in the open air with Mounts Bay and St Michael’s Mount behind them.  Their spacious marquee from Absolute Canvas was set up in the adjacent field and over looked Prussa Cove and out to sea.

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We worked with Helen and Steve’s chosen florist, Wedding Flowers in Cornwall, to provide a number of floral props, including shepherds crooks, an antique wooden ladder and vintage coloured glass bottles.  Anna and her team at Wedding Flowers in Cornwall set to work creating a stunning floral chandelier using the ladder and bottles that hung from the marquee ceiling directly over Helen and Steve’s top table.

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Image Credit: Wedding Flowers In Cornwall

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As a nod to Helen’s recent success at the Rio Olympics, the family had created a Golden Gate for the couple as entrance to their remote hideaway honeymoon cottage.  We thought it was a charming and really wonderful touch for this inspirational couple.  Congratulations Helen and Steve.

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Rustic Meets Vintage for Laura and Reece

 

Laura and Reece first made contact with us at the brilliant Wed Magazine wedding fair at Boconnoc all the way back in spring 2015.  We met again a few weeks later to discuss plans for their wedding, and boy were they organized!

Laura revealed to me that she was four months pregnant and the wedding would be happening in the summer of 2016 to give themselves time to adjust to life as new parents.  Before their baby daughters arrival they had already saved and planned their entire wedding so all that had to be done was relax and enjoy parenthood!

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We chatted at length about their wedding plans, an outdoor ceremony taking place at Trevenna Barns the edge of Bodmin Moor.  They used our Festoon Poles to mark the start of their aisle with hampers filled with confetti for guests.

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They chose a number of games to keep big kids and small amused whilst the drinks reception took place on the lovely lawn terraces before heading in to Trevenna’s permanent marquee for the wedding breakfast.

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Laura and Reece chose to decorate their tables with our vintage glass bottles, enamel jugs and birdcages, all filled with florals.  Our Victorian Scales, Retro Typewriter, Gramophone, Tin Horse, and Luggage all added vintage touches to their day.

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All the best to both of you!

Photography by Alexa Poppe – http://www.alexapoppeweddingphotography.com

Anna and Jonathan’s Country House Wedding

 

The marriage of Anna and Jonathan took place at the picture perfect St Clement Church near Truro.  The couple hosted their reception at Scorrier House, a beautiful country house which offers couples exclusive use for weddings.

Anna’s vision was one of elegance and sophistication with some vintage touches running throughout the styling. We worked with Anna for many months, exchanging emails about all the fine details until everything was just perfect!

Following the church service, guests were invited to meander through the historic gardens of Scorrier House, guided by our traditional signage, to the drinks reception.  Our Rustic Bar awaited them laid out with bubbly and canapés, whilst our Gramophone prop sat upon our Writing Desk (cleverly concealing speakers creating the illusion!).

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Garden games were enjoyed before guests headed inside for the wedding breakfast and dancing!  Our illuminated BAR sign looked at home behind Scorrier House’s purpose built bar area, and created a fun vibe for the evenings festivities.

 

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Congratulations Anna and Jonathan.

 

Photo’s by Freckle Photography, Devon. http://www.frecklephotography.co.uk/

 

Furniture To Suit Your Style

Whether you’re having an elegant country house soirée or a boho woodland wedding, your furniture choices are a great way to stamp some serious style.

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Antique pieces like our Dressing Table are simply beautiful.  They can be used to display wedding cakes, sweeties, or perhaps a special place for your guest book.

Instead of using a hamper or basket, why not fill the drawers with snugly blankets and invite your guests to keep warm on chilly Cornish evenings.

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Behind the scenes on the ‘It’s All About Love’ styled shoot

box and cox behind the scenesWhen you plan an outdoor wedding styled shoot, the very last thing you want to see is an amber severe weather warning for heavy rain and 80 mph wind, but unfortunately that’s what we got! We had to improvise and move the ceremony part of the shoot to the workshops at our shoot location, The Cornish Cutting Garden.

Our models were couple, Chloe and Sam, a real couple who are set to tie the knot in a matter of weeks. A real couple meant we could capture genuine moments of love and affection. Neither had modelled before, but did an amazing job and never once complained about being asked to stand for hours posing in the pouring rain!

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Our phenomenally talented photographer, Joanne Clement from Enchanted Brides, has a way of capturing both story and beauty in its raw state. Jo embraced a deluge of Cornish wind and rain to provide us with wonderfully atmospheric, love and laughter filled images!

The Cornish Cutting Garden gave us a wonderful setting for our shoot.  With both wild and nurtured spaces, horticulturalist and florist, Clare Webb, tends and grows all the foliage and flowers used in their wedding displays and arrangements.

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The large wooden archway was given an organic and romantic feel, and created the centrepiece for the shoot. Adorned by Clare from The Cornish Cutting Garden with beautiful foliage, herbs, moss, and in-season florals, the arch had glorious colour and texture.  Aged tin cans filled with bright spring blooms, willow balls, potted plants and an abundance of chalkboards gave the ceremony a budget friendly, stripped back look.

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The beautiful stationary, embellished with sparkling glitter gold detail added a sense of luxury to the occasion. Honey, the superstar four legged ring barer, giant balloon and 1930s bicycle provided us with the opportunity to capture some playful moments and stolen kisses between our bride and groom. The traditional lemonade stand, festooned with pastel bunting, complimented the spring colours of the flowers and added to the sense of celebration.

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Credits:

Arch, props and styling – Gemma Rawlinson, Box and Cox Vintage Hire

Photography – Joanne Clement, Enchanted Brides

Venue and Flowers – Clare Webb, The Cornish Cutting Garden

Make Up Artist – Amy Pike

Brides Clothing – Vintage

Grooms Clothing – Own/Vintage

Balloon – Snazzy Balloons

Bunting – Funky Flags Bunting

Stationary – The Paper Princess

Models – Real couple, Chloe and Sam

New Packages and Services

New for 2016, we’re introducing packages for games hire which includes on the day set up.  Designed to take a little of the strain, our packages not only offer a discount, but also saves clients having to worry about who’s going to set everything up.

Also new for this year is our Pack Away Package.  For those who are concerned about who’s going to take the responsibility and pack all our items up ready for collection, we make things simple.  For details, take a look at our website.

Finally, we are adding a number of beautiful wedding arches to our collection.  These either come with the option of set up or set up is included in the hire price.  We’ll work with florists to make sure they’re ready for the floral touch.

Vintage Style Wedding? Here’s our Top Tips!

Vintage is a trend that’s here to stay.  It conjures up feelings of romance, elegance, nostalgia, and joy.  At Box and Cox, we love vintage so much it’s what we eat, sleep and breathe.  We see a lot of vintage weddings, and we’ve learned a few things along the way.  Make sure you read our top tips if you’re creating a vintage style wedding!

1)  Avoid trying to completely recreate a wedding set in the past.  It can make weddings feel staged and without soul.  Instead, use elements of the past to invoke the spirit of vintage but do so in an on-trend way.  For example, why not suspend beautiful, traditional umbrellas or pretty lampshades from the ceiling of your marquee.  Antique mirrors make great table plans when written on with a chalk pen. Aged furniture and styling props add a sense of history and personality.

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2)  Even though your theme may be ‘vintage’ don’t forget to make it personal to you as a couple.  Perhaps you’re keen sailors – incorporate some vintage nautical touches into the overall style with well weathered life rings, oars, maybe even an old boat for your self-service drinks bar.  Or maybe you’re film lovers – get some inspiration from retro cinemas with popcorn, light up signs, old fashioned tickets.

3) If you need to transport guests, why not choose a classic bus. Packed full of the romance of a bye gone ere, the Routemaster double decker busses or the smaller 1950s coaches will create a memorable vintage experience for your guests. Plus they make for some fantastic photos!

4)  Don’t be afraid of colour!  So many vintage style weddings have a pastel colour pallet.  This can look gorgeous, but strong colours are amazing at vintage weddings.  For florals, think of the traditional English cottage garden and how it’s packed full of blues, bright pinks, purples all jumbled together and it totally works!  Packed into brightly coloured vintage containers like enamel coffee pots or old tin containers, your arrangements will scream vintage.

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5)  Don’t underestimate the power of nostalgia.   Why not do sweetie favours with all the sweets you loved as a child.  Your guests will love reminiscing about them too.  Or perhaps create a DIY photo booth with the things that remind you of your younger days.  1980s telephones, your old school ties, you can even use the toys you loved as props!

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6)  Wedding days are as much about families are they are about you as a couple.  Include some personal vintage history that involves your family in your day.  Set out a display of photos featuring you both as children, perhaps your parents or grandparents on their wedding days.  Don’t forget to add some funny photos too that will raise a smile and get people talking!

7)  Create a vintage feel in your outside spaces.  Guests stretched out on deckchairs or picnic blankets watching traditional lawn games, sipping champagne, Pimms or cloudy lemonade, create a relaxed and elegant feel.   If you’ve got children attending the wedding, some child friendly garden games like Hook a Duck or a traditional Coconut Shy work brilliantly within a vintage theme.

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8) Create a guest book that’s a real talking point for your guests. Perhaps you could ask them to type out messages on an old typewriter or write on vintage postcards to post into an antique letterbox. Message in a bottle is a lovely idea for seaside weddings and also works well for vintage themes. Guests write on paper scrolls and pop them into a bottle for the couple to read on their first wedding anniversary.

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9) The cake can say a lot about your chosen style. Whether you choose a gorgeous hand painted cake or a tower or cheese,  don’t forget to give a little thought to how to display your cake. Antique writing desks, dressing tables, old whiskey barrels, are all being used by couples to show their cakes off in serious vintage style.

10)  If you’re serving after dinner cocktails or a buffet for your evening guests, why not bring in a retro catering van. Sleek silver Airsteam caravans, 1950s ice cream vans, VW campers, can all be found proving some serious treats out of their quirky vintage transportation.

To help create your dream vintage wedding, hire some vintage style from us at Box and Cox Vintage Hire.  We stock Cornwall’s widest range of vintage hire items and deliver throughout Cornwall.

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The Small Details

Some times keeping things simple works best when styling your wedding or event.  Small touches such as vintage bottles and ornate tea lights can offset florals to give an elegant and timeless look.

An aisle of crooks adorned with delicate blooms can create a beautiful entrance for a bride.

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