Intimate Winter Elopment – A Styled Shoot at Tregothnan

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The Tregothnan estate needs no introduction to those who reside or visit Cornwall.  Home to Lord Falmouth, it’s the largest private estate in the county and home to the infamous Tregothnan Tea!

Adding a new string to their bow, Tregothnan are now supporting the British flower growing industry by providing cut flowers and floristry.  When we were asked to style their first ever bridal photo shoot, there was only one answer.  Getting access to the estate is a tremendous privilege and we were thrilled to be involved.

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When the day of the shoot arrived we had severe weather warnings for gales and torrential rain.  The whole shoot team decided to embrace the very British weather and set up an intimate table in the Chinese pagoda that overlooks the tea plantation.

The table was swagged in raw muslin and foliage, with a colour pallet of deep lapis and navy blues, offset against the soft pale pink and ivory. The addition of the ivory and blue china, luxurious handmade silk napkins and satin ribbon added just the right touch of luxury.

The incredible hand painted cake and signature edible teacups by Emily Hankins look striking on our Dressing Table.  Emily’s colour pallet working perfectly with the styling elements of the table.

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It took a real team effort to pull off this shoot despite the most horrific weather.  While the shoot team were decked out in full waterproofs, our trooper of a model Jodie wore a stunning blush Private Label gown by G, Ella Rosa Collection from Bliss Bridal Gowns, Perranporth.

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Photo Shoot Credits:

Photographer: Olivia Bossert www.oliviabossert.com

Flowers: Tregothnan Estate https://tregothnan.co.uk/flowers-and-foliage/

Tregothnan Estate Liaison and Coordination: Annabelle Percy Hughes

Dress: Private Label by G, Ella Rosa Collection from Bliss Bridal Gowns, Perranporth http://www.blissbridalgowns.com/

Make Up: Ione Kutz www.makeupbyione.com

Hair: Emma Carlyle http://www.hairbyemmac.com/

Table Styling: Box And Cox Vintage Hire http://www.boxandcoxvintage.co.uk/

Cake and Teacups: Emily Hankins http://emilyhankins.co.uk/

Stationary: Megan Riera http://www.meganrieralettering.com/

Model: Jodie Hyatt

 

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Ideas For Your Drinks Reception

Spring is just around the corner, which for brides and grooms means it’s time to start planning those smaller details.

Quite an important part of the day will be the drinks reception, and the way you serve them reflects the kind of atmosphere you wish to create.  Smartly dressed serving staff carrying silver trays filled with flutes of fizz suggest a highly sophisticated feel.  For a more relaxed affair, jars of self serve cocktails such as Pimms and Mojito, teamed with a cloudy lemonade works well.

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If choosing a self-serve drinks station, take some time to think about how you want it to look.  Make it inviting and reflective of your style.  A rustic barrel bar works well for garden party vibes, while a vintage lemonade stand adds colour and a sense of nostalgia.  Add shelving, crates, furniture to the bar to create height and space for extra glasses and bottles.

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When day turns to night, having a fully licenced pay bar may be the way to go if you don’t wish to pay for your guests after dinner drinks.  Always ensure everyone knows they will need some pennies though.  If however you’re happy to pick up the tab, filling large metal baths with ice and packing them with beer and white wine, is a great way to keep everything cool without hiring in refrigeration.

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Don’t forget, every bar will need signage to tell guests what’s on offer.  Light up signage works well on an evening drinks bar, adding atmosphere and style.

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All items available to hire from Box and Cox Vintage Hire

Photo Credits: Camera Hannah, Enchanted Brides, Freckle Photography

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

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

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.

http://www.boxandcoxvintage.co.uk

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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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