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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Cornish Summer Weddings

Nothing beats a wedding in Cornwall.  Whether a chic city venue, rustic barn, or a manor by the sea, Cornwall has it all.

For us at Box and Cox, January and February are the months when brides and grooms start to make those final plans for their beautiful summer wedding.  As visions of croquet and Pimms on the lawn brighten the bleak winter days, enquiries and bookings for our games, vintage drinks stands, and deckchairs soar.

So just to wet your appetite for what can be expected from our 2016 couples, here’s a few of our favourites from last year! Enjoy!

Photo credit: Nick Walker Photography

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