Worcestershire weddings are ever popular and with some great venues to choose from you can see why. The Manor Arms is no exception to this. When you pull up into this idyllic village, the welcoming feel you get is wonderful. With the Inn at the helm, it oozes rustic charm and character.
Back at the beginning of April, I had the pleasure of working on a styled bridal shoot. The location was beautiful and the venue was perfect for what we had in mind. Jane of Tulle and Blue styled coordinated the shoot. Nellie Photography who’s beautiful wedding portraiture captures the romance in every wedding day was our photographer.
The Inn is situated on The Worcestershire Way & is set in the Old Square of Abberley. Dating back to the 17th century this venue boasts stunning views of the rolling countryside & is very much the heart of the local community & an ideal meeting place for the residents.
After a fabulous refurbishment back in 2013, the Inn is now registered to hold civil ceremonies & is the perfect location to host an intimate wedding celebration. With the choice of a beautiful purpose-built gazebo or beautifully decorated interior, this venue is the perfect place to say, ‘I do’.
The styled shoot was coordinated by the lovely Jane Goldman & was a great success. I worked alongside some fantastic local suppliers. Together we created a romantic, spring-themed shoot. We based our theme on Pantone’s colour of the year 2018- Ultraviolet.
We all had our own input into creating the final images, with the hope to inspire future brides-to-be & help them plan their own wedding days to perfection.
It’s lovely to be able to collaborate on these styled shoots. Together we always managed to come up with something magical.
After creating my mood boards, I finally settled on the subtler notes of lilac & rose with hints of silver. We had the lovely Octavia as our model and she has the most glorious porcelain skin, freckles & red curls. Both of my looks worked beautifully on her.
The first of which was a classic, naturally vintage look which was perfectly in keeping with the gown chosen. The second look saw a deeper shade of violet with added sparkle for effect & had a more glamorous feel.
We decided to use a second model, Octavia’s sister who we roped in at the last minute- to create another twist on the natural look, this time keeping everything light, dewy & neutral.
The day stayed dry until late afternoon, so we were able to capture some fantastic outdoor shots & we were even blessed with a little spring sunshine before the heavens opened. With a Worcestershire wedding you have to plan for the rain but it can make your day so atmospheric. The grey, moody sky against the rolling green hills is a backdrop that cannot be ignored.
The experience was great & we all had such fun collaborating. Working alongside such talent is one of the many reasons I love my job. I get the opportunity to meet so many amazing people who love the industry just as much as I do.
I can’t wait until the next time we can all work together to create magic once more.
I’d like to personally thank each & every one of you-
*Janet at The Manor Arms Inn & her beautiful daughters for allowing us to take over the Inn & modelling for us.
*Jane at Tulle & Blue for approaching me with her vision & making it happen, her bespoke accessories & stationary in out of this world.
*Sarah Palmer of Nellie Photography for capturing the most mesmerising images for us.
*Sarah of Venue Styling & Flowers by Floyd for dressing the room & outdoor areas so beautifully.
*Jane at Longbarn Flowers for the spectacular florals.
*Sian of Cakes by Sian for the dreamily decorated cake.
*Julie at Gatehouse Brides for the beautifully selected gowns & shoes.
*Claire Hateley of Hairstylist Worcester for creating such stunning hair styles.
What a team we were!