Romantic Leominster Weddings
The Lion Ballroom.
If you are looking to for ideal places to have a Leominster wedding, look no further. I absolutely love the results of this beautiful, styled shoot I had the pleasure of working on last year. This is the ONLY shoot that I was able to be a part of last year due to being thrown into the midst of a global pandemic of course.
After barely being able to work at all throughout the summer, when we were finally given the green light, I was so nervous about painting other people faces again and worried that I had lost my edge somehow and become rusty. When I received the message off the lovely Sharon Gordon, I was instantly intrigued and I knew I had be a part of it.
She added me to her mood board of ideas on Pinterest and I fell in love with the concept immediately. It was glorious. Full of romance, stunning florals and the Lion Ballroom was the icing on the cake. I knew I just HAD to be a part of it all.
The Lion Ballroom is an incredible building…
…with lots of history. Nestled into the quaint town of Leominster, the Ballroom has been at the heart of the high street since 1839 when it was bought by James Woodhouse along with the building next door. Originally the Red Lion Inn, the two buildings were combined and refurbished to create a hotel known as Lion Hotel to its locals. It become one of five coaching inns in Leominster.
James Woodhouse had a vison. He wanted to have an assembly room at the hotel, and he employed John Collins the architect to design the Lion Assembly Room now known as The Lion Ballroom. In 1853, coaching houses were no longer required due to the arrival of railways and the building went up for rent after the decline in trading.
After years of being closed and being used as a show room for anything from an iron monger to threshing machines throughout the 20’s, it was finally acquired by the Hinton family in 1975. New plans were drawn up for the redevelopment of the whole of the Lion Yard including repairs and restoration of the ballroom. In 1980 The Lion Ballroom was re-graded as a Grade 2* listed building and has become the grand building we know today. It is just perfect for a romantic Leominster wedding.
We were under the coordination of Sharon and Zara. The concept of the shoot was simplistic but oh so elegant. It oozed bohemian romance and had the vibe of Austen’s 1813 novel. Think about what a modern-day Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet’s wedding would look like.
I arrived to the venue on a very wet and dreary day. But once inside no amount of rain could dampen my spirits. The inspiration grew when I saw the beautiful ornate ceiling in the ballroom itself, it blew me away. After meeting the team of incredibly talented suppliers we all got to work.
Lynne created a stunning floral arch for which the ceremony would take place. The lush green foliage contrasted beautifully against delicate peaches, creams, and pops of burgundy. The backdrop of the Ballroom fit in perfectly with the colour scheme, candle lit and romantic. We had great fun getting the arch down into the yard I must say. It took 5 of us in the end to navigate the stairs. However, we succeeded and were just in time for the sunshine to make an appearance for us, what a day for a mock up Leominster wedding.
What about hair and makeup.
For me, I knew I wanted to use peachy tones played up with hints of cream, gold and burgundy. I took inspiration from the gorgeous bridal gown created by Bowden Dryden and lent to us by Boho Bridal Boutique.
Filled with so much detail, the gown was a lovely sheer nude. The delicate flowers embroidered on to the dress creates a vision of floral delight. These tones are what I use to create the look on our stunning model Kate.
I went with a natural, glowing skin as her base and added depth and definition to the eyes with a few cluster lashes, burnished gold and peach shades on the lids topped off with a natural fluffy brow. I opted for a peach-nude on the lip and a complimentary blusher to finish off.
Amy did a beautiful flowing hairstyle that framed Kates’s face perfectly. Finishing off with floral crown. Bill Child Formal wear suited and booted our groom Marcus to perfection.
Setting the scene.
We made our way back over from Amy’s cosy and inviting salon, (literally a 1minute walk from the ballroom ideal for anyone having a Leominster wedding) to see how the scene setting was developing. The courtyard looked incredible.
Decked out with twinkling fairy lights and the magnificent horse box bar, it was a great location for pre-dinner cocktails and mingling. China Grey do the most amazing cocktails! If you have never had the pleasure of seeing this bar set up, you are seriously in for a treat. Everything is in keeping with the horsebox itself, right down to the saddle seats. With the option to expand to full size your guests will adore propping up this bar for the night.
We dragged ourselves away from the cocktails and venture inside. The stairwell and entrance hall looked like it was straight out of a movie. Fresh flower garlands wound their way up the staircase and vintage metal lanterns lit up the steps with a romantic glow. The scent of those fresh flowers!
A huge floral arch, more candlelit lanterns and a beautiful banquet table met us as we entered the ballroom. Not forgetting the grand piano. Laid beautifully on the table, were gold cutlery, salvers and ornate cut glass goblets. A table set for royalty.
…speak for themselves. As you can see, Zara’s style is just lovely. Based in the heart of the Cotswolds she covers the surrounding areas and beyond. For couples who are down to earth romantics Zara’s images are perfect . She offers relaxed, warm and natural wedding photography that will give you special memories of your day for years to come.
We set a mock celebrant led ceremony up with the couple. Sharon offers a unique service to her clients. She tailors her services to the couple making them extra special.
If you would like to see more of this impressive shoot, you can find it in Your West Midlands County Wedding Magazine on page 63
and also, on Plans and Presents latest blog. And if this has left you feeling inspired. Do go and check out this exquisite venue for your Leominster wedding, you won’t regret it.
Full Suppliers List ~
Photography: Zara Davis Photography
Venue: The Lion Ballroom
Celebrant: Sharon Gordon
Suit: Bill Child Formal Wear
Floristry: Lynne Jessett Floristry
Make Up: Make up by Kay Louise
Hair: Auburn Hair by Amy
Horsebox Bar: China Grey
Models: Katy Bishop and Marcus Ashcroft