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Ethereal Elopement on the Beach

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Ethereal Elopement at the Beach

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A wild and romantic Welsh coastal elopement shoot.

When the pandemic was at its worst, the wedding and events industry was on hold. Globally, so many couples sadly had to postpone or even cancel their wedding day which was heartbreaking. Shoot coordinator and stationer Natalie from Jellypress says “Like many others I spent months and months trying my best to stay calm, positive and productive. One day I felt an overwhelming urge to expel my creative passion and set myself a challenge. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and organise my first styled wedding shoot, but not content with the usual venue shoot, I wanted to go rugged and wild, on location at the beach.”

A few of Natalie’s favourite suppliers were quickly rounded up and planning begun. As the shoot date approached, and after a week of severely bad weather, Natalie consciously channelled positive thoughts in the hope they would be blessed with good weather. Thankfully, her prayers were answered. “As we approached the Llŷn Peninsula, the clouds dispersed and the sun made an appearance. I kid you not, it was incredible!”.

Natalie had the perfect spot in mind for this shoot. The beautiful beach of Borth-Y-Gest looked over to Tremadoc Bay over to the breath taking Snowdonia mountain range. “I specifically chose this beach as I fell in love with its natural beauty on a recent trip the previous year while on holiday. Its unspoilt nature is just perfect and having grown up with gifts of quartz and other rock specimens brought back from my Dad’s latest mountaineering trip, there’s a little bit of a geologist in me. The caves and coves on this beach are of slate with striking veins of quartz, typically Welsh with an abundance of lush greenery.”

The team opted for a natural pallet of colours that complimented the scenery, focusing on colours including delicate blues, blush pinks and nudes.

Gail Secker Photography together with Jenny Appleton captured the day perfectly. “[They] produced the mind-blowing visual story of the elopement, sublime.” Natalie continues, “The lovely Kate, of Florence & Vera Events, provided styling and backdrops on the day. Focusing on the organic, muted tones within the natural colour palette, Kate created a wild and blustery table scape within the slate rocks, using delicate crockery, cutlery and coloured glassware from Whitehouse Crockery and elegant linen and napkins by Silk & Purl. It was beautiful to magnify and indulge the natural setting and the wild, organic flowers were provided by Perfect Bouquet Full of Flower. Grazing table ingredients were provided by Graze Cheshire including fruits, breads and a variety of cured meats and decadently styled by Florence & Vera Events.”

“Our gorgeous (real couple) Abigail & Anton were a pleasure to work with. Abigail was dressed in a stunning Anna Kara Dress (Effie) supplied by The White Closet. Her hair was styled by Poppy, the sublime headpiece created by the super talented Glorious by Heidi and make up by Cheshire Makeup Co. The timeless natural pearl jewellery from Sarah Vuong Bridal Jewellery and Wedding bands from The Jewellers Guild, Morpeth completed the look impeccably along with shoes from Charlotte Mills. Anton’s suit was supplied by L&J Formal Hire and accessorised by Daisy & Oak Studio. Jennifer Walker Civil Celebrant performed a mock elopement under a beautiful flower arrangement. A two-tier wonder with ethereal sugared wave feature was a truly stunning creation by Elizabeth Anna Cake Design.”

It was so important to Natalie that the stationery was in keeping with the natural beauty. “The delicate place settings were inspired by the quartz that is veined through the slate rock formations with a nod to the beach surroundings and Natural Capiz Shells were used and personalised with hand-written modern calligraphy style guest names.”

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Well hello there! I can barely contain my excitement to share this full-to-bursting issue with you. ‘Spring Explosion’ is the theme this time around, where we showcase the most beautiful floral inspiration in a huge variation of styles and colours to suit every celebration. 

We are continuing to celebrate weddings getting back to ‘normal’. We feature a range of real weddings in this issue with the more alternative and intimate celebrations. And remember, no matter what, love always wins.

Once again, we have YOU to thank for the cover shot. Like all of our issues, we shared a poll on our Instagram (@bouquetandbells) and asked you to pick your fave image and this was the clear winner – I think it’s a bloody marvellous choice! We have the incredible Tanya Flannagan Photography to thank for capturing the striking image at our recent Bridgeton themed shoot.  

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All our issues include a full supplier directory filled with the businesses we have worked with and trust. There’s a huge selection including bridal wear, florists, entertainment and everything in between. 

This bumper issue also includes articles from some of the best in the industry, sharing their top planning tips to help make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.

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Wild Beach Elopement in Cornwall

Real Wedding

Wild Beach Elopement in Cornwall

The couple kept their wedding a secret from friends and family, eloping at Lower Barns in Cornwall, followed by an intimate celebration on the beach. 

Kayleigh always knew Zoe was the one, and that they would eventually get married. The proposal, although it was put together with so much thought, came at a spontaneous and authentic time. “I created a book of all the things I love about Kayleigh on the website Love Book Online, calling it The Story of Us. I knew I wanted to use it to propose but didn’t know when I’d do it, so would add pages to the book every day on my bus ride home from work. About 11 months and 69 pages later, I finally finished so I started thinking about the setting of my proposal.”

“I’m so bad at keeping surprises a secret from Kayleigh as I get overexcited and end up letting slip, so I knew organising something without giving anything away would be hard. I suggested a breakfast picnic at sunrise on West Wittering beach for my birthday, thinking with it being my birthday, she wouldn’t be suspicious of the extra effort. However, a few days before we were having one of our favourite evenings lounging on the sofa, eating and binge-watching Line of Duty and we were so happy and content that I realised that rather than try and create the perfect moment, this was the perfect moment.” 

“Whilst Kayleigh was getting ready for bed, I put the book and ring under my pillow and waited, trying to hide my excitement and not grin like a Cheshire Cat. Once she got into bed, I told her I’d bought her something and gave her the book. When she finally got to page 67, I started manoeuvring myself onto one knee with the ring in hand. She then turned the final page to a caricature of me asking “Kayleigh, will you marry me?”. Weirdly enough, and without knowing it, I started the book on 1st May 2018 and proposed on 1st May 2019. We were in our little love bubble, curled up on the sofa and I had no idea that I would be engaged by the time I went to sleep!”.

The wedding day started with breakfast brought to the couple’s room by host Janie at Lower Barns. “Neither of us were nervous, we’d kept it a secret for 14 months and were so excited the day was finally here! Our hair stylist and makeup artist then arrived and made us feel like absolute queens. As it was an intimate ceremony, with just the two of us (aside from Paul & Suz – The Twigs witnessing), there were no outside influences which may have caused any stress and the day was very chilled. Once we were married, and after some cream scones and Champagne, the four of us went on a mini road trip around Cornwall looking for places to take photos, ending the day eating burgers and drinking shakes at Hub Box.” 

The couples then arrived at Watergate Bay. “We continued to take photos, not realising it was high tide. We found a spot and started shooting but didn’t anticipate how quickly the tide would come in. For the most part we were stood on a rock so didn’t get too wet but poor Paul & Suz got soaked! As no one knew we were eloping we commissioned a Mrs & Mrs pennant and a vintage number plate saying ‘Happily Hitched’ with the idea of using a photo of them to announce our marriage to our family and friends.” 

“Just do you. It’ll be one of the most special days in your lifetime, which hopefully you’ll only do once, so it should be exactly how you want it to be. When you look back at your photos you want to be reminded of how perfect it was, rather than remember the things you had to compromise on to make others happy.” 

Suppliers: 
Photography: Twigs Branch Photography
Venue: Lower Barns
Flowers: Flourish Studio
Kayleigh’s Skirt: Sweet Caroline
Kayleigh’s Top, Zoe’s Trousers & Zoe’s Corset: Rose Savage Bridal
Makeup: Suzi Winter
Hair Stylist: Hair by Emma C
Rings: Baroque Jewellery 
Pennant: Oxford Pennant
Number Plate: Slates Plates

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Bridgerton Inspired Wedding Shoot

Styled Shoots

Bridgerton Inspired Wedding Shoot

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Bouquet & Bells together with Tanya from Tanya Flannagan Photography co-coordinated this opulent Bridgerton-inspired styled shoot. As a result of the hit TV series, Bridgerton, the regency wedding theme is on the rise and we wanted to create a shoot to showcase our twist on the trend. It was important to us to pay meticulous details to every element of the shoot, and our aim was to execute the theme in a way that the small details all came together beautifully. The colour scheme was based around pastel colours with particular focus on peaches and pinks with a pop of sky blue. 

The shoot was held at Hawkstone Hall and Gardens, a Grade 1-listed building nestled within the hills of the rolling Shropshire countryside. Their ‘Saloon’ dining room, intimate ceremony room and picturesque outdoor space burst with opulence and grandeur, making them the ideal location. Elizabeth Josh Films produced a stunning short film and captured the day spectacularly.

Surrey-based dressmaker Felicity West Macott provided three handmade gowns for the shoot. A peach gown with bardot neckline and corset back was the start of the show, as Felicity had made it bespoke for the shoot. Other gowns featured a long pink ombré train with bell sleeves, and a floral embroidered jumpsuit. Star and Leaf provided a selection of handmade veils, paired beautifully with a bejewelled headpiece by Six Penny Bride. A pair of kitten heel white lace shoes with pink bows finished the look. The model’s hair was styled by Bella Amore Hair Salon, and the makeup was kept classic by Made up by Cathryn. Diamond drop earrings and beautiful rings were provided by London Victorian Ring Co. The groom wore a grey tail suit from Bill Child Formal Wear paired with light grey slim tie. 

An abundance of florals were provided by Ginger Lily Florist in pink and peach tones with foliage. The bouquet was big and wild in a waterfall style. Wild Meadow Weddings and Ginger Lily collaborated on the table decor, opting for a long banquet style with blue linen from Coloured Linen Hire. A range of gold vases complete with crockery and goblet glassware made the Saloon fit for a regal banquet. Classic stationery by White Orchid Print and Design finished it off beautifully. 

A pale blue four-tier cake with white icing detail in a baroque style was created by Susan from Elizabeth Anna Cake Design. It stood tall on an elegant white cake stand, surrounded by a range of delicious accompaniments including marshmallows, doughnuts, meringues and more, also made by Susan. The real start of the show was Kaiser, a Shire horse fully dressed for the occasion and pulling black open-top carriage courtesy of Huddart Heavy Horses. 

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