Ambience Venue Styling – Millennial Shoot
“Guest Blog by Ambience Styling UK”
Back in October we had the pleasure of collaborating with some of Yorkshire’s finest suppliers to create an inspirational Millennial shoot. We wanted to capture both some of the highly anticipated trends for 2020/21 as well as selecting a design that would best complement the natural aesthetics of this astounding, exclusive venue. It was important to us that this shoot would convey a modern, contemporary approach with an impactful edge – the kind that as soon as you walk into the room your eyes are instantly drawn to each and every element, discovering something new each time you look!
With banquet style dining hitting the wedding world in a big way, we opted for a horseshoe style layout that would create a dramatic framework for the cake to sit amongst. We styled the cake table in contrasting sage linen, a colour that we predict to be very popular over the coming year and staged the base of the table with layering heights of candlelight that would well and truly put the cake in the spotlight! The cake deserved nothing less, handcrafted to perfection by the very talented Blossom Tree Cake Company – featuring handmade sugar flowers with white Icelandic poppies, Pom Pom dahlia, rose, succulents, sea holly thistle and Parvifolia Eucalyptus to carefully pull out all of the colours from the shoot.
Across the top of each table we worked with Laura from Mint and Moose Floral Design to add texture with seasonal foliage and unstructured blooms that brought pops of white throughout so as to ensure the look was natural yet not too heavy. The addition of gold accents was introduced with vases, decorative votives and the stunning ornate charger plates which really lifted the look and provided opulence. The sage green was then brought into the styling again with coloured linen napkins and sage candlelight which added further depth and a nod towards the tonal trend. Banquet style platters provided by BabaGanoush dining, adorned with exquisite grazing food and a giant honeycomb were positioned at the end of the table.
So as not to forget the surroundings of the banquet design, Laura created a stunning fireplace arrangement that would sit behind the Bride and Groom whilst a large cascading foliage arrangement sat alongside this on a tall acrylic pedestal, creating a feature without being imposing.
Once the styling was complete it was then our Millennial bride, Lucy Ledgeway, that really brought the shoot to life. Lucy modelled gowns provided by The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique. A natural, flawless look was created by makeup and hair artist, Natalie Willingham using gold smokey eye pallettes by illamasqua & Charlotte Tilbury, foundation by Bobbi brown, lashes by Ardell and lips by Maybelline.
Fine art photographer, Jane Beadnell has a style that fits perfectly with this venue so we knew she’d do an incredible job and she didn’t disappoint. Some of the images she captured in the very elegant bridal suite and out in the grounds are some of our favourite. They really showcase the feel of this magical setting.
Working alongside Jane, we also invited Hello There Films to create a video that would provide an insight into the behind the scenes. It’s not often that clients would ever see the styling unfold, it’s usually just the finished article. We wanted to take the viewer on a journey that would allow them to discover the beginning to end.
Venue/ Thicket Priory
Photographer / Jane Beadnell Photography
Styling and concept / Ambience UK & Ambience York
Floristry / Mint & Moose – Wedding and Event Florist
Cake / Blossom Tree Cake Company
Bridalwear / The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique
Catering / Bab Ganoush Catering
MUA / Natalie Willingham Makeup Artist
Filming / Hello There Films
Model / Lucy Ledgeway