Destination I Do
Monday, August 8, 2022

English Countryside Wedding Inspo

Words by Dana Arnold
Photos courtesy of Destinations with Dana

Amanda is a destination wedding planner who also hosts workshops throughout the world. This year, to make up for lost time from COVID, she wanted to go all out for this year. She put her heart and soul into the UK workshop, including the two styled weddings. My favorite? Lily and Ed. Amanda and her team contacted so many of her favorite vendors in the UK, most of which she has worked with before. She always strives to get real couples or models who are okay with acting like real couples. She reached out to the model agency and although could not find a real couple, Lily and Ed were perfect at acting so and did a wonderful job. 

Amanda describes all of the elements included in the shoot that made it undiably stunning below:

"Set on the spectacular grounds of De Vere Tortworth Court, the primary inspiration for this shoot was a regal, elegant English Countryside Wedding with a classic white and green palette. The ceremony was hosted in the orangery of the estate which featured stunning natural lighting coming in from the glass enclosed domes of the ceiling overhead. Our statement ceremony arch was designed to compliment the stone arches of the space, with lush florals growing up from the floor on either side of the primary structure. The reception was set in the circular gardens of the estate, where we created a round table that wrapped perfectly around the garden, and was completed by the bride and groom's table situated directly in front of the breathtaking manor house. This statement reception set-up featured an elegant tablescape of white florals by The Botany House and a Bridgerton inspired cake fit for royalty! 

Our radiant bride Lily wore a gown from the Alon Livne 2022 Collection. This line was inspired by sculptor Carmen Otero & the world of minimalist art, using waves and geometry to redefine beauty, specifically the natural shapes of the human body in abstract silhouettes. This look fit perfectly amidst the regal, yet relaxed atmosphere of the English countryside. To complete their celebration, the bride and groom were whisked away in a classic British 1958 post-production convertible through the beautiful stone entryway of the estate!"

The team of vendors worked countless hours to put this all together. I myself was truly impressed with all this all came about. The vendors started the night before. I remember going to dinner and seeing them put together this floral arch at around 11pm, then they were up the following morning, at the crack of dawn, setting up the reception table, getting the cake ready, etc. I have never seen such great teamwork and in all, it was worth it! They (the bridal makeup and hair team, florist, designers, etc.). 

It will be hard to mention [one favorite part] as I have a few. The first favorite part of the shoot was the teamwork. I love meeting new people and socializing. So, meeting the vendors who put this together, the group of photographers I was with, and of course our models Lily and Ed. I just loved getting to talk with them, learn more about them, and now support their accounts. The second favorite was getting to work with two educators (Andreas and Sophie) and learning more about posing and framing but still also being creative and shooting/posing our own as well. Some of my favorite moments created and captured to date was what I was coached to do at this workshop, and getting to learn from them was a blessing. The last favorite thing from this was simply capturing the couple. They were so dang adorable, did a wonderful job acting as a couple, and now I have all these beautiful images to showcase!

Vendors: Venue: De Vere Tortworth Court; Workshop Host: AMV Retreats; Wedding Planner, Styling + Design: AMV Weddings; Photographer: Destinations with Dana; Workshop Educators: Sophie Kaye Photography & Andreas K. Georgiou; Florals: The Botany House; Dress: Alon Livne; Furniture Rentals: Wedhead; Tabletop Rentals: Bailey Events; Hair/Makeup: Botias Hair and Makeup; Accessories: Botias Accessories; Cakes: Monika Kos; Stationary: Pale Press London; Linens: House of Hough ; Groom’s Attire: Bucco Couture; Vintage Car: Morris Minor Weddings; Styling Mats: Olive & Oak; Shoes: Harriett Wilde; Jewelry: Victor Barbone; Flat lay Styling: Sophie Kaye Photography

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