Luxe botanicals and 1930s' inspired touches
A Loving Spirit
Draw on the beauty of botanicals, lush florals and 1930s’ fashions for a timeless wedding scene fresh from the pages of a Du Maurier novel
photography Joanne Clement, Enchanted Brides
styling Gemma Rawlinson, Box & Cox Vintage Hire
Set amidst ancient gardens brimming with exotic botanicals and sprawling, wildly romantic landscape, Enys House has stood still in time for almost a century. The faded grandeur of this once great estate – with its 800-year history – is inspiring, atmospheric and utterly enchanting. It could be from the very pages of a Daphne Du Maurier novel.
Enys House captivated Gemma Rawlinson from Box & Cox Vintage Hire and photographer Joanne Clement of Enchanted Brides, who teamed up with a host of Cornwall-based artisans to create this beguilingly beautiful styled shoot. “Taking inspiration from the rich history of Enys and its adventurous custodians who gathered plants from across the globe, we used botanicals to breathe new life into dormant spaces,” explains Gemma.
“Soft, delicate chiffons juxtapose the crumbling plaster and bare stone,” she comments; the bridal wear, an intricately beaded vision of tulle, silk and georgette handcrafted in Cornwall, is the most beautiful expression of this softness, as is the veil of chiffon, embellished with glass beads and metallic leaves, which makes a dreamy backdrop for the vows.
Exquisite handcrafted rings and an oversized bouquet, rich in sumptuous jewel tones and tied with hand-dyed silk ribbons, completes the timeless and entrancing bridal ensemble. Meanwhile, the groom’s tuxedo – teamed with a Panama hat and feathered brooch pin – echoes the 1930s’ era of Du Maurier’s early masterpieces.
The elegant dining table – with its ivory palette and lush arrangements of anemones, ranunculi, tulips, rhododendrons and camellias – breathes light, warmth and vivid colour into the fragile beauty of the once grand library. The tiered cake, set on a vintage writing desk, pays homage to 1930s’ style, while the stationery – which is “inspired by the journals and drawings of botanists and plant hunters and adorned with hand-drawn foliage detail” – carries the botanical theme beautifully. The collection of antique pieces from Box & Cox Vintage Hire – some filled with ferns and silk ribbons – completes the picture, echoing the beauty of an inspiring age lost in time.
Second photographer Elliot Barnes
Assistant Amy Carpenter
Models Megan, Billy