City Chic styled wedding shoot

Article Published: Wednesday 25th November, 2015 - 12:38pm

One of Cornwall’s iconic wedding venues set the stage for this sophisticated 'city chic' styled shoot. The Alverton - a striking grade II listed building located in Truro - created the perfect setting for an effortless and elegant vibe.

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, a south-facing terrace and carefully manicured lawns, the exterior instantly impresses with its tall sandstone walls, grand oak doors, mullioned windows and a Cornish Delabole slate roof, which all gave the shoot a sense of grandeur, history and elegance.

Shot largely in the brasserie area in The Alverton - a modern, bright, quirky and colourful space with colour pop walls and slightly industrial feel - meant that the theme was ideally suited for this city central hotel.

Co-ordinated and styled by Jenny Wren Wedding & Event Planning and Hazel Parsons Wedding & Event Consultancy, the pair chose a crisp yet subtle colour scheme, using a palette of white, industrial grey and green in the foliage and flowers.

Jenny worked closely with a team of handpicked suppliers that she knew would help achieve the look.

"To create the feel of city chic I wanted the tables to look sleek, having the backdrop of white table linen with a sharp contrast of a charcoal grey table runner gave that crisp finish," explains Sam from Stargazey Weddings. "Succulents bring a modern touch of class, and are a simple and effective way of bringing green into the colour scheme. We choose to group small ceramic white pots with an individual succulent, amongst pretty jars of white flowers and a scattering of mercury tea lights to add that little bit of glamour," she explains.

The fireplace was dressed with mismatched silver and mercury candlesticks with elegant white candles, silver framed black and white photos and succulents in white pots. Meanwhile, flowers played a huge part, with floral guru Beverly from Ballooning Buds & Bows setting off the look with her clever use of textures, reflection and height in her floral displays.

When it came to creating the stationery for the event, Jenny turned to luxury stationer Kirsty Hart who runs The Paper Princess, a bespoke wedding stationery company.

Kirsty wanted to create clean lines with a slightly french industrial look. She used grey and white and wanted to bring the outside in using touches of green from the rosemary sprigs. Kirsty chose to work with a really luxurious thick matt card which had a really beautiful finish with a modern look. She rounded the corners on the placecards to give them a softer feel and chose a font with a casual brush type face with a rich inky texture but masculine edgy vibe for a bold and modern look.

When it came to dressing the Great Hall, Kirsty wanted to create a visual feast for the eyes - something for guests to enjoy and add a sense of occasion to the space. She decided to create large flowers to make a very dramatic impact in the ceremony area, using poppies to add a shot of colour that worked well with the gothic architecture.

Jenny worked with the suppliers involved in creating the shoot by sharing Pinterest boards, which ensured they were all working within the same aesthetic and could more easily generate ideas - one being turning wine glasses upside down to be used as candle holders and an elegant alternative centrepiece.


Wedding Styling:
Jenny Wren Weddings & Event Planning
Hazel Parsons

Venue: The Alverton Hotel

Photography: Khalile Siddiqui

Wedding Décor Items: Stargazey Wedding Décor Hire

Flowers: Ballooning Buds & Bows

Stationery: The Paper Princess

Lights: Any Old Letters

Wedding Cake: Peboryon

Wedding Dress: Christine Trewinnard

Groom’s suit: Trevails, Truro

Jewellery: Tegen Jewellery

Headwear & button hole: Holly Young Boutique

Hair: Cornwall Beauty Box

Make Up: Tamsyn Siddiqui

Bride Model: Christieane Farnsworth

Groom Model: Tian Bobsin

More information on The Alverton:
The Alverton currently has two licensed rooms. The jaw dropping beauty and grandeur of the Great Hall which features high vaulted ceilings and is richly adorned with red velvet and cream drapes and its gothic splendour only adds to the sense of occasion. The ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception can all be held in the same room as up to a maximum of 180 guests can be catered for. Should you wish to marry in a more intimate and contemporary setting then the second licensed room is the Library which is decorated in a modern style, filled with natural light and has double doors which open onto the terrace and lawn. It’s simply perfect for smaller wedding breakfasts or drinks receptions.

More information on the Wedding Cake:
From Peboryon's new Duchy Collection, ‘Lerryn’ was chosen for this city chic theme. The design was inspired by a beautiful fruiting apple tree on the bank of the river Lerryn in Cornwall. It had just the right blend of clean contemporary style and blossom brushwork. With a soft-green deep base tier and leafy sugar apple tree topping the cake, it captured a story of stylish modern romance. (This cake serves 70. This design can be tailored by Peboryon to your wedding colour and size needs).