Wedding Reception Styling in Cornwall and Devon

Botanical themed wedding reception

Botanical themed wedding reception

Wedding styling: Victorian meets botanical

A vintage Victorian tea party meets botanical styling

Welcome to beautiful blooms, vintage decor and the stunning wedding venue that is, Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, here showcased to spectacular effect during this recent styled shoot.

"I wanted a venue that showed couples something different, a venue that was not only beautiful but that could also offer the wow factor," explains photographer Helen Chapman. "The theme was obvious and as one of this year's wedding trends is Victorian, it seemed a natural fit to have the shoot in their beautiful Victorian palm house, which is where they hold ceremonies."

Blending every element to present a scene where the lush outdoors was omnipresent saw the pared-back colour scheme with botanical shades form the inspiration for much of the detail.

"I wanted my colour scheme to match that of the lush green leaves within the palm house with a fairly neutral palette of creams for the flowers so it did not distract from the palm house plants," says Helen. "That said, I also needed some warmth in the colour scheme so asked the florists, Bridget's Flower Shed, for cream flowers but with a golden centre. Dilly and Dilly made stationery that not only showed off the location, but also added some warmth through a touch of gold - and could be recycled; while the crockery for the Victorian tea service was also borrowed to follow the Victorian theme, but also showing that you can re-use items to help make your perfect wedding."

Fusing aspects of an eco-friendly wedding with natural decor and an edge of vintage Victorian glamour gave the shoot a defined, yet eclectic feel. Gorgeous greenery, a long lace gown with floral accents and tablescapes dotted with elegant glassware and opulent gold dinnerware completed the aesthetic. Tall flower arrangements draws the eye up and out toward the surrounding scenery, while delicate Victorian crockery added a super pretty touch to the tea party - made all the more alluring by the statement cake and lip-smacking miniature confections.

"Each supplier played their part beautifully in following the Victorian theme - from hair and beauty provided by Sarah at The Courtyard Hairdressers through to the majestic wedding cake and edible sweet treats for the Victorian tea party provided by Claire's Sweet Temptations. Gemma at West Country Wedding Planner also provided the table décor, which complemented Bicton's stunning Italian Garden,"says Helen of how seamless the creative collaboration helped to bring her botanical-meets-Victorian vision to life.











Photography - Helen Chapman Photography
Venue - Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
Hair and beauty - The Courtyard Hairdressers
Wedding dress - Lovely Bridal
Flowers - The Flower Shed
Wedding cake - Claire's Sweet Temptations
Wedding venue decor - West Country Wedding Planner
Invitations - Dilly and Dilly

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