A love story played out across the charm-filled spaces of Polstrong Manor, this styled shoot draws on the distinctive mood and aesthetic of film director Wes Anderson’s work to create a wedding scene replete with personality. Fusing an eye-catching palette with a heady sense of nostalgia, the fashions and details were carefully selected by photographer Rebecca Hook. “Many items were sourced through a small collection of vintage pieces that I have built up over time, from the little touches such as the vintage Max Factor lipstick to Anchor Hocking crockery and paperback books,” she reveals.
These details set the eclectic yet carefully curated scene, which plays with both composition and colour. “Every element had a lot of thought and time put in, but I wanted it to feel effortless and thrown together. Wes Anderson uses clever positioning to tell the story and draw people in,” explains Rebecca.
For a matching and layered look, a base shade of botanical green provides the muted yet opulent backdrop in both the orangery and drawing room, where colour drenching combines with pattern and period accents as a nod to the Anderson aesthetic.
A symmetrical tablescape includes colourful gingham linens, ornate candelabras and vintage crockery, with the florals, accessories and adorable cake – adorned with buttercream and glacé cherries – encapsulating the fun and colourful aesthetic. Vignettes range from a coffee table with a mini floral centrepiece and candle jars to a Polaroid camera atop vintage leather-bound books.
Meanwhile, the bride dons a variety of retro-chic looks including a cream embroidered shift dress with a velvet ruffled Alice band, a rose pink A-line with semi-sheer sleeves and a baby blue satin mini dress with a mini veil and cat-eye sunglasses – all purchased secondhand for under £30 each for a sustainable look. The groom switches from a black satin two-piece sans tie to a pair of burnt orange linen slacks and classic Cowboy shirt as the newlyweds toast their nuptials with glasses of bubbly – flecked with daisies – while lounging on the grass.
Photography Rebecca Hook rebeccahookphotography.com
Venue Polstrong Manor instagram.com/polstrong_manor_cornwall
Make-up Georgina Markham Makeup cornwallmakeup.co.uk
Cake The Garden Baker thegardenbaker.com
Flowers Love and Honor loveandhonor.co.uk
Stationery Gaudeo Paper Co. instagram.com/gaudeopaperco
Model Megan Blamey