Colour Inspiration

A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor

I’m very excited to share with you today… Whiter than White’s first ever styled shoot and a little announcement!

The shoot took place over Valentine’s weekend at the beautiful Sheldon Manor, set in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. The venue was holding an open weekend and I felt so honored to be asked to be part of it, coordinating and styling the ‘table for two’ for the event. For those of you who are not familiar with the venue, Sheldon Manor is a stunning 13th century manor house, which just so happens to have the oldest stone porch in Britain and the most beautiful tiny 15th century chapel set within the grounds. Surrounded by historic gardens, exquisite roses, tiered lawns and ancient stone structures, it really is simply the most magical setting. As most of you may well know, I married my boy there a couple of years ago so naturally have a soft spot for this enchanting venue!
 

Valentine styled Sheldon Manor shoot | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
 

The brief… The setting was within the stunning baronial style ‘Great Hall’ with its wood paneling, large stone fire place and a Bechstein grand piano! Now, I’m no fan of the traditional red and white valentine vibe and therefore opted for a dark, moody aesthetic with a touch of glamour thrown in for good measure!
 
A palette of deep jewel like tones, mixed with saturated fuchsia and raspberry shades was softened with hints of white and blush pink. The look was lifted with golden embellishments and the soft glow of candlelight, twinkling textiles and cut glass tableware were set against a backdrop of rich wood tones. A selection of brass candlesticks with pure white tapered candles added height and drama. Each of the place settings had rustic tin heart moulds, painted gold and filled with sweets and Rococo chocolate bars tied with golden metal hearts for after dinner treats! Ombre watercolour heart garlands were strewn across chair backs and used as coasters.
 
For the florals I took seasonal spring blooms including anemones, ranuculas, tulips, clematis, wax flowers and the odd rose for good measure. Dark, sultry blackberry toned peppercorns and painted black wood were mixed amongst the petals.
 

A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings

 

VENDOR DETAILS…

Styling & Design: Whiter than White Weddings | Location: Sheldon Manor | Photography: Richard White | Tableware: Helene Millot Furnishings | Florals: Whiter than White Weddings
 
 
Now for my very exciting announcement…

Whiter than White have partnered with Sheldon Manor to offer a wedding styling, consultancy and design service exclusively at the venue! I’ll be offering bespoke styling and a highly creative and original design service for your celebration! I have had the pleasure of working first hand with many of the venues trusted suppliers and am therefore able to offer unique inside knowledge and expertise for events at this truly beautiful and untouched country Manor House. Exciting stuff hey!
So, if you are considering getting married or holding your reception at the lovely Sheldon Manor and would like a creative hand, you can get in touch with me here!
 
I had such fun putting this shoot together and hope it has provided you with some winter wedding inspiration! A special thank you to Helene Millot Furnishings for providing the beautiful antique tableware. To view her full collection of tableware and props visit her site or take a look at all the pretty in this post I put together a little while ago on the blog.

 
Have a great week!

Love, Mrs White x

The Wedding Collective | Stationery | Whiter than White

It’s the final day of The Wedding Collective series which concludes with my stationery board! It’s been such fun transporting ourselves around the world with this fun collab and sharing so much clever inspiration.
 
Decorative patterned rugs, hand-painted tiles and the traditional crafts of Morocco combine with strong geometric graphics from the distinctive Navajo textiles to provide the focus for the stationery elements.
A soft, hazy palette of coral and peach blended with an array of aqua tones and highlighted with deep cerise pinks and olives mix well to create an early sunset vibe.
Tropical heraldic crests painted or etched with palms and exotic flowers containing your wedding date or initials work perfectly for your save the dates, and set the tone of whats to follow. Or create your own naive block printed stamp monogram by taking geometric shapes and combining with your initials to be used throughout your stationery from envelopes to cocktail menus.
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White  + Knot & Pop + Belle & Bunty + The Flower Drum | The Stationery by Whiter than White

Credits (from top left: 1. via 100 Layer Cake | 2. via Oh Lovely Day | 3. Mark Rothko | 4. via Martha Stewart | 5. via Once Wed | 6. Sycamore Street Press | 7. via Nomuramaya | 8. via 100 Layer Cake | 9. The Weaver House | 10. via Style Me Pretty | 11. via Style Me Pretty | 12. via Julep | 13. Lovely Little Details

 

For the invitation suites, take graphic Navajo elements and shapes and give them a softer edge by blending with watercolour bled techniques. Alternatively, collect old souvenir postcards of your choice or take your own photographs and use these as a backdrop to overprint with solid geometric patterns and text. Add a touch of luxe by printing with metallic or gold foil shapes instead. For envelope linings – marbling techniques in muted pastel tones create a dreamy map like pattern, or for a quirky, fun vibe use colourful hand-painted zebra prints instead. Decorate envelopes with vintage cactus and palm printed stamps or get involved with some good old cut and paste with geometric shapes to mirror those used in your invitation patterns.
 
The tile influence comes into play with your escort cards by printing names onto small tiles with table numbers displayed beneath. Continue this element through to your table numbers by using mis-matched patterned Moroccan tiles overprinted with colourful or metallic opaque numbers.
Use offcuts of the marbled paper to create hand written name tags at each guest’s place setting. Playfully anchor them with miniature safari animal models sprayed with a metallic gold finish.
Guests are invited to leave well wishes and travel tips for the newlyweds on geometric printed cards, which are then placed in huge sand filled shells.
 
Thanks for joining us on our journey this week, I hope you’ve enjoyed all of these inspiring ideas. It was such fun working on this with so many talented creatives and designers and thanks so much to all those involved. By the way, if you missed any of the mood boards earlier this week you can take a peek by clicking on the links here… The Scene Setter by Whiter than White & Knot & Pop, The Dress by Belle & Bunty, The Decs by Knot & Pop, The Flowers by The Flower Drum.
 
Have a great weekend guys!
Mrs White x

The Wedding Collective | Flowers | The Flower Drum

Day four of our ‘Wedding Collective’ series and today chief flower enthusiast and girl in the know on all things floral, Holly Hipwell from The Flower Drum compiles an explosion of flowery goodness in her mood board. Holly is the go to florist out in Sydney where she creates floral works of art and beautiful bouquets for brides to be.
 
Blooms in every colour of the rainbow from every corner of the earth.
Old English garden roses, orchids flown in from Indonesia and night blooming cerus. Marigolds strung together to create hundreds of meters of garlands and pots of rose petals are simmering away filling the air with sweet syrupy fragrance.
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White Weddings + Knot & Pop + Belle & Bunty + The Flower Drum | The Flowers by The Flower Drum

Credits: 1. via Wedding Gawker | 2. via Pinterest | 3. Particular Poetry | 4. via Le Decor Que J’adore | 5. The Flower Drum | 6. via Bohemian Sense | 7. Flickr | 8. via The Lane | 9. The Flower Drum | 10. Flirty Fleurs | 11. via Pinterest | 12. via Back Seat Stylers | 13. via Wedding Chicks | 14. Bjorkheim | 15. The Flower Drum

 
Inspired by the upcoming journey through Morocco, South Africa, Bali & the Navajo Nation the flowers take on a nomadic and organic turn from the traditional wedding flower style. Wild & Unstructured. Loose flower heads are piled up high in abundance, old-fashioned perfume bottles found on previous adventures are filled with hand picked garden blooms and structures are made from existing growth of bougainvillea climbing along the archways. The flowers are everywhere… wrapped around the brides ankles and in her hair, hanging from the trees and clustered on every table, there’s edible flowers in the food and hibiscus infused in the cocktails. At the end of the night every guest takes home armfuls of beautiful blooms so they can continue to enjoy the colour and life of the amazing evening.
 
Oooh, super pretty and inspiring!
I’ll see you all tomorrow for the final day of ‘The Wedding Collective’ which concludes with all of the paper goodies I have uncovered in my stationery board!
Mrs White x

The Wedding Collective | Decorations | Knot & Pop

Yay!! We are half way through the week and today the Knot & Pop ladies share their fun ideas for the decorations board in this ‘Around the World’ themed wedding.
I met Susie last summer as her and Claire were just embarking on the Knot & Pop journey. Since then this clever duo have created some seriously lust-worthy bespoke events and styled shoots, with fun, originality and creativity always at the heart of all they do!
 
Over to Knot & Pop to tell you more…
 
Drawing from the many lands that this couple will visit, we wanted to channel the sense of wanderlust and feature the wealth of local artisans within each country.
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White Weddings + Knot & Pop + Belle & Bunty + The Flower Drum | The Decs by Knot & Pop

Credits: 1. via Contemporist | 2. via The Lane | 3. Raj Tents | 4. Etsy | 5. via Ruffled | 6. Beads Paper Ink | 7. Etsy | 8. via 100 Layer Cake | 9. via The Lane | 10. Fig & Fauna | 11. Etsy | 12. via All Posters | 13. via 100 Layer Cake | 14. One Canoe Two | 15. Trading Phrases

 
A traditional style marquee, sides opened to the elements, and Moroccan lanterns casting a warm glow as if at sunset, sets the scene for the travel loving couple and their adventure ahead. For décor, we looked to Morocco for their tile-tastic finishings that appear as individual drinks coasters along table-tops, or grouped together to form the most visual of table centres. Clusters of potted plants and cacti dress tables, nodding to the arid desert-scapes of both Morocco and the Navajo region, with tapered candles and gold candle-sticks dotted across sociable banquet tables. Rich in texture, rugs line the ceremony aisle and sit beneath the sweet heart table, with lounge areas featuring low level rattan seating, in neutral shades of the purest white and straw, and the quintessential hammock for early morning slumbers.
 
Furthering the sense of local craft that each area is famed for, a backdrop of woven plates from South Africa form the photobooth back-drop with floral Balinese neck garlands, African masks and Indian head-dresses used as props for the fun photos. Escort cards appear as zebra-like striped feathers, nettled into sand with a small tag with name and table attached to each. Feathers re-appear both as garlands draped across the marquee and as name cards, placed in the centre of Navajo print plates, with later dessert and cake served from banana leaves.
 
For favours, each guest receives an African beaded bracelet placed around a soft grey linen napkin, or an animal ornament of one of the many they’ll see on their travels. The guest book cements the sense of their journey ahead with an antique globe painted, and a calligraphed message for guests to ‘Wish The Couple Well On Their Life-Long Adventure Together’.
 
Just too many lovely ideas, if only our English weather would play ball so we could all dine beside the beach to a beautiful coral sunset backdrop! To see more pretty from Knot & Pop check out their lovely site!

Tomorrow, the amazing Sydney based florist Holly from The Flower Drum has put together a floral explosion of loveliness in her flower board – see you then!
Mrs White x

The Wedding Collective | The Dress | Belle & Bunty

Welcome back to day two of our exciting week long collaboration. If you missed our story behind The Wedding Collective and scene setter inspiration yesterday then click here to hear all about it!
I for one am a huge fan of London based designers Hannah and Alice’s wedding label Belle & Bunty, every time I peruse their lovely website I just wish I could get married again! These girls most certainly rock with their super pretty and ultra glamorous vintage inspired bridal collection. Understated elegance is at the core of all they do and each and every one of their stunning gowns is created and made within the UK (we like that!). Not only that but the clever ladies have recently won the ‘Bridal Designers of the Year 2013′ by the Tailored Bridal Awards! There really is no one better to put together our dress mood board for the latest edition of the ‘The Wedding Collective.’
I therefore leave you in the very capable hands of Hannah from Belle & Bunty as she explains her inspiration behind this gorgeous mood board…
 
Dreamy sunset colours form the palette, with shades of soft coral, cerise pink and dusty orange sitting alongside highlights of turquoise as clear as the ocean. Inspired by a relaxed travelers vibe the Brides look is effortlessly laid back with a nod to Boho.
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White Weddings + Knot & Pop + Belle & Bunty + The Flower Drum | The Dress Mood Board by Belle & Bunty

Credits: 1: Brigitte Sire | 2: via Oh Mai Darling | 3: Belle & Bunty | 4: via Style Blazer | 5: Belle & Bunty | 6: via Glamouria | 7: via Bliss | 8: via We Heart It | 9: via Highlanders Poems | 10: Etsy | 11. via Fora | 12. Belle & Bunty

 
Two wedding dresses allow the bride to indulge in her love of beautiful fabrics seen in Balinese & Moroccan markets. The daytime dress combines delicate ivory lace with blush silk satin while the evening gown plays on the sunset mood in a shade of coral. A pastel pink feathered cape inspired by exotic African birds adds drama and starts a running “feather” theme with a fun headdress and delicate handcrafted gold earrings adding natural beauty. Shoes that peak out from beneath the hem of the dresses have a fun element of hand crafted gold heels mixed with animal print as seen on African safari’s. On her wrists she wears a layered arm party of bracelets all collected from past explorations and each of which hold memories. Statement rings of turquoise and gold add a splash of vivid colour mimicking intricate Moroccan patterns. Bridesmaids wear carefully selected hues of bold colours from the palette in hot pinks and orangey reds with fun oversize bows.
Glimmering shades of gold like the sunshine give a subtle glimmering natural make up, with gold leaf eyes for added sparkle in the evening to compliment the coral dress. A bright matt coral lip works well with a coordinating bright nail colour for a fresh, new bridal look. Loose waves in the hair give a relaxed, carefree feel with small tribal plaits for a fashionable, boho edge.
 
What a gorgeous colour palette and I’m so in love with that coral dress! Thanks to the ladies at Belle & Bunty for creating such gorgeous inspiration and don’t forget to check out their beautiful dress collection right here!
Stop by tomorrow for the next installment as event planners Knot & Pop talk decorations…
Mrs White x