Winter Weddings

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

Gold and Garnet Decadence

Happy New Year!!! Hope you all had a smashing evening celebrating. Thanks so much for all of your support, feedback, and comments over the past year. I really am so grateful and wish you all a year ahead filled with love, happiness and health. We have some exciting plans for 2014 here at Whiter than White and I look forward to sharing more ideas and inspiration with you over the coming months. Lets kick things off with some dreamy and decadent gold and garnet inspiration. Golden hues, sparkles, champagne and the deepest and darkest burgundy blooms…

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Truro Fabrics | 2. Photo: Miguel Varona | 3. Odessa May Society | 4. via HellAnne | 5. Susie Tsang | 6. via Fos

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Houzz | 2. Photo: Kari Herer | 3. Eye Poetry | 4. via Wedding Chicks | 5. via 199 | 6. Zuhair Murad

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. via DavaDip | 2. 100 layer cake | 3. via Decor Pad | 4. Andreas Lagos

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Jose Villa | 2. Jenny Packham | 3. via OneFabDay | 4. via Poise Boston | 5. Shannas Creations | 6. BrideBop | 7. Photo: Trent Bailey

 
A very Happy New Year from Mrs White x

Winter Bridal Bouquets

With a winter wedding you can create an utterly romantic, atmospheric affair. Roaring fires, winter whites and a good measure of sparkle all make for a truly magical day! Winter bouquets are one area you can really capture the essence of the season and I have hand-picked a selection of my favourite bouquets. Think icy whites, festive privet berries, eclectic overflowing bouquets that are full of texture, all mixed together with pops of unexpected colour…

 

Winter Wedding Bouquets | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. via Style me Pretty | 2. Photo: Kate Harrison via 100 Layer Cake | 3. via Remodelista | 4. via Boho Weddings

 

One of my favourite things about a winter bouquet is the textures you can create; from the softness of winter roses and cotton flowers to the metallic shimmer of dusty miller and the matte pearl like quality of berries. Add to the mix all the wonderful textures of heather, seed pods and pine boughs and the result will be pretty spectacular. The very nature of winter flowering blooms means that your bouquet will look pretty and fresh all day long and well into the following week too!
 
Winter berry bouquets | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. via 100 Layer Cake | 2. Photo: Simply Jesse via Bridal Musings

 
You can easily add some festive magic to your bouquet around this time of year by adding a selection of rich red berries and pine boughs to your bouquet. I love the idea of adding some tartan fabric or ribbon around your bouquet too as shown below.
 
Winter red berry bouquets | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. via WeddingoMania | 2. via Wed over Heels | 3. Photo: Paula O’Hara | 4. via Sortrature | 5. via Green Wedding Shoes

Blue Winter bouquets | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Photo: Morgan Trinker via Ruffled | 2. Photo: Lottie Designs via Pocketful of Dreams

Winter bouquets | Whiter than White Weddings

Credit: Sortrature

Winter White Wedding Bouquets | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1.via Magnolia Rouge | 2. Taylor’d Events | 3. via Wedding Wire | 4. via Bollea | 5. via Ruffled | 6. Photo: The Beatys Photography

 

During Spring and Summertime you are pretty much spoilt for choice with an abundance of colourful, natural and seasonal blooms to choose from. Many brides worry that there is not as many options in the Winter months. However you’d be surprised, there is still a huge choice of incredible seasonal blooms and foliage. I have compiled a list of some of these gorgeous winter flowering blooms below…
 
Flowers: Anemones, tulips, astrantia, roses, tuberose, paperwhites, cotton, narcissus, amaryllis, scabiosa, waxflower, snowdrops, eryngium, pansies and lilies
Foliage: Fresh dill, rosemary, pistache, heather, holly, sola flowers, eucalyptus pods, banana stem, berzelia berries, conifer branches, silver brunia, scented-geranium leaves, dusty miller, juniper boughs, privet berries, pine boughs and pine-cones.
 
Well I’m spoilt for choice! Which is your favourite?

Mrs White x

a winter wonderland wedding

Just imagine you wake up to a blanket of snow on your wedding morning. OK, not heaps so none of your guests can travel but enough for you to get that fuzzy feeling like Christmas morning. Surely it doesn’t get anymore romantic than that!

So chances are you may not see snow on your big day but if your planning a winter wedding then feast your eyes on this imaginary winter wonderland wedding I’ve created just for you…

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1. birch stars from cox & cox 2. via an early morning walk 3. source unknown 4. source unknown

 

Wear a beautiful long sleeved lace dress or dreamy gathered silk gown with antique jewels in your hair. I love this simple bouquet with dried brown leaves and pure white peonies all hand tied with linen ribbon.

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1. via unravelledtales 2. Dolce & Gabanna 3. source unknown 4. Photo: Eric Kelley

 

Hang candles in glass jars from tree branches and snuggle up in reindeer skins and thick woolen blankets. I love this beautiful rustic cake with pine cones set upon a wooden log with inset tea lights – perfect in every way! Create a dreamy aisle by lighting a pathway in the snow with candles leading to your chapel where your guests are all waiting in the candlelight. All that’s left is to sing Christmas carols and say I do!

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1. Photo: Matt Faber Photography 2. via dustjacketattic.tumblr 3. source unknown 4/5. Photos: Matt Faber Photography

 

How amazing would this be, to gather all your friends and family in a tiny chapel and say your vows! Make pretty wire chandeliers for a rustic touch and add moss and antique glass chandelier drops so they twinkle in the candle light. You could then hang these above your tables and they would tie in beautifully with stone urns overflowing with berries, dried hydrangeas, seed heads and greenery. Scatter cuttings of pine tree branches on a table with name tags for your guests to find their table whilst they sip celebratory mulled cider and wine.

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1. source unknown 2. Yvonne Koné 3. by Lotte & Bloom 4. via meggielynne.tumblr

 

Take your seats within a grand dining room as fires roar around you. For your flowers choose berry, crimson, and damson blooms with highlights of white and green. Place huge gold chocolate coins on the tables for your favours – everyone loves a chocolate coin! After dinner before you dance the night away, sip champagne cocktails (whiskey for the boys!) and serve a cheese platter with port, figs, red grapes and quince. Please, please someone have a wedding like this …

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1. by Saipua 2. Photo: Dan O’Day via 100 layer cake 3. girlyme via mycozymemories.tumblr 4. Photo: Douglas Friedman, Roman & Williams, New York Magazine 5. via myrevelment.com

 

Hope you found this inspiring, this post has definitely got me feeling very festive, I may even finally make a start on my Christmas cards… Mrs White x