Eco Elegance at the Emerald
Eco Wedding venue, Cornwall
Jenny Wren was recently asked to style and coordinate a staged wedding photo shoot at a local venue. Having recently gained their ceremony license, Tim & Brigette, owners of The Emerald, were in need of some photographs to showcase their stunning venue in all it’s glory, setting the scene for potential brides and grooms who want to celebrate their special day there.
As a zero carbon and truly environmentally friendly venue, an eco wedding style was the obvious choice for the shoot. The talent and choice of creative specialists in the wedding industry is in abundance, which made it all the more fun when choosing which suppliers to involve!
The day began with the arrival of my chosen hairstylist and make up artist, armed with their tools to beautify our model bride and her maids and what an amazing job they did. The sun was beaming down so our make up artist set up her studio on the balcony, surrounded by swaying trees and endless views of Cornish countryside.
Whilst the lodge was full of hustle and bustle during the preparation stages and my chosen photographer was capturing every moment, I made my way over to the woodpecker building to put the finishing touches to my wedding breakfast layup that I had set up the day before.
Long hessian runners with locally sourced log pennies and wild flower centre pieces were very in-keeping with the eco theme. Even the quirky stationery was printed on 100% recycled paper and the organic bath salt favours filled the room with the smell of lavender.
The wedding cake was sitting pretty surrounded by flowers and would you believe is entirely made of soap! Imagine serving your guests a slice of handmade organic soap to take away with them on your wedding day! A wonderful idea.
Back to the lodge it was where my model bride was slipping into her locally handmade wedding dress and the bridesmaids were having the finishing touch positioned in their hair, handmade vintage style headpieces, some of which were made out of recycled broken jewellery that otherwise would have been thrown away. How wonderful it must feel to be able to make something so pretty for such a special occasion out of things that otherwise would be in landfill. Intrinsic handmade paper bouquets completed the look.
After some champagne and strawberries we made our way outside to the venues ceremony summerhouse. The eco elements incorporated into the shoot kept flowing with locally handmade parasols in gorgeous fabrics dotted on the lawn where the congregation would gather. The quaint bridge over the pond was made all the more pretty with the addition of locally sourced flower arrangements elegantly hanging from it.
The Cornish sunshine graced us with its presence throughout the morning and clouds in the sky were few and far between. Meaning we could all catch some rays whilst on the job, great! By noon we were all wrapped up with a great bank of images to showcase to the world this wonderful new wedding venue in Cornwall.
A huge than you to everyone involved in this shoot, the suppliers I chose who donated generously to help me create this look, Tim and Brigitte who allowed us to take over their site for the morning and kept us supplied with cups of tea and cake (Victoria sponge, my favourite), Nicola The Emerals’s social media guru who kept tweeters updated on our progress and of course Pippin, the cutest dog I have ever met, who kept us all amused.
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