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Styled Shoot: Bolton School

When you think of a wedding venue, a private school, such as Bolton School, might not be your first choice to go ahead and book your date for. With its unassuming presence as a wedding venue, it’d easily be overlooked if you don’t already know it. But look a little closer and there is no doubt, you will soon realise, that Bolton School is a stunning venue to hold your wedding ceremony within.
The venues holds ceremonies in The Great Hall, which is defined by its stunning large arched windows and church grandeur whilst simultaneously remaining contemporary with good natural light and an airy fresh atmosphere. It’s no surprise that they were a finalist at the GNWA 2019; an accolade, not easy to come by, when there are so many other wedding venues in the North West.
 
When we were asked to partake in dressing the main wedding ceremony area of the venue, we couldn’t wait to brainstorm ideas for the theme that had been allocated; autumnal wedding styling, with hues of oranges and reds.
 
We love creating ceremony set ups as they are usually the most intimate part of a couples wedding and so attention to details is always a must.
For a ceremony we always suggest that our couples allocate part of their budget to a backdrop, because this will be the area that they will stand (and sit, if they are doing their registry too) and thus the main area, and moments, that will be photographed of the couple themselves, during the ceremony.
 
So, the first thing we sketched out was our circular backdrop, timeless and versatile, it is a client favourite and definitely an attention grabber. We knew that, to complete the styling, we would also need a stunning aisle set up to make the setup a showstopper. To coordinate with the gold circular frame, we chose to go with tall gold geometric frames to complement its aesthetic.
 
Now, I think we can all agree that a wedding is not complete without the perfect lighting, so we teamed up with Peter Lockwood Events who gave us the perfect backdrop to our circular frame, a gorgeous white fairy light backdrop; as well as the stunning Edison lights over the ceremony table.
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We added another layer of lighting ambience through a whole lotta vases with pillar candles down the aisle and some candlesticks and tapered candles along the ceremony table for a soft romantic finish.
 
When given a colour scheme, we never stick to just those colours (unless all one colour) or one type of flower as it prevents there being dimension in the arrangements (If a client wants this, we know that we are not a good fit for their desired aesthetic; and that is fine!) So when we were given the autumnal theme, we worked on the colours that would work best with reds and oranges. And this was the final outcome.
 
As you can see we chose to incorporate the use of, the increasingly popular, pampas grass, to add the autumn harvest vibe without going too boho and other deep colours and foliage to really bring the theme to life with organic looking arrangements. We love how it turned out and would love to hear your thoughts too!
 
Working with other wedding industry talents, we’d love for you to check out our collaborators:
 
PhotographyTeresa C
OrganiserLittle White Books
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