What goes on behind the scenes…
Last year, Mr & Mrs Unique gathered some incredible wedding suppliers and headed back to the amazing Aynhoe Park for one of our biggest shoots to date… Sleeping Beauty- The Floral Staircase.
The idea was to fill a staircase with the most beautiful blooms and as Aynhoe Park has one of the most spectacular, light filled, sweeping staircases; it just had to be done there!
With help from Alex from The Bijou Bride, a leading UK wedding stylist & planner we were able to create a high fashion, modern bridal take on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale within the majestically unique surroundings.
Alex tells us more about the shoot ‘It was a shoot of two halves, the first – dreamy and care free whilst the second was much darker as we interpreted the spell of sleep taking hold.
In terms of styling the first look was in every essence soft, pretty and feminine playing with pale pink and peach tones. Romantically luxurious lace appliqué gowns mirrored the amazing floral installation. Make up was minimal and teamed with delicate plaits for a very youthful look.
The lower part of the magnificent staircase at Aynhoe Park reflected the soft tones and was filled with flowers and foliage in colours of peaches, dusky pinks and teal. Grey wispy olive trees and varying sized teal bottles edge the stairs, which were overflowing with blossom branches, stunning pale blue delphinium plus soft pink and peach blooms.
The base of the stairs was decorated in hydrangeas, teal coloured asparagus ferns filled fishbowl vases, miniature air filled balloon balls, and peach/ apple fruits.
The sultry second look is edgy and modern. Messier, un-done hairstyles were matched with bold berry lips, a beauty look that would be favored by party loving contemporary brides. Incredible illusion gowns by Inbal Dror with next season’s plunging necklines, thigh splits and figure-accentuating cuts couldn’t have been more perfect to sit amongst the wild foliage and rich blooms.
At the top of the beautiful Aynhoe staircase, the stairs were covered in mossy floor, dark hydrangeas and poison ivy to complete to sultry, darker mood and styling.’
Just check out the amount of BEAUTIFUL flowers used- it was incredible work by the Early Hours Ltd team!!! Also a huge thank you to everyone that took park it the shoot.
Art Direction and styling: Mr & Mrs Unique
Styling: The Bijou Bride
Behind The Scenes Photography: Three Flower Photography
Photography: Jessica Withey Photography
Venue: Aynhoe Park
Florist: Early Hours Ltd
Cakes: SWT Creation
Film: Studio 1208
Balloons: Bubblegum Balloons
Stationery: Pingle Pie
Origami: Fleur De Lace
Hair: Harriet Cook MUA
Make Up: The Beauty Aisle
Jewellery & Accessories: Various designers sourced from Graceland
Shoes: Upper Street
Models: Bridie & Kimi from Lenis Models
Styling Assistant: Hannah Rogers