Blue & Lilac Wedding Inspiration
The inspiration behind our concept was to recreate the timeless romance and soft beauty of a Provence wedding right here in Surrey, England. Located at the top of a two-mile-long driveway, Marden Park Mansion offered a serene outdoor setting. The Surrey wedding venue features a selection of ornate and ceremony licenced 19th century rooms, a picturesque pergola overlooking rolling lawns, and an astounding 700 acres of beautiful grounds.
I wanted to experiment with the pale blues and lilacs that make a Provence wedding so pretty and natural, to elevate the design I incorporated modern touches such as the stoneware china and floral meadow. Provence styling is typically more rustic than our design and makes more use of wooden furniture, to add an element of luxury to the overall look and feel, I opted for plush Louis chairs and heavy table linen in pale lilac.
The rental items from Allens Hire provided the all-important base colours for our tablescape. We wanted to promote that hiring everything from one supplier is often much simpler, and ensures a consistent and beautiful look throughout the design.
The flowers were chosen to be reminiscent of a long summer afternoon in Provence, with the scent of lavender & garden roses in the air. As such, I chose to use predominantly British flowers and foliage sourced from artisan local growers. The roses in the bouquet came from Wales and had that quintessential garden rose scent. Sweet peas, jasmine and mint also added to the summer fragrance. 'Amazing Grey' Poppies were styled with longer stems for that 'just gathered' aesthetic. All of the flowers were arranged in water with no floral foam, I aim to keep my plastic use and flower air miles to a minimum. – Jessica Eliza Flowers
With the stationery design, I wanted to create a suite of paper goods that epitomised a laid-back Provençal style. I chose to use handmade cotton paper with its beautiful organic texture and delicate off-white colour, which beautifully complemented the colour palette of soft lilac, pale blue and grey. The hand drawn motif of lavender stems was introduced to reference the lavender fields of Provence, and the loose calligraphy added a bespoke touch to the stationery design. – Era Calligraphy
The cake design was inspired by Provence and featured a delicate floral stencil design on soft violet coloured tiers. Fresh florals allowed a continuation of the natural styling to flow onto the cake and dessert table which featured a French patisserie platter including canelés, ombre lavender macarons and lemon madeleines. – Anna Lewis Cakes
And of course, a bridal editorial is not complete without a selection of wedding dresses. We sourced designs from a local bridal boutique, Helena Fortley, selecting Halliday by Wtoo, a romantic dress with wafting tulle and lace sleeves and a fitted bodice, and Sabine by Q’nique Bridal, a wedding dress that sparkled endlessly throughout the day with its beadwork design and sheer tulle bodice.
Planning + styling by Emma Jane Weddings
Photographer Maja Tsolo
Venue Marden Park Mansion
Florist Jessica Eliza Flowers
Tableware, linen and furniture Allens Hire
Stationery Era Calligraphy
Cake Designer Anna Lewis Cakes
Hair Stylist Jen Hawkins Hair & Makeup Artist
Shoes Charlotte Mills
Hair Accessories Hermione Harbutt
Veils Sash & Veil
Silk Ribbons Silk & Purl