Lovers on Amber Lakes, an Autumn Wedding Inspiration Collection
Photographer: Leah Marie Photography
Our Autumn editorial concept began in the way that the most enjoyable ones generally do, a single idea that leads to an entire day of design, experimentation, and in the end, a gorgeous gallery. We were nearing the prewinter season when Jessica, a florist I’ve had the pleasure of working with twice now, said that she would love to create something with all the multicoloured autumn foliage that was becoming available. As the wedding planner and stylist, the editorials I work on often begin with myself and the florist visualizing a concept that we’d both like to add to our portfolios.
I really enjoy this part of the process, and although there’s lots of back and forth as we work towards seeing the same vision, it is exciting to watch the concept develop and to move onto the next stages of planning. It’s important to be on the same page prior to any actual planning beginning as you ideally don’t want to spend extra time redoing work due to a miscommunication at the start.
In my design process, I begin by sourcing a venue that matches or complements the desired concept. I was actually having a bit of trouble finding the right backdrop for this shoot until a conversation with my mum (inspiration can find you anywhere!) reminded me of Amber Lakes, a stunning and rather unusual venue located just on the Greater London border. Amber Lakes is a 450-acre property of private nature reserve, home to a Scandinavian inspired lodge surrounded by water and tall trees. With its panoramic views of the lake through large windows and warm wooden interiors, I felt it was perfect for our autumnal concept.
With the venue confirmed, Jess and I moved onto finalising the moodboard – last tweaks are sometimes necessary to fit the venue – before I began the supplier hunt. I call it a hunt because it really does feel like that sometimes! The wedding industry is full of fabulous suppliers who work in many different styles, so finding the perfect fit isn’t always a quick process. The suppliers I work with are generally put through a filtering process, I like to collaborate with people who have similar values and standards to me, which can include anything from their style to their communication – it all counts.
As we neared the shoot day, each supplier worked on creating their interpretation of my brief. The wonderful thing about an autumn colour palette is that there is no wrong way of pairing the colours together. Jessica Eliza Flowers ordered flowers and foliage in mottled greens and yellows, various hues of orange and the occasional stem of cream or blush pink to break up the foliage. Allens Hire’s pale green charger plates and golden yellow glassware mirrored the overall palette, while their wooden trestle tables and bentwood chairs added a rustic yet chic feel to the set up. To complement each place setting, LouPaper created a place card and menu duo in neutral tones of ochre, offset by a silky soft pale gold tassel. Ester & Erik candles cast a warm glow over the table and added an extra touch to the cake table, which featured a two-tier wedding cake with delicate foliage stencil designs on the bottom tier, created by Anna Lewis Cakes.
What we really hoped to convey in the fashion elements of this editorial was a real couple in outfits they would actually love to wear on their own wedding day. This led to the selection of a gorgeous dress from Evie Young Bridal, Jagger, which featured a simple silhouette and thin bell sleeves. Clare, with her short, tousled hair and a natural glow of makeup from Lauren Irwin Hair & Makeup, looked every bit the carefree and happy bride. The other half of our lovely couple, Aurita, wore Gormley & Gamble’s signature double breasted tux with pure silk detailing, made using fine Italian wool. Accessorised by Botias Accessories and wearing Charlotte Mill’s Indi Pearl shoes, our couple made their way down to the best part of the day: a gleaming blue boat adorned in flowers with a dapper driver waiting to take them on a romantic boat ride on the lake.
Something I always try to include for couples on their wedding day is some time alone. Your big day will fly by, and a few moments together can be a wonderful way to pause and soak it all in. I wanted this valuable alone time to be highlighted in the images taken on the boat. After popping bubbly on the jetty (and sipping a fair amount of it!), Leah Marie Photography and the couple ventured off to capture some quiet moments of pure magic. Leah’s warm and natural style of photography was undeniably perfect for this editorial, and her relaxed approach and playful nature had our couple laughing and smiling right up to the last shots of the day.
See the full feature on Rock My Wedding
Planning + styling by Emma Jane Weddings Photographer Leah Marie Photography Venue Amber Lakes Florist Jessica Eliza Flowers Tableware, Furniture + Linen Allens Hire Stationery LouPaper Cake Anna Lewis Cakes Taper Candles Ester & Erik HMUA Lauren Irwin Hair & Makeup Bridal Designer Evie Young Bridal Bridal Suit Gormley & Gamble Accessories + Veils Botias Accessories Shoes Charlotte Mills Wedding Couple Clare & Aurita