Les Trois Soeurs Bridal was delighted to collaborate with luxury wedding planner, Rola Aina from The New Wonderful Wedding and striking photographer Hannah Duffy for this wonderful Natural Luxe wedding shoot in Northbrook Park.  We knew immediately that this full lace gown with sleeves from the Les Trois Soeurs Bridal collection by designer Alon Livne would be perfect. The right amount of sophisticated goddess with a hint of sexy.  The shoot proved so successful it was quickly snapped up up by top bridal blog The Wedding Sparrow to feature in their site.

 


 

Here, Rola Aina discusses the inspiration behind the shoot.

We hope you love it as much as we do!


 



 

 


 

 

Whenever I’m dreaming up a shoot, my approach is exactly the same as I take for my real couples. I dream up a real bride with real likes and dislikes so that I can create something that feels real and will inspire and help couples to plan their weddings. The imagined bride for this shoot is Natalie - she's very chilled out and loves the outdoors and so wants a natural, relaxed aesthetic for her wedding. But she wants it to feel luxurious, not rustic - and so the concept of ‘Natural Luxe’ was born. 

It helped that my co-collaborators on the shoot, amazing photographer Hannah Duffy and wonderful florist, Catherine Short were on exactly the same page.  We wanted to produce a a fresh, elegant shoot shot in the most beautiful light to create a wedding that feels luxurious in an understated way. Using natural colours and textures we went for a clean, unfussy concept that is beautiful but has a real sense of ease. I kept the styling soft and romantic, with beautiful personalised details provided by Lauren of Oh Wonder Calligraphy and Catherine designed and styled the gorgeous, natural flowers and foliage.

 

 

Our gorgeous venue was Northbrook Park in Surrey.  A stylish Grade II listed, eighteenth-century manor house. With it's hanging Wisteria and light filled orangery, it made the perfect backdrop for the images. 



 

My goal with all my couples (real and imaginary!) is to make sure that the wedding we design together truly represents them. So in this shoot,  I’ve tried to weave in personal elements that you can replicate no matter your style or theme. The colours and styling feel very modern and on trend but what’s really important is showing brides that you can follow a trend or do something that’s current but there is always room to make it your own.

I asked Lauren to add some notes to the backs of the menus. How lovely for your guests to turn their menus over and find a sweet, hand calligraphed thank you note that they can hold onto as a keepsake from the day. For your nearest and dearest, I think this definitely beats a keyring or some sweets as a wedding favour!

 

 

Another way to add your own touch to your wedding is with food and drinks. I love signature cocktails. They're more interesting than just sticking to wine and prosecco and I encourage my couples to add their favourite drinks into the mix. In this case, a Champagne Mojito for Natalie and just a classic Cognac on the rocks for her cocktail-shy groom! We also put together a DIY 'Make Your Own Mojito' station. This can encourages guests to relax and be interactive. It also keeps them busy during cocktail hour. It doesn't have to be a grand production, it can be as simple as having the ingredients all laid out in beautiful silverware with some instructions presented on your wedding stationery so that it feels consistent.

The ultimate way to personalise your wedding is to commission something bespoke that no one else has. I think escort cards are always a great place to do something different or interesting. They're often the first thing your guests will see at your reception before they look for their seats so you can use your escort cards to really set the tone for what's to come. I created a hand painted backdrop by covering some raw cotton with washes of blue grey, antique white and some silver leaf and Catherine draped it all with gorgeous foliage, which really brought the outdoors in and added to the natural vibe.

 

 

Hannah recommended we use models who are a real couple and I think you can see from the magic that Hannah captured how beautifully that turned out! The photo session with just the two of you on your wedding day is a really special time and for a lot of couples not used to being photographed, it can be hard to relax. It's so important to pick a photographer you feel comfortable with...(Hannah - tips for couples re taking great wedding photos?)

The stunning, beaded dress is by Israeli designer, Alon Livne via the Les Trois Soeurs boutique. We had a number to choose from in Les Trois Soeurs' stunning collection and this dress suited our model perfectly and totally encapsulated that relaxed, elegant, luxury vibe we were going for. The shoes were by Aquazzura. I love Aquazzurra's fresh take on luxury shoes and they were the perfect accompaniment to the Alon Livne dress. Hair and makeup was provided by the fabulous Amanda White who totally captured the 'unfussy elegance' look.

 

 

 

The gorgeous cake was provided by Asha of Panache Cake Design. Asha took the shoot colours and relaxed, elegant aesthetic and created a stunning cake, with simple but stunning sugar flowers and a grey marble tier. The rings were from the bespoke range by Julie Peel. We hope we've created a whole host of inspiration for couples looking for something that feels relaxed and easy but looks stunning!

 


 

Photographer: Hannah Duffy | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Stylist / Planner: The New Wonderful | Floral Designer: Catherine Short Floral Design | Dress Designer: Alon Livné White via Les Trois Soeurs | Venue: Northbrook Park | Cake Designer: Panache Cake design | Hair & Makeup Artist: Amanda White | Stationery: Oh Wonder Calligraphy | Crockery and glassware: Options Hire | Furniture: Academy Furniture Hire | Candlesticks & Votives: Blomster Designs | Rings: Julie Peel | Table: Rustic Hire | Shoes: Aquazzura