I’m so excited to share this Mediterranean styled shoot with you! I only tend to organise a couple of shoots a year, and this one (which I planned with Jeni of Vanilla Rose Weddings), was one of my all-time favourites. Shot on a chilly day in spring at the beautiful Lapstone Barn, the idea was to create a sort of Mediterranean meets Cotswolds wedding inspiration. We wanted to show that you can recreate some of the essence of an Italian or Greek destination wedding, even if you’re getting married at home. To do this, we needed to include the rustic tones and textures, relaxed vibes, and love for food that you would find on the continent, so all the suppliers involved were absolutely key to creating the overall look. I’m thrilled at how these images from Helen Warner Photography turned out!
This shoot is actually where my Sicily House Collection was born. Just as I do with my client orders, I created the invitation suite first. The rest of the design then flowed from there, to perfectly complement this initial design and reflect the elegant Mediterranean rustic feel of the shoot. The stationery was a rich layering of fabric prints, handmade papers, on-trend vellum and clear acrylic, wax seals, and tassel and ribbon details (all my favourite things!).
Our vision and inspiration for this shoot were the beautiful natural textures and tones of the Mediterranean scenery. Destination weddings are hugely popular, and we wanted to bring the best elements of that beauty and romance to our English soil, and show how you can create that beautiful, rustic elegance for yourself. One of the things that’s important when creating a Mediterranean feeling is lots of natural light, so we made the most of the outdoor terraced areas of the venue. We added an abundance of olive leaves and greenery, as well as soft, romantic textures. Olive trees, branches and leaves are a fabulous way to add a Mediterranean touch, and can be used throughout all of your styling, from bouquets to tables to ceremony décor. Many Italian and French countryside weddings feature banquet tables groaning with colourful, delicious food, so we recreated that with a gorgeous grazing table by the Curated Kitchen.
We created a stunning ceremony setting, where Blue Sky Flowers built an incredible Mediterranean wedding-inspired arch out of olive branches, eucalyptus, and white blooms. It framed a romantic quote I had hand lettered and then printed on to a fabric backdrop – such a unique touch for a ceremony! I also used printed fabric on the tables with individual fabric menus, which complemented the modern calligraphy place names. The tables were covered with lush florals and bowls of fresh figs and olives, and also had elegant brushed gold cutlery and pale blue linens. One of my favourite touches was the escort card setup, where little cards with guests’ names and table numbers were tied with tassels to an olive tree.
A huge thank you to all the suppliers who made this shoot possible, and brought our Mediterranean meets Cotswolds wedding inspiration vision to life!
Photography: Helen Warner Photography
Concept, Planning and Stationery: White Olive Design Studio
Planning and Styling: Vanilla Rose Weddings
Venue: Lapstone Barn
Floral Design: Blue Sky Flowers
Hair and Make Up: Sylwia Kunysz
Furniture and Props: Wedhead
Grazing Table and Cake: The Curated Kitchen
Wedding Dress: Luella’s Bridal
Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Crockery, Glasses and Cutlery: Amara
Bridal Hair Accessories and Jewellery: Donna Crain
Silk Table Runner and Ribbons: Kate Cullen
Model: Cristina at Bame Models