Last year the girls from What Peggy Did Next got in touch and asked me to help style a shoot they were planning at Somerley House. Somerley is an incredible private home on the edge of the New Forest. Under an hour from home, I'd never had the pleasure of visiting before but by golly am I glad I did!!
The stunning house, home to Lord and Lady Somerley, sits on a high west bank overlooking the Avon’s water meadows two miles north of Ringwood. Somerley is located in a strip of Hampshire between the New Forest and the Dorset border. The acres of land surrounding the main house contain beautiful walled gardens and rolling hills of heather & wild ponies!
The house itself is even more incredible and helped Sarah from WPDN get her inspiration for the shoot. The many artefacts and antiques that live within the walls of Somerley House come from across the globe and have been collected by the Lords and Ladies who have called Somerley home for hundreds of years.
For the shoot Sarah drew inspiration from Imperial Britain and the Ottoman Empire. Rich golden tones mixed with bohemian, travel-inspired details and fitting textile backdrops. I was tasked with creating a grazing style feating area on the East Terrace which over looks the gardens... We bought along lots of our beautiful bohemian pieces and I am so proud of the end result.
Sarah had bought together an incredible team of suppliers and the photographs taken by the lovely Angela Ward Brown are just sensational! I'm not the only one that thinks so as the brilliant American wedding blog Wedding Chicks featured the shoot back in December. You can read it here.
Thank you again to WPDN & Sarah for asking me along and allowing me to get creative and help style this beautiful set up! I don't know about you but I want to move in! We'd so love to create more Bohemian Grazing set up's like this so if you fancy a party with a difference please get in touch, in the mean time, sit back, enjoy the photos and get ready to swoon... they really are fantastic!!
I'll do a full list of suppliers at the end!
Creating this set up was a dream... like all of my favourite things pulled together, we use lots of our brass lanterns, vases and candles sticks toped with warmed toned candles, the floor adorned with a mix of our rugs, throws, pouffes and cushions. We used one of Vicky (from Purple Door Props) table tops propped up on brick table legs to create a low level table...We filled the giant urns at the back with a mix of our dried grasses and smaller blooms from Joey aka The Wild Fox were grouped on the table. Sarah bought along some tableware and food from Smallpiece Catering and a cake from Jemima Cakes was literally the icing on the cake!
This is our kind of party set up and we'd love to do more events like this, Hen Do's, birthday parties or chill out areas at weddings would all work so well! I don't know about you but in a setting like this our bespoke props and hire items are just perfection!!
Model Amy was just a mega babe... the day, though autumnal, seemed more like a mid summers day and as the glorious sun shone down on the terrace and Amy looked incredible in a Pronovias dress from the brilliant Anya Bridal Couture and bespoke bridal accessories by Ashley Wild Bridal. Her hair and make up was done by the gorgeous Yasemin Bilgic. These images were completed with our bunches of Pampas Grass; a huge trend of 2018/2019, which fitted the theme to perfection!
How INCREDIBLE does this food look from the amazing Smallpiece Catering?? I love these cascading platters... It was so decadent and beautiful to style and I think you'll agree the result looks amazing!
Seriously... How gorgeous does Amy look.... I love the tumbling hair and dark glittery eye look that Yasmin created!!
Now... Let's talk cake... This simple divine little number (see below) was made by the one and only Harriot from Jemima Cakes... Looking incredible on one of our vintage brass trays and topped with dried grasses from The Wild Fox.
We dressed the sweet table with our vintage amber genie bottles and mustard decanter and Moroccan glasses. The stunning vase and dried florals from The Wild Fox compliment everything including the gold crockery sourced by Sarah and our vintage brass cutlery!
In these photos below Amy looks stunning in a Catherine_Deane trouser suit from Exquisite of Winchester.
I have followed Ashley Wild's line of beautiful bridal accessories since my first wedding fair in 2017 and her pieces are always unique and beautiful, for this shoot she created a range of accessories and bridal chokers... clever lady <3
For these next shots Angela and Amy headed inside the stunning house and out into the gardens and used fabric backdrops from British textile designers, Claire Gaudion and Charlotte Gaisford. Amy also rocked a bespoke floral headdress of dried hydrangeas made by Joey (The Wild Fox) and more accessories from Ashley Wild.
Creative direction & styling by @whatpeggydidnext
Styling and prop hire by @loandbeholdbspk
Hair & make up by @yaseminbilgichairandmakeup
Trouser Suit @catherine__deane via @exquisiteofwinchester
Dress @pronovias via @anyabridalcoutureuk
Bridal accessories by @ashleywildbridal
Grazing feast by @smallpiececatering
Cake by @jemima_cakes
Dried florals by @thewildfoxuk
Table hire via @purpledoorprops
Textiles by @charlottegaisford & @clairegaudion