As a Fillongley Hall wedding photographer and filmmaker (@veronikajoyphotography), I had the opportunity to collaborate with a team of talented wedding industry experts to bring you this captivating wedding inspiration. Our goal is to inspire engaged couples who may be considering Fillongley Hall (@fillongleyhall) as their wedding venue.
Together with the team of amazing wedding vendors, we have created this wedding inspiration with the essence of romance and elegance, providing you with a glimpse into the possibilities that await you at Fillongley Hall. Whether you envision a grand affair or an intimate gathering, we hope that our collaboration will spark your imagination and help you envision your dream wedding at this enchanting venue.
Through careful planning and attention to detail, we have crafted a collection of photographs and videos that showcase the beauty and versatility of this remarkable venue. From the elegant interiors to the breathtaking gardens, Fillongley Hall offers a picturesque backdrop for your special day.
Fillongley Hall (@fillongleyhall) is a gorgeous marquee and wedding events venue set in Warwickshire and has a history dating back 100 years. You’ll fall in love with this venue’s stunning views, formal gardens, and romantic woodlands. I know that I did.
This stunning wedding venue also has unique wedding spaces on the grounds, like the Orangery and the Grand Entrance Hall. We did this wonderful collaboration at the Orangery and a breath-taking sailcloth marquee provided by the national-award-winning Sami Tipi (@samitipi). I especially love that the Orangery has stunning views of the Fillongley Hall grounds.
Fillongley Hall is majestic and elegant, with many beautiful and unique qualities set in the Warwickshire countryside. One thing I love about the Fillongley Hall wedding venue is its light and airy vibe. This fit in perfectly with my natural light and airy photography and videography style. Fillongley Hall is also home to Lord Arthur, the resident cat. He is always around for weddings and events. Lord Arthur will certainly honour you with his presence on your wedding day, and he makes great company!
The wedding planner, Linzi of ‘that black & white cat’ (@thatblackandwhitecatweddings), put together this inspiration and handpicked all wedding suppliers. She did such a fabulous job of it, and as the Fillongley Hall photographer, I was ecstatic. Assistant planner Jordan from Jordan Emily Wedding & Events (@jordanemilyweddings) helped ensure that everything ran smoothly on the day and no detail was overlooked.
Maddie, the talented curator behind The Bridal Boutique Warwickshire (@bridalwarwickshire), handpicked the most exquisite dresses for Victoria (@victoria.b.model), which perfectly complemented the overall look we aimed to achieve. Maddie, with her keen eye for style and understanding of the bride’s vision, selected dresses that showcased a blend of elegance and sophistication, accentuating Victoria’s natural beauty.
Melissa, the talented makeup artist behind Melissa Kay Makeup Artist (@makeupby_melissakay), worked her magic on Victoria for this photo shoot. With her expertise in enhancing natural beauty, Melissa carefully selected and applied makeup that perfectly complemented the overall look and feel of the shoot. Melissa’s attention to detail and passion for her craft shone through, especially when it came to creating a custom lip shade for Victoria. Melissa said, “As a big fan of a bright lip, I think Victoria pulls it off so well!”
Louise from Louise Delaney Bridal Hairstylist (@louisedelaneybridalhairstylist) says, “The hairstyle I envisioned for this wedding-style photoshoot had texture, softness, freshness and luxury. I created a soft, textured low bun which is being requested a lot at the moment by my brides. While doing this I ensured that the face framing was the main focal point of the hairstyle. Having face framing softens the look of a style at the front, which is so important as it’s the most photographed angle of your hair.”
For this Fillongley Hall photographer and vendors wedding photoshoot, we were lucky enough to work with two great florists. Sophie from Sophie O’Keffee Floral Design (@sophieokeeffefloraldesign) and Fran from Limewood Flowers (@limewoodflowers).
Sophie O’Keffee Floral Design (@sophieokeeffefloraldesign) created the ceremony backdrop and For the ceremony backdrop, soft, romantic, natural-looking blooms were the main focus for the main hall and orangery decoration. It was about bringing the outside in and making the whole look fresh. We created two showstoppers with a mixture of seasonal British blooms and imported flowers.
With the main ceremony space, we wanted to feel like it was part of the woodland garden surrounding the main house of Fillongley Hall. So, we used tall silver birch poles and tree tops for a wooded look. Soft Pastel florals created the perfect meadows at the base, with different-shaped flowers creating depth and texture. To top things off, we used cow parsley to connect the tall tree tops with the meadow base. It was soft and delicate, and floated in the breeze, creating a beautiful vista.
At the Entrance Fireplace, we wanted to soften its features and give it even more impact since it is made of marble. This is the first place guests see when arriving through the main doors. So, we kept the same soft colour palette but with pops of bright pink and orange to tie everything in with the red marble already adorning the main entrance at Fillongley Hall.
We created this statement cascading fireplace using soft trailing foliage and a mix of different flowers. It cascades off one side of the fireplace, giving the dramatic wow moment with this design. It mirrored the ceremony flowers with big branches used in the main section of the design with softer blooms to create an abundant meadow look.
Finally, to tie the whole look together, we designed a light, wild and loose hand-tied bouquet for the bride to hold. It was filled with lots of foliage and mixed flowers. We finished it perfectly with a silk ribbon.
A sailcloth marquee is Fran’s absolute favourite for an outdoor wedding. They are light, airy and incredibly elegant. Fran from Limewood Flowers (@limewoodflowers) wanted the arrangements to echo this while also being impactful and dramatic. Working with the talented Adelle of Bunting & Willow Weddings (@buntingandwillowweddings) for styling and Fi from Stylish Weddings (@stylish_weddings_uk) for their exquisite crockery and glassware was truly a highlight of the wedding photoshoot.
Adelle’s expertise in styling added a touch of magic, bringing the vision to life with her attention to detail. Fi’s contribution with the elegant crockery and glassware elevated the overall look, adding a sense of sophistication and refinement. Their collaboration brought together all the elements needed to curate a fully cohesive and stunning aesthetic.
Fran said, “I loved balancing the tones in the flowers with the tones in the napkins and tablecloths. It was lovely keeping the look elegant with textured plates and gold candlesticks.”.
The texture of the grasses added a softness to the tablescape that was added to by the tall dancing sweet peas. These also added scent and created a unique perfume across the marquee as it mixed with the scent of the apple mint in the table bowls and the real flowering lilac in the arch.
Most of the flowers and foliage used were locally grown; this helps support a range of other small businesses and is also much more eco-friendly. While there are few statistics, locally grown flowers can have just one-tenth of the carbon footprint of imported flowers. They are also free from pesticides – which is important if you are going to be holding a bouquet all day!
Locally grown flowers also add to the uniqueness of the day. It is about which flowers are flowering on the week of your wedding, and I have access to some incredible blooms which are not available through the usual market. Geum’ Mai Thai is one of these locally grown gems – the exact colour of a mai thai and a delicate bloom only available in late spring.
One of Fran’s growers, Elaine, grew all the ones used in this photoshoot from seed. She has nurtured them through frost and drought to ensure they looked perfect the week I needed them. They added the perfect blending tone between the pinks and the oranges.
Fran says, “This is even more special to me because I know the time, dedication and care that went into growing them. It makes me appreciate every stem more, and I took the time to place each one to showcase its beauty.”
Nicky says, “The dreamy colour palettes were a joy to work with, and the citrus element was unique. Lavender and peach tones are not a combination I have worked with before. I love that it worked so well, especially alongside the dried citrus slices used for the place cards.”
Once the theme had been established, Nicky knew she wanted to create an envelope liner just bursting with colour. This was so that when the guest opens the invitation, the tone for the day is set straight away. Envelope liners really help in elevating stationery to that next level of luxury.
The other stationery suite Nicky created for the day was more romantic and delicate, combining ivory and gold. This worked so well with the venue too. She loves working with wax seals, and the botanical design used for these complimented the florals on the table.
Let me state that I love, love, loved the wedding cakes at this wedding photoshoot. Debbie from My Little Cake Studio (@mylittlecakestudio) says she decided to go all white to let the flowers shine. Debbie created two cakes and a macaron tower for this photoshoot. From the mood board, the colours to work from were all bright, a plethora of colours. It was fabulous and a feast for your eyes.
Debbie said, “Normally, I would go with a colour for the cake, but I decided to go all white and let the florist’s florals scream colour. I would provide the base, like the wedding dress, where the flowers complement/complete but do not compete!”
As for Debbie’s inspiration for the design of both cakes, one came from the wedding dress, the other a combination of looks and techniques she wanted to see and try. The cake for the Orangery was based solely on the dress, and I tried to give it the same type of feel with a light-flowing texture and embroidered flowers.
For the cake for the sailcloth, as I had decided to exclude colour, I went for a sugar-pasted cake of size and impact. This was not a typical fit for a sailcloth reception, but I wanted to keep it airy and light in feel. This is because it was to be surrounded with flowers using a floral wreath so big/impressive enough to sit in the middle of showcase florals and grasses. The cake stood tall in the middle, flanked by the macaron tower. All were in white, and the flower bouquet was on the dresser with a meadow flower arrangement sitting below.
When you’re thinking about creating the vibe and the style for a wedding, it’s natural to concentrate on the visual aspects. After all, when you look at your photographs, that’s the main thing you’ll see. Those beautiful flowers, the dress, and the venue provide a perfect backdrop to your wedding.
There are, though, other elements that a wedding celebrant can offer to the whole experience. Your wedding ceremony helps set the vibe for your day. You can create the atmosphere you want with the words carefully chosen.
The best thing about having a celebrant is that you can choose and get to know the person who will be writing and delivering your ceremony. A celebrant tells your story as part of the ceremony.
Claire says, “I always inject a lot of warmth and laughter into my bespoke ceremonies. It helps everyone start to relax and have fun right from the start, and you can see that in the photographs too”.
Many celebrants will also be mindful of what they wear for your ceremony. The goal is to fit in with your colour scheme, where possible. They also help with little touches like ensuring buttonholes are positioned just right!
Being a part of this collaborative photoshoot allowed me to be a Fillongley Hall photographer, and I loved it! My thanks and appreciation go to the couple Victoria and Mark, the wedding venue and all the other amazing vendors.
Planner Assistant: Jordan Emily Wedding & Events @jordanemilyweddings
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