Styled Shoot – Bohemian and English Country Styled Wedding

West Dean Gardens, West Sussex

Blog written by Illy Elizabeth Wedding Planning

Back in May we decided to work with some amazing Sussex Suppliers and create something different to inspire all of you. We had the opportunity to work with a stunning venue in West Sussex called West Dean Gardens. Popular events are usually held here, including the chilli festival, but this place can create an outstanding wedding venue. If you want something different, I would highly recommend this location. West Dean Gardens features a unique Edwardian Pergola which can create some beautiful background settings for your wedding photos. It brings the countryside into your wedding theme which can be incorporated with any other theme you want. We chose to go for Bohemian and English Country style, but incorporated some vintage details into this too.

Our table and vintage crockery was provided to us by Eloise from The Beautiful Day who covers Sussex. We wanted a rustic looking table to transform into a country looking wedding theme. We worked with blush pink colours and used blush pink linen to add extra details to incorporate the colours. The pink vintage crockery worked well with copper cutlery which added that extra touch to it. Lisa from Lily Lupin Floral Design worked her magic by provided us with some stunning floral designs. Her floristry work is incredible and never fails to transform any wedding into a masterpiece. She provided us with pink, white and lilac florals to bring more colours into the bohemian theme. We added some pink candles into the background to incorporate a sophisticated wedding table look.

Our model Catherine Jarvis was completely transformed by Alice from ABK Hair & Makeup. Alice covers London, Sussex and surrounding areas. She worked her magic to ensure our models makeup was bridal, yet matching our colour themes. The bridal gown was bespoke and made by the incredible Sienna Von Hildemar. This ivory gown flowed elegantly against the incredible details of the wedding venue. We managed to get some stunning photos against West Dean Gardens gorgeous water features that was photographed by the talented Joanna from Joanna Cleeve Photography. Minimal editing went into these photos as hardly any was needed. We managed to get natural lighting which really brought out all the colour themes and details.

Belo Paperie were kind enough to feature their wedding stationery which really complimented the bohemian wedding theme again. We also had Chelsea Buns Creative Cakes provide us with a beautiful 1920’s themed wedding cake which just looked stunning. Again, Joanna worked her magic to create wonderful wedding photos of these gorgeous bespoke wedding cakes.

Final touches included gold terrariums which we couldn’t not include. As one of the hottest trends of 2017 we had to ensure we involved these gorgeous candle holders. Copper Cutlery as mentioned before, another hot trend for 2017 which brought together the bohemian, country and vintage themed wedding we created.

Our shoot was published by The English Wedding Blog this month!


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Photography: Joanna Cleeve Photography


Event Planner & Stylist: Illy Elizabeth Weddings

Venue: West Dean Gardens

Florist: Lily Lupin Floral Design

Hair & Makeup: ABK Hair & Makeup

Cake: Chelsea Buns Creative Cakes


Stationery: Belo Paperie

Wedding Dress: Sienna Von Hildemar

Table & Crockery: The Beautiful Day


Model: Catherine Jarvis