Our beautiful Secret Garden in bloom

Photo By helencawte.com

In celebration of the launch of our beautiful outdoor ceremony area, The Secret Garden, we recently held a styled photo shoot alongside a selection of fabulous local suppliers.

Embracing our stunning natural surroundings, Lucy from The Floral Artisan created arrangements using soft textures and tones with lots of delicate foliage and ferns to create an ethereal and romantic scene. Our 50ft aisle was transformed to look like a growing meadow while our pagoda provided a stunning focal point to the shoot with trailing foliage to complement the rustic wood, slate and grey stone of the space.

The shoot had a subtle succulent theme with pretty potted plants from The Little Botanical used throughout the outdoor ceremony area as well as in the beautiful bouquet and floral arrangements. The muted mauves, greys and greens of the succulents formed our chosen colour palette and featured on the bespoke wedding stationery handcrafted by Kirsten Burke Designs. Bubblegum Balloons also added a playful touch to decor with striking giant white balloons lining the aisle, each with trailing ivy tethering them in place.

Our gorgeous model Lilly Jordan wore a range of exquisite bespoke bridal gowns by Sussex-based designer Ruth Milliam Couture. Swathes of chiffon and graphic lace in heavenly hues of grey, pink and white complemented the romantic but relaxed ambience of our Secret Garden. We teamed the gowns with stunning jewellery from bespoke jewellers, W&W Jewellery. The one-of-a-kind pieces included a show-stopping Oval Aquamarine & Diamond Cocktail Ring and Rare Ametrine & Diamond Pendant.

Charlotte from Polka Dot Hair and Make Up created a series of stunning styles for each bridal gown, including a natural dewy look with pink flushed cheeks and lips paired with soft romantic waves and an effortless loose updo with textured twisted sections offset with smokey eyes and a pop of color on the lips.

The shoot’s piece de resistance was the trio of delicious cakes created by Milk Street Kitchen. Decorated simply with fresh flowers, succulents, seasonal fruit and sea-salt caramel macarons, the display was a feast for the eyes and tastebuds! The central show stopper was a two-tier cake filled with genoise sponge, blackberry jam and caramelised white chocolate swiss meringue buttercream. This was flanked by a semi-naked spiced apple and sea-salt caramel creation, finished with a cascading caramel drip. Completing the set was a single tier chocolate and honey cake dressed with decadent chocolate honey ganache. The cake table looked beautiful set against our log wall and vibrant flowerbeds and after the shoot we were all lucky enough to get a slice of these mouth-watering creations!

The romantic feel of the day was perfectly captured by local photographer Helen Cawte. Helen used a combination of digital and film photography to shoot the Secret Garden. Her ethereal, fine art photographic style complimented the style of the shoot and Helen took advantage of our beautiful West Sussex countryside surroundings, including our alpacas who got a starring role in their field which stands adjacent to the Secret Garden.