After having entirely renovated the house, designed and built the pavilion, there was still something missing at our beloved Tredudwell Manor. Thankfully, a sudden inspiration flowed in the form of romance from centuries ago – a Roman folly with a lovely water feature to accompany the songbirds we love to hear.
First, we planned a natural amphitheatre with a luscious green lawn, so as not to disturb the harmony of the garden and its surrounding fields. The shape of the amphitheatre would mean that all guests would be able to see the ceremony well without being disturbed by a guest sat in front of them. Everyone will see well and been seen too – very important for the photographer to capture those memories!
Behind the lovely Cornish stone coloured columned of the temples, we planned and created a lovely pond where stunning couples could be taken in reflective water. Most importantly we wanted to create a unique ceremony frame with the sound of the fountain in the background making the moment so relaxing and peaceful.
There was no better way to highlight all the lovely features than a romantic styled shoot which we created last summer when the building was complete. The vision was clear, it had to be magical, ethereal and also capture our couples’ imagination. To us, there was only one photographer who I felt would really get that romantic vibe and it was Olivia Bossert.
We worked together to create the whole look and recreate the feeling of ancient Rome. Drawing on the backdrop of the temple, we wanted the styling to be classical and romantic with light, flowing gowns with draping and delicate embellishment. Statement jewellery and headpieces adorned with olive leaf details would enhance the goddess aesthetic.
Olivia and I felt it was important to set the scene in the most inspiring way, so we created a little story line to help the girls feel the magic! As music during the ceremony is key to setting the mood we contacted an absolute artistic gem, Ruth Wall, an internationally renowned Scottish harpist who had performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Kensington Palace, Royal Opera House, Gucci 75th celebrations in Rome and Florence.
We wanted to recreate and celebrate the powerful bond between the bridal party on a wedding day. There is a definite feel of high emotion and love the girls share with their bride. The experience of this shoot was truly wonderful for all of us involved and seeing those stunning shots made us very happy indeed!!
We could not wait to share those stunning pictures and inspire our couples to get married outside in the most romantic and timeless setting.
Thank you to everyone who was involved and a big thank you to Wed Magazine who absolutely loved it and offered us 6 pages in their special Christmas Edition – issue 47.
Photography: Olivia Bossert Photography
Props Styling: Olivia Bossert and Valerie Shakerley
Models: Sophie, Ruth, Flora
Harpist: Ruth Wall
Flowers: The Garden Gate Flower Company
Hair: Hair by Emma C
Make-up: Suzi Winter
Wedding dresses: Claire L. Headon and Katya Katya
Bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS and Mango
Headpieces: Naturae Design