An Intimate Summer Wedding
With the current global pandemic and uncertainty surrounding future wedding celebrations, the idea behind this stylized shoot was to demonstrate how couples can still keep the romance alive and celebrate love with an intimate summer wedding. Rather than models, a real couple was used, wearing their own wardrobe and styling their own hair and makeup. Not only did this allow the team of vendors to ensure safety standards and social distancing, but it added a layer of authenticity and real-life romance to the photo shoot. With Four Seasons Hampshire as the backdrop, the final images reflected some beautifully whimsical inspiration for summery garden weddings in the future.
“Being in such a beautiful country house venue, I wanted the wedding theme to follow suit,” says Hannah, Creative Director of Maple Rose Wedings. “We kept the flowers very loose and whimsical in beautiful white and ivory colors. Being the perfect season, we took advantage and used the gorgeous peonies for each place setting along with the forget-me-nots to symbolize the remembrance of good memories and true love. Detail is very important to me, especially when it came to showing the story of the wedding, from the welcome gifts in the rooms, through to the reserved signs at the ceremony and the gorgeous choice of flowers.”
“I’m so glad Hannah asked me to be involved in this wedding editorial,” adds photographer Anneli Marinovich. “Lockdown has been tough for us all and as a creative, I’ve struggled with not being able to do what I love most – capture beautiful weddings with wonderful couples. The Four Seasons Hampshire was a safe space for us to come together to create this wedding story in the walled garden. Only a handful of suppliers were involved, and we all did our best to create a story that would inspire future couples to consider an intimate summer wedding at the hotel. My couple, Kerry and Leon had to postpone their wedding in France to May 2021, so I asked them whether they wanted to model for us as bride and groom for this wedding editorial. They jumped at the chance and we had so much fun on the day! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to get to know Kerry and Leon before their wedding next year, and to create a lovely experience for them to ‘cheer them up’ after nearly deciding to cancel their wedding in France altogether. These photos will always be a memory of a time when things were tough, but we all came together to create something beautiful despite the sadness in the world.”