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FIGS, FLOWERS

&

Wonderful Things

 

~ A STYLED SHOOT AT ~

ALREWAS HAYES

The Setting

~ ALREWAS HAYES ~

~ A STAFFORDSHIRE WEDDING VENUE ~

We first worked at Alrewas Hayes in 2015 and loved it immediately.

Located at Fradley near Lichfield, Alrewas Hayes is a country house wedding venue set within hundreds of acres of countryside.  It is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies and able to host weddings large and small.  It’s independently owned by husband and wife, Toby and Bonnie.

Alrewas Hayes Wedding Venue

Direction & Styling

~ AVA EVENT STYLING ~

With more than 20 years combined experience in interior design, floral design and hospitality, Amanda and Amy of AVA are experts in wedding and event styling.

We first met Amanda and Amy in 2017 at a wedding in Birmingham.  Our paths cross  again later in the year at another wedding at Alrewas Hayes and the plans for a styled shoot at that same venue were conceived in the following months.

“The starting point is always to create a look and feel that we’ve never been asked to produce for a client …to show something different and inspirational.”

~ AMANDA, AVA EVENT STYLING ~

“The starting point is always to create a look and feel that we’ve never been asked to produce for a client …to show something different and inspirational.”

~ AMANDA, AVA EVENT STYLING ~

The Concept

~ A FANCY OF FIGS ~

“When we are working on the concept for a shoot the starting point is always to create a look and feel that we’ve never been asked to produce for a client and therefore to show something different and inspirational.

This particular concept was conceived around the colour palette of the fig which ranges from the deep, dark plum outer skin, the rich raspberry red of the flesh to the paler inner edge of the fruit.”

~ AMANDA, AVA EVENT STYLING ~

~ FLORISTRY ~

“Where possible our floristry incorporates the best that the season has to offer, and this shoot was no exception; with anenomes, ranunculus and tulips providing the sumptuous red and dark tones. The highlights were incorporated by ‘new kid on the block’, butterfly ranunculus, and dainty wax flower.

Other firm favourites were added to keep the look current, like the ruffle lisianthus and a stunning flesh-coloured carnation. The floral design was given lots of texture with the use of viburnum berries, mixed eucalyptus varieties, interspersed with salal and blossom.  The finishing touches were provided by the beautiful, torn-edge stationery from Dottie Creations and the concrete and copper candle holders that created the perfect contrast to the more traditional vessels.”

~ AMY, AVA EVENT STYLING ~

“Where possible our floristry incorporates the best that the season has to offer.”

~ AMY, AVA EVENT STYLING ~

“Where possible our floristry incorporates the best that the season has to offer.”

~ AMY, AVA EVENT STYLING ~

Cake Art

~ BEN THE CAKE MAN ~

Ben has been making gorgeous weddings cakes for more than twenty years and is one of the most prolific and respected cake artists in the UK.

“I treated the shoot as a real wedding, I used my brief from AVA as I would a bride, to create a cake that is a little edgy, “Black in colour” that compliments the flowers and it’s surroundings, It always helps knowing the interior of the venue too!”

~ BEN THE CAKE MAN ~

“I used my brief from AVA as I would a bride, to create a cake that is a little edgy”

~ BEN THE CAKE MAN ~

“I used my brief from AVA as I would a bride, to create a cake that is a little edgy”

~ BEN THE CAKE MAN ~

~ CREPITO ET FICUS ~

“As one of the themes was figs, I thought I would surprise everyone with my twist on traditional Favours, these were choux buns filled with fresh cream, wrapped in marzipan, then carefully hand painted to look like real figs, I tricked everyone, even the chef came to have a look, everyone thought they were real until we cut one open for the camera.”

~ BEN THE CAKE MAN ~

“I thought I would surprise everyone … these were choux buns filled with fresh cream, wrapped in marzipan”

~ BEN THE CAKE MAN ~

“I thought I would surprise everyone …. these were choux buns filled with fresh cream, wrapped in marzipan”

~ BEN THE CAKE MAN ~

The Refurb

~ THE GALLERY ~

“Alrewas Hayes has been the setting for weddings and parties for over nine years and we pride ourselves on providing an unforgettable setting for any celebration.

Early this year saw the refurbishment of both The Gallery and The Hall. With attention to detail always at the forefront of our minds, we enlisted the help and expertise of interior designers Cream and Browne Lifestyle, who took inspiration from the beautiful period style of the building and stunning countryside surroundings.

The Gallery  – which can be used for civil wedding ceremonies – was transformed using a soft pallet and beautiful floral displays.  The stunning Gallery windows overlooking the courtyard have been framed with beautiful soft dressings making this the perfect room for the most romantic wedding ceremony.

Alrewas Hayes Country House Venue is a perfect fusion of original features and contemporary décor which complement each other making it a fabulous venue for any celebration.”

~ BONNIE, ALREWAS HAYES ~

“We enlisted the help and expertise of interior designers Cream and Browne Lifestyle, who took inspiration from the beautiful period style of the building”

~ BONNIE, ALREWAS HAYES ~

“We enlisted the help and expertise of interior designers Cream and Browne Lifestyle, who took inspiration from the beautiful period style of the building”

~ BONNIE, ALREWAS HAYES ~

Wedding ceremony room at Alrewas Hayes with floristry by Ava Event Styling

The Refurb

~ FRESCO DINING ~

The Hall has been given a makeover for 2018 with a stunning mural covering the entire wall.  It’s small section of Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power by Pietro da Cortona.  The original ceiling fresco is located in the grand salon of the Palazzo Barberini in Rome.

“The transformation in The Hall started with a cosy fireplace creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. A spectacular feature wall and mood lighting that can be tailored to create the perfect ambience make The Hall a truly special room with an amazing backdrop for those special photographs capturing the perfect day.”

~ BONNIE, ALREWAS HAYES ~

“A spectacular feature wall and mood lighting that can be tailored to create the perfect ambience”

~ BONNIE, ALREWAS HAYES ~

“A spectacular feature wall and mood lighting that can be tailored to create the perfect ambience”

~ BONNIE, ALREWAS HAYES ~

Styled Shoot at Alrewas Hayes with Ava Event Styling

~ CREDITS ~

CAKE ART BY BEN THE CAKEMAN

DIRECTION, STYLING & FLORISTY BY
AVA EVENT STYLING

STATIONERY BY DOTTIE CREATIONS

Alrewas Hayes venue refurbishment Creame & Brown Lifestyle

Coloured Linen supplied by Coloured Linen Hire
Charger plates supplied by Peekaboo Events

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Alrewas Hayes wedding photography by Rob & Sarah Gillespie, husband and wife wedding photographers based in the Midlands.

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