Wedding styling

Elegant luxury at Thorpe Manor

I am so thrilled to be featured on Amber and Muse today. It is one of my favourite wedding blogs and always a go-to for inspiration.

With this shoot, I wanted to show how you could mix clean lines and contemporary styling with timeless, classic touches. Thorpe Manor, a new luxury wedding venue in Oxfordshire, was the perfect backdrop. Its interiors are a luxurious blend of old and new and it is looking stunning following a 3 year renovation. 

Elegant luxury at Thorpe Manor, Oxfordshire
Chic gold foil stationery
Tom Ford stilettos at Thorpe Manor

Inspired by the grand piano that sits resplendent in the ceremony room, we imagined that our bride was a pianist, serenading her beloved. She wore a structured Jesús Peiró gown and contemporary jewellery, with her hair in a chic twist. On film, the overall effect is striking and sophisticated, with a raw and innocent feel. 

Jesus Piero gown at Thorpe Manor
Bride and her beautiful bouquet at Thorpe Manor
Bride plays the piano at Thorpe Manor

Our florist created romantic arrangements and a gorgeous rose and delphinium installation around the piano. Other details included the bespoke stationery suite that combines elegant calligraphy with simple modern text; the beautifully decorated cake; the botanically dyed silk ribbons; the glass tableware and crisp white linen; and the covetable Tom Ford stilettos. 

Elegant stationery by Spinazzi design
Crisp green and white scheme at Thorpe manor

For the evening, we lit the candles and the mood was transformed. Our glamorous bride wore two sleek Alon Livne gowns, accessorised with geometric jewellery. It was all very demure and sultry. 

Evening glamour at Thorpe Manor

Credits: 
Planner and Design: Emma Joy The Wedding Planner
Photographer: Camilla Arnhold Photography
Venue: Thorpe Manor
Model: Nina Uhl
Dress boutique: Morgan Davies Bridal
Dress designers: Jesús Peiró and Alon Livne
Shoes: Tom Ford
HMUA: Sanni Sorma
Jewellery: Georgina Boyce
Florist: Blue Sky Flowers
Tableware, linen and furniture: Top Table Hire
Stationery: Spinazzi Design
Candles: Ester and Erik via Scandinavian Homeware
Ribbons: Kate Cullen


'Living Coral' - Pantone's Colour of the Year 2019

Today Pantone announced it’s Colour of the Year 2019 and already the internet is overflowing with exciting ways to use it in your home, your wardrobe, and indeed your wedding. Described as an ‘animating and life-affirming hue that energises and enlivens’, let’s hope it turns out to be a bellwether of the year to come!

Personally, I love how elegant coral can look as part of a muted palette, but I’m also a fan of bright, tropical themes. Unlike Ultraviolet, 2018’s colour of the year, ‘Living Coral’ feels very versatile, so I’m sure we’re going to see a lot of it at weddings to come…

Here are a few of my favourite ways to incorporate coral into your scheme.

I absolutely love this beautiful bouquet by US florist,  Daffodil Parker . The coral peonies really make it pop, but the muted zinnias, roses and foliage keep it looking elegant and romantic. Photo by  Geneoh Photography .

I absolutely love this beautiful bouquet by US florist, Daffodil Parker. The coral peonies really make it pop, but the muted zinnias, roses and foliage keep it looking elegant and romantic. Photo by Geneoh Photography.

This stationery suite by  Refine Studio  is another example of how coral can be used to make a statement, but without taking over. Very chic. Photo by  Jeremy Chou .

This stationery suite by Refine Studio is another example of how coral can be used to make a statement, but without taking over. Very chic. Photo by Jeremy Chou.

Coral is a gorgeous colour for bridesmaid outfits, especially for brunettes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different dress styles and even patterns. One size rarely fits all and you want your maids to feel comfortable and confident when they’re by your side. Photo by  Leila Brewster  via Style Me Pretty.

Coral is a gorgeous colour for bridesmaid outfits, especially for brunettes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different dress styles and even patterns. One size rarely fits all and you want your maids to feel comfortable and confident when they’re by your side. Photo by Leila Brewster via Style Me Pretty.

Isn’t this fun! Coral and blue is such a fresh and cheerful combination and I adore this tropical vintage tablescape from  Casa de Perrin . Photo by  Calvin Elizabeth Photography .

Isn’t this fun! Coral and blue is such a fresh and cheerful combination and I adore this tropical vintage tablescape from Casa de Perrin. Photo by Calvin Elizabeth Photography.

Don’t limit yourself to bridal magazines and blogs; take inspiration from anywhere and everywhere! The world of interior design is a wonderful source of ideas. This interior shows how well aqua green and coral sit together. Photo by  Kristin Perers  via House and Garden.

Don’t limit yourself to bridal magazines and blogs; take inspiration from anywhere and everywhere! The world of interior design is a wonderful source of ideas. This interior shows how well aqua green and coral sit together. Photo by Kristin Perers via House and Garden.

Helping you to style your wedding is part of my full wedding planning service. Everything I do is highly personalised, and styling is no exception. Even if you choose a popular colour palette, I can guarantee that we will create something beautiful and unique!

For more information about Pantone Colour of the Year, visit their website.

The Colour Purple - Pantone's Colour of the Year 2018

Last week the Pantone Colour Institute announced its hotly-anticipated Colour of the Year 2018 - Ultra Violet. According to Pantone, Ultra Violet communicates "originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future." Who knew that a colour could wield so much power!

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As the global authority on colour trends, and therefore hugely influential across design, fashion and lifestyle, their optimism is certainly welcome. But what does it mean for wedding trends? 

I think it's fair to say that the wedding industry is still processing the announcement. We all felt quite comfortable with Greenery, Pantone's Colour of the Year 2017, but Ultra Violet is so bright and - dare I say it - garish, that it's hard to see it being a popular choice. 

Instead, trendy-savvy brides will opt for hints of violet, most obviously in their wedding flowers. The list of purple flowers - wisteria, lilac, sweet peas, scabious, hydrangea, clematis - extends quite a long way and includes some bridal favourites. It is possible to use it alongside pastel shades in summer and autumnal colours like red and ochre later in the year.

There are some beautiful examples of purple being used very tastefully in this way. Take this delicate Peggy Porschen wedding cake for instance - absolutely stunning!

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Or this bouquet by Jo Flowers - vibrant, yet still whimsical and romantic.

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In the spirit of this "provocative and thoughtful" shade of purple, I'd love to know what you think!

 

If you would like more advice about choosing your wedding colour scheme, please send me an email via emma@emmajoytheweddingplanner.co.uk.

Photo credits: Georgia Glynn Smith via Brides Magazine and Katherine Ashdown via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings 

For more information about Pantone Colour of the Year, visit www.pantone.com