Styled Shoot


Sarah Symonds

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Touching on upcoming big colour trends, millennial preferences and liberally sprinkled with gold; what’s not to like?

Ambience York have pulled off a collaboration of talented suppliers today, with an understated and natural vibe, and set it all in a new and beautiful venue, to bring you this styled shoot.

Spotlighting the stunning Thicket Priory and showcasing some of the regions most talented creatives, this shoot is every bit as elegant and chic as you’d want it to be. With a focus on Ambience York’s predicted colour trend for 20/21, sage green, every exquisite detail has been kept classy and pretty to appeal to even the most discerning of millennial couples and could almost work for any season.

Sound like it might be your thang? Here’s Laura from Ambience York with all the pretty B.T.S. details.

With images by Jane Beadnell Photography


Laura says

: We wanted to create a design aimed at Millennial couples, and one which would incorporate our predicted colour trend for 2020/21, sage green.


Thicket Priory is an exciting new venue which has recently been lovingly renovated. With lots of couples looking for traditional venues that stand out from the crowd, we knew this was the one! Thicket Priory certainly has the ‘wow factor’, set amongst 18 acres of grounds and boasting a private lake, boat house and even a helipad! It’s the ultimate exclusive venue that offers a modern take on a traditional building, with exposed original features and bespoke furnishings. With this in mind, we wanted to create a design that reflected the opulence of the surroundings, whilst also complimenting the natural aesthetics of the Ballroom, where the shoot took place.

The Ballroom itself has lots of natural light so we incorporated a trans-seasonal, fresh colour palette with shades of green and white, as well as more subtle accents of dusky blue and gold, just to lift the look. Sage green is tipped to be a huge trend so we introduced this with coloured linens, candles, in the detailing on the five tier cake, and within the floral elements.

Banquet style dining is making a big comeback so we opted for a feasting layout adorned with stunning unstructured florals, pops of white and the show stopping cake staged in the centre of the design, outlined with dramatic levels of candlelight.


With that banquet style dining hitting the wedding industry in such a big way, we opted for a horseshoe style layout that would create a dramatic framework for the cake to sit amidst. We styled the cake table in contrasting sage linen and staged the base of the table with layering heights of candlelight that would well and truly put the cake in the spotlight! The cake deserved nothing less, having been handcrafted to perfection by the very talented Blossom Tree Cake Company and featuring handmade sugar flowers with white Icelandic poppies, Pom Pom dahlia, rose, succulents, sea holly thistle and Parvifolia Eucalyptus to carefully pull out all of the colours from the shoot.

Across the top of each table we worked with Laura from Mint & Moose Floral Design to add texture with seasonal foliage and unstructured blooms for pops of white throughout, so as to ensure the look was natural and not too heavy. Gold accents were introduced in the form of vases, decorative votives and the stunning ornate charger plates, which really lifted the look and provided opulence. The sage green was then brought into the styling again          with coloured linen napkins and sage candlelight, which added further depth and a nod towards the tonal trend. We also had banquet style platters, provided by Baba Ganoush, piled high with exquisite grazing food and a giant honeycomb.

So as not to forget the surroundings of the banquet design, Laura created a stunning fireplace arrangement that would sit behind the bride and groom, whilst a large cascading foliage arrangement sat on a tall acrylic pedestal, creating a feature without being imposing.


Our Millennial bride, Lucy Ledgeway, modelled two different gowns provided by The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique.


A natural, flawless look was created by makeup and hair artist Natalie Willingham using gold, smokey palettes by Illamasqua & Charlotte Tilbury, foundation by Bobbi Brown, lashes by Ardell and lips by Maybelline.


Everything ran perfectly on the day. All of the suppliers involved are experts in the industry and it all came together seamlessly. With such a stunning, light space to shoot in we had lots of creative spaces to use and we’re so pleased with the overall finish. Thicket Priory have even used some of the images Jane captured at the shoot to feature on the walls at the venue.

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