Wedding Inspiration at Bignor Park – West Sussex Wedding Photographer

Wedding Inspiration at Bignor Park - West Sussex Wedding Photographer

Following on from my the recent post about a wedding inspiration editorial shoot that I created at the beautiful Bignor Park in West Sussex, here is the second part of the shoot. As a West Sussex Wedding Photographer, I chose Bignor Park for this Mid-Summer Night’s Dream inspired shoot, for its beautiful grounds and Grecian temple. In the first part of the shoot, I focused on the character of Titania as the ethereal and romantic Queen of the Fairies and the long grass surrounding the temple and the dew pond on the edge of a wood were the perfect setting for exploring this soft and dreamy aspect of her personality. For the second part of the shoot, inspired by the independent, fierce and strong side of her character, I chose the more formal gardens and clean white interiors.

West Sussex Wedding Photographer - images from a Mid-Summer Night's Dream inspired wedding

Our bride wore a stunning gown by Claire Pettibone, featuring a regal cape and intricate lace detailing and Rebecca Avery Flowers created a regal crown from foraged foliage, perfect for a Queen of the Fairies. To complement the regal but still natural styling, Agata Julia wound a soft loose bun in our bride’s hair, which the flower crown or a statement full length veil (also from Claire Pettibone) could easily be fixed into. Make-up was kept as a slightly stronger variation on the natural look by Sylwia Kunysz, with a soft grey eye shadow and rosy coral lip.

West Sussex Wedding Photographer - an elegant and refined Fine Art Wedding at Bignor Park West Sussex Wedding Photographer - a Fine Art styled wedding tablescape

Jenna Hewitt styled a beautifully elegant tablescape, refined but full of earthy colours and textures. Soft peach silk and white cotton runners from Kate Cullen created a gentle accent to a simple wooden trestle table and benches from Virginia’s Vintage Hire. A few antique brass candlesticks supplied by The Toast, a crystal decanter of red wine and lush figs were the only other decorations needed to create a wedding breakfast inspired by natural beauty and refinement. Rebecca Avery’s floral arrangement took centre stage; beautifully open and semi-wild, peachy roses and chrysanthemums, with ripe nigella and grass seed heads were the epitome of a loose and abundent Mid-Summer feast. Miss Modern Calligraphy, created truly unique place cards, hand embossing calligraphy names onto textured paper, decorated with simple burgundy ribbon from Kate Cullen.

West Sussex Wedding Photographer - a red haired bride in a beautiful Claire Pettibone gown West Sussex Wedding Photographer - details from an elegant wedding inspired by natural elements and textures

A simple, wedding cake of neutral buttercream icing was decorated with a delicate floral topper from Rebecca Avery Flowers who also created the loose and unstructured bridal bouquet, gathered together with a range of streaming silk ribbons from Kate Cullen. The neutral walls of the converted stables at Bignor Park were perfect for this setting. All the styling elements were kept understated and pared back, for a bride who celebrates the details of natural beauty.

West Sussex Wedding Photographer - wedding styling inspired by Titania, Queen of the Fairies

As a Sussex wedding photographer, I was spoilt for more choices of settings at Bignor Park for this second half of the bridal inspiration shoot. The formal gardens with their structured topiary hedges and pathways were the perfect backdrop to show the regal train of the Claire Pettibone gown, with its intricate lace detailing. Late afternoon light streamed through the hedges and trees and created the most beautiful golden light, to give a completely natural glow to our Queen Titania. This is my favourite time of day to take flattering portraits, and something I always try to work into any wedding or bridal inspiration photoshoot.

West Sussex Wedding Photographer - bridal portraits in the late evening light at Bignor Park West Sussex Wedding Photographer - understated luxury for a bridal shoot at Bignor Park

If you are planning to celebrate your wedding at the gorgeous Bignor Park (where I am so happy to be a recommended supplier) or if you are inspired to use fine art storytelling to create beautiful details for your wedding, I would love to hear from you.


With thanks to this wonderful team…

Photography and concept: Helen Warner Photography

Styling: Weddings by Jenna Hewitt

Venue: Bignor Park

Videography: Kerry Bartlett

Model: Jesse from M and P Models

Wedding Gown: Claire Pettibone, courtesy of Blackburn Bridal

Floral Design: Rebecca Avery Flowers

Hair Accessories: Tilly Thomas Lux

Shoes: Harriet Wilde

Stationery and Calligraphy: Miss Modern Calligraphy

Make Up: Sylwia Kunysz

Hair: Agata Julia

Jewellery: Sarah Brown

Silks, Ribbons and Runners: Kate Cullen

Furniture: Virginia’s Vintage Hire

Antiques: Grays Antiques

Catering: The Naked Food Company

Brass props: The Toast

Stylist Assistant: Kirsty Hurrell

Photography Assistant: Sam Carter