"Oh you pretty things!!" A Retro - Kitsch Styled Shoot.
We love colour and all things retro, here at Orange Tree Weddings! So we were over-joyed to be asked to collaborate on Becky Ryan’s Palm-Springs esque photo shoot and help bring her candy-floss coloured dreams to life!
The Pumping House in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire was a perfect location for the shoot. Set in the heart of Sherwood Forest, and with many stunning original features, its wedding venue is a unique backdrop for photography projects!
We turned up, armed with an array of props ready to work our quirk filled magic! The brief was a little ‘off-piste’ to our usual weddings, but we rose to the challenge and totally dug Becky’s kitsch vision! We got to work styling the tables with our vintage crockery, which sat really well with the miss-match vibes.
(We even threw some cute china friends in there for added kitsch :) …..)
Large, vivid flowers styled by Laura May of Blooming Wild Flowers added pops of colour to the table styling, and this worked as a great contrast to the powdery tones. Using vibrant pinks and purples in clear, blue glass vases and a variety of other quirky vessels!
The Cake and sweetie tables were also styled up by Orange Tree Weddings, with hand-drawn chalk boards by our very own stylist, Jules. We loved the fact we really didn’t have to be shy with colour at this shoot…..so check out this for a sweetie station! Yum!
…..And of course, it simply can’t be a Palm-Springs style affair without inviting a large plastic flamingo to the party!
Of course, it really wasn’t a big task to make the spectacular cake an eye-catching feature! Made by The Sweet Stuff in Nottingham
Covered in icing and retro hundreds and thousands, the cake and macaroons spoke for themselves!
A staple Orange Tree weddings photo booth was filled with retro dressing up delights!
….Along with a glittering, Neapolitan ice-cream coloured backdrop, provided the perfect stage for the girls to really flaunt their stuff.
Their bespoke Bella Figura matched our backdrop so perfectly!
I think you’ll all agree they look just Fabulous Darling! <3
A big thank you to all the brilliant suppliers! Check them all out below!
Photography by Becky Ryan
Dresses by Bella Figura
Floral Design by Blooming Wild Flowers
Hair and Hair Accessories by Pin up Curl
Make-Up by the Vintage Beauty Parlour
Fascinator, Headband and ice-cream clutch bag by GG’s Pin Up Couture
Cake and Macaroons by The Sweet Stuff
Stationary by With Love Wedding Stationary
Edible Flowers from The Flower Deli
Styled by us x
Catherine & Chris's Spring Village Wedding
Catherine & Chris dreamt of a Blooming-Beautiful Spring Wedding, so an Orange Tree Wedding at Quorn Village Hall, in March this year, helped make that dream come true!
We used an abundance of bright yellow Daffodils to reflect the season, and to compliment Catherine’s gorgeous sunshiney bouquet!
Their personalised, hand-drawn chalk boards also featured clean spring colours and Daffodils, and the village hall looked fresh and bright with a country fete feel.
The guests arrived to a prosecco welcome drink, resulting in smiles all round. And it wasn’t long before the guests were cracking into the Charnwood Brewery ale on offer. An Orange Tree Wedding is so laid back, that sometimes the guests even end up serving themselves!!
During the wedding breakfast the guests got to relax and enjoy the dulcet tones of Calder McLaughlin, a great local acoustic artist who sang some emotional classics to get the crowds swaying!
On the menu was a super tasty, homemade scotch egg starter, with orange tree’s delicious signature ketchup! This was followed by a wholesome and traditional meal of pie ‘n’ mash! A little break for speeches gave everyone time to work up an appetite for tea and cake, of which there was plenty! Served on pretty, vintage cake stands, they were a delight to the eyes as well as the tummy!
A smooth room change around, and before we knew it the real party started. The bar was fully stocked with an endless supply of pink champagne and Marc the Photographer made an excellent job of capturing the fizz filled fun!!
After all that cake, even the kiddies couldn’t stop dancing…some found their 5 minutes of fame on the stage in-between bands!
Later in the evening Raphael’s Wood Fired Pizza turned up to feed the guests some tasty, authentic pizza. Rolled, topped and fired in front of the hungry punters in their mobile oven, it was entertaining to watch as well as delicious to sample!
The evening entertainment was provided by The Roosters, a 5 piece band hailing from Quorn itself. They play no-nonsense covers of classic songs from the “golden age” of pop music, the sixties, the seventies, the eighties, right up to the present day.
Their varied music went down a storm, and the dance floor was full all evening…except to momentarily pass the floor over to the newly-weds for a cheeky slow dance!
Congratulations to a BLOOMING Marvelous Pair!
Thanks again to Marc the Photographer for the use of his great snaps!
Maxine & David - Oxton Village Hall
Autumnal, Informal and Child-Friendly was the order of the day for Maxine and David, and they achieved just that with a ceremony in the gorgeous industrial setting of Papplewick Pumping Station and then on to Oxton Village Hall for a laid-back and lively Orange Tree Wedding Party!
The guests arrived to a hall full of twinkling lights and draped in warm seasonal colours. The tables and hand-drawn black boards all finished with foraged autumnal foliage.
The dressing up box provided much entertainment for the kids…often unaware they were being papped by the brilliant photographer Katheryn Edwards
…..and naturally some of the grown-ups couldn’t help but get involved too, after a few pints of real ale from Charnwood Brewery!
After a hearty and wholesome Orange Tree meal of pie and mash, (and some mouthwatering looking homemade cake!)…..
The guests were all prepped and ready for a good ol’ knees-up to the energetic, foot-stompin’ sounds of Sheelanagig!
The dance floor was quickly filled with happy, bouncy people. The band went down a storm with the kids too! Maxine looked to be in her element, swishing her gorgeous dress around to gypsy folk music!!
HUGE congratulations to this fun loving couple!
Thanks again to Kathryn Edwards for the use of her stunning photographs from the day. I think you’ll agree she really captured the fun that was had in these great snaps!
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