There is something magical about the Burford Bridge venue that is located at the foot of Box Hill in the heart of Surrey Hills.
After being hit by an awful flood back in December 2013, it under went a huge refurbishment and was reopened within 9 months of closing, on 1st September 2014.
The stunning venue is set in three acres of beautiful landscape and is steeped in history to the literary roots from Robert Louis Stevensons who wrote part of "Arabian Nights",William Wordsworth, John Keats and Jane Austen were all known to have stayed here as well as Lord Admiral Nelson.
The sixteenth century medieval barn, "Tithe Barn" is licensed to hold Civil ceremonies and is a perfect setting for Weddings.
On Thursday 7th June 2018, this gorgeous space inspired us to take it on and style the whole barn in something completely different.
Gathering together a handful of small local businesses to help, we pulled off an amazing set up for a Botanical Boho Wedding Breakfast.
The high ceilings and rustic oak beams carried off the theme with ease, with the drapes complimenting the beams without taking away the beauty of them.
In the centre of the ceiling we created with the help of Gill Pike Florist, some wonderful Botanical Chandeliers which helped to draw your attention to the fabulous ceiling. Following down from the beams the oak pillars were already wrapped with fairy lights supplied by the venue and to complete the look we added some Ruscus round the lights to tie in with the Botanical Boho look.
The tables were set with stunning heavy weight light grey table cloths, the correct colour name is Urbane Pearl Grey and white napkins which were all completed the night before ready for the centre pieces, chairs and table accessories in the morning.
At the top table end of the room, we used our beautiful double backdrop and starlights to cover the whole length of the venues brown curtain and storage room. This backdrop is a fantastic way to finish off your top table giving it a magical feel and is great for photograph opportunities.
The day of the styled shoot arrived and there was a lot to be done to get the look we required.
Suppliers started to arrive along with a hair and make up team to get the model ready for the shoot.
At the opposite end of the room from the top table we hang a single backdrop and swag to cover a door which leads into the restaurant of the hotel. By doing this it gave the room a continuous flow with the ceiling drapes.
In front of our backdrop a lovely company called Hedgerose and Honeysuckle offered their help and created a stunning Moongate with just green artificial foliage and fairy lights. This looked absolutely incredible and made a perfect addition to the room and theme.
There is a bit of a stigma when it comes to artificial flowers and foliage but as you can see from this moongate the foliage was so realistic that even some of the staff and suppliers had to look twice as they couldn't believe it was artificial, myself included.
Upon the tables we decided to change the napkins and have them hanging down the table instead of the standard way of folding them. The centre pieces, that were provided by Gill Pike Florist were a selection of gold lanterns, glass hurricane vases with candles and moss that sat on sliced logs, finished off with a garland of Ruscus to tie them in with the Botanic feel.
Surrounding the centre pieces were an array of candles from tea lights in gold glass holders to long stem ones in clear glass holders.
We had a selection of name places made for the shoot too. On one table we had blue marble like place setting which are called Agate with the names written in gold. On another Navy and Gold calligraphy name place and cookies names places set on the other table supplied by Quintessential Cookies.
This was to show a range of different ideas you can have as name places and also some as keepsakes for you guests.
As we finished the last table with the accessories the Chivari chairs started to arrive courtesy of Crystal Hire.
To complement the room we decided to go for gold chairs and then draped them in a white sheer chair drape. This has never been done before at Burford Bridge which is why we wanted to use them to show all new brides what a massive difference a good chair can make to a room. These chairs provide a more elegant feel to the room instead of your standard banquet chairs, covers and sashes. Having these chairs allows you to create a completely different look for your bride and groom chairs so they stand out from the rest.
As you can have a civil ceremony at Burford Bridge we created a look using the sheer drapes hung in a weaved style so after you ceremony they can be used on the top table to separate the bride and groom chairs from the others.
For the top table and backdrop we used ruscus and other foliage to bring it all together. We scattered some more candles and added a gold lantern in the centre of the table. In front of the top table we created using clear pillars a botanic stand. We added foliage called Monster leaves inside the pillars and sat church candles in hurricane vases on top, this gave the top table a romantic feel with a botanical twist.
In the corner of the room where the beautiful arched mirror is on the wall, we used a old barrel and placed it underneath the mirror and used it as a cake stand for the wedding cake.
This gorgeous butter cream cake was made by the lovely Icing Elegance for the shoot. Ruscus was use to pull it in with the botanical feel and absolutely stunning pink roses, which had the most beautiful fragrant to them. On the same side of the room a Photo Booth was placed to show that if you pick the right booth it will fit perfectly in the room and will be a great fun addition to your wedding day. The Photo Booth was provided by Oh Snap UK
Once the preparation for the room was completed it was time to start getting the style shoot under way. The model, Clarey had finished having her hair done by Beckies Bridal Hair, make up by Tania Claire and was ready in one of the two stunning bridal dresses supplied by Brides By Aster
Outside in the venue's car park amongst the parked cars and suppliers vehicles, there was this stunning VW Camper Van supplied by Oh Vow UK, This was where the shoot began.
The professional photographer on the day was Charlotte Razzell and the videographer was Natasha from Musk Photography and Film.
They positioned the model to get the best shoots of all the products used on the day of the shoot. Using the Camper Van to its full potential by having the model sit inside with her beautiful bouquet made by Gill Pike Florist. The Camper Van was a great addition for the shoot and came prepared beautifully with cute MR and MRS cushions inside and flowers along the front bumper.
As you can see, photo shoots are hardly glamorous, parked cars and traffic flowing on the A24 dorking. To get the correct shots there is a lot of fiddling with dresses, positioning of bouquets, moving camper van and tucking away unwanted things that shouldn't be seen, pretty much like a wedding day.
The model had never done anything like this before but was very professional and took it all in her stride. Charlotte managed to capture some beautiful shots that you are able to see on our Facebook page, Hapers Venue Stylist and also on her facebook page Charlotte Razzell Photography.
With a quick changed into the next stunning bridal grown it was back out to the car park before it rained.
After an hour or so outside it was back inside the venue to complete the final images for the shoot.
We had some of the model holding a very large white helium balloon supplied by Looney Balloney
These balloons are a lovely addition to a wedding day and make great photo opportunities for all the bridal party.
And that was a wrap for the day...
We got the shots we were hoping for and the whole vision came together with ease. It was such a fun day and we would like to thank everyone that was involved.
This was the first of many styled shoots and we can not wait to do many more at as many different venues as we can.
We hope our inspiration for this venue has helped many new engaged couples to visualise something completely different for a barn venue. Also we wanted to show them not to be afraid to step out of you comfort zone and try something new.
We are professional Venue Stylists & Wedding Planners and we are here to help you with your big day.
Full Credit List:
Venue: Mercure Burford Bridge
Florist: Gill Pike Florist
Bridal Gowns: Bride By Aster
Moongate: Hedgerose and Honeysuckle
Chairs Hire: Crystal Hire
Photographer: Charlotte Razzell
Videographer: Musk Photography and Film\
Cake: Icing Elegance
Cookies: Quintessential Cookies
Photo Booth: Oh Snap UK
VW Wedding Car: Oh Vow UK
Make up: Tania Claire
Hair: Beckies Bridal Hair
Blog: By Sarah P Scott and blog images by Ellabelle Photography