‘Beauty, glamour, intimacy and sweet solitude’
For so many couples the seating plan is one of the most stressful parts of their wedding planning journey.
With dozens of guests to accommodate, trying to ‘please’ everyone is almost impossible, and for many, the traditional top table seating plan does not work for them and their families.
Add to that stepparents, more than one best man, family feuds and possibly the consideration of children, couples are increasingly seeking an alternative.
This recent styled shoot, coordinated by Amy Bailey, founder of wedding planning business Amy Lauren Weddings, demonstrates how couples can combat this common conundrum with a sweetheart table – a small table set up for just the bride & groom.
Focussed around beauty, glamour, intimacy and sweet solitude, the shoot at Leadenham Estate highlights the beauty and appeal of a sweetheart table as an amazing alternative to a traditional top table, showing the couple together, sharing intimate moments that are sometimes lost when shared on a traditional top table.
“The sweetheart table is one of my favourite ‘go-to’ golden tips as it means separating yourselves from the situation and avoiding any awkward decisions on who does and doesn’t sit on the top table with you,” advises Amy.
“We wanted to ensure that we worked with clever camera angles, whilst embracing inclusiveness and celebrating the love and gorgeousness of the couple (who are actually married in real life!)”
“One of the most common points couples highlight after their wedding day is that they didn’t get to share special intimate moments with one another as much as they’d wished.”
“Although the day centred around them as a couple, they were pulled in so many differing directions while socialising with guests, that they missed out on taking time to celebrate their moment together.”
“By having a sweetheart table, it provides an opportunity so the couple can spend those special moments together over dinner, while also being in the present with family and friends.”
CREATIVES & CREDITS
Coordinator – Amy Lauren Weddings, in collaboration with Leadenham Estate
Planning beautiful weddings for beautiful people.
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Venue – Leadenham Estate
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Facebook – @leadenhamhouse @leadenhamweddings
Photographer and Videographer – TTS Media
Husband and wife team; creators, photographers & videographers. Capturing those precious moments.
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Design, Style & Direction – Pink Peonies
Inspired Shoots: from concept to design & style Pink Peonies craft ideas into visual masterpieces.
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Dress – Iconic Bride
Handpicked selection of bridal designer dresses by the finest designers
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Facebook – @iconicbride
Makeup – LC Makeup Artistry
Professional, flawless makeup application, enhancing your natural beauty
Instagram – @lcmakeupartistryuk
Facebook – @lcmakeupartistry
Flowers – Jacaranda Flowers
A flair for floristry, producing traditional, classic, contemporary and the latest trends in wedding flower design. www.jacarandaflowers.co.uk
Instagram – @jacarandaflowers
Facebook – @jacaranda_flowers
Stylist – Modern Heritage Styling
Award winning bespoke and innovative venue stylist www.modernheritagestyling.co.uk
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Cutlery, Crockery and Glassware – White House Crockery Formed out of a passion to supply the finest and most innovative glassware and crockery for events and private hire. www.eventcrockeryhire.co.uk
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Facebook – @WhitehouseEventCrockery
Bridal accessories – Rachel Sokhal Bridal Award winning custom made accessories Instagram – @rachelsokhalbridal Facebook – @rachelsokhalbridal
Hand Crafted Chocolates – The Chocolat Story www.thechocolatstory.com Instagram – @the_chocolat_story Facebook – @thechocolatstory
Cakes – Lily Rose Cakes and Catering
Offering a diverse range of cakes and catering for all occasions
Instagram – @lily_rose_catering Facebook – @lilyrosecakesandcatering
Leather Jacket – Sophie Rebecca Art
Personalised Bespoke Commissioned Bridal Jackets www.sophierebeccaart.com
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Poems – Rhymes to Remember– Bespoke poems written by Sally R Wilkes Instagram – @rhymes_to_remember Facebook – @Rhymestoremember
Models – Lauren and Shaun Chapman