Samantha and David’s wedding was always going to be a stylish affair because Samantha works for Christian Louboutin, but the actual day still blew us all away. Their day at Davenport House featured stunning monochrome wedding styling, a sleek, clean Suzanne Neville dress, and so much love oozing out of every. Single. Moment.
Davenport House, a Shropshire stately home wedding venue
Samantha and David chose to get married at Davenport House, a Grade I listed Georgian country house situated in the Shropshire countryside. Admittedly, it wasn’t the area that they originally searched in: “We were only searching for venues in the Bridgnorth area and had seen a few, but they each missed something for us.” Samantha explains. “Davenport is so beautiful, we just loved the house and grounds. We love visiting National Trust places and stately homes; the feel and look of these kinds of homes are special. We would never want to get married in a part of somewhere with other people around, so to have Davenport to ourselves for the day and experience it all with our loved ones privately was a win for us!”
Suzanne Neville dress & Louboutins (of course!)
Usually I’d start with the main outfit details before getting to the shoes, but with Samantha it feels right to go the other way. To that end, she wore elegant white Christian Louboutin heels with a wrap-around ankle strap. They had a powder blue insole – so that they can act as your something blue – and, of course, that iconic red bottom.
She accessorised these with a stunning strapless Suzanne Neville dress with a plunging sweetheart neckline and draped waist detail, culminating in a slit that showed off the shoes. Charley Westwood and Rosie Massey were on beauty duty, showing off Samantha’s hair’s gloss and bounce (isn’t she just fringe goals?!)
David wore a black suit from Lanificio F.lli Cerruti Dal 1881, a family-run textile manufacturer renowned for their exceptional cloth, with a black bow tie.
Both the groomsmen and bridesmaids also wore black too. The groomsmen wore black ties, to make David stand out even more, while the bridesmaids wore black dresses in different styles. I loved this monochrome wedding styling of the wedding party, and the editorial look it gave their group shots!
Monochrome wedding styling for the ceremony
The monochrome wedding styling didn’t stop at the wedding party, either. Samantha and David worked with Studio Porter to style their wedding, ensuring it not only looked absolutely incredible but felt incredible, too (wedding styling is so often thought of as being purely about the aesthetic, but it also really improves the vibe.) The end result was a modern take on classic; monochrome wedding styling that delivered maximum impact while keeping a minimalist, clean, sleek look.
Guests were greeted with a frosted sign that featured Samantha and David’s names, and a line drawing of the venue, with soft cream fabric draped behind it to add depth. Their signage was created by Elizabeth Faye Stationery, who also (you won’t be surprised to hear) worked on their stationery. The stationery was simple and elegant, with black serif font and a luxurious debossed monogram detail in the bottom right corner.
The flowers also played a massive part in the monochrome wedding styling. Big Little Things worked their magic with a colour palette of white, cream and very light pink, creating arrangements that dotted around the day and brought it all together. In the ceremony space – which, with white stone walls and a black tiled floor, also fit the monochrome wedding styling brief – Samantha and David got married underneath a floral frame. Meadow-esque floral arrangements wound round the stairs, too.
And for the wedding breakfast, too
The monochrome wedding styling didn’t stop there. In Davenport’s Dining room, everyone sat at round tables set with light pink taper candles, more flowers, and frosted table numbers. Atop each plate, guests found their names lasercut in black calligraphy, alongside a knotted linen napkin.
I can’t tell you about this gorgeous wedding without focussing on two final details. The first is their cake, courtesy of Painterly Bakes. Cara created a stunning two-tiered design covered in paper-thin pleats of wafer that looked like ruffles, and a trio of roses on the top. The result was tantalising texture and from what I saw in the cake cutting, it tasted just as good as it looked. Secondly, they had a really unique guest book, featuring a fashion-style illustration of the two of them, where guests could sign the frame. I really love this idea – because then you can hang it in your home afterwards, and always be reminded of just how gorgeous your wedding was!
Shropshire wedding photographer
Samantha, David – it was a pleasure to photograph your wedding. Not just because of your monochrome wedding styling, obviously – though that was stellar! – but because of how incredible you both are. After our first zoom call I went away hoping you would book me as I felt like we had really connected (a special talent Sam has, so central to her personality that her brother highlighted the same sentiments in his lovely speech!)
These two were very much in love and I feel so lucky to have been a part of their wedding day! I’m going to leave you with how they met, because it’s one of my favourite stories, and reminders of just why this job is so brilliant…
“It was luck/meant to be that we met at all. He joined Bumble the day we ‘swiped’ after being talked into it by work friends and was at work which fell into the area that he’d appear on my search while I was also at work. If he’d been at home, he wouldn’t have been within the range. His age was also wrong, which meant he was in my search (he’s younger and I wasn’t looking for younger!). I was the only one he swiped for so he jokes that he ‘completed’ Bumble in one go.”
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Davenport House wedding suppliers:
Venue: Davenport House https://lauramayphotography.co.uk/davenport-house-weddings
Wedding Dress Designer: Suzanne Neville from The Wedding Club https://www.suzanneneville.com/
Shoes: Christian Louboutin https://eu.christianlouboutin.com/uk_en/
Groom’s Suit: Lanificio F. Ili Cerruiti 1881 https://www.moss.co.uk/brands/lanificio-flli-cerruti-dal-1881
Hair Stylist: Rosie Massey http://rosiemasseyspm.co.uk/
Make Up Artist: Charley Westwood
Band: Twilight Groove https://twilightgroove.co.uk/
Wedding Catering: Jimmy Garcia https://www.jimmygarciacatering.com/
Florist: Big Little Things https://www.biglittlethings.co.uk/
Wedding Cake Designer: Painterly Bakes https://www.instagram.com/painterlybakes/?hl=en
Confetti: Shropshire Petals https://www.shropshirepetals.com/
Wedding Rings: S.P. Green & Co https://www.spgreen.com/
Wedding Stylist: Studio Porter https://studioporter.com/
Wedding Stationery: Elizabeth Faye Stationery
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