A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor

I’m very excited to share with you today… Whiter than White’s first ever styled shoot and a little announcement!

The shoot took place over Valentine’s weekend at the beautiful Sheldon Manor, set in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. The venue was holding an open weekend and I felt so honored to be asked to be part of it, coordinating and styling the ‘table for two’ for the event. For those of you who are not familiar with the venue, Sheldon Manor is a stunning 13th century manor house, which just so happens to have the oldest stone porch in Britain and the most beautiful tiny 15th century chapel set within the grounds. Surrounded by historic gardens, exquisite roses, tiered lawns and ancient stone structures, it really is simply the most magical setting. As most of you may well know, I married my boy there a couple of years ago so naturally have a soft spot for this enchanting venue!
 

Valentine styled Sheldon Manor shoot | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
 

The brief… The setting was within the stunning baronial style ‘Great Hall’ with its wood paneling, large stone fire place and a Bechstein grand piano! Now, I’m no fan of the traditional red and white valentine vibe and therefore opted for a dark, moody aesthetic with a touch of glamour thrown in for good measure!
 
A palette of deep jewel like tones, mixed with saturated fuchsia and raspberry shades was softened with hints of white and blush pink. The look was lifted with golden embellishments and the soft glow of candlelight, twinkling textiles and cut glass tableware were set against a backdrop of rich wood tones. A selection of brass candlesticks with pure white tapered candles added height and drama. Each of the place settings had rustic tin heart moulds, painted gold and filled with sweets and Rococo chocolate bars tied with golden metal hearts for after dinner treats! Ombre watercolour heart garlands were strewn across chair backs and used as coasters.
 
For the florals I took seasonal spring blooms including anemones, ranuculas, tulips, clematis, wax flowers and the odd rose for good measure. Dark, sultry blackberry toned peppercorns and painted black wood were mixed amongst the petals.
 

A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings

 

VENDOR DETAILS…

Styling & Design: Whiter than White Weddings | Location: Sheldon Manor | Photography: Richard White | Tableware: Helene Millot Furnishings | Florals: Whiter than White Weddings
 
 
Now for my very exciting announcement…

Whiter than White have partnered with Sheldon Manor to offer a wedding styling, consultancy and design service exclusively at the venue! I’ll be offering bespoke styling and a highly creative and original design service for your celebration! I have had the pleasure of working first hand with many of the venues trusted suppliers and am therefore able to offer unique inside knowledge and expertise for events at this truly beautiful and untouched country Manor House. Exciting stuff hey!
So, if you are considering getting married or holding your reception at the lovely Sheldon Manor and would like a creative hand, you can get in touch with me here!
 
I had such fun putting this shoot together and hope it has provided you with some winter wedding inspiration! A special thank you to Helene Millot Furnishings for providing the beautiful antique tableware. To view her full collection of tableware and props visit her site or take a look at all the pretty in this post I put together a little while ago on the blog.

 
Have a great week!

Love, Mrs White x

Favours from Chocolate Editions

A whole post on chocolate may seem quite over indulgent, but when it looks this good – well, what the hell! I’m currently obsessing over these perfectly packaged bars of delight from New York based Chocolate Editions by Mary & Matt. With backgrounds in design, advertising and pastry their artistically packaged chocolate bars are like works of art. I think they would be perfect used as favours or simply displayed in glass jars as treats for your guests. Feast your eyes on these beauties…

 
Chocolate Bars by Mary & Matt | Wedding Favour Ideas | Whiter than White Weddings
Chocolate Editions | By Mary & Matt | Wedding Favour Ideas
 
The stunning packaging below is from a collaboration between Chocolate Editions & NYC based menswear designers Shipley & Halmos. The collection included a limited set of 25 chocolate bars each with an original, one-of-a-kind wrapper – how brilliant are they!
 
Chocolate Bars by Mary & Matt | Wedding Favour Ideas | Whiter than White Weddings
 
Neapolitan ice-cream anyone?? I haven’t had that for years! Well the inside looks just as good as the outside and all of these bars are made from the highest quality ingredients, hand-crafted in small batches.
 
Chocolate Editions by Mary & Matt | Wedding Favour Ideas
 
These guys have thought of everything, including these chic but funny chocolate googly eyes and pie charts, perfect for the little ones!
 
kids wedding favour ideas | choc bars by mary and matt

 
I have saved my favourites until last – check out these marble papered bars – how amazing!!

Don’t you just love the Wonka-style golden ticket idea below. How about hiding a ticket in one of your bars and then having a bottle of champagne or flowers waiting for the lucky winner on the day?

 
Marbling wedding inspiration | chocolate bar favours by Mary & Matt
Marbling wedding inspiration | chocolate bar favours by Mary & Matt
Now for the exciting bit… Mary & Matt can make custom editions, just for you, for your big day to your exact specifications. Personalized chocolate and packaging – I like that a lot and I’m very happy I haven’t given up chocolate for lent as I have a serious chocolate craving right now.

You can contact Mary & Matt here to discuss a custom order or to simply buy some chocs!
 
Which is your favourite design?

Love,
Mrs Whitex