Colour Pop Candy – A Vibrant Photo Shoot at Tawstock Court

by Michelle

This super vibrant Colour Pop Candy photo shoot was hosted by Tawstock Court, an exclusive use wedding estate in North Devon. Brought to us by one of our fantastic photographers, Laura at Freeformimages, the shoot is focused around the sunshine yellow morning room at Tawstock Court.

Taking the  positivity of colour as inspiration, Laura and the team, who are all credited below, wanted to demonstrate just how much colour can enlighten your big day.

We know how much you love using our styled shoots as inspiration for your own wedding, and we know you’ll love this one and either totally go for it with full on colour, or take one or two of the ideas here to introduce a colour pop into your wedding theme. With so much to tell us, it’s straight over to Laura now for the full details.

Where and when did the shoot take place? Can you tell us anything further about the location?

Tawstock Court, Barnstaple, Devon.

Tawstock Court, is a brand new venue here in North Devon. An 18th century manor house set in 32 acres of beautiful grounds and woodlands. “Our morning room bursts of bright yellow and when the sun streams through the windows everyone comments on how happy this room feels – hence we wanted to show just how much colour can enhance any wedding and create an amazing atmosphere.”

Describe the style of the shoot. Was there a specific theme?

The Bridal Look

The feminine floral print high/low gown is from the Signature Collection by Victoria Kay is perfect for showing off your shoes! and Irregular Choice’s Bridal designs never disappoint! – Modelled by Evette

We also had a Champagne Satin gown with a beautiful lace beaded bodice and trellis sparkle sleeves. The box pleating on the skirt is finished with a beautiful bow. Modelled by Emily.

From this year’s Enchanted Collection by Victoria Kay, Ella is a fun full sleeved sweetheart high/low gown. The lace back is finished with a beautiful button detail. By Victoria Kay Gowns. Modelled By Sian.

Leona by Casablanca is  ageorgette princess seamed fit and flare gown with a beaded cape.

The denim jackets, painted by Sammy Lea’s Retro Emporium bought the bright theme colours through to the bridal wear and added a contemporary twist to the dress styling.

The bridal hair and make up was based on the design of the headpieces, style of the dress and model’s hair. Styles ranged from soft and romantic to edgy and sharp, but with a commercial slant. Hair colours contrasted against headpieces to show them off to best advantage.

The gold leaf crown with tendrils of tiny flowers in turquoise, coral and pale pink were perfect for adding a touch of drama, yet still remaining pretty, feminine and bridal.

The other headpiece consisted of vintage elements and gave the most beautiful, glimmering, pastel-colour sparkle.

We also used some soft floral pieces in this shoot, the pink Serenity and aqua Zelenka petal pieces added a further touch of colour and sparkle to the day! The final finishing touch of jewellery were an antique pink Swarovski crystal heart necklace and earring set, and a turquoise framed glass necklace and earring set which both reflected the light and provided that lovely pop of colour!

The make up had a flawless base of airbrush makeup giving the skin a natural finish. Brighter pinks on the lips , with plum and coral hues, helped to really incorporate the colour pop theme!

Flower Girls

Why stop with one colour, when we can use them all? This was the mantra of Julia of Popsqueak Children’s Wear ” to find a lovely bright and vibrant fabric encompassing all the shades from the colour palette.”

Creating reversible jackets, sashes, bags and hair pieces, these complimented the white cotton dresses made in a Rose and Hubble print, giving an understated charm.

Whilst it is probably easier to create flower girl dresses from synthetic fabrics such as tulle and polyester, Julia notes “I prefer to use cottons and silks which are less harmful on the environment. I also wanted to show that using natural fabrics can still be bright and vibrant and comfortable for little ones to wear all day and night.”


The Wedding Ceremony at the heart of the day, with our celebrant Nixie, who wore bright pink also created a symbolic ‘Sand Ceremony’, and a plaited a multi ribbon ‘Hand Fasting’ cord.

Lastly another symbolic idea was to ‘Jump the Broomstick’ into married life over a “beesom broom that I created using bright dogwood stems on a hazel broomstick and wrapped with ribbons too! I was absolutely delighted by the colour of the whole day, it would certainly be a Wedding to Remember!!”

The Décor

We used colours to compliment the yellow walls, of bright turquoise and shades of pink through all the decor highlighted in the ribbons, table decorations and balloons. Together everything popped with the natural sun light that floods the room. The unique and bespoke venue chosen lent itself to this incredible avant-garde shoot.

Using bold colours and a mix of fresh, bright Gemini daisies and roses (including the fabulous coral ‘Miss Piggy’) The flowers used the idea of balloons and hot air balloons in particular. The colour palette helped to co-ordinate with the rest of the suppliers.

A selection of meringues, cake pops, cookies with personalised messages and chocolate covered pretzels adorned the sweet table. The table was then styled with matching sweets and a gorgeous wedding cake – The centre-piece, just perfect for your guests to help themselves to during your evening.

Candy Floss with big hits of colour from the custom made balloon display and jars of handmade sugar finished with fabulous handmade glitter dipped cones to add that extra little sparkle!

What were the highlights from the shoot?

From a wonderful Hot Air Balloon, Alpacas and Confetti Mix for this shoot …

We certainly had everything covered!! Our biggest shoot yet!


The Dream Team

Photographer: Freeformimages Photography

Venue: Tawstock Court

Styling: Do Me a Favour

Balloons: North Devon Party Celebrations

Floristry: Petal & Posie

Floristry: Tina Hodgson Fine Floral Design

Dresses: Always & Forever Bridal

Jackets: Sammy Lea’s Retro Emporium

Shoes: Irregular Choice

Make Up: Jennifer Rose Makeup Artistry

Bridal Hair: Bath Bridal Hair

Bridal accessories: Hey Jules

Flower Girl outfits: Popsqueak Children’s Wear

Pottery: Tarka Pottery

Cake & Sweets: Claire’s Sweet Temptations

Desserts: Jax’s Cakes ‘n’ Bakes

Catering: Chef Duet

Candy Floss: Fluff Boxx

Stationery: Clare’s Wedding Creations

Alpacas: Cadenza Alpacas

Hot Air Balloon: Flying Enterprises

Celebrant: Nixie James-Scott Unique Ceremonies

Models: Donna Turner, Emily Hemmings, Evette Bowers & Sian Bartlett

Runner/assistant: Michelle Stanford

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