This concept, conceived and styled by Amie Bone with additional styling and co-ordination by Charlotte Munro, takes a different look at relationships. In an era when men and women are supposed to be from “different planets” and unable to communicate, many gay men and straight women seem able to connect almost effortlessly.
Perhaps it is because those are not relationships of convenience or forced by societal pressure, but friendships based on common interests, mutual respect, and real affection. Whether they are commiserating about love lives or getting the insider’s perspective on what men or women really think, gay men and straight women often turn to one another for the real scoop.
Amie drawing from her experience and inspired by her real-life friendships, created this shoot as a celebration of modern relationships and friendships.
The beautiful and unique Aynhoe Park was the location for this shoot. At the heart of 250 acres of Capability Brown Cotswolds countryside, the 17th century 28 bedroom home is a country house of stories and surprises – a place where the extraordinary happens every day. It was therefore perfect for this unusual shoot.
DECOR AND DETAILS
Amie designed an incredibly wild cascading floral tablescape featuring an explosion of greenery and flowers. She used runners of coral peonies, gloriosa, orange and deep pink roses, pink sweet peas and hydrangeas, orange gladioli, green guelder roses, yellow calla lilies, ranunculi and tulips in abundance to create the most opulent look. Interspersed within the floral runner were bespoke bird cages and luxurious gold candelabras.
Each place setting had a charger plate by Whitehouse Crockery which was topped with gold-edged watercolour men and place card from EG Lettering and sweet treats from Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.
SUITS AND DRESS
Our grooms were dressed by Tailor Made and Chester Barrie and opted to have different suits as an expression of their individual styles. The first suit, in classic grey herringbone tweed, had a matching waistcoat and bow tie and featured hand stitching. The second suit was a sleek tuxedo with a beautifully crafted peak satin lapel teamed with a classic white shirt and black bow tie. They both wore matching bespoke floral epaulettes by Amie Bone.
The Grooms’ BFF wore a short black corseted dress with red embroidery and matching orange ankle socks and hand-embroidered black ankle boots by Chantal Mallett. Carla Brooks and Team Glam were responsible for the grooming, hair and makeup looks.
Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium designed a trio of wedding cakes and sweet treats in black and gold.
The main cake was a tall and dramatic 7 tiered confection in black decorated with baroque detailing and sugar flowers in pink, yellow and orange. The other two cakes included a one tiered crackle effect cake topped with sugar roses and a three-tiered cake black cake with pink marble veining accented with gold. There were also cupcakes, mini magnums and cookies for the dessert table.
The shoot was brilliantly captured by San Shawe of Sanshine Photography, one of the top wedding photographers in the World. I am sure you will all agree that this unique luxury shoot is simply stunning!