When a moodboard like Sirens Song lands in my inbox I stop in my tracks. Coco & Kat had stepped into my brain!
To give you you some background as to who they are, earlier last year I photographed a beautiful wedding with Katrina Otter Weddings. She is an incredible wedding planner, my goodness you’re in safe hands! Kat has now officially joined forces with Emma from Coco Wedding Venues (be sure to check out her site if you’re venue hunting, it’s an invaluable tool). Together they are Coco & Kat and the master minds behind Sirens Song!
Below is the Sirens Song inspiration and story, written by Coco & Kat.
Coco & Kat are very much drawn to the rugged coastlines. We’re so fortunate to have miles and miles in the UK. Whether it’s the tall swaying grass of the dunes in Sussex, the dramatic cliffs of Dorset or the stretches of sand in Northumberland – we love them all. When we discovered Clovelly Village in Devon with it’s own pebble beach and stunning quay vista, we knew this would be the perfect place for a sea-inspired shoot. This enchanting village has a timeless quality with its cliffs, gardens, pretty Manor House and cobbled streets.
With the venue chosen it was time to send the invitations to our guests. We had a custom stationery suite created by Calligraphy for Weddings. The suite was soft washed script on acetate alongside a beautifully blue envelope with a vintage stamp.
Blue was an obvious choice for the coastal theme. To complement, we opted for a palette of lilac grey and rose quartz.
To highlight how couples can interpret a palette we decided to create two tablescapes. One muted and one bold – this light and dark thread followed us throughout the shoot.
In the gardens, a blossom orchard provided a soft and romantic setting for our first alfresco scene. Delicate blush chargers from Duchess and Butler and antique silver cutlery from Helene Millot were framed by a simple silk tulle runner from Kate Cullen. Atop the runner sat an array of succulents, grasses, seashells and white pillar candles.
The florist, Wild Spirit, created the main centerpiece around a large Tillandsia Xerographica air plant. A mix of succulents, smaller air plants, varieties of asparagus ferns as foliage and white ranunculus flowers and hellebores. Our cool blue coastal tones came through in the star shaped cluster flowers called amsonia. To complete the look, we had green sea glass place names for our bride and groom.
To prevent everything from looking and feeling too ‘pretty’ our furnishings from Virgina’s Vintage Hire added a contrasting rawness. Stripped wooden chairs with unexpected pops of traditional seaside colours were a unique choice.
To reflect this first muted palette our bride wore a delicate peachy-pink beaded halter neck top and full tulle skirt from Flossy and Willow. A bespoke veil in the softest pink, made by Britten, worked perfectly with a plaited halo and soft loose tendrils. The divine bouquet, one of three created by Claire and Tami, completed the look. Dicentra Alba (White Bleeding Hearts), Blush Foxgloves, Panicum grass, hellebores, grevillia foliage, eucalyptus nicholli foliage and foraged grasses were used to create this pageant bouquet.
The second tablescape shows that bold is most definitely beautiful. The deep Parisian blue hemstitch tablecloth and Cassis Rose napkins by The Linen Works. The elaborate driftwood candelabra centerpiece by Nordic House were on loan from the lovely folks at Prezola. To continue the drama, we added in golden cutlery, pearl chargers, oyster shell candles from The Oyster Candle Co. and chunky wooden benches.
In order to anchor both tablescapes Kate Burt Cakes created this inspired grey marble-washed 3-tier cake with accompanying taster cakes brushed with gold. Delicately placed on billowing silk chiffon we added a simple urn of fresh greenery to frame. The golden seaweed, pink pearls and sugar urchin details were divine and would be sure to wow your guests.
Wow, the second bridal look was an incredible Anna Campbell gown from Perfect Day Bride. The gorgeous pearls and beading reflected the cobbles of Clovelly’s winding streets whilst the scalloped design added a Mermaid-esque vibe. Once again we added a coloured veil and this time Britten chose blue to work against the ivory dress. This blue can be mirrored in the silk ribbons adorning the bride’s incredible bouquet.
A large Allium was once again the focus. Claire threaded other flowers and foliage throughout, such as bear grass, coral fern, tillandsia xerographica, white ranunculus and eucalyptus.
Texture was key for this look and the sea breeze added a mesmerizing movement to the fabrics and florals.
The two images below are my favourite and totally encapsulates the theme, Sirens Song.
For the final look we wanted to channel something slinky and a little bit sexy. This metallic hued silk bridesmaid gown by Jenny Yoo at Coco and Kate stole the show. The cold-shoulder trend ticked the fashion box whilst the silvery fabric made our model look like she was emerging from the sea. We wanted to show two bridesmaid accessory options; first was this delicate crown by Feather and Coal with matching gemstones and feathery tulle detailing, followed by a traditional flower crown and bouquet.
For the crown Claire used a rose called ‘planchette’ and Nigella buds (love in the mist). Greenery was finally added with eucalyptus parvifolia foliage, thyme foliage, hellebores and grasses. The bouquet mirrored this beautifully with the addition of grevillia, amsonia, succulents, air plants and silver senicio foliage.
Capturing the day was our wildly talented duo – Lucy Davenport Photography and ROOST Film Co. Their combined softness and attention to detail is dreamy and we’re so pleased with how they interpreted our vision.
Sirens Song publications
I’m over the moon that this gorgeous shoot has had the airtime that it deserves. Click on the badges below to see the fab press!