thornbury castle summer wedding inspiration

After standing witness to countless weddings over the years, Thornbury Castle underwent a stunning refresh on a bright summer morning. I’m so proud to say that I had the honour of being the first to capture it.

As I travelled from London and made my way down to Thornbury, I couldn’t help but feel excited. This 16th-century English castle is steeped in rich history. Once the residence of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Thornbury Castle was passed down to generations of notable kings and queens including Edward VI and Queen Mary Tudor. I was curious to see how luxury hotel group Relais & Châteaux modernised Thornbury Castle’s wedding offerings while ensuring it stays true to its colourful Tudor heritage.

This delightful summer wedding editorial at Thornbury Castle is the brainchild of Olivia, Cotswolds wedding planner and owner of Host Weddings and Events. Olivia’s brief was a classic and quintessentially English summer wedding inspiration embodying Thornbury Castle’s new offerings brought to life by a talented team of wedding creatives.


You simply can’t think of a Tudor Castle without imagining it surrounded by gardens filled with fragrant English roses. After all, the Tudor rose is the traditional symbol of England. With a shared love for all things quintessentially English, the glorious British countryside and the rich history of Thornbury Castle, our team created this summer wedding editorial focused on a classic theme, “The English Rose”.


The brief was all about designing a timeless English wedding inspiration. Elegant, romantic, and whimsical. So for this summer wedding inspiration at Thornbury Castle, we went for soft pastel hues with gold metallic accents elevated with an abundance of seasonal British flowers.

For the bridal look, it was important to personify the English Rose. So, we opted for a classic natural and fresh look with rosy, pink tones and a dewy glow. The bride’s lush locks were styled into loose waves and finished with a delicate hair garland from Hermione Harbutt. For the bridal outfit, a simple white a-line dress finished with feathers and a matching pair of Emmy London heels did the trick.

Classic Bridal look: Make-up is natural light and fresh barely there nude look with peach, rosy and earth tones and a pastel colour palette on white and light Caucasian skin. Hairstyle is loose curled shoulder length blonde hair with pearl hair garland from Hermione Harbutt; Dress is simple silk with feather details; Flowers are seasonal British varieties - Photo by destination wedding photographer Cristina Ilao


Venue: Thornbury Castle | Planner & Concept: Host Wedding and Events | Photographer: Cristina Ilao | Flowers: Bijoux Floral Design | Stationery: Caboodle Weddings | Bridal Dress: Wilden London | Shoes: Emmy London | MUA: Jessica Mills | Hair Stylist: Tracy Pallari | Accessories: Hermione Harbutt | Napkins: The Knotted Napkin Co | Table Linen: 88 Events | Tableware: The Luxe Collection | Chairs: Allens Hire

Thornbury Castle English Rose Editorial Bridal Wedding Photo Shoot. Bride is blonde and wearing loose waves with a Hermione Harbutt pearl and gold headband; feather and tulle a-line wedding dress and fresh natural barely there make-up. Photo by Cristina Ilao

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