We have been so excited about sharing this shoot with you!! Last December on a very snowy and freezing day (much like today!!) we created a styled shoot in our beautiful secret woodland in Kent.
Our mood board looked like a whimsical spring day, but snow started to fall at 8am, leaving our models and photographer Nick Tucker stranded on a South Eastern train for hours (We have all been there and it’s not fun)!! Everyone finally arrived safely around 11am meaning we had lost a few hours… But the sun started to shine and we were back on track.
We chose Nick Tucker as we love his style, sometimes moody and quirky, he loves to use natural light to depict character and drama. We knew the location and weather was challenging but we had every faith he could pull it off!! And he certainly did….
Our intention was to capture the natural beauty of the location, showing all the earthy colour and tones that can come from such a natural backdrop. At the end of winter, the woodland is shaded by the tall moss covered trees and the sunlight mixes with the coppery leaves to create shining golden pathways through the woods.
The woodland tones were complemented by pastel washed wallpaper draping from the trees, creating a soft muted backdrop for an intimate and relaxed reception area. Tonal coloured glass and metallic trinkets of silver and pewter glistened in the beams of sunlight. The table setting was styled beautifully by the awesome Jennifer Bingham from Jennifer Sue Weddings – A stylist with the magic touch!!
You will often find her hanging out of trees in order to create the most captivating wedding lounge, table setting, ceremony setting or in this case wallpapering trees! Natural and tonal décor was used to compliment the backdrop. Large circular wooden stumps were used for table place mats and fern cones from the wood were placed in the pretty glass bowls. Names printed on brown card and tied up with twine made simple place tags. Old books, candlesticks, goblets and silverware were styled over a muted linen cloth. Large feathers were placed amongst the setting, poking out of the over spilling wild flower centrepiece and brown glass bottles. The collections of props were supplied by Paper Linen Plate and Vintage Style Hire. We love their collections of eclectic pieces to make your style choices look just like a magazine shoot.
Stationary was designed by Kelly at Festival Brides, using grey card layered with opaque printed tracing paper. The envelope was finished off with a wallpaper edging and a tiny favour box was wrapped in copper and printed paper with a feather delicately placed inside.
Katherine, from Florist in the Forest, supplied the seasonal flowers for the shoot. She gathered bunches of heather, antirrhinums and pheasant feathers to create a soft tonal centrepiece that looked striking next to the metallic trinkets and understated backdrop. The groom’s three piece suit was coloured by an oversized buttonhole of bold purple with no pin needed (we just used the pocket) whilst the bride’s flowers were lovingly entwined with lace and string.
The bride’s ethereal chiffon dress made by the incredibly talented Charlotte of Wilden Bride, adorned with mauve and metallic fabric flowers that matched the real flower bouquet and created a beautiful feature around the waist. Soft drapes around the neck meant heavy statement jewellery could feature as part of the tonal look. Rose and Aster have a beautiful collection of statement jewels to complement your desired bridal look. We went for very large bohemian jewels in jade and burgundy tones!
The bride’s makeup look was created by Lucy Jayne Makeup. She wanted to move away from the natural and soft bridal look and create something a little darker and more bohemian! The tones of the makeup were taken from the colour of the flowers and the styling of the overall shoot with pastel pinks, cream, and berry palette. Using these shades made her blue eyes look even brighter, and using a colour instead of a grey/black/brown shadow gives a great alternative for a spring makeup look for brides that like to have a strong eye. Lips were finished with a nude pink gloss.
Her hair was styled soft and wavy with natural curls for an understated and unfussy bridal look. A simple ruched headband by Wilden Bride gave some bohemian glamour to an otherwise ordinary hair look. For the second hairstyle a more relaxed and natural up-do – rolling her hair upwards and tucking any loose ends inside the roll. Delicate wild flowers and sprigs of heather were threaded into the rolled up hairstyle for a natural up do.
It was important for music to play a part in the styled woodland shoot, with it being a real festival site; the old barn is used for Barn Sessions (one off live music sets). Opting for a Mumford and Sons look and feel, the vibe was achieved with festoon lighting, an old piano and some thought provoking literature. Using musical instruments can be a great focal point at a festival wedding, not to mention looking great in the photographs!!
So there it is……a pretty, free spirited, intimate, simple, musical, whimsical, and ethereal woodland wedding! The options for this venue are endless with the ever changing seasons providing a stunning variation of backdrops and colours. We are inspired by nature and simple backdrops so our suggestion when dressing a venue is to not try too hard with décor and to work in harmony with the site. Sometimes less is more and a beautiful natural setting can be the perfect backdrop just the way it is.
If you would like to marry ‘in the woods’ be sure to contact Festival Brides for more information.
This beautiful shoot will be featured in ISSUE 6 Unique Bride Magazine which will be available at the end of March!!
Photographer – Nick Tucker www.nicktuckerphotography.com
Stylist – Jennifer Sue Wedding www.jennifersueweddings.co.uk
Models – Christiaan and Chelsea @ MOT
Venue – Secret Woodland in Kent
Make-up & Hair – Lucy Jayne Make-up www.lucyjaynemakeup.co.uk
Dresses and Hair Accessory – Wilden Bride www.wildenbrideslondon.com
Flowers – Florist in the Forest www.floristintheforest.co.uk
Jewellery – Rose and Aster www.roseandaster.com
Cake – Boutique Bakehouse www.boutiquebakehouse.co.uk
Stationary – Festival Brides www.festivalbrides.co.uk
Wallpaper – Laura Ashley
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