We love uncomplicated, alternative, simplistic inspiration when it comes to styled shoots, and this ‘Back to Basics’ collaboration radiates all of the above. It focuses on the beautiful details without the unnecessary additions that are usually added to weddings. It’s bare, minimal and organic, using the outdoors and wilderness of the woodland as it’s muse. The shoot took place at the pretty Upthorpe Wood –  a quirky woodland wedding venue in Suffolk, hosting only a limited number of weddings per year. Incorporating contemporary bohemian arrangements from Foxgloves and Alice, a homemade style cake and limited rustic props, the objective was to keep distraction to a minimum so that the venue could bask in all it’s glory. The team want to show couples what can be achieved in an area of natural beauty, even on a cold, bleak winter’s day as it was on this December afternoon last year.

Styled by Sarah at Upthorpe Wood and Kerry from Foxgloves and Alice, and captured by the wonderful Kasia from  Annabella Photography, the team had their hearts set firmly on all things nature which reflects beautifully in every shot. If a woodland wedding is on the cards for you, read on….

Simple, Alternative, Woodland Wedding

Words by Sarah at Upthorpe Wood

The idea behind this shoot was to show the beauty that can be found in a winter woodland – not the glamorous type of beauty, but a raw natural type. This is a winter shoot with minimum fuss and certainly not a grand budget. We used foliage and moss as the bases of the shoot, so the underlying theme isn’t just ‘back to basic’ but back to nature too, shying away from anything glitzy or overdone.

We wanted to show couples that you don’t need to over accessorise to create something amazing. Go with your budget, style and heart and something truly magical will happen. The weather was very wet and windy and very cold when we met at the beautiful Upthorpe Wood on the weekend before Christmas. Roaring fires, marshmallows and a homemade cake graced the venue and our model teamed up a ‘Willowby by Watters’ bridal skirt with high street tops and Dr Martin boots.

Bustling Blooms and Forest Fruits     

Oversize flowery and foliage bouquets complemented the flower crowns. Beautiful ranunculus and anemones were the stars of the show and sat happily alongside foraged foliage with a handful of added twigs throughout. A gorgeous pastel colour scheme on such a gloomy day blended perfectly with the atmosphere. With marshmallows by The Marshmallow Bar, which with the rich burgundy and orange colours and flavoured with raspberry and white chocolate, were a perfect addition to the cake table. And they were toasted over the fire…….so delicious. A hint of silver sparkle added the finishing touches and the table was dressed with moss and accessorised with clear glass crockery, brass candlesticks and antique cutlery.

The Line Up

Photographer: Annabella Photography
Venue: Upthorpe Wood
Florist: Foxgloves and Alice
Dress: Willowby by Watters
Marshmallows: The Marshmallow Bar



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