South West Devon

A magical woodland wedding shoot in North Devon

20 May 2018

Realise the enchantment of a woodland wedding ceremony in this styled shoot, a concept captured by a host of Devon-based suppliers

Planned by Laura Farmer of Freeformimages Photography and Vicky Murdoch of Do Me A Favour UK, along with many suppliers in The North Devon Wedding Network, this wedding shoot entitled 'Bluebell Dreams' showcased the talents of all involved. With an invitation from Laura Peryer, owner of Tawstock Court, to create a magical and alternative wedding ceremony within the ancient woodlands, the suppliers set to work to demonstrate that anything is possible for your big day.

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Tell us a bit about the venue and why it was chosen.

Tawstock Court is a brand new wedding venue just outside of Barnstaple in North Devon, opening its doors in summer 2018. Over the last five years, the Peryer family have been renovating Tawstock Court, a Grade II Georgian house with 32 acres of land, bringing a new lease of life to its old walls.

The ancient woods at Tawstock Court are at their best in late spring when the bluebells and wild garlic are in full bloom. These woods are a magical place to celebrate a marriage, so we worked with many fantastic North Devon wedding suppliers to create and capture the real natural beauty of the woodland, especially as it's carpeted in bluebells, bringing a magical beauty to anyone’s special day. We invited Nixie James-Scott, an interfaith minister, to conduct a hand fasting for our styled shoot - an alternative to a traditional wedding that can be held here at Tawstock court or at St Peter's Church within our grounds. 

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

The flowers used were blue camassia, blue iris, bluebells and white duchesse de nemour peonies, chosen to look right at home in a bluebell wood. All flowers chosen were seasonal and all home-grown, except the peonies which were provided by Denise Cole of Petal and Posie.

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What kind of look did you want to achieve for the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom? What kind of accessories were used to create the looks and why?

With the gown we wanted to capture the enchanting nature of the bride and magical location. Delicate sparkle with a little lace and full skirt were perfect for a dreamy princess - it was from Always and Forever Bridal’s Bon Voyage Collection, offering a great price for brides on a budget.

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For the hair, Cathy of Beauty by Cathy, wanted to achieve a "dreamy" look. Long hair softly curled and loose allowed for the wind to blow it gently looking natural and dreamy. The plaits gave an impression of a crown at the back of the head, allowing the headpiece to take centre stage. The headpiece was designed and handmade by Hey Jules!. Darker wire allowed for mauve flowers, Swarovski crystals and delicate colourful butterflies which appeared to float, hover and delicately sparkle in the model's hair, which helped to capture that dreamy, magical feel and highlight the colour of the bluebells. We opted for a Swarovski crystal heart necklace and earrings to carry that rich colour and sparkle through.

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With the make-up, we wanted to create a natural but beautiful enchanted look, bringing out the eyes, making them sparkle and subtly bringing in the colours of the surrounding area and bluebells using Arbonne make-up.

For the groom we wanted to create a formal look to complement the dreamy woodland princess. But we gave him a wooden bowtie, buttonhole and cufflinks for a modern twist.

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What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did it all tie together?

For the décor, Vicky Murdoch of Do Me A Favour UK wanted to complement the enchanting feel of the woods with romantic rustic pale lanterns to guide the bride's way down a natural aisle. Gold hoops adorned with flowers and hearts hung from the trees and gently turned in the breeze above the bride and groom as they sat in the woodland during the staged ceremonial passage.

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Get the look:

Dresses: Always & Forever, Devon
Suits: Cameron Ross at Always & Forever, Devon
Men's accessories: Patore UK Wooden Bowties
Bridal accessories: Hey Jules!
Make-up: Michelle Stanford Arbonne Consultant
Hair: Beauty by Cathy
Flowers: Petal & Posie
Confetti: Keslowena Confetti
Venue styling: Do Me A Favour UK & Best.day.ever
Venue: Tawstock Court, North Devon
Celebrant: Nixie James-Scott
Bell tent: Native
Photography: Freeformimages Photography 
Models: Lizzy Jordan Moulds & Bradley Owen

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