A contemporary barn wedding shoot in Dorset

13 Mar 2020

Neutral colours and gold accents unite in this contemporary chic shoot, which shows how a bride and a groom aren't restricted to a rustic wedding theme in a barn

Make-up artist Charlee Hulbert talks us through this refined wedding shoot, with a touch of luxe.

What was the inspiration behind the shoot? 

This shoot was inspired by the idea of using the naturally rustic backdrop of a barn venue and creating a lavish, contemporary feel. Blending with a style often used within larger, stately home venue styling, the shoot sought to demonstrate the versatility of wedding venues. 



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

We chose Kingston Country Courtyard in Wareham for its stunning 17th century tithe barn. The beautiful stonework, wooden beams and beautiful and varied grounds made the perfect backdrop for our shoot. Once dressed, the drapes and candles created a really beautiful frame within the barn itself.  



What did you choose for the flower arrangements? 

The floral and foliage displays were created by combining alstroemeria, lisianthus, astrantia, larkspur, roses, gypsophila, antirrhinums, ornithogalums, eucalyptus, ferns and ivys. These flowers are delicate, wispy and wild in form and shape to create a non-contrived, elegant feel for a natural barn and stone setting. We followed a colourpalette of green, gold and ivory throughout the florals. 



What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom? 

The hair styling demonstrated both a chic and elegant chignon and a romantic half-down style to complement the dresses throughout the shoot, with modern metallic hair accessories perfectly finishing each individual look. 

The make-up also used modern metallics to showcase two looks: a natural polished, classic bridal look and a more contemporary ‘soft glamour’ bridal look, combining both winged liner and a strong lip, which is looking ever popular for 2020. 



The dresses featured within the shoot come from both Jennifer Wren and Nicola Anne Bridal, and demonstrate a fitted dress style and a more dramatic full skirted dress. This served to showcase the beauty and current variety in bridalwear. 

We went for a tailored approach for the groomswear, incorporating a pop of colour with a deep burgundy suit paired with patterned accessories, and a more vibrant pocket square/tie ensemble for the second look. 




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

Rather than having a theme, we stuck to the idea of creating something chic and refined yet with a certain level of extravagance and intrigue. We used simplistic details and a natural colour scheme to meet the refined element and then combined this with a gold metallic accent colour for added extravagance.  

The details included colour marbling on the cake, which has become an emerging trend through 2019 and looks set to continue through 2020. 

The stationery suite followed the neutral colour palette, with added elegance thanks to the touches of lace and ribbon to softly complement the floral displays. 



What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why? 

When dressing the venue, we incorporated an array of lanterns and candles which created an effective light within the barn and we were even able to use a sofa, supplied by Simply Flower, to create some more dramatic styled shots. 



Get the look: 

Venue: Kingston Country Courtyard
Photography: Liza Edgington Photography
Venue dressing and floristry: Simply Flower 
Bridalwear: Courtyard Bridal 
Cake: Cakes by Helen
Stationery: Graceful Lace Stationery 
Hair: Victoria Nightingale Hair 
Hair accessories: The Hair Pin People 
Make-up: Charlee Hulbert Makeup Artist 
Models: Jade Jennings and Matthew Roberts

For more Dorset wedding inspiration, browse the latest edition of Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex & Wiltshire Bride magazine

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