A Midsummer Night's Dream wedding shoot in Somerset
08 Jan 2019
Somerset suppliers came together to capture the concept of A Midsummer Night's Dream and translate it into a wedding set-up
Directed and photographed by Aimee Joy Photography, this captivating shoot harnessed the enchantment of Shakespeare's most magical play. The shoot also made the cover of Marry in the South West magazine.
Aimee said: "It was such a treat to be surrounded by so many creative wedding suppliers and capture all the wonderful details of the day." Here, she tells us more...
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
This Shakespearian infused shoot with a modern and alternative twist was based upon A Midsummer Night's Dream, a versatile theme perfect for both summer and winter weddings. We created a magical woodland theme, complete with falconry and glitter, while keeping it stylish, down to earth, and relatable to the modern bride.
Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen.
The shoot was organised by Ali Hood, who is one of the owners of On The Farm Celebrations. This wedding reception venue boasts incredible views across the Mendips and out towards Bristol and Bath. It acts as a blank canvas upon where couples can create their dream reception and because of this, offered the perfect setting for the photo shoot.
What did you choose for the flower arrangements?
To reflect the Midsummer Night's Dream theme, A Touch of Wonder (planning, styling and floral specialists) focused primarily on deep pinks, red with heavy foliage and a touch of lighter pinks and lavender to lift the pieces. The team said: "When we sat down to plan out the table design we said the words moss practically in unison as we’ve been looking for an excuse to work with it for ages."
Little touches of gold created an element of luxe within the styling. This was weaved in through their own gold circle archway and candle sticks on the table scape.
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the brides?
Karina Scoffield created a beautiful, enchanted feminine look with long luscious lashes, pastel shades of pink and purple and a splash of glitter, ensuring it was in-keeping the modern bride of today.
Justyna Superson from Diamond Factory Make Up was our hair stylist for the day. She created a variety of romantic designs with loose braids and soft curls, decorated with flowers and flower crowns.
Chantelle Sophia provided us with three beautiful wedding dresses. They were chosen to portray a relaxed summer garden vibe, using a comfortable crop top with skirt and short silk wedding dresses with pockets. They are hand embellished with 3D floral appliques, lace and a beaded lace hem with off-the-shoulder detailing.
What kind of accessories were used?
The yummiest of accessory was our cake, designed and made by The MacaRoom, a Bristol-based company specialising in modern wedding and celebration cakes. They combined mystic colours and textures with summery bright flowers and berries, along with creating beautiful and incredibly yummy macrons.
This was photographed alongside our stationery designed by the talented Pastel Designs and a variety of biodegradable petal confetti from Shropshire Petals. However the most exciting accessory of the photoshoot had to be Juno the Barn Owl and Hank the Hawk from Town and Country Falconry, based in Wiltshire. They were a perfect addition for our bridal shoot and certainly added a touch of magic.
Get the look:
Venue: On The Farm Celebrations, Manor Farm, Somerset, www.instagram.com/onthefarmcelebrations
Photography: Aimee Joy Photography, www.aimeejoy.com
Styling and flowers: A Touch of Wonder, www.atouchofwonder.co.uk
Props: Wedding and Event Prop Hire, www.weph.co.uk
Cake: The Macaroom, www.macaroom.co.uk
Stationery: Pastel Designs, www.pasteldesigns.co.uk
Wedding dresses: Chantelle Sophia, www.chantellesophia.com
Hair: Diamond Factory Make Up, www.instagram.com/diamond_factory_makeup
Make- up: Karina Scoffield MUA, www.instagram.com/karinascoffield_mua
Falconry: Town and Country Falconry, www.townandcountryfalconry.co.uk
Confetti: Shropshire Petals, www.shropshirepetals.co.uk
Models: Ashleigh Archer, www.instagram.com/ashlee_archer; Gemma Langdown, www.instagram.com/gemma.kellyy; Jasmine Branca; www.instagram.com/jasminebrancamusicuk