A minimalist and rustic wedding shoot with DIY touches

20 May 2019

Combining the talents of several Norfolk-based wedding suppliers, this shoot showcases simple yet effective details

Organised by Jenny of J Foulds Photography and Emily Charlotte MUA, this Norfolk shoot transformed a blank canvas wedding venue into a beautiful setting for the big day. 

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

We wanted to create something to inspire modern couples and brides-to-be, while keeping the shoot current, practical and inclusive for all. There seems to be a growing trend in couples wanting to really create a unique wedding, with many choosing to go down the ‘do-it-yourself' (DIY) wedding route. Norfolk is a beautifully natural area filled with an abundance of flora and fauna, and we wanted to encapsulate this with a shoot designed to be natural, rustic, romantic with plenty of dusky pinks and mochas.

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

Glebe Farm Barn was the obvious choice for our styled bridal shoot, set in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. The venue is becoming an increasingly popular 'DIY' venue which offers something a little different to others. A blank canvas if you like, which allows couples to go wild with their imagination, giving them the freedom and flexibility to choose every element, and indeed supplier, of their day. It has a variety of different backdrops to work against – the barn is full of charm with exposed brick and beam and filled to the brim with twinkling fairy lights, while The Cow Shed is an open, lighter space where guests can roam and spend time outside on a summer’s evening.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

Ragged Robin Florist is an award-winning, highly experienced and very popular florist throughout Norfolk. We gave our brief to Anna, entrusting her to use her knowledge to create a masterpiece, and she instantly came up with the perfect combination.

She says: "Our style is wild and natural using a variety of textures. We achieved this look using fluffy astilbe, dainty astrantia and big and blousy roses and striking proteas which are becoming increasingly popular. Also in demand is lots of foliage and we used eucalyptus to create lighter green shades against the deep burgundy tones of the astrantia. Overall we wanted to keep a loose and flowing look, with pinks, burgundy and hints of lilac from the gorgeous 'memory lane' roses. All finished with grey Hessian ribbons."

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

Emily Charlotte MUA and Susan of Twist and Twine worked together on the make-up and hair respectively, combining the brief and their knowledge of current trends to create a natural, timeless look.

Make-up:

Emily says: “For model Cilla, I used: Charlotte Tilbury primer and Magic foundation, ABH brows, Charlotte Tilbury eye pencil in dark brown, Jordana Ticia base sparkle in Foxy, MAC mascara and falsh lashes, Hourglass highlighter, Nars blush. Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl lipstick and liner and Kiko fix spray. To complement Cilla’s warm skintone and to fit with the rustic theme, I gave Cilla a glowy golden eye look with brown hues”.

"For model Lauren, I used: Charlotte Tilbury primer, Armani Wonderglow foundation, Huda nude palette, Natasha Demona Lila palette, MAC liner, false lashes. ABH brows, Jordana Ticia blush, Pillow Talk liner and lipstick. I wanted to give her a more romantic look with dewy glowing skin, therefore opted to use pinks, golds and rose colours to fit the theme."

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Hair: 

Susan comments: “Cilla's hairstyle can be used for many themes and is versatile. It is a classic chignon with a twist - adding Dutch braids to feed into the chignon. The chignon can easily be put in place higher on the head too. Different hair ornaments can be used, and easily changed if you're looking to change your dress during your day. Here I have used the same flowers as were used in the bride's bouquet.

"Lauren's style is also very versatile. This is a French braid, braided around the head. On this occasion I continued to braid the length of the model's hair, then spiralled this to give the look of a flower bun on the side. This could easily be left to lay across the shoulder, braided or flat curled. I weaved gypsophila through the braid and added spiral decorative pins. Ribbons, flowers or other wedding ornaments could also be used."

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What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together? What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?

We wanted to dress the barn and The Cow Shed in different ways, to showcase what the spaces were really about and the fact you can be really adventurous and do more than one thing with this venue. Often couples have more than one vision for their perfect day, and here you can achieve multiple looks.

The Cow Shed was used as a light and airy space which housed a rustic, wooden arch draped with white linens to give off a boho vibe, complete with balloon, mixed brass candle holders, vintage crates and straw bales. The barn was stunning in itself, so we decided to accentuate its charm by complementing the fairy lights with a sea of romantic candles beneath a trestle table filled with foliage and florals – minimalist was the aim.

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For the stationery created by Katie K - Art & Illustration, personal touches were key as Katie explains: “When creating wedding stationery, I love to indulge in the details. Making it personal for each bride is paramount; the opportunity to bring your own vision to life is one of the true delights of commissioning a stationer.

"The flowers I depicted were wedding classics - David Austin roses, ranunculus, anemones and jasmine. I enjoy working with the bride to use flowers with beautiful meanings. The bouquet used here signifies grace, modesty and radiance."

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Get the look: 

Photography: J Foulds Photography
Venue: Glebe Farm Barn (Carleton Forehoe)
Floristry: Ragged Robin Florist
Stationery: Katie K - Art & Illustration
Make-up: Emily Charlotte Make-up Artist 
Hair: Twist & Twine Hair Design
Props: Wedding to Remember
Dresses: Dreams Bridal
Models: Lauren Reeve and Cilla Parry

For more Norfolk wedding inspiration, pick up the latest issue of Norfolk Bride magazine. 

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