Celebrate the joys of spring with this seasonal shoot which contrasts a springtime wedding theme with the winter snow
Laura Clifford, owner of The Rustic Dresser, and a host of Wiltshire-based suppliers share their styled shoot to inspire couples looking to create a springtime wedding set-up.
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
Springtime always holds such promise when you know it’s just round the corner. The wonderful light, colours and the burst of bright flowers that suddenly pop up are so uplifting and you know you’re finally coming out of winter. The possibilities and things to look forward to start to flood in and so we thought there’s no better backdrop to use. After all, weddings are about a new union, a new chapter in your life and a new adventure...a little bit like spring.
Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen
The lovely ladies of Twigs and Twine had worked at The Gathering Barn in Warminster before on a couple of weddings and so always had it in mind as the location for the shoot. It’s a fairly new venue that Sarah, the owner, has transformed from former horse sheds and it is truly stunning.
The warm atmosphere it generates is something that money just can’t buy. Sarah has managed to turn it into not only a venue but has added the most incredible fixtures, fittings and locally sourced furniture so that the whole place just invites you to come on in and make yourself at home.
It worked really well for the shoot as it had lots of rooms to choose from, therefore providing ample opportunities to create pockets of décor here and there and to showcase all the endless possibilities it had to offer.
What did you choose for the flower arrangements?
Twigs and Twine: We used mostly spring flowers and, of course, British ones wherever possible for the start of February. We incorporated tulips, scented narcissus, veronica, antirrhinums, roses, ammi, sunflowers, tanecetum, daisies, craspedia balls, eucalyptus and some asparagus fern for some soft natural texture.
We hand-dyed our own Habotai silk with blackberries and once all placed together created the most amazing spring meadow feel with lots of interest and depth. The aim was to create a gorgeous romantic feel and combining eucalyptus (which is bang on trend at the moment) with the grey achieved this look and just softened the yellow.
We wanted to create this really wild feel in the ceremony space with our meadow boxes that had the beautiful willow arch appearing to grow out of them. We love this outdoors/indoors look and we always enjoy working with Jo Sadler and her stunning sculptures.
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up and outfits for the bride and groom?
Heather Alexandra Beauty & Bridal Make Up: My brief was a fresh, spring look. So, taking one key colour from the style palette, I chose to apply ochre yellow to the bride's eyes. Paired with flawless skin and a beautiful nude lip, the whole looked merged perfectly with the tailored suite, florals and styling.
Suave Owl: The groom's Marc Darcy Scott Blue navy suit was the perfect choice for the shoot as it not only complemented the bridal bouquet, buttonhole and the fabrics of the dress, but we felt it would also set him apart in his own right.
What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?
The Rustic Dresser: We wanted it to be sympathetic to the venue, for it to enhance the gorgeous stone walls in the barn but to also ensure that whatever décor we did use was accessible and available for other couples to recreate for their own wedding day. The brief was 'spring' but we didn’t want to just stick to the obvious colour palettes such as yellow and green so we incorporated greys and mustards through the fabrics, used black candle holders, grey candles and dark wooden plates to add a more natural element. This complemented the incredible wild, meadow flowers. To tie it all in together, we used the same coloured fabrics on all other pockets of décor.
What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?
The Rustic Dresser: Giant barrels were used as the 'legs' of our table and our barn door was the top. We wanted to show couples that you don’t have to have a trestle table with a cloth if you don’t want to. The venue is full of beautiful wood and stone so why not incorporate that into the décor.
We used lots of fabrics and hand-dyed ribbon at any given opportunity (a big thanks to A Boat Full of Wool and The Silver Cake for these), which not only helped to soften the straight lines of the walls but to also tie in all areas of décor to create a cohesive look.
Jo Sadler’s willow arches and hoops added another textural element and provided such intrigue and interest that it made you want to go over and touch everything. After all, isn’t this what styling and décor is all about? To be touched with, played with, interacted with, but most of all enjoyed.
Get the look:
Styling and props: The Rustic Dresser
Venue: The Gathering Barn
Photography: Ryan Goold Photography
Flowers: Twigs and Twine Floral Design
Willow hoops/arches: Jo Sadler Willow Artist
Cake: The Silver Cake
Stationery: Victoria Blum Calligraphy
Ribbon: A Boat Full Of Wool
Catering: Country Plate Catering
Drinks: Bar Noir
Groom's suit: Suave Owl
Edible flowers: Incredible Edible Flowers
Hair: Brothers & Sisters
Make-up: Heather Alexandra
Bride's dress: ASOS
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