A woodland boho wedding shoot in Oxfordshire

09 May 2018

Cat Stephens Photography takes us behind the scenes of her latest shoot which sought inspiration from the great outdoors and drew on the talents of Cotswold-based wedding suppliers

The woodland boho wedding trend is still going strong, but there is still potential to modernise it even more. Cat Stephens Photography tells us how. 

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

The inspiration was to find new and unique suppliers as well as put a new and modern twist on the classic woodland boho theme.

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

The venue was chosen for being such a flexible space. Worton Hall in Oxfordshire is a really good, big space that provides a blank space for any event. There is also so many other spaces, with a Grade II listed 10-bedroom farmhouse that has a huge conservatory on both sides which is amazing light for getting ready. We also knew right from the start we wanted to create some great dark and moody shots with the beautiful lake backdrop.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

The flower arrangements were all about the feathers. We wanted the pheasant feathers to remain the strongest theme throughout and then provide lots of different variations to hopefully provide some inspiration for brides-to-be. The bride's bouquet was a simple hand-tied hydrangea bouquet dotted with berries and feathers. For the bridesmaid we chose the on-trend flower hoop – again with the feathers being the key element. For the table arrangements, the main focus was the natural wood and moss, dotted with soft peonies to add a feminine touch among the feathers.

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

Woodland boho with a modern twist was the brief. Once again, the feathers had to remain prominent, so we were so lucky to find Hedgehunter who hand-made the headpiece and buttonhole which really helped tie the bride and groom into the theme. All too often the theme looks amazing across the décor and details, but the actual bride and groom can be difficult to incorporate. The hair and make-up team did amazingly well to create some unique designs. The bride’s hair was beautiful and really set off her headpiece.

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

We wanted to bring the outdoors in. The logs and moss created such a statement on each table, but especially on the top table with that huge branch. There have been log slices around for a long time and we wanted to take that one step further. All the details were tied together with the use of natural pheasant feathers which bought a lovely soft touch to the harsh wood while still maintaining the woodland theme.

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

As well as the feathers and natural wood and moss being used to create this look (in the form of handmade wreaths, candle holders, place name holders, and the bride's headpiece), other accessories included the beautiful woodland inspired jewellery from Lucy Sylvester. We tried to incorporate nature and woodland into every detail wherever possible to make sure the theme stayed strong throughout.

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Get the look: 

Photography: Cat Stephens Photography
Venue: Worton Hall, Witney
Hair and make-up: Blushing Brides Hair and Make Up
Cake: L & E Cakecraft
Dress: Mae Bridal
Styling, floral arrangements and doughnut cart: Delightful Venues
Flower wall and magic mirror: DDWES
Balloons: Once Upon A Balloon
Bridesmaid dress and groom's outfit: Blossom Bridal
Headpiece and buttonhole: Hedgehunter Crafts
Stationery: Hawthorne & Ivory
Jewellery: Lucy Sylvester Jewellery

For more Cotswold wedding inspiration, pick up the latest edition of Cotswold Bride magazine. 

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