Organic glamour meets industrial chic; a bridal shoot in the countryside
19 Jul 2017
Fusing rustic and industrial elements for a country-glamour vibe, this stunning bridal shoot showcases how to celebrate the great outdoors
A host of Somerset suppliers came together to offer their services and achieve this awe-inspiring bridal shoot at Cott Farm in Somerset. Here, the owner of the venue, Becca Seyfried, shares the finer details behind the photographs.
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
The shoot was inspired by the venue, Cott Farm – a barn on a farm in rural Somerset. The theme combined elements from a traditional English country wedding with urban and industrial accessories. Straw bales, log slices and country garden flowers were interspersed with precious metals and geometric coppers and an abundance of greenery.
Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen.
The Barn at Cott Farm retains a rustic and informal charm with its fairy-lit wooden beams, handmade tables and apple crate bar. This newly-renovated venue also offers wedding guests style and comfort with luxury loos and plenty of pretty outside space, including a campsite with glamping in furnished bell tents. The styled shoot captures beautifully these balances between rustic and chic, indoor and outdoor, organic and industrial.
What did you choose for the flower arrangements and styling?
Inside, the barn is adorned with greenery on the tables and even above them, with a statement feature of cascading foliage suspended from the fairy-lit wooden beams. Traditional ivory table runners and gold candelabras are laced with on-trend statement copper geometrics and leafy foliage runners to create a lavish modern style, dripping with natural charm.
The statement top table centerpiece and the aisle décor outside emulate the bride’s bouquet, all teaming with greenery, blush pinks and ivories. The botanical theme is continued through the wedding stationery, while the literal icing on the (wedding) cake is crystallised detailing, perfecting the country-glamour theme.
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride?
The bride's soft pink make-up and half-up loose waved hairstyle complements the natural theme, while the bridal gown balances millennial and classic, with a soft blush interior, intricate detailing and plunging v-neck.
What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?
Photographer Emma-Jane says: "I love to incorporate my background in fashion photography when shooting weddings by adding stronger elements and unusual backdrops to traditional wedding scenes. For example, the couple balancing on the logs gave a more intense look. And who can resist a yellow field as a background... much to our groom's discomfort due to hayfever. The venue, with its rustic origins and modern twists, plus the glamping field, was ideal for a relaxed and natural shoot. The infusion of greenery with copper and gold tones gave a beautiful, harmonising palette."
Get the look:
Venue: Cott Farm, http://cottfarmwedding.co.uk/
Photography & artistic direction: Emma-Jane Lewis, www.emma-janephotography.co.uk
Concept design: Rebecca Grainger, www.goldilocksmarketing.co.uk, and Emma-Jane Lewis, www.emma-janephotography.co.uk
Floral design & styling: Suzy Cage, www.bloomingdivine.co.uk
Venue styling: Jennifer Kenn of Setting the Scene, www.facebook.com/settingthesceneevethire
Stationery: Tree Of Hearts, www.treeofhearts.co.uk
Wedding cakes: Naomi Simon, www.planitcake.co.uk
Models: Rhiann and Jordan at Macduff Models, www.macduffmodels.co.uk
Hair: Stacey Jade Hairdressing, www.staceyjade.co.uk
Make-up: Katy Pheiffer, www.bridalmakeupbykaty.co.uk