An 'urban pagan' wedding shoot in Essex

13 Sep 2019

Deep, warm colours take centre stage while the pagan element adds a sense of magic and mystery in this autumnal wedding shoot

Inviting sustainable small businesses to take part, Jo Thorndike of floristry company V V Raven conceived the idea for this shoot which centres on an urban pagan theme. 

Jo says: "I am intrigued by Paganism and its close connection to Mother Nature and I wanted to use the atmospheric outbuildings to create a wedding photoshoot with a twist – and so the Urban Pagan theme was born. I was influenced by the romance of The Barns at Lodge Farm in Epping and the current state of dilapidation of some of the buildings. 

"I love to mix fresh and faux florals and used this shoot to show the advantage of using them together and how indistinguishable from each other that they can be. With a desire to promote British flowers and sustainability and with the location being a working arable farm, I chose to create a series of shoots called Celebration of the Seasons.

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"For autumn, we used all beautiful rich colour tones with dark furniture, gold stands and reflective candelabra and mirrored orange glass. We used oranges, greens, lots of ferns for texture and berries to create a wild and wonderful autumnal palette. Dried flowers and faux foliage were also used to add to the lush feel. Bowls of seedheads, feathers, twigs and small pumpkins were used to soften the tone."

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Cakes

Our cakes by Fifi's Cakery were influenced by green moss, wooden textures and the hidden jewel colours of autumn. The centrepiece cake was topped with an amazing beautiful hand-cut leaf by Death Rooms.

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Bridal looks

Ieva Genovesi Bridal began with warm, natural glowing make-up for the bride, enhancing her natural beauty and emphasising her best features: her eyes and lips. Long magical hair completed the look.

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For the second bride's look, a more glamorous aesthetic was achieved with vintage waves and strong eyeliner and deep lip colour. The hair and make-up of this bride served to complement her daring character and showed off her free spirit.

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The third bride represented darker autumn evenings, for the brides willing to go that extra mile to look different. Hair and make-up was more edgy with an off-green smokey eye and mauve matte lip colour. This matched the groom, who wore eyeliner and a burgundy suit. 

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Jewelled headdresses from Mr Mortimer's Wife and gemstones and molten metals for wedding bands and cuffs from Helen C Jewellery offered the finishing touch, including a showstopping feather headdress depicting a ship in stormy seas. 

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Stationery

Oops a Doodle added a moody, gothic twist to the traditional theme of autumnal leaves and colours, pairing dark leaf skeletons with a deep burgundy watercolour wash background and modern calligraphy with a 'scratchy' style.

To add luxury to the place names, freshly fallen autumn leaves in reds and oranges were collected and names handwritten in black and gold ink. 

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Props

Anthology Vintage Hire provided oak furniture in dark tones, a copper milk churn and a dark green sofa, while tableware and stands from Party Squared added to the autumnal tablescape. 

Hand cut Celtic-inspired sycamore leaf from The Deathrooms and a peacock and ostrich feather wreath from Plucking Fabulous offered further interesting details. 

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Get the look:

Concept, styling and floristry: V V Raven
Venue: Lodge Farm Barns
Photography: Markuza Photography
Videography: Maini London; CGI visual effects by Paul Jones VFX
Dresses: Bowen Dryden from Woburn Bridal
Cake: Fifi's Cakery
Tableware: Party Squared
Hair and make-up: Ieva Genovesi Bridal
Props: Anthology Vintage Hire
Stationery: Oops a Doodle
Jewelley: Helen C Walls Jewellery
Tiaras: Mr Mortimer's Wife
Crochet: Maria Hera Designs
Feathers: Plucking Fabulous
Hand-cut leaf: The Death Rooms
Models: Emma Johnson, Cathy Wilson, Ruta Sinari, Ben Cogan, Charles Tweed, Joshua Gould 

For more Essex wedding inspiration, browse the latest edition of Essex Bride magazine

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