Autumn Love: a micro wedding styled shoot in Devon
22 Oct 2020
This styled shoot mixes dreamy boho and rustic styles in an elegant way
Photography: Freeformimages Photography
Centred around creating a stunningly styled ‘micro wedding’, Autumn Love was a gorgeous blend of dreamy boho and rustic styles; with gorgeous blooms, lush foliage, soft candlelight, and was elegantly paired back and pretty.
Nestled in a secluded picturesque valley in North Devon, a wedding at Westcott Barton will always inspire and enchant. It gives a wonderful a sense of stepping into a world of its own, which is peaceful and carefree. Set within its own private estate of beautiful gardens, woodlands, lakes and meandering stream, Westcott offers a stunning venue for weddings and receptions. Both the Function Barn and Orangery, which overlooks the beautiful gardens were the perfect backdrop. Set within its own private estate of 95 acres, the beautiful two-acre gardens are traditional and formal but this is balanced with a sense of peace and romantic florals and lush planting. Once outside the garden gates the countryside valley follows the meandering stream through ponds, ancient tracks, woodland and hilly pastures. Westcott Barton really is the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding.
The bridal look - the dress, hair and make-up
The bridal look and style was brought to life by the Prudence wedding gown from Bianco Evento, and supplied by award winning boutique, Always & Forever Bridal. It was the perfect gown for our Autumn Love wedding, featuring delicate polka dot lace sleeves, a sheer lace bodice and a floaty tulle skirt. The hint of sheer lace and polka dot sleeves allows a bride to cover up for a crisp autumn day wedding while keeping a soft romantic feel and the light tulle skirt layers float dreamily in gentle autumnal breezes.
With a stunning mane of red flowing hair, Vera K Hair wanted to keep the bride’s hair as soft and natural as possible: "I felt the hair was beautiful in itself, but added just a hint of interest at the back. I was working with a stunning flower crown made by Fuss Pots, and wanted to complement this by keeping the hair quite soft. I created some natural waves and combined three fishtail plaits that intwined into each other.”
For the Bridal make-up, Isabelle Grace Makeup Artistry added warmth to make the bride’s eyes pop while complementing the rich autumnal tones incorporated in the flower crown: “Her lips were kept soft, a rich stain as opposed to a defined statement lip, and cheeks just a flush of colour, steering away from anything too current."
The bridesmaid’s dress was chosen to complement our inspired Autumn Love feeling. It is a beautifully soft wrap style with a flutter neck detail that flatters every shape, and keeps shoulders covered in those crisp autumnal breezes. We chose the dark rich colour Evergreen to complement the styling and lush foliage. The dress is by Bill Levkoff (in style no. 7112), and was also supplied by Always & Forever Bridal. It is also available in 32 different colour shades easily suiting any season or theme.
The jewellery & bridesmaid’s hair comb
Her work always taking inspiration from the wild beauty of nature, the styling of Autumn Love and the surroundings of Westcott Barton were wonderfully inspiring for Bee Lavish. “I found it allowed for a blend of styles and several different items for accessories and jewellery. From the dark rich green moss agate and gold jewellery worn by our lovely bridesmaid, tying into the deep green foliage, and her petite hair comb featuring ferns with tiny labradorite gems and pearls...to the gold and pearl necklace and boho style fern hoop earrings, which mirrored the pearls and labradorite gems worn by our gorgeous bride."
Our groom was wearing a classic Marc Darcy three-piece suit, with handsome and natural, neutral colouring. This featured autumnal tones to complement both the groom himself, and the Autumn Love theme and wedding styling. The Marc Darcy suit was supplied by men’s fashion boutique, Suave Owl.
Nixie James-Scott was the celebrant for this beautiful ‘micro wedding’. Nixie felt “fabulous to be part of such a great team for this rich, luscious autumnal shoot, celebrating love and beauty. I chose to include a handfasting ceremony, which also has a rich tradition in many cultures, plus the visual symbolism of joining couples together in their marriage. It always feels such a privilege to help couples create their own unique ceremony.”
Rings are very symbolic and so important in a wedding, so it was only fitting to ask The Molten Wedding Rings Co. to provide us with the stunning wedding bands used on the shoot. Lovingly made, a beautiful golden band was the thoughtful choice, and complemented the styling.
Best Day Ever designed and styled our Autumn Love theme. They used fabrics to add the natural colour tones of our palette, which flowed out from the dark green of the foliage.
For the wedding breakfast setting, table runners created a wonderfully natural, yet luxurious feel to the table setting, and these gently contrasted with the natural wood of the tables and chairs. Gold cutlery and gold tealight holders were used to bring in luxurious elements and to reflect the warm tones of autumn colouring, along with gorgeous fresh apples.
To add to the ambience of the barn dining area and provide an additional layer of dimension we also used candlelight, on the table setting and using Westcott’s own wall mounted candle sconces. This created all around soft lighting, warm luxury, and framed the top table in a unique way.
Outside our co-ordinating, handmade arch framed the bride, groom and celebrant with elegant ease in front of the cosy sheep skin wrapped benches in the midst of Westcott’s beautiful gardens.
While in the Orangery the glass of sparkling chandeliers nestled elegantly in the midst of their natural grape vine foliage leading the eye down to the feast of glorious colours of the sharing platters by Jax’s Cakes n Bakes, and the charm of the delicious rustic themed wedding cake.
Added layers of hurricane lanterns were used both inside and out, weaving the theme together alongside macrame from the talented Knot Again Jill. The whole setting is just perfect for a backdrop macrame, within the separate beautiful barn, simple style of the relaxed orangery and beautiful gardens. "I created a large macrame hanging on a naturally weathered piece of local driftwood, which looked great in the barn, and we also used a table runner, macrame jars, and incorporated a small hanging for the table plan. The combination of these amazing suppliers working together created a truly special shoot that I am so proud to have been a part of."
Small leafy green trees and peachy blooms styled in a mix of natural baskets and urns, gently swayed either side of Westcott Barton’s barn doors setting the theme inside the barn itself, and giving a hint of the autumnal colour palette used in the bride’s bouquet and on the celebration arch in the garden. Fuss Pots used a mix of beautiful ivy and twisted hazel were styled in long vines along the table runner, complemented by Best Day Ever’s styling of earthy brown vases, soft feathers and fresh apples from Westcott Barton’s own grounds.
A stunning blend of chrysanthemum, large bloom roses, grasses, orange fire thorn berries, dried bunny tail grasses and scabiosa pods, seasonal flowers, and foliage were used in the bride and bridesmaid’s bouquets, the groom’s buttonhole and adorned both the celebration arch, and the bride’s glorious floral crown. Even the confetti was hand-picked, dried and lovingly made for this shoot. rose, delphinium and lady’s mantle were the choice of confetti petal and the soft scents were perfect for the intimate garden ceremony.
“Focusing on the rich autumnal colours of the flowers, venue and grounds as the starting point for this stationery suite, I wanted to capture a contemporary twist on the boho feel. Using bold fonts, layouts and shapes while lending a more delicate hand to the watercolour foliage details. The mixture of hand painted ferns were inspired by the beautiful gardens at Westcott Barton and complementing the ferns used in the jewellery pieces, and rich green of the bridesmaid’s dress.”
The catering & wedding cake
"Sharing platters are very on trend and they are perfect for a socially distanced wedding. With each table bubble receiving their own platter, a mix of a savoury and dessert, or keeping them separate. Something for everyone, from cured meats and cheeses, to homemade brownies and donuts. For the cake, to keep with the rustic charm of the barn, I created a semi naked sponge with chocolate drips, macaroons and added fresh flowers from Fuss Pots.”
The Fizzy Pheasant is a bar hire company rooted in the North Devon countryside and celebrating rural life: "the changing seasons are always incredibly inspiring for us. Being part of the Autumn Love shoot, was an amazing opportunity to showcase our shaker bar in a beautiful barn setting, as well as to make some delicious cocktails with seasonal flavours and ingredients. The 'pop up' shaker bar in its warm dove grey finish fitted perfectly with the autumnal tones and styling of the shoot, and sank into its stone barn surroundings as if it had always been there.
Our autumn cocktails fitted in perfectly with the spectacular grazing table and beautiful cake by Jax's Cakes n Bakes, creating a true autumnal celebration spread! We used blackberries, pears and fresh herbs bring the flavours of fall to life. During the day the elegant styling of the bar enhances and complements any wedding space, and in the evening, the backlighting and cocktail shaking draws wedding guests over - and that's when the party can really get started!"
Steal Their Style
Venue: Westcott Barton
Photography: Freeformimages Photography
Dresses: Always and Forever Bridal
Make-up: Isabelle Grace Make up Artistry
Bridal Hair: Vera K
Bridal accessories & jewellery: Bee Lavish
Stationery: Emma Louise Castle
Celebrant: Unique Ceremonies
Floristry & confetti: Fuss Pots
Cake & Catering: Jax's Cakes n Bakes
Groom’s attire: Suave Owl
Rings: Molten Wedding Ring Company
Bar: The Fizzy Pheasant
Models: Megan Louise, Shane Maddock, Cat Richards-Kastelic