A 'back to nature' bridal shoot in the heart of the Somerset countryside

09 Nov 2018

Hannah from Bridal Reloved, in Somerset, talks us through how her interest in Hygge inspired a rather unique outdoor bridal shoot

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

I had recently become very interested in the concept of Hygge, an appreciation of nature and happiness in spending time with others and cosiness. On reading more about Hygge I thought it would be the perfect theme for a styled shoot. Marriage is about two people deeply in love, content in the company of each other and radiating happiness.  

We wanted to create a set-up that couples could look at, feel inspired by and set out to achieve something similar. 

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

I wanted the venue to be very rustic, while also ensuring it was a venue that real life couples could choose. The Old Summer Dairy was perfect. Set in the gorgeous Somerset countryside, boasting unspoilt views, it features a circle of bell tents and open wooden structures. For much of the year it is a glamping destination, but the site does also offer weddings. 

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

Our bride’s bouquet was truly stunning, Lorna’s use of roses, cotton branches, lotus heads and eucalyptus foliage gave a rustic, autumnal feel while being full of texture. I loved the addition of pheasant feathers, they gave a real sense that these things had been recently foraged and lovingly put together. 

Our groom’s buttonhole also consisted of cotton heads. 

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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?

We selected a very natural look for the hair and make-up; we wanted a bride who was effortless but beautiful. The make-up artist used autumnal tones for eyes and lips while the hair featured relaxed curls and a half-up style to give more softness to the look.

The dress was by Paloma Blanca and featured a satin bodice which contrasts with the handkerchief skirt. This chiffon skirt creates so much texture and movement, it was perfect for our bride particularly in an outdoors setting as it doesn’t have a large train.

Our groom wore a navy suit complete with tweed waistcoat for texture and burgundy tie to complement the autumnal tones. 

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

We were keen not to have too much décor. The bell tents were a perfect backdrop for much of the shoot. Hygge is about simplicity, therefore our focus was on the use of candlelight and the inclusion of books, cushions and blankets for cuddling up together. The bench was set up for a romantic meal for two, a few sprigs of foliage adorned the table - continuing the minimalist but natural feel of the shoot. 

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Get the look: 

Photography: Kerry Murray Photography, www.kerrymurrayphoto.com
Venue: Old Summer Dairy, www.oldsummerdairy.co.uk
Dresses: Bridal Reloved Street, www.bridalreloved.co.uk
Floristry: Luce Loves Flowers, www.lucelovesflowers.co.uk
Styling, props & calligraphy: Apple and Bramble Event, www.appleandbramble.co.uk
Hair: Pure Hairdressing
Make-up: In Harmony Street, www.inharmonybeauty.co.uk
Models: Lucy Crane and Joel Capes

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