Bohemian vibes meet autumnal splendour in this Kent wedding shoot

17 Aug 2021

Celebrating the re-opening of the wedding industry, a team of suppliers created this relaxed bohemian shoot with a nod to autumn

Hair and make-up artist Chloe Campbell shares the details of this styled shoot, conceived and achieved by a host of Kent and Sussex-based suppliers. 

The inspiration

The inspiration behind the shoot was to collaborate with local businesses in order for us all to showcase our talents after what has been a difficult 18 months for the wedding industry.

Once we found the location - The Oak Barn, Frame Farm, we drew inspiration from not only the venue's beautiful buildings, which seamlessly intertwine the old and the new, but also from its stunning surroundings. 

We also wanted to bring the outdoors inside with the beautiful flower arrangements and table dressing. A moment of inspiration during the shoot saw us also doing the reverse and dressing the jetty over the pond to create a beautiful area complete with an arch, rug, and pots.

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The venue

We picked this venue as it's comparatively new, allowing us to create something fresh and to showcase a newer business. Once we visited the venue prior to the shoot, we knew we had made the right decision. The beautiful barn has been impeccably renovated, with stunning exposed beams harmoniously making way for the new sleek glass doors and roaring free standing fire.

Opposite the barn are renovated cottages and an oast house, which provided us with somewhere to prep the models. As well as the impressive barn, The Oak Barn, Frame Farm boasts glorious countryside encircling the venue, along with its very own pond and jetty surrounded by beautiful wild flowers. A venue with so many different facets allowed us to be really creative with where we shot and the different layouts we could create.

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The flowers

A wedding day is a unique event. It's a day to be remembered forever. Flowers not only look pretty but they enhance the look of the venue, as well as adding that luxurious and special touch. Maya of Blooming Flair, which covers Kent, Sussex and London, created this bohemian style by incorporating dried and preserved grass and leaves with some fresh and beautiful flowers such as peonies, shimmer roses and carnations. 

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The hair and make-up

Hair and make-up is something that requires fluidity. I approached the shoot with no specific looks in mind, instead choosing to meet the models, taking into account their features and looks in order to create something which really allowed their natural beauty to shine through. This is something that I apply to real weddings and all my clients; I like to create bespoke looks that will really suit each individual, celebrating their own unique faces and attributes.

I have always been a fan of glowing radiant make-up, so for the skin I decided to use products with a dewy sheer finish to create the illusion of healthy glowing skin. The colour palettes for the eyeshadow drew inspiration from the autumnal tones in the flower arrangements. I used warm coppers, golds, browns, pinks and apricots to really bring a warmth to the overall make-up look.

For the hair I worked with one of the model's natural curl, giving it the space to really sing, by pinning it slightly and allowing the rest to tumble in its own natural way. For the other hairstyle I choose a classic low up-do, a style which is always very popular and suits most hair types.

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The dresses

For the dresses we chose items that were elegant but at the same time relaxed. We wanted to dress the models in garments which would encourage the freedom of movement. This not only fit with the relaxed boho feel of the shoot, but to also allowed for the models to pose and walk about the venue freely. This was particularly helpful when shooting at the pond and in the impressive log barn.

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The décor

As with all the elements of the shoot, each supplier had complete creative control over their own area of expertise. The flowers and dressing of the venue were no exception and it's thanks to Maya and Lily of Love Lily Lending's hard work that everything looked so beautiful.

Together they created something that truly fitted in with the surroundings; lots of foliage and flowers brought the natural beauty of our surroundings into every photo regardless of where they were shot. The warm tones of the bouquets were present in the rugs and drapes that Lily used, and the relaxed whimsical vibe was present in the chairs and other props used as well as the quirky boho feel.

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The accessories

We had some beautiful jewellery loaned from an independent designer, IJ Avenue, which included pearls and gold chains to add a touch of glamour and a classic bridal quality to our shoot, as well as finishing all the looks. In addition to this, we also had a beautiful veil provided by the bridal shop. Hair was accessorised with fresh flowers that the florist, Maya, had wired together, enabling them to be delicately placed in the hair - tying in with the rest of the flower arrangements.

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Get the look: 

Photography: Toby Shaw Photography
Venue: The Oak Barn, Frame Farm
Dresses: Claire De Lune Bridal
Hair and make-up: Chloe Campbell
Jewellery: IJ Avenue
Venue dressing: Love Lily Lending
Flowers: Blooming Flair
Vintage accessories: Village Vintage
Models: Francesca Fleur and Jacasya Townend

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