Behind the scenes: Bride Magazine cover photo shoot at Ha Ha Farm, Norfolk
17 Dec 2021
A carefree and creative wedding style took centre stage in this photo shoot at Ha Ha Farm in Norwich, which focused on sustainability
Ethically made dresses and eco-conscious details were the stand-out features of this autumn-inspired bohemian photo shoot at Ha Ha Farm in Norwich, Norfolk. Featured on the cover and in the 2022 edition of Norfolk & Suffolk Bride magazine, this open-air wedding set-up was achieved by a host of Norfolk-based suppliers. Here's how they did it...
Props and styling
“A real theme in our work is sustainable sourcing and the reduction of single serve items, so all of the props you can see in the shoot are pre-loved items, repurposed from their old life to rentable wedding props that can be enjoyed time and time again.
“This is a theme we try to bring through as much as possible in our styling, championing concepts and themes that utilise the direct environment. We use local, foraged, repurposed, pre-loved and sustainably sourced and manufactured components as well as local expert suppliers to create the desired look, and we have less impact on the planet as a result.” Daisy Bonham, Smoke and Wildwood
“What a wonderful opportunity to work with such creative and like-minded people. In addition to creating new bespoke shoes, I have a parallel passion for giving new life to shoes that would otherwise end up in landfill. It was such a pleasure to be able to showcase some of these in the shoot, affirming its thoughtful perspective of caring for the environment.
“As the theme was natural and unconventional, this was a wonderful chance to include ankle boots and trainers as well as coloured shoes, which are becoming increasingly popular among brides who love to express their own personality.” Emily Jupp, Milly J Shoes
“I really enjoyed being a part of such a wonderful team for this styled shoot. I created two looks for each model, keeping the make-up similar to each other, but still making sure I showed off each model's uniqueness. I went for soft natural looks to enhance both models' own natural beauty so as not to detract from the stunning dresses. I used only the best in vegan and cruelty-free make-up products and professional techniques, and both models looked radiant and so elegant as a result." Emma Burgess, Brunetti Artistry
“Ha Ha Farm is a Norfolk wedding venue on a working farm, and is the perfect backdrop to host your rustic and festival-style wedding. Featuring natural woodland at the edge of a large flat lawn in front of an impressive barn, Ha Ha Farm allows couples to design and create their own space both indoors and out.
“We were extremely honoured to host this fantastic shoot, as we knew it would showcase our enchanting venue and inspire couples to let loose their inner bohemian. We wanted to show Ha Ha Farm’s breath-taking backdrop of oak and ash trees, and panoramic views over the rolling Norfolk countryside.
“The barn offers a rustic backdrop for your wedding breakfast and dance floor, with high ceilings to hang ambient lighting, and we were also able to use this space for the shoot. You can even include animals at your wedding at Ha Ha Farm, so we were delighted to welcome Jack Brock the confetti pony on the day.” Amy Kearton, events manager, Ha Ha Farm
“When I visited the venue a few days before the shoot it was basking in sunshine, so when the black clouds loomed above on the day of the shoot, followed by an almighty downpour, I anticipated a bit of a challenge. I need not have been concerned, however, because the energy and enthusiasm from all the other suppliers meant we pooled all of our individual creativity to make the best of the day ahead.
“I set up my studio lights inside the huge barn and within minutes, mini ‘sets’ had been created by Daisy of Curious Club, including a wonderful straw bale wall inset with string lights.
“With the camera card rapidly filling up, later in the afternoon it was hands on deck again to pick up the petals for yet another confetti shot. Thanks so much to our wonderful models, Vanessa and Lauran, for their professionalism and utter gorgeousness.” Mary Doggett, ETT Photography
“Coccolino has been selling gorgeous children's occasionwear, accessories, gifts and more for the past 15 years and all our ranges are ethicall–y sourced.
“The children models looked beautiful in their outfits. Bunny modelled one of our beautiful smock dresses, Bertie wore a boys’ buster suit and baby Isabella wore a traditional occasion dress – all by Sarah Louise Clothing, a traditional English brand. All the outfits are available from the Coccolino website.” Dorothy Thompson, Coccolino
“We relished the opportunity to participate in this shoot and work alongside the other amazing suppliers. Floral arrangements were brought to life with vibrant colours in a seasonal theme, incorporating delicate table displays in crystal vases, striking bridal bouquets and breath-taking pillar backdrops.
“Our aim was to create exceptional floristry work with a cosy and warm feel throughout by using rich burgundies, romantic reds and deep green tones along with dazzling oranges and creams. Personal touches were added with single flower plate settings and delicate hair flowers. It was a great venue to showcase our work.” Hannah Jarvis, Fern Flowers
“Being a part of a shoot that embodied all things ethical really was amazing. The ethos was about feeling calm and carefree. I chose dresses that were relaxed in design but also ethically made within the pattern cutting, minimal waste approach and re-used fabric.
“The featured dresses focus on buttery soft crepes and silky satins, easy-to-wear styles, and complete comfort. All suppliers manifested the effortlessness and relaxed vibe, which I could then mirror with an airy feel to the gowns. Each gown has been carefully handmade with the modern bride in mind.” Evie Maskrey, Naya Bridal
Above: 'River' dress, £455, Noa top (part of a two-piece), £459, from Naya Bridal
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Above: 'Nahla' gown, £595, from Naya Bridal
“I wanted to create hairstyles that suited an outdoor autumnal wedding. I decided on a half-up style with twists and loose curls to offer a relaxed, flowing and bohemian feel, which suited the stunning flower crowns.
“The second style was a beautiful loose low bun. I kept it very natural, leaving little tendrils of hair escaping at the back and around the face to soften it. A bun is a great style with which to add accessories, and fresh flowers are always a winner for a boho wedding.” Lisa Smith, Lisa Marie Hair
Jack Brock, confetti pony
“Working alongside such talented creative people is always a pleasure. Jack certainly brings some entertainment to photo shoots, especially when the weather turned and we had to all move indoors; he raided our packed lunches and the children’s apples. My children, Bunny and Bertie, were models for the day and loved it. Coccolino works with exceptional designers and the quality of clothes is very impressive; we are big fans.
“Mary, the photographer, was so engaging and encouraging, which is essential when working with little ones and animals. The barn at Ha Ha Farm has great light for photos, even on the dreariest of days. It is always a pleasure to work with Bride magazine and meet such an eclectic mix of raw talent. Ali Stearn, owner of Jack Brock the confetti pony
Photography: ETT Photography
Shot on location at: Ha Ha Farm
Dresses: Naya Bridal
Shoes: Milly J Shoes
Hair: Lisa Marie Hair
Make-up: Brunetti Artistry
Flowers: Fern Flowers
Props and styling: Smoke and Wildwood
Confetti pony: Jack Brock
Models: Lauran Moakes and Vanessa Waller
Child models: Bunny Stearn, Bertie Stearn and Isabella Rayner
See the photo shoot in all it glory in the 2022 edition of Norfolk & Suffolk Bride magazine, OUT NOW.