A romantic and rustic shoot in the Cotswolds

11 Dec 2020

This styled shoot focuses on natural and rustic elements and how you can incorporate them into an elegant wedding  

Photography: Suzy Elizabeth Photography 


The inspiration 
The inspiration behind the shoot was to showcase the rustic and elegant Merriscourt barns in the picturesque Cotswold countryside. I really wanted to create a beautifully soft and romantic shoot in a rustic barn wedding venue. 


Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen 
Merriscourt is a beautiful and quintessentially Cotswolds wedding venue. It is rustic and elegant at the same time and is surrounded by the most beautiful grounds and stunning gardens. I chose this venue for the shoot as I felt it had a beautiful charm and it did not disappoint. The grounds of Merriscourt provided an array of different backdrops, all equally beautiful, which resulted in the most perfect couples' portraits. 


What did you choose for the flower arrangements? 
Sue from Bramble and Belle was given the brief and on the day delivered a beautiful selection of cream and blush flowers, made up of roses, hydrangeas phlox, astilbe, scabious and ammi. She created a beautiful selection and variety of table flowers, the larger displays were arranged in gold vases with smaller arrangements scattered around the table for a real luxurious look.


What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom? 
I really wanted make-up to be subtle and elegant. We were just coming out of lockdown and make-up artists were not allowed back to work yet so our model did her own. I asked for natural to be in keeping with the elegant theme and a bit of drama on the eyes so they would pop in the photos.   


Debbie created a beautifully soft and elegant updo to match the theme and the dress. She chose a relaxed and loose chignon and it was adorned with elegant hair pins, provided by Rachel, for a real wow factor.


The dress, provided by Cynthia, was a handmade two-piece skirt and strappy summery top to create the look of one effortless, fun, wedding dress to match the personality of the bride and groom and also the warm blush tones of the colour scheme. The dress was called Pearl and was named after her aunt. 


Alex from The Cotswold Tailor supplied a gorgeous lightweight tweed suit from Yorkshire made Moon tweed, this is exclusive to their store. A tailored leg resulted in a more contemporary look and the groom wore a matching Liberty print tie and face mask in keeping with the theme.


What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together? 
Merriscourt has a beautifully light and elegant barn which we used for our tablescape set up. We used glass and tableware from Vintage Gold China with colours that tied in with the colour scheme perfectly. Lynda Athey supplied luxurious cream, sage, gold and blush stationery for the table settings and flowers and candles set off the look perfectly. The overall result was a luxurious, warm and elegant tablescape. 


Iced Delights provided us with a beautiful and elegant three-tier wedding cake.  It had gentle embossing on the top and bottom tier, with handmade sugar ranunculus and roses.  For added romance they added falling petals from the flowers. They also created accompanying cakesicles, hand decorated with piped chocolate flowers and foliage, in keeping with the theme and colour scheme.


What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why? 
Rachel Sokhal provided us with adornments which truly resonated with the romance and elegance of the shoot. Her ‘Clara’ headpiece in beautiful rose gold with coordinating jewellery perfectly enhanced the wonderful hair styling and exquisite bridal gown.

Steal Their Style 
Photography: Suzy Elizabeth Photography   
Styling: Joanna Wilford Wedding & Event Planning   
Venue: Merriscourt   
Bridal gown:  Cynthia Grafton Holt   
Menswear: The Cotswold Tailor
Hair: Debbie Mac Hair & Make-up Artist   
Jewellery: Rachel Sokhal Accessories  
Stationery: Lynda Loves
Flowers: Bramble and Belle   
Cake: Iced Delights Cakes   
Glass and tableware: Vintage Gold ChinaTable to Dine For    
Model: @darth_cydious  


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