A romantic rustic wedding shoot with a pony

31 Jan 2018

Norfolk suppliers joined forces for this dreamy, rustic wedding shoot in the countryside

Photographer Sophie Elliott takes us behind the scenes of her boho wedding shoot, which featured stunning floral displays, dresses from Lucy Can’t Dance, and a dapper confetti pony called Jack.

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What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

I knew that I wanted to set up a styled shoot for the quiet off-season, but was initially unsure of what kind of theme to go for. I’d got in touch with a selection of local wedding suppliers to see if they’d be interested in collaborating, and was so thrilled when dressmaker Lucy Scragg of Lucy Can’t Dance responded to my email saying she’d love to. As her dresses are quite boho and alternative, that set the tone for the shoot. On the day, we shot at a beautiful rustic venue in rural Norfolk, The Keeper and the Dell, and aimed for an outdoorsy boho style with lots of flowers.

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

I’ve always wanted to shoot at The Keeper and The Dell as it’s such a unique venue. Surrounded by countryside and woodland, there are cabins, a barn, a lovely outdoor area and lots of eclectic decorations. It was the first venue I thought of to complement Lucy’s dresses.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

Our florist for the day was Katherine of Ivy Floral Events. She created the most beautiful flower crown for our model, Grace Appleby, featuring red, cream, green and berry tones, as well as a wild bouquet with trailing ribbons. She also made an amazing display for the balcony of the cabin, and a red and berry buttonhole that contrasted perfectly against our male model, Eto Badu’s, blue suit.  

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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?

As the style of the shoot was so boho and rustic, I worked with the hair and make-up artist, Brooke Thompson, to ensure that both models looked natural. Grace’s make-up consisted of smoky eyes, subtle pink lips and a hint of blush, and her hair was in a half-up half-down style to complement the flower crown.

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We shot with three dresses from Lucy Can’t Dance, two of which are from the new 2018 collection. The first dress featured leaf motif detailing and a subtle grey dip-dye, while the second dress had more of a palm leaf pattern with a grey slip worn underneath. The final dress, London Calling, was one I’d specifically asked Lucy to bring along as I love the beaded sleeves. The Vintage Suit Hire Company, who I’ve worked with before, provided the gorgeous Southwold blue suit for Eto, along with a Burford brown waistcoat and some brown brogues.

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

Jo and Emily from Little Jem Weddings very kindly came along to the shoot to style the venue with all sorts of beautiful rustic props. They absolutely transformed the bar area of the venue with crates, candles, wall decorations and glassware; it looked amazing. We based half of the photoshoot inside, within the barn and bar, and half of it outside on the Dell. For the final few shots of the day, before the sun began to set, I had brought along some purple smokebombs. When they were set off, they filled the Dell with dreamy purple smoke to create some incredible portraits. 

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What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?

The amazing Amber from Little A’s Cakery supplied us with two cakes for the photoshoot; one with a caramel drip and purple paint effect, and one with buttercream icing and sugar flowers. They both looked incredible, and worked perfectly against the brown brick background of the bar.

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Claire from Frog and Pencil created some stunning stationery to really help set the scene. From invitations to menus, the stationery featured hand-drawn illustrations with bold text. She had also brought along a unique hanging table plan made out of clear cubes that had been written on in white calligraphy, and filled with flowers.

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Finally, we asked Ali from The Garden Box if she would mind bringing her confetti pony, Jack Brock. Jack was full of character and was immediately the centre of attention upon his arrival. Carrying saddlebags decorated with some of Katherine’s flowers, he helped us to create some truly distinctive images.

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Get the look:

Photographer: Sophie Elliott
Models: Grace Appleby and Eto Badu
Venue: The Keeper and the Dell
Suit: Vintage Suit Hire Company
Dresses: Lucy Can’t Dance
Flowers: Ivy Floral Events
Cake: Little A’s Cakery
Stationery: Frog and Pencil
Venue styling: Little Jem Weddings
Hair and make-up: Brooke Thompson
Confetti Pony: Jack Brock from The Garden Box

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