An intimate styled shoot proving small can be beautiful

09 Oct 2020

This styled shoot should inspire those planning a small, intimate ceremony and is perfect for those who want a destination wedding – but without the travel restrictions 

Photography: VLA Photography      Concept: Rosie Hart 


What was the inspiration behind the shoot? 
The inspiration behind this shoot was to remind couples that love hasn’t been cancelled, and despite the pandemic altering wedding plans, they can still have an unforgettable day, no matter how big or small. With everything that's been going on at the moment, we wanted to showcase a small intimate, outdoor ceremony, with a hint of summer glow: a sense of 'destination wedding' without the travel and current restrictions. 


Tell us a little about the venue and why it was chosen 
Gate Street Barn is a beautiful venue in the secluded setting of the Surrey hills. It has so much to offer, including; a stunning oak beam barn, woodlands, onsite accommodation, an orangery, a pheasantry, even a working farm. It has such diversity, so couples can really tailor their dream wedding set-up, which is why it was the perfect setting for this shoot. We actually decided to shoot in the garden of the gorgeous farmhouse that is onsite and available to rent - a perfect location for a small intimate wedding with your nearest and dearest, and a stone's throw away from the bedrooms when your feet are tired from dancing. 


What did you choose for the flower arrangements? 
Gill really bought the creative mood board to life with a mixture of florals and foliage. We had dahlias, strawflowers, toffee roses, bronze amaranthuspin cushion protea, sanguisorba, waxflower, delphinium, pampas grass, bleached bracken fern, cream palm spears... the list goes on! For Gill, texture was key. Pairing the fluffy, long steam pampas grass and bracken ferns with the smaller orange strawflowers added dimension and volume. The rich, warm dahlias, from the bouquet to the table pieces, gave the entire set up a kiss of luxury, and warmth. 


What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom? 
Rosie really wanted to keep in line with the relaxed, rustic summer theme, and felt inspired by that fresh off the beach, radiant skin, glow. It was important to keep the make-up natural and fresh, but enhance certain features such as the eyes. A pop of colour was added in the form of a burnt orange eyeliner to complement the theme and colour scheme. A neutral warm lip with a splash of gloss brought the whole look together and gave Kate that sunkissed glow.  


The inspiration behind the hair was a ‘barely there bun’ something that looked almost thrown together - a low updo with soft tendrils to frame the face. The hair really came together with the addition of two gorgeous beaded Elmley hairvines by the amazing Eden B Studio.  


Hannah, from Bride by Aster, picked the beautiful ‘Darcy’ gown by Modeca. With its stunning low back, and long floaty sleeves, the dress matched our brief perfectly; timeless and classic, with a playful bohemian twist.  


As for the suit, we wanted to keep it relatively smart and simple, but didnt want it to be ‘boring’. The guys at Dapper and Suave gave it a quirky, fun edge with a floral print bow tie, and matching pocket square. The overall look was perfect and just what we envisaged. 


What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did it all tie together? 
We were fortunate enough to have a complete blank canvas to work with, and wanted to make sure that we utilized the space to create a beautiful and interesting ceremony set up for a smaller, intimate wedding. The inspiration for the decor and overall look of this shoot, came from the desirability of a destination wedding. We wanted it to ooze warmth, romance and rustic luxury and Ella from Surrey Wedding Company made it all happen. She bought a fantastic ceremony arch which was dressed with beautiful dark orange and blush pink drapes, which was one of the focus points for the entire shoot. Decor was tied together with the use of flowers, accessories, colour and beautiful drapes of material. Jon and Laura from VLA photography captured every element of this shoot so beautifully, and ensured there was continuity throughout. 


What kind of accessories were used to create these looks? 
Ella provided an abundance of accessories, trinkets and ornaments to dress the table, ceremony set-up and little pepper pot hut. Items such as seagrass rugs, lanterns, vases, and the beautiful crockery from Crystal Hire bought the entire look together.  


We also had a spectacular cake from Fig and Flora which showcased both the colour scheme, and relaxed vibe we were going for. It was placed on a gold stand and had its own gorgeous rustic trolley which was decorated with flowers, and various trinkets.  

The main drive behind this shoot was to reassure couples that their big day can still be everything that they want it to be, and we hope this shoot has inspired future brides and grooms. 


Steal Their Style 
Photography & Co-organiser: VLA Photography     
Hair & Make-up, Creative Concept & Co-organiser: Rosie Hart   
Venue: Gate Street Barn    
Bridal dress: Bride by Aster   
Suit Hire: Dapper    
Suit Accessories: Dapper and Suave    
Styling/Props: Surrey Wedding Company   
Stationery: Loupaper  
Flowers: Gill Pike 
Cake: Fig and Flora 
Furniture & Crockery: Crystal Hire    
Linen: Just 4 Linen   
Bridal Hair Accessory: Eden B Studio   
Model(s): Ben and Kate Zatwardnicki 


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