Autumnal Vintage Woodland Wedding

Our Vintage Wedding styled shoot will feature on Rock My Wedding!

Wow, never in my wildest dreams would the vintage wedding styled shoot I organised make it to featuring in Rock My Wedding but I’ve just found out it has and will be published today. Yeeeeeess. Rock my Wedding only has nearly <control the breathing..> HALF A MILLION likes on Facebook!

The shoot all came about from a chance meeting with the lovely ladies at Heartfelt Vintage over a few glasses of wine (nothing new there in my books). I had a vintage prop hire and styling business and was wanting to put together a styled shoot featuring some of my gorgeous prop pieces and vintage furniture for hire. They have a team of ladies making brides look beautiful; from providing vintage bridal gowns to make up, hair and floristry. What a brilliant match! 

So after a follow up meeting a photo shoot date was set. Who better to shoot this golden autumnal romance but John Barwood photography, whose fine art approach to capturing weddings has earned him a growing reputation in the wedding world and is now highly sought after. Some of John’s incredible work can be seen here.

The idea for the shoot was to combine the natural, rustic beauty of the Autumnal outdoors with soft and ethereal glamour of a vintage wedding. I put together a rich burgundy colour palette coupled with antique rose pinks and calming blues which was combined with large boho floral crowns, intricate vintage lace gowns and fruit place settings that helped to set the scene of Autumnal romance.

The woodland-inspired invitations, place settings and menu kindly provided by Russet & Gray, incorporated a series of gorgeous sketched woodland animals and placed against the thick rustic grain of the wood slices was a perfect tie in to the woodland scene. Real pheasant feathers, antlers and natural details were used in the place settings to create a rustic and wild look. 

For the woodland shots I rennovated a gothic style arched church window (now available for hire) from a reclamation yard which, when draped with ivy and suspended from the trees, provided a perfect backdrop to the woodland wedding ceremony. I was also keen to use other pieces from my collection of vintage prop items for hire and so my beautiful Edwardian chaise longue and St George vintage chapel style chairs for hire with gorgeous brass button detailing were all used in other shots.

Heartfelt Vintage provided the beautiful and unique wedding gowns that capture the romance and decadence of the vintage eras along with authentic flowers and floral accessories to suit each era. The vineyard that day was full of Autumn golden hues and warm dusk light; perfect to capture these all-lace, unique vintage gowns.

We chose on the old rustic barns as a perfect post ceremony spot to house a laid back hay bale lounge with couch type seating with cosy woollen blankets as covers. We hung strings of festoon lighting to create a gorgeous soft ambiance for the occasion. 

All in all, a super busy day but it’s just to rewarding to see such beautiful serene photos captured amongst all the behind-the-scenes chaos. Yes it was extremely hard work for everyone and yes we sunk a billion coffees on the day after sleepless nights worrying (well maybe that’s just me…) but doing these creative shoots are so important as they enable you to creatively push boundaries and hopefully inspire others to do the same. I love the thought of people realising that anything is possible for a wedding if you have a vision and people around you willing to take on your somewhat crazy ideas.

Huge huge thanks to John and Soph Barwood for submitting the feature, all of the Heartfelt team (Kate, Claire, Imogen, Sam, Annaliese, John and last but not least Soph) 

Onto the next styled shoot now. This time one of winter rustic charm. Right, must go. Lots of planning to do. Signing off

Jess xx

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