We do love a bit of Thursday morning wedding inspiration here at The Budget Bride Company! When the lovely Olivia, from Host Event Management who offer fantastic wedding planning services, let us know about a styled photo shoot that she had just worked on, we leaped at the chance to share it with all of you.
From the soft twinkling lights to the beautiful rustic touches throughout the shoot, we hope that you can lift some amazing ideas from this shoot for your own wedding day.
The shoot was held at the very idyllic setting of Cogges Manor Farm in the Oxfordshire Cotswold Town of Witney. The Wheat Barn was used, which is now available to hold country style weddings and events and has a license to hold civil ceremonies.
Olivia says “I knew as soon as I saw the venue that I wanted to work with it in some capacity. The Cotswold stone walls, the canopy of exposed beams coupled with a warm and inviting atmosphere got my creative head spinning! I contacted a team of wedding professionals who are based in the area and they gladly accepted to work on this project.”
We wanted to fit in with the style and natural ambience of the barn, so we decided on muted tones and rustic textures. We chose to use long tables as we wanted the room to have an informal feel. Wooden fold up chairs with floral seat pads courtesy of local firm BHK Rentals set the look off, along with a very old farmyard cart which was sprinkled with fairy lights and really made the room come alive!
The flowers were produced by Tracey from Distinctive Petals and really fit in well with the country style. The use of long tables naturally lead to using lots of small arrangements; jam jars were heavily incorporated, which are continuing to be a very popular trend for weddings. These were decorated with lace, twine and hessian to compliment the table runners.
Old fashioned milk bottles made an appearance, which really complimented the farm environment alongside some wrapped plants to complete the natural country garden theme.
Bundles of wheat were used with the table numbers – as we were working in The Wheat Barn, it seemed a natural choice to make! These were placed on rough wood off cuts with tea lights surrounding them giving a romantic look.
The real welcome addition to the barn itself was the courtyard area just outside. This was dressed as a relaxed lounge area with hay bale seating, floral fabrics, bay trees, flowers, the table plan and more bunting. You can imagine a hog roast or barbeque being served on a balmy Summers’ evening here. We even had visits from the resident chickens and lambs!
As a focal point for the outside area, Tracey made a large jug of flowers with winding twigs and a selection of very seasonal flowers. Peonies, 'Boombastic' Spray Roses, Phlox, Cornflowers, Bluebells and again, lots of wheat. Attached to the twigs was the table plan, displayed on bundles of hay covered in a Cath Kidston style fabric which provided a lovely focal display at the guests would enter the reception barn.
As we were lucky enough to have the wonderful Katy- Lula to model, a bridal bouquet was created. The soft texture of Peonies against the harsher wheat, gave a great contrast. Colour was added by including some very delicate forget-me-nots and Lilac which was picked from Tracey’s garden! The hand tied posy was finished off with a hessian style ribbon and pearl pins to compliment the rest of the designs in the barn as well as the bride’s pearl jewellery.
Samantha from The Pretty Cake Company created a petite three tier ivory wedding cake trimmed with pale champagne satin ribbon and an ivory lace overlay. Sugar arrangements of ivory blush roses, white stocks and wheat were used to decorate. A small lace bow on the bottom tier finishes the look. The cake is displayed on a vintage glass pedestal cake stand and housed in an ornate cast iron display stand.
Neil Hanson photographed the details so well, and Justin and Alison from Vogue Wedding Films created a ‘behind the scenes’ view for us, which is so nice to look back on as we all had such fun working on this shoot!
You can check out the Behind the Scenes Video here!
Thank you so much for sharing your shoot with us Olivia! You can check out all of the gorgeous suppliers who made this styled shoot possible below.
Venue – Cogges Manor Farm www.cogges.org.uk
Planner/Stylist – Host Event Management www.hosteventmanagement.co.uk
Florist – Distinctive Petals www.distinctivepetals.co.uk
Photographer – Neil Hanson www.nordicpics.co.uk
Make-up & Hair – Jessica Mills Make-up Artist www.jessicamillsmakeup.co.uk
Cake – The Pretty Cake Company www.theprettycakecompany.co.uk
Videography – Vogue Wedding Films www.vogueweddingfilms.co.uk
Tableware – Elegant Cuisine Catering www.elegantcuisine.com
Stationery – Littlebird Desgins www.littlebirdweddings.co.uk
Bunting – The Oxford Bunting Company www.oxfordbuntingco.blogspot.co.uk
Furniture Hire – BHK Rentals www.bhkrentals.co.uk
Jewellery – Forever Nina www.forevernina.co.uk
Model – Katy Lula