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All images by Annamarie Stepney
Barn weddings are beautiful. Rustic and boho weddings are beautiful. But maybe you are looking for something a little bit different? Maybe you love the feel of a rural setting and the natural elements but want to add a bit of spice? Here is a shoot which gives you that rustic vibe with some unique touches and a whole lot of spice.
The inspiration for this shoot came initially from the dress supplied by Shikoba Bride
I loved its theatrical, boho, sexy contemporary look. The details are amazing: a beautiful centre split and fringing to die for. I am a sucker for a coloured gown and loved the drama of this one. I knew that it would look amazing with the Juniper hat from Ashley Wild Bridal which gave it a cowgirl edge. The overall palette looked amazing against the dark gown and created a lovely juxtaposition.
The main aim here was to add a bit of luxury against the natural rustic setting. The two elements don't often get placed together; when you choose to do a rustic or boho vibe, normally its all about showcasing the natural textures and creating an airy feel. Here, I wanted to capture those essences but add a bit of drama. The feeling of luxe comes from the metallics and added textures and colours - coppers, golds and oranges mixed with the natural hues of taupe, blush and apricots found in the barn's textures and tones.
It was joy to be tag-teaming the styling of this with my buddy Nikki from Toast
Nikki runs her own prop hire company and was able to supply us with some gorgeous pieces, such as her backdrop and some of the lovely bronze vessels to name but a few. We were also joined by the resident dog, Boadi who was an awesome co-star for our model Natalie.
To show the varied ways that the venue space can be used, we decided to create three areas: The ceremony space, the reception area and a relaxed and opulent chill out zone. We played with the textures and colours and worked with the rustic setting adding velvets, silks, candles, metals and flowers to create softness and a sense of laid-back luxury.
The first look was achieved with the Shikoba gown and Ashley Wild hat and we added the beautiful bouquet by Grove Flora, a statement bag, again by Ashley and snakeskin boots from Next. Lee created a gorgeous apricot palette make up and loose wavy hair.
The second look took a more 'gypsy' turn. We replaced the hat with a veil and upped the smoky eye and added a low tousled ponytail with side-plait and decorative hair slides.
Nichola from Grove Flora created a warm and sumptuous array of floral instillations, from her large dried instillation on the ceremony backdrop and smaller pieces which adorned the individual chairs to her generously blousy bouquet and individual pieces on the table display. We loved how she teamed real and dried together and how these contrasted against not only each other against but the textures and tones on the table and seating areas.
The catering was a showstopper! Rebecca, otherwise known as The Garden Chef, was given the brief of creating a cake table with a difference. I love the idea of pies and tarts being consumed as opposed the the usual wedding cake and deserts and Rebecca absolutely outdid herself with the generous spread she created. The wedding cake took the form of a beautiful two tier caramel-dripping semi-naked cake covered in fruit and, always to add a bit of uniqueness, I asked Cake Topper Animals to provide two cows to remind ourselves of the farm setting.
Looking for something a bit different for your barn wedding? Get in touch and we can have a chat about how to make your wedding have that extra little bit of spice.
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