Field and Forest Woodland Wedding Festival, Yoxall

Golden Autumn light at the Woodland Wedding festival

If you always thought that summer would yield the most beautiful wedding photographs with the best light, I implore you to think again. Can you just take a moment to drink in this stunning early morning shoot in the woodlands at the Field and Forest site at Yoxall, through the ever creative lens of the mighty (and recently published no less) HBA Photography.

As you may recall from my post about our previous shoot around the woodlands in Yoxall – you can see that here – the process of a shoot can generate stunning, inspirational and trend setting images, but the behind the scenes isn’t always quite so… glamourous. Kudos to the gorgeous Rebecca who dutifully made up her own face (she’s a hugely talented Make Up Artist in her own right) and arrived on site in that stunning dress from The Ivory Chapter at…wait for it … 6.45 a.m. Yep, that was in the dark, before dawn, dirty rude 6.45 a.m. What a trooper!

Sadly the breaking dawn shoot, in front of the tipis, we had planned was not to be as the sun rise didn’t really happen, it just spluttered a bit behind the clouds and then it was light. Agghh well, undeterred Ben took Rebecca and Steve (her dashing groom for the day) on a wedding walk around the site and just look at the magic. And the light. It’s all about the light!

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Katie and Luke (on our anniversary) at Calke Abbey

Cool cats at Calke Abbey

Katie and her mom met me for coffee in a cute little cafe in Allestree when Katie was visiting for a few days from her home in London. Katie has very directional taste and was really clear what she wanted and how she wanted it!
She presented me with a PDF file of the bouquet inspirations, the hair flowers and the buttonholes she and Luke would require for their special day at The Riding School, Calke Abbey.

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Helen and Jonny’s rock ‘n’ roll wedding The West Mill

Skulls – Check. Feathers – Check.  Hot bride – Check.

Helen and Jonny’s rock ‘n’ roll wedding took place in the early throws of spring at the ever stunning West Mill Venue, right here in Derbyshire.

After driving to two different locations for our first consultation ( we sat in 2 cafes with the same name in two different towns!) we finally got to sit down and talk all things wedding flowers, and it was apparent we were most certainly on the same page. Phew! This couple had a very clear brief to follow, ‘we want a skull with a floral crown’ ‘a trailing bouquet with pheasant feathers’ and ‘floral wreaths at the bottom of manzanita trees – but nothing naff!’ No problemo!

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Kudos – Kind words from past couples

More than words?

Kudos. I was thrilled and humbled by the kind words so many of my wonderful couples wrote about me for my nomination in The Wedding Industry Awards 2017.  The awards tag line is ‘Recognising and Rewarding Excellence in the Wedding Industry’ and simply being recognised as achieving excellence in my work is an amazing thing. It makes the late nights, early mornings, standing in the cold and missing all sorts of personal events worth it when people take the time to tell you what you did meant something to them. So thanks to all those that took the time to vote for me, it means the world.

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London Calling – Three days at Brixton East with The Chapel Designers

 

 

The pilgrimage to the chapel

Around 8 years ago I spied a bouquet online that blew me away. It was voluptuous and had all the right curves in all the right places. I was in love. I became a flower stalker and had to know all about the creative behind this dream design. This was my first flower crush and it was the work of Holly Chapple, an internationally renowned designer from the US. Subsequently I followed Holly’s blog and her honest words became a bit of a salvation for me, she wrote so frankly about her floral adventures and experiences that it was great to know I wasn’t the only one in the world woking on designs into the wee small hours, long after the rest of the family was tucked up in bed.

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Ali and Karl’s super stylish wedding at The West Mill

You say you’d like a big bouquet…Okey Dokey!

I met Karl and Ali to discuss their West Mill wedding over coffee on a what was a dirty, raining winter day. It felt like meeting old friends and I loved the fact they chattered over each other, excited about all the “tat’ (their words) they’d been collecting – including old film reel cases to stand their table flowers on. Karl is a camera man and it was a really nice nod to his profession – and kinda cool in the West Mill’s urban industrial environment.

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Springtime in The Bluebell Woods at Yoxall

Creating all kinds of pretty for Field and Forest Weddings

You may have seen some of these beautiful images already, as we’ve been getting some wonderful coverage on social media, and I’m not really surprised! If you’ve never been to the Bluebell Woods at Yoxall (I hadn’t until this shoot) you won’t believe your eyes. It really is something quite spectacular. There is literally a carpet of bluebells are far as the eye can see in pretty much every direction.

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Spring time shoot at Beehive Farm with Peaktipis

 

The darling buds styled shoot

Where to being?

There was so much love that went into this shoot, from so many people.

I’ve worked with Peaktipis on numerous projects (see here ) and this spring I was honoured to be asked to help out again. We were super keen to revisit a back to basics style to reflect the stunning natural setting at Beehive Farm, a stunning collection of fishery lakes just out side Burton.

So we decide to go for a colourful spring styled festival vibe, and really played up the colours and the floral elements.

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Sophie and Sam’s alternative autumn wedding at The West Mill

Sophie’s timeless beauty with contemporary twists

I start most of my relationships with couples via email, and most of the time I get a good sense of what they’re like from the very first message. Sophie was no different. Her messages were sweet, friendly and full of enthusiasm – just like she is!

The couple knew exactly the direction they wanted the wedding designs to go in and as you can see by these images from the super cool Red on Blonde Photography team, that direction was stylish and considered, with just the right amount of quirk!

We were thrilled for everyone to see this featured on the prestigious Rock My Wedding blog in June 2017.

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Jennie and Kyle’s English Irish Spring Wedding at The Ashes Barns

Rustic chic green and white – and gasp – no roses!

I first met Jennie and Kyle over coffee in a beauts cafe in my home town of Ashbourne. They’d travel over on a Sunday morning for breakfast to discuss their forth coming spring wedding at The Ashes Barns, Stafforshire. Something that Jennie said very early on was that she was keen for the wedding to contain no roses, but to have clover somewhere present to represent Kyle’s Irish roots. We discussed a full scheme and the most important elements we decided were lush white and green florals, texture and wood.

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