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Fall head over heels in love with this stunning shoot at Abbey Farm Weddings…

Inspired by the abundance of beautiful blossom trees in the gardens at Abbey Farm Weddings, Natalie Hewitt Wedding & Event Planner wanted to create a natural, organic and utterly romantic styled shoot in the barn surroundings. We can't stop swooning over the stunning images captured by Gina Dover-Jaques Photography and we just know you're going to feel the same. We'll hand you over to Natalie so that you can find out a little more…

"I WAS INSPIRED BY THE BLOSSOM TREES IN THE GARDENS…"

“As a wedding planner, I get to work at a variety of venues. I have seen an increase in barn weddings, especially as brides are putting personal touches to their weddings and having a creative element to their styling. The thing I love about Abbey Farm Weddings is that it is a brand-new barn, built using traditional Lincolnshire techniques; striking oak beams, exposed brickwork and beautiful lime wash walls.

I was inspired by the blossom trees in the gardens at Abbey Farm and wanted to create an organic, high end barn shoot; giving an effect of the blossom growing in and around the venue. Rachel from Catkin is my go-to-florist for stunning, dramatic, asymmetrical flowers. She designed the installations to reflect the countryside surrounding the barn – lots of blossom and birch, white lilac, and hawthorne. She used anemones and ranunculus from her cutting garden in the bouquet and table centre as well as Cornish grown stocks. The aim was to create a fresh, light airy feel to reflect the season.

Gina Dover-Jaques has recently moved from a commercial look to a luminous, authentic Fine Art style, which is a style I love and really felt gave the shoot it’s romantic, light look. I hugely admire Gina, her passion and professionalism make her a joy to work with. (Gina photographed in digital and Film stock, Portra 400 film.) I’m also a huge fan of Chris from Perfect Moment Films who I work with regularly. He’s a great videographer, not only in his work but his approach to filming weddings too. I love the film he created for this shoot, incorporating behind the scenes elements to show you what actually goes into creating a styled shoot.”

"I WANTED TO KEEP THE BRIDAL LOOK MINIMAL AND FRESH…"

‘Gemma from Model Students is such a beautiful girl; I wanted to keep the bridal look minimal and fresh – it’s a look most brides want for their wedding day but are afraid to book a make-up artist in the fear of being “over done”. Georgie Steeples’ approach is to look after your skin as well as enhance your natural look. She worked her magic and created fresh, glowing, radiant skin. She added definition to the eyes by softening eyeliner to give a subtle and pretty smokiness.

The look was finished off with a rosy nude lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury. I brought Helen Sutcliffe on board because she’s such a talented hair stylist. Helen explains, “The brief of the day was clear from Natalie’s mood-board so I wanted to keep the hair simple, soft, feminine and romantic to work in harmony with the location, the dresses and accessories.”

If you wanted to know Helen’s trade secrets, she created the look by using plaits and twists to give depth and texture without formality, pinned low into the nape of the neck which she let loose wispy tendrils free to soften her hair around the face. The hair accessories by E | C BRIDE Accessories were pretty and delicate which she threaded into the hair, giving an organic appearance. She kept product to a minimum, using Toni and Guy Sea Salt Spray, to give texture, Bed Head Dry Shampoo to give root lift, Wella Dynamic Fix Hairspray for hold and Bumble and Bumble Defrizz to tame and dry ends.

To finish off Gemma’s look, Ally from Alexandra Anne brought along a selection of outfits for this shoot; a slip dress, floral skirt and silk sash by Charlie Brear and cropped cashmere cardigan by Jesus Peiro. And we used a few hair accessories by Victoria Fergusson and Vivien J Bridal Accessories for the outside shots. The floral skirt couldn’t have been more fitting for a blossom shoot and I love knitwear on a bride!”

"LIKE MOST GIRLS, I LOVE DIAMONDS…"

“Like most girls, I love diamonds! I always get a jeweller to come and feature some stunning diamonds when I plan styled shoots. Ruth from Sherry Jewellery handmade my engagement ring and wedding band and being based close to Abbey Farm Weddings, it was great that she could pop down with some jaw dropping pieces. Although this shoot was dramatic, I wanted to maintain an element of sophistication so to complimented the bridal look, I used her 3.00ct brilliant cut 18ct white gold diamond ring and her white gold diamond snowflake pendant.

To provide the details and pull the shoot together, I asked Caroline Mitchell to create a cake to compliment the bouquet. I am a huge fan of Caroline’s cakes; not only the taste but her talent for sugar work is incredible. Can you believe that those flowers on the cake are handmade from sugar!

Nicola from Rose Press, who makes my business stationery and most of my bride’s invitations, also created a great stationery suite for this shoot. I had been inspired by a few different looks so we combined a few details; blind embossing, vellum envelopes and handmade paper and used some Kate Cullen ribbon to add some final detail to the collection.”

"I WANTED TO CREATE A STYLED TABLE LIKE NO OTHER…"

“Last but by no means least, the table! Albeit not practical, I wanted to create a styled table that wasn’t like every other shoot I had seen. There is only a certain number of things you can do to dress a table. I had been chatting with Rachel about creating a handing plank installation above the table when I had the idea to use a deeper plank of wood, hang it at table height and suspend it from the beams. I am so pleased with the overall look and although it’s not something you could have at your wedding, it made a dramatic piece of styling!”

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