| STYLED SHOOT | An Outdoor Wedding

Shoot organiser, Samantha from Willow and Rust Weddings, tells us all about this pretty as a picture styled shoot.

She says "Waking up at the venue on the morning of your wedding day after a lovely evening of laughter and bubbles with your girls, having your hair and make-up done, putting on the dream dress that you have been waiting so long to wear and heading across the lawn to see your other half standing there below a beautiful archway of flowers waiting for you. After saying your vows in front of your dearest family and friends you are ready for the party to start! Music, drinks, food, love, laughter and dancing carry you through to the end of the night when you both head over to your wedding night tipi, happy and content. Feet aching from dancing and voices and hoarse from singing. The perfect end to the perfect day."

I think after the last few months, we are all in need of some beauty and inspiration, so the team jumped at the chance to create this sustainable spring themed shoot at brand new outdoor venue Measham House Farm in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.

As always I wanted to show that a more eco-friendly wedding can be just as beautiful and unique as any other kind of wedding. The amazing back drop of Measham House was a great starting point and they also offer a field for glamping, so it’s the perfect venue for an outdoor festival style wedding! I chose a naked tipi as our base and mirrored this with the glamping tipi. The style I wanted to create was fresh and elegant with a vintage feel and the colour scheme just had to be spring inspired!

We had a great team of sustainable suppliers for this shoot; the wedding dress was handmade from bamboo silk and re-purposed voile by ethical bridalwear designer Frock Goddess. The beautiful stationery was designed by sustainable wedding stationer Ellie & Liv Weddings and printed on a mix of recycled and FSC certified fully recyclable cards and papers with eco-friendly organic inks.

The florals were provided by the amazing Inspired Floristry; as always she created beautiful sustainably sourced and created pieces that fit perfectly with my vision. The foliage was foraged from the surrounding area and the flowers seasonal and sourced locally where possible, specifically chosen to be robust and withstand the elements and being out of water for a prolonged period of time. We also used small individual arrangements on the table which could then be given away to wedding guests as gifts on the day.

It is important to think about the suppliers you use and where you are going to source items from for a more sustainable wedding; buying vintage and reclaimed pieces, hiring instead of buying. We used a com – bination of both to create this look along with naturally died ribbons and fabrics for the table linen.

Our grazing table was a mixture, sourced from local farm shops and delicatessens and the beautiful cakes and sweet treats were provided by Red Robin Cakery, a local small business. Sustainable to the end, of course, nothing went to waste as we all enjoyed eating it for lunch after we had wrapped up the shoot!



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