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| STYLED SHOOT | Childhood Sweethearts

What an absolute treat! When Abby, events manager at the gorgeous Haarlem Mill, asked if we would like to feature this shoot, we jumped at the chance. Simple, organic and absolutely stunning, we loved how the concept was inspired by The Scarecrow's wedding (a children's book by Julia Donaldson) and moulded into such a stylish shoot. Abby tells us more about...

"A styled shoot designed to show inspiration is everywhere, even a children's book. We got the inspiration for this shoot from 'The Scarecrow's Wedding' written by Julia Donaldson and developed it into a beautiful British summer concept. We also wanted to show the intimacy of a small wedding given the current climate so we kept the layout small and added features like the bride and groom getting ready together and the wedding breakfast taking place on Haarlem Mill's private terrace which isn't an option for large wedding parties.

The team of suppliers took key elements from the book but gave them a stylish interpretation. For example the dress made of feathers turned into a more simple and flattering dress accessorised with a stunning feather veil from ELU Designs. The book, taking place on a farm, features a lot of animal guests so we included a few four legged friends in the plans. We wanted to keep the essence of the book whilst making it more grown up and realistic, so animals such as crabs and geese were swapped for alpacas (which are readily available to hire for weddings and private events).

We wanted the content created to be light and bright with vivid pops of colour from the locally grown British flowers.

The shoot took place at Haarlem Mill, an original Arkwright's Cotton Mill built in 1777 and lovingly renovated to become the funky exclusive hire wedding space it is today. The mill is a large venue spanning across two floors with a maximum capacity of 160 guests, one of it's key features is being a predominantly inside venue which is perfect for large autumn or winter weddings (or summer if you don't want to rely on the UK weather). We wanted to utilise Haarlem's private terrace area which is used mainly for drinks receptions but can be used for other parts of the day for more intimate wedding parties. This made it the ideal place to showcase the joys of a smaller wedding party as well as the beauty that can be captured in natural light.

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