Oooo the Autumnal meets Winter vibes are strong on Festival Brides today with an absolutely gorgeous styled wedding inspiration shoot put together by Wickerwood Farm and Tales From Apple Tree House, and captured so beautifully by Makers Hands, the branding photography company by wedding photographer Elena Popa.

I absolutely love the tones of Autumn. It is a gorgeous time of year that gifts us with so much depth and richness of colour and this shoot captures this so beautifully. From the citrus like pale orange colourways of the dried flowers to the hints of red found in the leaves, velvet sofa and neon sign – the decor within this shoot has captured the exuberant warmth of autumn so perfectly and accentuates it even further by the candle light and earthy tones of the venue’s barn backdrop. We love it!

What makes this shoot that extra bit special is it also has a focus on sustainability and encourages a ‘re-use’ mentality as Jude, owner of Wickerwood Farm, explains…

We’re seeing a huge shift within the wedding industry, as well as many other business sectors, for finding ways to upcycle, reuse and to generally become more sustainable – but there’s still a long way to go. It is more important than ever that we as individuals are more consciously aware of how we treat our environment and it’s vital the ‘throw away’ mentality becomes a thing of the past. This was with no doubt the backbone behind this sustainable ‘Ever Changing Seasons’ shoot, with its ultra-cool festive twist at Wickerwood Farm.

Look out for the modern bridal jumpsuit, Jude’s golden Vizsla, the bride’s etheral bespoke feather shoulder piece and the intimate wedding decor ideas found within the climbing wall installation and the setting surrounding it.

Enjoy lovely people and get those Pinterest pin it fingers poised – especially if you are planning a Autumnal wedding.

Ever Changing Seasons…

Words by Jude Hesselgrave

Both Jude, wedding venue owner and stylist from Wickerwood Farm, and Anna, floral designer from Tales From Apple Tree House, are passionate about the changing seasons and Autumn is certainly with no exception. With the added bonus of intimate weddings well and truly here to stay it seemed like the ideal time to grace your screens with some serious sustainable, Autumn/Winter wedding inspiration for the wild at heart.

The chosen setting for this shoot is an old haybarn at Wickerwood Farm, untouched and raw in its appearance. Its dark, worn timber and corrugated walls give an edgy and industrial vibe and offered the ideal backdrop for this shoot. 

Anna’s climbing wall installation shows the ever-changing seasons beginning with summers’ end – scorched and golden grasses, seed heads of Lunaria, poppies, Allium and Ammi in pale creams and silvery grey blending delicately with faded bracken turning from green to a pale grey and rust. As Summer cools down to Autumn, warm and golden tones appear as the Acers turn from green to yellow and flaming reds and the hydrangea begins to fade. Crocosmia berries add pops of orange and the fluffy reed grasses and seed heads leave way for the darkness of Winter. Anna’s continuing display gave depth allowing the opportunity to add a little festive glow.

Stylist Jude was keen to incorporate an ultra-cool lounge vibe within the floral display, warming things up with her neon art piece created by Darren West Neon Artist. Candle-light and the dark rich velvet of the period sofa, hired by Toast HQ, creates a feeling of warmth and luxury as well as a nod towards the upcoming festive season and all beautifully captured in meticulous detail as always by photographer Makers Hands. Anna explains…

‘From concept through to harvest, and carefully drying each individual flower for this shoot, took a number of months, so it was with great satisfaction to see this installation come to fruition.’

Our model wears a less formal crossed backed white jumpsuit by Melissa Odabash, ideal for the laid-back bride, complimented by a bespoke feather shoulder piece by Feathers and Thread UK.

K9 Gold Bodhi, Jude’s Vizsla, steals the show by wearing her dried flower crown (matching the brides) and a collar made by Anna with pride. A great example of how to include your pet within your wedding!

We feel it important to also mention that only reusable mechanics were used to support each floral display and no floral foam was used. Each stem was purposefully selected from Anna’s cutting garden or local flower farm here in East Sussex, and each individual stem from this shoot has or will be reused for other floral installations, bouquets or Christmas wreaths.  

We hope that this shoot demonstrates that being sustainable doesn’t just mean you’re helping the environment, you’re also opening the door to unique ideas and that’s got to be a good thing, right?

Anna and I have worked closely for a number of years and are creative professionals within our own right, collaborating together on a variety of weddings, private events and large photo shoots at Wickerwood Farm. We are now teaming up and jointly offering ou unique skills further afield to couples and corporate businesses across the South East. So, if you feel you’re in need of some unique and sustainable styling and floral design by two creatives at your chosen venue then please check us out: Wickerwood Farm New Services

The Line Up…

Photographer: Makers Hands; Concept, Planning, Styling & Venue: Wickerwood Farm; Concept & Floral Design: Tales From Apple Tree House; Props & Furniture Hire: Toast HQ & Wickerwood Farm; Hair & Make Up: Poppy Tallulah; Neon: Darren West Neon; Jumpsuit: Melissa Odabash; Feather Shoulder Piece: Feathers and Threads UK; Natural Bouquet Ribbon: The Natural Dye Works; Boots: ASOS; K9 Model: Bodhi Goose



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