Oh my do we have a truly beautiful styled shoot to share with you all today, featuring a member of our festival wedding directory, the stunning Horsley Hale Farm in Cambridgeshire.

Captured during the peak of Autumn when the landscape was a gorgeous blanket of burnt orange, the incredibly talented Thyme Lane Photography and equally talented team of suppliers got together to create an alternative couples shoot that has sustainability and individuality at it’s heart. Sustainable because of the products and methods the suppliers used and individual because of the styling of the bride and groom….

I would love brides to dare to be different and style the whole day in any way they like! A well chosen dress with a cosy jumper and boots to keep you warm can look very stylish and unique.

Thyme Lane Photography

That big woolly jumper and gloves worn by the bride just looks so good with the tulle of the wedding dress and the natural setting of the venue and we love the styling of the groom with his neck scarf, flat cap and rings. But for us the star of this shoot is the flowers, especially that gorgeous bouquet. Described by Bridget from Wild Rosamund as being ‘an autumn walk gathered into a bouquet, the bouquet is a gorgeous combination of burnt orange and terracotta flowers combined with foraged foliage and berries. And we LOVE it. We love the different textures and how these are accentuated further by the use of one predominant colour and we also love how well it works with the styling of the bride, completing her ‘cosy outdoor bohemian’ look off to perfection. 

If you are a couple planning an Autumnal or Winter wedding the you are going to love this shoot. It is full of so many great ideas for all aspects of your wedding.

Get ready to get your pin on peeps!

A Sustainable Mindful Wedding…

Words by Thyme Lane Photography

I am always inspired by nature and especially love the colours of autumn. I wanted to find ways to help people to create a sustainable, mindful wedding leaving very little carbon footprint while still being themselves and freely enjoy the day. I wanted to stay as close to nature as possible. 

We picked Horsley Hale Farm in Cambridgeshire as our location. This venue has endless possibilities, many different areas and beautiful natural backdrops. They also have a yurt in the wedding season and can accommodate wedding tipis.

Everything we used was either real vintage or handmade, from our dresses and jewellery to tableware, stationery and cake. Our colour scheme was earthy, deep autumn colours that ran through every setup of the shoot and matched the seasonal colours of the venue perfectly.

The Dress….

Words by Siobhan from Cambridge Vintage Bridal

The dress featured in this shoot is ‘Maria’ – a 1980s, white, full-skirted, off the shoulder, lacy, showstopper.  Effortlessly romantic, boho and versatile for both a summer or winter wedding – and works well both indoors with killer heels and outdoors with boots. The skirt works great with a chunky jumper because of the delicate and subtle patterning of the top lace layer. It’s a great contrast. The joy of this original 1980s wedding dress is that it feels super timeless and like it was spookily designed with THIS shoot in mind! 

There are many pluses to choosing a vintage wedding dress such as this one, but for now I’ll just emphasise their affordability, ecofriendliness, versatility AND that they are ready and waiting to be taken home on the spot!

The Flowers…

Words by Bridget from Wild Rosamund

I was inspired by the textures, as well as the colours of autumn. I wanted the florals to represent the autumn countryside so I teamed burnt orange, terracotta and burgundy flowers with lots of dried, foraged textures and foliage, such as teasels, berries and crab apples, as well as the fluffy Old Man’s Beard in the floral crown. The result was an autumn walk gathered into a bouquet.

The Hair….

Words by Kate Atalay Bespoke Hair

The brief I was sent prior to the shoot was full of autumnal colours and had a soft romantic natural feel to it. As our model had copper hair she fitted in perfectly to the theme. I knew that there was a flower crown so although I wanted to use braids as my main idea, I kept my plans  flexible so I was able to create something that would best show the head dress and my chosen style. As the crown was heavier at the front I concentrated the plaits across the back so they sat perfectly underneath. I then left lots of hair to frame the face and give the whole look a wild feel. I love working with hand made pieces, creating the perfect style to compliment the design. Meaning that every bride is unique.

The Makeup….

Emily from Aurora Bridal and Events Makeup

For this makeup I kept Lydia’s beautiful porcelain skin fresh and radiant and focused on autumn colours such as berry tones for blush and lipstick. I also incorporated a classic black eyeliner flick in the eye makeup to give an added bohemian edge.

The Stationery….

Dorka from Dorothy’s Workshop

For the stationery I used recycled paper, warm, autumnal colours and handwritten them all as I always do to avoid using a printer and keep to minimal carbon footprint. The place names were created on leaves so can be fully composted after the day.

The Line Up

Photography: Thyme Lane Photography; Styling: Dolly’s Vintage Tea Party; Venue: Horsley Hale Farm; MUA: Aurora Bridal and Events Makeup; Hair: Kate Atalay; Dress: Cambridge Vintage BridalSuit: Duncan James; Flowers: Wild Rosamund; Calligraphy: Dorothy’s Workshop; Bridal Necklace: Malan J Woven; Groom Accessories: Lilly Dilly’s; Cake: One Part Love Bakery; Tableware: Church Row Pottery; Models: Lydia Ellen and Barny Holmes


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