Today I am thrilled to share a truly magical winter wedding inspired styled shoot with beautiful festive jewel tones at Knockraich Farm.
Inspired by the lavish floral installations of Karen Tran and Preston Bailey, and a trend for barn and farm weddings, Susan, of Narcissus Wedding Flowers by Susan, decided to combine both concepts in a Festive Winter wedding themed shoot.
She loved the idea of the full on glamour of Karen Tran’s, with over the top floral displays, lush linens and place settings, combined with the more rustic barn style surroundings”
Most couples having barn weddings tend to go for a more laid back, natural style of flowers and décor, with lots of simple jars and tea lights, which look fabulous, however, Susan wanted to showcase something a bit more luxurious , but still in keeping with the more rustic surroundings.
With this in mind, she set about gathering a team of talented wedding professionals to help her bring her unique vision to life.
First was to find a photographer, so she contacted Tandem Photo as they had worked together before.
She knew Audrey’s approach to and style of photography was ideal for the type of shoot she was looking to do.
Having worked together in the past Audrey knew Susan would create something beautiful for her to photograph, and additionally with a great team and venue on board it made her job easy.
Her only worry on the day was the fading sun as we were shooting indoors.
They had the most gorgeous light coming through a high window in the shed that lit up the ceremony circle perfectly, but with winter weddings you have to work quickly and search for the best light so her advice to any couples getting married in winter is to have your ceremony as early as possible.
When looking for the perfect venue to stage the shoot, Susan remembered hearing of a re-purposed Tin Shed.
With a little research, she found the fabulous Knockraich Farm, a family run, working farm located in the beautiful heart of Central Scotland between the Trossachs and the Campsie Fells.
The Tin Shed offered the perfect blank canvas, of which to showcase Susan’s designs and the fantastic work of the team.
She started with the design for the top table set up.
Her concept was height and drama helped when she came across an old Charles Rennie Macintosh inspired railing in the garage and knew she could upcycle it into perfect stand.
She then used masses of mixed seasonal foliage and flowers to create a decadent floral display finished with hanging gold decorations, hanging tea lights and glass baubles filled with pine cones, mirrored at the base with church candles and foliage.
For the ceremony set up she wanted to steer away from the traditional aisle set up and came up with the idea of staging the nuptials inside a large ring of winter foliage and candles.
The Bouquets and floral head dress were designed to compliment the simple lines of the gorgeous Flossy and Dossy dresses, with trailing ribbons to bring the rich burgundy shades through the whole look.
Working closely with Edwina, of Rosewood Cakes, they came up with the idea of the cake and flowers “floating” on candles.
The inspiration for the cake was rustic winter wedding glamour, to fit in with the spectacular floral base and floating candle stand
The tiers were a combination of mixed shape and textured matt and shimmer white icing, keeping the otherwise simple design on-trend yet classic.
The shimmer icing effect with ruffles represented the frostiness of winter, and sugar flowers were kept neutral to tie in with the wintry style, however dried red flowers were incorporated to bring in the rustic theme with a festive twist.
Fiona Park, make up artist, wanted to create two gorgeous make up looks that were perfect for a winter wedding, adding a touch of winter glamour.
She used vibrant red and berry colours with her two favourite lipsticks, Sara Hill ‘Marilyn’ and MAC ‘Captive’ which complimented the flowers perfectly.
Knochraich is lovely and rustic so she couldn’t wait to use some warm brown tones on the eyes and of course a little gold which popped against the beautiful Flossy and Dossy gold detailed wedding gown.”
Following on from the rustic winter theme of the shoot, Natasha of Blushing Brides Hair and Make up, created two very different styles that would compliment each model and the overall feel of the shoot – a classic yet soft chignon and beautiful bouncy big curls, both styles looked beautiful and really worked with the dresses and make up.
Wendy of Flossy and Dossy, selected the prefect dresses from her collection.
Olivia wore the ‘Georgia’ dress, from their New Wave collection, fashioned in matt crepe, with bell sleeves, A line skirt and open back.
Sue wore the ‘Karis’ dress, also from the New Wave collection, this is a beaded kaftan style over dress, worn over a bias cut silk slip.
She also wore the ‘Fleur’ dress, from the Gibson Girl collection, this is a gold French lace overdress with guipure and beaded appliques worn over a buttermilk silk slip.
The hairpieces created by Louise at LHG Designs, were made to tie in with the winter theme of red, gold and green.
Focusing mainly on the trend for gold accessories and this lovely time of year when the stars are shining bright, she looked to the constellations as her inspiration.
All blended together with the usual pearls and Swarovski rhinestones. Hairpins and combs offer an adaptable accent that will incorporate well with most hairstyles.
They also wanted to get The Family Stone involved as they love their unique combination of Stone Carving and Silver.
Unique to Scotland, the quaich is a two handled drinking cup often known as ‘the cup of kindness or the cup of love’.
Quaichs are often used in humanist ceremonies in Scotland and the Family Stones’ bespoke service can turn a rock from your favourite place into a beautiful handcrafted quiach. Bespoke jewellery for your wedding can also be made from the same piece of stone.
The Quaichs pictured are the Kilmory Quaich, stone found on Kilmory beach, Isle of Arran. The white quaich is the Leim Quaich made from Gigha quartz found on Leim beach, Isle of Gigha.
The beautiful rings are ‘Sand & Sea’ textured/frosted sterling silver ring with 18ct gold detail and ‘Torrylinn’ Textured sterling silver ring with Isle of Arran beach stone.
Extra special thanks go to the models, Olivia and Sue, who were absolute troopers and totally stunning.
Winter wedding Shoot Vendors
Photography – Tandem Photo
Venue – The Tin Shed @ Knochraich Farm
Concept and Flowers – Narcissus Wedding Flowers by Susan
Dress – Flossy and Dossy
Make up – Fiona Park Make up Artist
Hair Accessories – LHG Designs
Cake – Rosewood Cakes
Quaichs – The Family Stone
Models – Sue and Olivia