Today I am excited to share this stunning rustic-luxe inspired winter wedding styled shoot.
Gwenda says of the shoot…
Charlotte & Robert, the owners of Odo’s Barn in Bilsington, near Ashford in Kent, very kindly let us use their beautiful venue for this shoot.
I’ve had the pleasure of working here a couple of times before and just love their passion and enthusiasm for helping to create bespoke events in the sympathetically-restored, fully-licenced, 15th century tithe barn.
Nestling above the Romney Marsh, there are magnificent and far-reaching views, in addition to the picturesque buildings and Medieval moat – it’s no wonder it’s one of my personal favourites.
In keeping with the surroundings, our theme took a rustic-luxe direction.
I’m always keen to ensure that whatever a do in a styled shoot may be taken and/or adapted to a real wedding context.
In this case, I wanted to show some options for couples on a budget, so in a ‘thrifty’ vein, the outfits for the bridesmaids and the groom were sourced from High Street retailers.
Flowers – Bohotanical
Winter flowers and foliage are very expensive, due to their needing to be grown with increased heat and also transported from further afield.
So in addition to a few statement dalias, hydrangeas and spray roses, I chose the more budget-friendly options of seeded eucalyptus (some sprayed copper), oak leaves (sprayed white), hypericum berries, dried grasses and seed pods.
Each was selected to complement the palette of pale neutrals, browns, greys, sage green and copper.
Styling – Unity Styling
The tablescape included plenty of candlelight, perfect for a romantic Winter wedding, with two low arrangements in Oasis, which are the sort of arrangements which could sit happily on a Registrar’s table before the meal, and on a bar after it.
The ‘chill out’ area was styled with heaps of sparkly night and texture – the credit for this goes to my daughter, Nadia, who also modelled as Junior Bridesmaid.
Stationery – The Gilded Fern
I based the stationery on a chalk board theme, with rustic stag and antler accents.
This design is part of my new collection of comprehensive stationery suites, designed to reflect the favourite themes of my regular clientele.
Make Up – Mel Kinsman
In the grip of Winter, I still hankered after some richness in colour, but a lot of white and pale greens were being shown on the collaborative ideas, so I thought I’d go with the flow when I got to the location (which by the way was a stunning rustic barn in a tranquil setting).
It was all misty that day so there I was thinking we would go for the coolest of makeup shades.
Lo and behold, Chloe and Kerry, turned up both with beautiful auburn hair of differing shades.
Kerry’s being deeper and Chloe’s being quite bright with a pinkish hue.
I then saw the tresses that Tina, the hairdresser was going to add and entwine with foliage and berries so I decided that these colours would be my palette; rich, deep coppers and burnt oranges and pinks.
Everything was to be a tad faded around the edges, so I blended the strength of the colours out with slight smokey hues.
Hair – Beautiful Hair 4 Weddings
I was inspired by the rustic colours and textures of the theme and wanted to include them into the hair.
For the first look the model’s hair was a wonderful burned orange so I introduced some contrasting peachy blonde and copper extensions for more depth and texture.
After pre-curling with a medium tong, I dressed the hair into a full shape with plenty of twisted and entwined detail. Finishing with a very loose braided tail over the shoulder.
With the second model I wanted to continue the theme using lots of loose pinning creating loops and twists.
I used a large pad for volume and covered it with hair for a romantic disheveled look.
Texture was enhanced by the addition of some contrasting colour hair extensions.
The styling for both models was very soft and natural around the face with soft tendrils of hair to emphasise bone structure. Adorned with the natural winter foliage to complete.
Cake Design – Delicieux Cakes
My inspiration for the cake design was probably a chalk board cake design but to fit in with the theme I decided to use more warm colours like brown, copper and gold.
Since biscuits are such a popular treat in England I combined it with the cake design to add more texture and dimension.
The ivory iced fox and reindeer shaped biscuits were inspired by Scandinavian Christmas biscuits.
I specifically chose a reindeer design to fit in with the painted reindeer logo on top of the wedding cake.
For the hot chocolate corner I create short bread biscuits flavoured with dried cranberries, orange peel, dark chocolate chips and cinnamon. All true festive flavours.
Bridal Gown – Karen Dornellie Separates
The winter rustic theme was ideal for my Amelie high neck bodice and Holly, flared skirt from my new bridal separates collection.
Made in ivory duchess satin and a beautiful Chantilly lace with a pearl beaded scalloped edging.
The veil was designed to complement the outfit with matching pearl beaded lace edging, mid length, single layer tulle.
Thank you to Gwenda, Ilaria Petrucci Photography and the collaborative team for sharing this rustic-luxe inspired winter wedding styled shoot.
Isn’t it lovely, the way the candles reflect in the space, the beautiful colour of the beams, the exquisite florals, gorgeous glassware and pretty rustic touches.
All in all exuding a warmth to the styling that welcomes you in from the cold.
Venue: Odo’s Barn
Photography: Ilaria Petrucci Photography
Flowers: Gwenda at Bohotanical
Styling: Gwenda at UNITYstyling
Cakes: Renza of Delicieux Cakes
Stationery: Gwenda at The Gilded Fern
Make Up: Mel Kinsman
Hair: Tina at Beautiful Hair 4 Weddings
Junior Bridesmaid Outfit: Next
Junior Bridesmaid: Nadia Wojcik