An elegant woodland styled shoot inspired by Beauty and the Beast

Today I am thrilled to share this elegant woodland styled shoot inspired by Beauty and the Beast.

Images were captured by Frankly Iris Photography, co-ordinated by Hayley Jane Weddings and Events and assisted  by a fabulous collabrative team.

I hand over to Hayley Bunting to share the inspiration behind the shoot…


“My inspiration behind this elegant woodland styled shoot was my all time favourite Disney film Beauty And The Beast.”

“With the film being released in March, I felt sure that many couples would be inspired to incorporate elements of this wonderful love story into their wedding day.”

“I therefore started to plan a shoot that would offer couples ideas on how to introduce small hints of the film in an achievable way, via florals, props and choice of colour palette.”


“The shoot took place at Old Brook Barn, which is a wonderful wedding and event venue located in the Essex Village of Navestock.”

“With its impeccably styled barn, along with its extensive grounds and natural brook, I fell in love with it straight away and knew instantly that it was the perfect location for the shoot.”

“Clare Luke from Luke and Lottie Floral Design created the exquisite floral arrangements.”

“During our first consultation at Clare’s wedding lodge, I explained how I wanted the main focal point of this shoot to be the red rose.”

“We also discussed how I hoped to introduce a rustic elegance within the shoot and we both agreed that this could be achieved by incorporating lots of grass foliage into the florals.”

“Clare immediately understood the scene that I was hoping to create and designed the most breathtaking pieces using various roses, anemones, astrantia, berries, thistles, ivy and lots of grass foliage.”

“The results were spectacular, with the red rose flower crown being my favourite feature in the whole shoot.”

“In addition to designing the floral arrangements, Clare also provided all the props.”

“I discussed with Clare how I wanted to compliment the red and green colour palette by introducing copper tones.”

“This was achieved by introducing various copper tealights and candlesticks to the tablescape styling. Claire also provided the stunning candelabra, which was also a fantastic addition to the shoot.”

“A very slight gothic twist was introduced to the shoot via the hair and make up styling.”

“Sarah Mackenzie from Elegant Times Beauty was able to achieve this look by paying particular attention to Sarah Frost’s (the model) eyes.”

“A smokey eye effect was created by using a grey colour palette for the eye shadow, which was then complimented with Russian lashes and lashings of eyeliner.  Applying a vibrant red lipstick to Sarah’s lips then completed the look.”

“Nikki Walker from Hair by Nikki – Covering Essex created lots of volume at the root of Sarah’s hair, which helped to achieve the dramatic gothic feel that we wanted to incorporate into the shoot.”

“Sarah’s fringe was then swept to the side, with a loose fishtail plait added to finish off the look.”

“To further compliment the style Nikki removed wispy strands of hair from the plait, which tied in beautifully with the rustic theme of the shoot.

“The stunning bridal gown featured in this shoot was an Ian Stuart creation, which was kindly loaned to me by Bridal Reloved, which is a wonderful bridal boutique, located in Maldon Essex.”

“After discussing my Beauty And The Beast theme with the co-owner Lindsey Skidmore, she immediately suggested the Ian Stuart gown, which fitted Sarah perfectly.”

“The very talented Bridie West from Bridie’s Cakes created the amazing two tier drippy cake.”

“I discussed with Bridie the style of cake that would be best suited to the shoot and on the day she produced a stunning masterpiece.”

“Her attention to detail was second to none and I particularly loved the tiny meringues and gold leak specs that she lovingly placed on the side of the cake, which complimented the gold ganache beautifully.”

Anthology Vintage Hire who are based in Maldon Essex loaned me the rustic table and chairs featured in this shoot.”

“The table looked fantastic when styled with the florals and props and it played a major role in helping to achieve the rustic touch that I wanted to introduce to the shoot.”


“Without a shadow of doubt, all of this would not have been possible without the talent of Vickie Warren from Frankly Iris Photography.”

“Vickie oozes with passion for outdoor photo shoots and assisted me with the initial styling ideas.”

“She was incredible in the way that she captured the shoot and produced the most amazing images.”

“The shoot actually took place on the day that the South East was issued with a serve weather warning, although you would never be able to tell from the images that Vickie captured.”