Renewed vows – a sustainable love story
Happy Monday, lovelies! Today’s styled shoot comes from our lovely Gold Member and Hertfordshire wedding photographer Becky Harley. It’s the result of a fabulous creation organised by Tracy at the Four Counties Wedding Awards. Tracy organises a styled shoot with everyone who wins an award each year. Having a photoshoot for all the award winners is a lovely idea, I think it’s brilliant so I’m very happy to shout about it! The vibe is wonderful, little Hattie is the cutest, the alpacas are funny as anything, all the styling is just WOW and the images are incredible.
Four Counties Wedding Awards
Photographer Becky Harley Photography
Bridal Retailer Clifford Burr
Cake Designer At Your Wish Cakes
DJ JN Sounds
Dressmaker & Designer Lisa Lyons Bridal
Celebrant Kelly Hawes Celebrant
Hairstylist Kim Sandford Hairstylist
Stationery Francesca Norton Stationery
Florist Willow & Blossom
Wedding Planner Amulet Weddings
Venue Horsley Hale Farm
Menswear Chimney Formal Menswear
Make Up Artist Michelle Nash MUA
Videographer Charly Mae Photography
Stylist Dolly’s Vintage Tea Party
Models Nicola, Josh and Hattie Harris
Inspired by the ethos behind Horsley Hale Farm, this collaboration from the winners of the Four Counties Wedding Awards is charmingly beautiful. The shoot focuses on the importance of sustainability, nature and quality family time together.
It was a huge pleasure to coordinate and plan this shoot and to encourage winners of the Four Counties Wedding Awards to look at ways they can provide a sustainable, eco-friendly service to their couples.
Featuring a muted colour pallet complemented with accents of black, rust, botanical greens, midnight blue and touches of brassy gold. These colours sensitively gave a neutral background to show off the deep rich coloured florals.
We love the idea of bringing together award winning wedding creatives to showcase their talents in a styled photoshoot – a massive ‘Well done!’ to the team at Four Counties Wedding Awards for making this happen!
An “Oasis in the Fens”, the multi award winning Horsley Hale Farm offers the perfect rural backdrop for outdoor weddings, putting sustainability and care for the environment at the heart of everything they do.
The wilderness safari theme inspired by the farm’s safari lodges lends itself to recycled and sustainable styling materials. The alternative bridal outfits and groomswear work perfectly, while traditional elements of an intimate wedding day are still incorporated into the shoot.
Props and floral arrangements were used for the ceremony area, the cake cutting, and then for the intimate dining setup by the lakeside and fire pit in the safari lodge. The flowers add a touch of romance to the rowing boat and make for stunning photos on the lake too!
The lake emulated a ‘watering hole’ backdrop for the tablescape with stone plates, charger mats and gold glassware which went perfectly with the cutlery and succulents.
The woodland tunnel with festoon lights and muslin draping was enough to frame our beautiful couple. Set with wicker chairs, wooden trunks, spray painted toy animals, vintage lamps, candle light and African trinkets hidden amongst the florals.
Creating a fun and intimate set up against the amazing Safari Lodge set with the low-level tables and cushion seating, wicker plates and twist of festival/boho vibes formed a relaxed, cool and carefree feel perfect for an intimate evening under the stars.
Nicola’s relaxed, textured hair is the perfect style for our unpredictable British weather, with soft flattering lines and no worries about hair dropping or curls escaping! And little Hattie’s high messy bun works perfectly – Kim always recommends hair up for little ones, so they’re happy and free to run around and play.
Earthy warm tones were used for the bride’s makeup, keeping it natural. Taupes and golds are ideal for darker eyes when wanting to create a wedding look.
Nicola wears a sumptuously embellished georgette vest with silk satin band, Rouleau and button back detail in the most gorgeous pale grey colour. This was paired with a fully gathered, ivory silk georgette skirt that skimmed just below the knee that gave the bride a more relaxed, evening outfit, perfect for dancing the night away under the stars.
The rural venue and the botanical theme of the photo shoot with dusky hues of colour were the perfect backdrop for the wonderfully textured brown check waistcoat and soft floral tie which Josh wore with a subtle check suit to add a sharpness to the look. Adding the wine coloured chinos gave a relaxed vibe and picked out the tones of the floral decorations for the chilled lodge and fireside wedding theme whilst pairing this with the liberty floral tie in a strong colour and design added personality to the outdoor theme.
All the textures and foliage make the floral styling truly breathtaking. Ferns and monstera leaves capture the safari vibe, while larger floral pieces were used for the ceremony space and key locations in the photoshoot. Nicola’s bouquet has so much texture, with berry toned flowers, peach roses and some blue eryngium thistle alongside sedum, clematis, astrantia and antirrhinum, all finished off with trailing velvet ribbons.
The cake-table display was amongst a botanical backdrop on a trio of bamboo tables.
The cake is a perfectly on trend, two tiered style with foliage and succulents, and a touch of burgundy and white. The touches of gold lustre add luxury to this beautiful design, while the cascade of green and foliage fits perfectly with the safari theme. The succulents were sprayed with glaze to intensify the colour and give shine commonly seen in fresh succulents.
The canopy of the tree lined pathway, with its romantic lighting was just perfect for a small and intimate ceremony. Don’t you just love the nature inspired dressing that really compliments nature’s own backdrop?
This stunning shoot was also featured on Rock My Wedding.