Eco folksy wedding inspiration

Published by Claire Gould on

A breathtakingly beautiful, sustainable and eco chic styled photoshoot from an amazing group of talented suppliers in Hampshire. We’re thrilled to be sharing this wonderful wedding style inspo from lovely English Wedding member and vegan wedding planner Sian at Amethyst Weddings, along with more of our faves and members: images are by super lovely Sarah Hoyle Photography, dresses are by Jessica Turner Designs, and accessories from the incredible Clare Lloyd. There’s a full supplier list just below.

It’s a treat to share insights into how the look came about,  from each of the suppliers involved in this collaborative shoot. Please grab a cuppa, snuggle down somewhere cosy and find out how to create such a gorgeous, sustainable wedding. Oh, and do reach out to any of the suppliers involved to book their services or ask a question – they’re all super lovely and talented people.Claire's signature


Photographer, initial concept and planning
Stylist and co planning
Hair and Mua
Hand Painted Backdrop
Hair accessories
Brides Dress
Stationery suite and table stationery
Table runner
Soy candles
Model couple


Sarah Hoyle Photography, initial concept and planner

I wanted this styled shoot to be quite pared back and reflect the values of my new brand, which are all about simple living and sustainability. The shoot was designed to have a folksy feel to it…I described it as being a mix between Poldark and Mumford and Sons!

All the elements that were brought together to create the shoot were eco-friendly and sustainable. We had a wonderful team of gorgeous ladies who all believed in the same ethical and environmental values and they all worked their magic to great this beautiful shoot.

Gilbert White’s House barn was a perfect venue as they provide everything for weddings in house and they are classed as an eco friendly wedding venue. They also have their own in house brewery so we designed our table favours to be a bottle of specially brewed ale for the couple. Ticking all the sustainable boxes, not only would the favours be used but then the glass bottles could be recycled. Plus the fact the ale was brewed in house meant there was little to no carbon footprint for them.

The vibe of the barn was the perfect backdrop as it felt warm, cosy, rustic and had that Poldark feel to it, the views of the South Downs outside were so stunning too you just couldn’t get a better backdrop.

I chose to have a handfasting ceremony for the shoot again to reflect the 18th Century vibe of the shoot. Simple olden days living with an arts and craft aesthetic.

I loved the idea of the groom having a banjo to play on his wedding day, again minimal fuss and entertainment for the couple, just good old fashioned honest music and fun.

I wanted to produce a shoot that felt warm, loving but intense, Autumnal, rustic, folky and sustainable and I hope that the images do this!

Amethyst Weddings – Sian

Sarah first approached me because of my vegan and eco credentials. She asked for my help and input with the styling of the tablescape. Following our initial conversation I instantly knew what aesthetic Sarah was looking for. Inspired by her original mood board I created a warm and inviting tablescape using brass and wooden candlesticks which were all preloved items and vegan friendly soy candles in neutral tones.

I picked naturally dyed napkins along with a natural gauze table runner in a taupe tone that added texture along the centre of the trestle tables. These natural tones helped to create a cosy homely natural vibe combined with the beautiful amber tones of the glassware and the medicine jars we used for the flowers.

Blooming Cow Florist used a combination of British dried flowers, grasses and seed heads along with some freshly cut rosemary from her cutting garden.

More specifically: Lagurus seed heads or the aptly named ‘Bunny’s Tail’, a soft and tactile grass seed head that you just want to stroke! Nigella seed pods which are globular shaped seed pods that have a lovely golden hue to them once dried. Mustard yellow Achillea flowers and statice in apricot shades also featured as well as dried fennel seed heads, wheat and oat grasses. I included the fresh rosemary to give the bouquet a bit more life, I find that the greens in any dried material can look a little too dull.

The bouquet was tied with hessian ribbon and natural twine with the addition of some beautiful silk ribbon from The Botanical Dyer in a limited edition colour of Caramel Bronze.

The Wedding Altar

A natural hessian runner marked the aisle walkway with a combination of glass vases on log slices featuring dried flowers and seed heads and a scattering of Helichrysum flower heads. A hand painted botanical backdrop was used and decorated with hops. Two galvanised metal milk churns / barrels marked either side of the alter with tall Pampas grass fronds. The Pampas grass used was obtained from The Hampton Estate as well as from one of my customers gardens in exchange for some dried hops!

The Entrance: The double barn doors that face out into the landscape at Gilbert White’s House were decorated with hop bines. We re-positioned the milkchurns and also used them here to mark either side of the doorway. Along with a scattering of Helichrysum flower heads in a lovely deep burgundy.

The Table: My contribution was quite simple – mainly Nigella seed pods in the vases with a few smaller dried pieces in smaller vases.

Hop Bines were sourced from The Hampton Estate, a family owned and run traditional agricultural estate located in Farnham. British Dried Flowers were from Shropshire Petals and Daisy Shop, with plant dyed silk ribbon from The Botanical Dyer</a

Eco friendly wedding dress by Jessica Turner Designs

The process and ideas of the shoot were parallel to my way of working, looking into natural organic sources and sustainability. I was honoured to be asked by Sarah Hoyle Photography and Sian from Amethyst Weddings. The Daisy dress was chosen, made from cotton and lined with organic cotton for a boho bride. I loved the folksy design of the dress which also matched the rustic charm of the setting.

The sleeves were redesigned to create a whole new bridal look, a sustainable way of working creating something new from something old but also the sleeves are detachable so the dress can also create two looks in one night.

Stationery by Ellie and Liv

When Sarah asked me to be part of her styled shoot involving other like minded eco-friendly and sustainable suppliers my heart sang. Her vision was everything I dreamed of in regards to the colours, feel and tone.

After delving into Sarah’s mood board and Pinterest inspiration I drew my inspiration from the month of the shoot October and all things Autumn.
I had thoughts of Anne of Green Gable, Wuthering Heights fleeting through my mind as my muse. Taking inspiration from Gilbert White himself, I looked to nature and the season for the colours and dried foliage that can be found in the wild countryside of the British Isles.

Using natural taupes, oranges and a pop of burnt ochre I used watercolour as my medium of choice.

I knew eco-friendly zero waste poppy seed paper would be the perfect choice for the stationery, mixing it with recycled kraft card to create a natural depth. As dried poppy heads appear in late Summer and early Autumn, the seed in the paper gave an extra layer to the story the stationery told. I even included a painted poppy seed head, hidden in the foliage.

Then when the stationery is finished with, it can be returned to nature. Growing new poppies next Summer for everyone to enjoy.

Miranda – Celebrant

Wedding ceremonies have been an important feature of nearly every culture, religion, generation and society. We have thousands of important moments that happen throughout our lives, but this one is regarded as one so meaningful that we acknowledge it’s special status by sharing it with others.

Despite all our differences, love is what we all share. It’s the great unifier and one universal truth. No matter who we are, we know one thing…love is what we’re doing right. And love is what brought everyone together for this special Handfasting ceremony.

A hand fasting and hand things have been used throughout history to symbolise the union of two individuals in marriage. It quite literally symbolises ‘Tying the Knot!’

Inspired by the earthy tones of this styled shoot, we decided to take the Handfasting ceremony outside beneath the branches of a big oak tree. The roots of the tree growing beneath our feet felt grounding and expansive as the couple exchanged rings, shared vows and sealed their union with the tying of hands grounding them to the roots of the tree and to each other. It was as if all of those gathered in that moment were at one with the earth and one with the couple as they made their vows.

Each of the ribbons used in this Handfasting carried meaning. Brown symbolised nurturing, home and hearth. Next, Gold meant wisdom, prosperity and longevity and finally, Yellow for joy, happiness, and unconditional love.

We used plant dyed silks and velvets sourced from a variety of small businesses via Etsy.

Hair and makeup

The Ethical Bride Co. is run and founded by friends and fellow hair and makeup artists Jen and Lisa. They have been working together for many years now. They believe in trying to use products in their kit that are vegan friendly which ultimately means cruelty free as well. The beauty industry is full of wastage around packaging and unused products so Lisa and Jen carefully try to use products that they know are effective and where possible use sustainable methods of packaging.

The duo jumped at the chance to work with a more sustainably minded team and loved what Sarah was trying to achieve. ‘We want to show that you can still get high quality hair and makeup results from being an Eco-conscious hair and makeup artist’

They wanted to use autumnal rustic colours and shy away from the ‘oh so natural boho look or the typical bridal looks’.

The brands that they used on the wonderful models are as follows: Beauty Kitchen / Jaclyn Hill /Morphe eye shadow palette / Elf cosmetics
Chantecaille / Too faced / Hourglass / Beauty Made Easy / Natulique Natural Styling (hair) Maria Nila (hair)


Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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