Sustainable, rustic and bright spring wedding inspiration in rural Bedfordshire
We absolutely LOVE a sustainable countryside wedding theme – and this little beauty with welly wanging and gorgeous florals is EVERYTHING! It was sent in by lovely Caroline Acaster Photography, and created by a bunch of talented wedding creatives at Edworth Manor, near Biggleswade.
“After several months of planning this fun packed styled shoot the time had finally arrived. We really did enjoy such an amazing day in April 2023; the weather was kind, the location all giving and we were surrounded by a friendly & talented bunch of like-minded people.
Edworth Manor, a working family farm in rural Bedfordshire, was the most amazing host with a 12th century church on site, the three hundred year old restored Granary Barn and the most amazing views and surroundings imaginable.
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When Sarah and I started this journey our plan was to highlight the importance of sustainability with our main focus being to include as many local suppliers as possible. With at least 17 inspiring creatives being based within a 10 mile radius I think we definitely ticked that box.
My photographic vision for the shoot was to create a gallery of images that reflected a relaxed and fun vibe with plenty of colour. I embrace an unobtrusive approach which coupled with a bubbly personality enabled me to bring out the most authentic moments of love & connection throughout the day. We collaborated with another talented local wedding photographer, Alex Artlett and Josh Hyde, award winning wedding videographer to form a creative dream team. Alex’s photographic style is natural, authentic, relaxed and documentary style. She enjoys capturing all the small and big moments to remember forever.
Local couple, Tom and Kim, kindly agreed to be our models for the day, I think maybe they saw it as a practice run for their real wedding in September. We then borrowed some bridesmaids, congregation, and welly wangers from a local theatre group to create a ‘real wedding’ feel.
Lisa Lyons created the most spectacular wedding ensemble for the bride, a boho inspired crochet lace top with scooped back and button detail with a soft aline georgette skirt with slit and puddle train. Rewritten bridesmaids and Vintage suit hire were involved with dressing the rest of the party.
We were adamant that all of the flowers should be British Grown with Sarah sourcing from 3 local flower farms. We had agreed early on that our colourway would be spring brights, and the armfuls of tulips, ranunculus, narcissi, hellebores plus a few sprigs from the resident flowering pear tree most definitely didn’t disappoint.
Baker Dawn, a contestant from this year’s Great British Bake Off, was very happy to join us with her tasty creations for the patisserie bar including the spectacular macaron tower. Her late Grandparents had close links to the area which made her involvement even more meaningful.
Our day was finished to perfection with a few rounds of welly wanging, surely the most sustainable wedding entertainment ever. This was fun fun fun… oh and maybe just a bit competitive. Pleased to confirm that no photographers were harmed during the filming, despite a couple of near misses. Please do try this at home….