Bridal Portrait Inspiration in the Cotswold Lavender Fields

A bride in a gorgeous wedding dress, fab floral creations and a field of delicate purple lavender makes for a whole lot of pretty! Make-up artist and photographer Carissa collaborated with a team of wedding professionals to create this beautifully simple bridal portrait inspiration.

If you are feeling the pressure of having your picture taken on ‘the big day’ then a bridal photo shoot is a great idea. It will help you get to know your wedding photographer and feel more comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera. As you can see, you don’t need an all-singing, all-dancing shoot with props galore either… just find a stunning location and smile!

For me, the best thing about this shoot is not only sharing the beautiful images, but also showcasing the work of fabulous suppliers close to our home county of Wiltshire. Enjoy!

Bride wearing leather jacket standing in Cotswold Lavender Field

Truly Beautiful

“The Cotswold Lavender fields in Snowshill, Gloucestershire, are truly beautiful. Field upon field of purple flowers surrounded by Cotswold scenery; it sure is a stunning location.

“I love styled shoots and being a part of them. You get to work with fabulous suppliers and create so much inspiration for weddings. For this shoot I wanted to focus on bridal portraits, as we often hear brides say “I hate having my photo taken”. The idea of standing in front of the camera can be daunting so I wanted to show you can have fun and, with a few simple poses, create a stunning selection of portraits you will look back on and smile.

“We have lots of beautiful venues here in the Cotswolds, but for this shoot I wanted a blank canvas. No décor or room shots, just a bride in a dress with pretty make-up and flowers, and that’s exactly what we created.”

Bride standing in Cotswold Lavender Field

Bride wearing flower crown

Bride holding bouquet in field of lavender

Bride walking through field of lavender

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Girls at festival hen party sitting on rug

‘Henfest’ Colourful Festival Hen Party Styling Ideas

You’ve probably seen ‘Wedfest’ wedding ideas before, but today we’re sharing this super cool inspiration for a ‘Henfest’ hen party! If you and your hens have a love for festivals and the great outdoors then why not combine the two with a festival-esque event to celebrate your forthcoming nuptials?

Created by Pitch Boutique, these ideas include activities to keep the hens busy throughout the day, including floral crown and bracelet making, glitter make-up and cocktails. There’s also the most incredible grazing spread for the hens to enjoy. Every inch of this Henfest styling is cool and fun, with pops of colour amongst the rustic features including outdoor gin and tonic bar and cute pallet picnic table set-up.

Girls at festival hen party sitting on rug

I hope you enjoy these amazing ideas, captured so perfectly by Ella Violet Photography…

Henfest

“At Pitch Boutique we create alternative hen parties. They’re a breath of fresh air for those who hate the idea of ‘L’ plates, strippers, willy straws and hen party dares! For this shoot we worked with an eclectic mix of suppliers to create ‘Henfest’, a festival inspired hen party set for our hens to celebrate in style.

Chalkboard sign for Henfest festival hen party

Cushion seating area and tipi for festival hen party

Colourful paper pom poms and streamers

Tipi

Henfest sign and Wellington boots

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Rustic and Edgy Winter Wedding Styling at Trenderway

I love winter, and as much as I’ve been enjoying the recent sunshine, I’ll be honest, these stunning pictures have made me yearn for the cold, cosy months a little. Trenderway, surrounded by Cornish countryside with breathtaking views and wide-open spaces, provided the perfect setting for this rustic shoot. Inspired by the natural beauty of the location and led by shoot coordinator Hazel Parsons, a team of creatives combined to produce this edgy wedding styling look.

Inside the venue, deep red candles give an instant warmth to the rustic wood table, and the table flowers, coloured glasses and grey plates add further colour contrasts amongst the green foliage. Weaving down the centre of the table, the foliage looks stunning and makes a wonderful winter alternative to a fabric table runner. I also love the small easels the menu and table number sit on, which add another subtle, rustic touch.

Outside, a red chez lounge by the woodland provides a place for the bride and groom to relax and take in the views. Beautifully styled with candelabra, Ivy and Pampas grass, it’s also a perfect spot for couple shots.

If you’re planning a winter wedding I hope these fantastic ideas, captured by Toby Lowe Photography, give you lots of inspiration for your styling…

Bride and groom sitting on chez lounge in woodland at Trenderway

Natural Textures

“Trenderway has so many captivating and remote locations to choose from, giving us a wide tapestry to create the look and feel for this shoot. We wanted a look that pulled on the natural elements available at this venue such as the woodlands, deep green foliage, cool soft natural winter light, and stunning farm surroundings that reflect Trenderway’s eco-friendly ethos. We also wanted to add an edgy, stylised vibe, and used a couture wedding dress by Christine Trewinnard Couture and statement headpieces by The Lucky Sixpence to achieve this. Accents of hot colours featured throughout the styling, including the flowers, make-up, groom’s tie, vintage sofa, cake, and even in the stationery to add warmth and depth.

“The Mowhay barn has many natural textures, from its exposed stone walls to the large wooden beams overhead. It also has a warm and intimate feel whilst offering a good deal of space. We filled the wooden tables with foliage Helen from The Velvet Daisy foraged from Trenderway’s estate. The rich greenery gave a sense of bringing the outdoors in, and showed how you can create something visually stunning and rich in textures and colour for winter weddings.”

Winter wedding stationery with hand lettering

Winter wedding invitation with hand lettering

Winter wedding stationery with hand lettering

Long rustic wooden wedding table with winter styling

Wedding table number with hand lettering

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Botanical Inspired Wedding Styling at Fulham Palace

Fulham Palace is the perfect backdrop for these dreamy botanical inspired wedding styling ideas. Adorned in delightful wisteria at the time of the shoot, this stunning venue looks even more beautiful.

For me, flowers bring a wedding to life, and these floral ideas combined with the grandeur inside Fulham Palace create the most incredible styling. The pièce de résistance is the chuppah canopy created with gorgeous botanical greens mixed with pops of pink and peach.

With botanical elegance in mind, the stationery set oozes simplistic flair, using green watercolour and contemporary yet elegant calligraphy. The beautiful wedding cake continues the floral theme, and its four tiers of gold leaf and floral decoupage also give a nod to the splendour of Fulham Palace.

Bride in front of chuppah covered in foliage and peonies

For the bridal styling, two gorgeous Katya Katya wedding dresses feature. The first is a romantic ball gown with sheer lace sleeves and keyhole back, the second a vintage inspired sheath silhouette capped sleeve dress. Both include floral detailing and work perfectly with the overall styling concept. Oh, and prepare to swoon over the bride’s fabulous gold glitter bow shoes by Charlotte Mills.

Kitty Wheeler Shaw captured these botanical inspired wedding styling ideas beautifully…

Heavily Botanical

“For some time I had ideas whizzing through my head to create a sumptuous, heavily botanical inspired wedding shoot with elements of Palm Springs and Waterhouse. I wanted our venue set-up and bride to look as though they came out of a Millais/Waterhouse scene, and dropped in Palm Springs, California.

“I hand-picked a team of luxury, fine-art wedding professionals who truly get the awesomeness involved with weddings. Together we wanted to capture the feelings and emotions of the steps leading up to the wedding. These included the build up to the ceremony, touching on the kiddushin (the first two stages of the Jewish wedding process), and the veiling of the bride. We also had the most stunning chuppah of magenta and peach peonies, jasmine, café au lait dahlias, vuvuzela roses and eucalyptus nicholii. We used a palette of botanical deep greens mixed with dirty vintage blush and peach, hints of magenta and shocks of luxe gold.”

Bridal shoes and bouquet on chair

Charlotte Mills bridal shoes on chair next to bouquet

Bride standing looking out of the window at Fulham Palace

4 - Botanical Inspired Wedding Styling at Fulham Palace

Bride looking out of window surrounded in wisteria

Bride sitting on floor at Fulham Palace

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Pink and White Magnolia Spring Wedding Styling

I’m so excited to inspire you with this exquisite shoot, photographed by Allen Tsai Photography. When I think about single blooming branches I usually imagine cherry blossom, but this shoot is all about beautiful magnolia. The serene nature of these pink and white magnolia spring wedding styling ideas really wows.

The concept is romantic yet contemporary, and balances modern elements with effortless style. It would look stunning for weddings in spring to summer when the magnolia tree is in full bloom.

The pink and white blossom of this particular magnolia provides a pastel colour palette along with romantic elegance. Simple styling lets the magnolia take centre stage, with just a few other key styling elements added including the fabulous cake and the incredible stationery.

Long wedding table styled with pink magnolia flowers

The bride’s dress looks like it’s been made specifically to fit the concept, but actually this is the stunning Alexandra Grecco ‘Wilder’ wedding dress from The Magic Hour collection. With its sheer bodice and sleeves and embroidered floral appliqué design that resemble tattoos, this is one of my all time favourite wedding dresses, so I was so excited to see it feature.

So, if you’re drawn to the idea of using a single type of blooming branch then I’m sure these gorgeous ideas will make you add the serene magnolia to your list!

Elegance and Refinement

“When Callista approached me with the design idea of using a single type of blooming branch I jumped at the idea! Magnolia are large, stately flowers, but also carry an air of elegance and refinement, and when used alone their beautiful shape and subtle colour variations shine.

“To show magnolias at their best we designed both low and high centrepieces – some with open flowers and some with buds. The bridal bouquet echoed this design, finished with a soft, silk ribbon bow.” – Gather Design Company

Elegant white wedding stationery with pink ribbon

Wedding invitation, ring and bridal shoes

Pink magnolia next to wedding menu

Pond in grounds of DeLille Cellars

Trees with spring blossom at DeLille Cellars

Wedding ceremony seating outside DeLille Cellars

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