When you are searching for the perfect suppliers for your wedding day it is worthwhile thinking about how your wedding suppliers work together.
Today I am going to take you behind the scenes at a recent styled shoot I took part in at Oxleaze Barn organised by Carlie at Dreams Into Plans Weddings and photographed by Rachel from Rachel Jane Photography.
Late September, Wiltshire & Gloucestershire was being treated to an unbelievable amount of rain & on the morning of the photoshoot, it really did rain cats & dogs! However, as I pulled up to Oxleaze Barn the rain parted and thankfully we were treated to the sunshine coming out to greet us at midday. Stepping into Oxleaze Barn is always a sight to be seen however as Autumn was drawing in, I witnessed a whole new landscape of warm oranges and plum coloured leaves on the trees contrasting beautifully against the lush green fields all around us.
Inside The Main Barn, Carlie from Dreams Into Plans Weddings and Kelly from All Things Pretty had already begun dressing the venue. With ingenious ways to display your table seating plans and biodegradable confetti Kelly from All Things Pretty really had created an emporium of elegant finishing touches. Luscious foliage and flowers from Michelle at Posey Rose Flowers were the perfect accents for Oxleaze Barn, a venue that requires very little dressing to look like a 5 star wedding venue.
Oxleaze Barn is built from Cotswold Stone and is perfect for a wedding venue with ample space for your ceremony and reception. Within the Cotswolds on the border of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire you can very easily escape city life and be out in the countryside visiting the Barn. The main event space is split into two main rooms; The Main & The Milling Barn. The Barns have an indoor way through, and both open out onto beautifully landscaped gardens with the options for fire pits and garden areas for street food vans!
Through into the Milling Barn, I joined Vicki from Viks Hairdressing and Polly from Polly Morton Makeup prepping our bride model for the day, Charlie Jones. At that moment, Vicki was setting a stunning hairpiece by Miss Clemmie Bridal Accessories. Perusing through makeup & hair goodies can be a little bit of a weakness for me and both managed to distract me for a while before I spotted the yummy set up behind us.
Sophie from The Grazing Company was creating the most outstanding grazing table to be photographed (and what I didn’t realise at the time laying out our lunch, for later on!) Meats, Cheese, locally sourced bread and dips, olives, sundried tomatoes, dark chocolate and so many more delicious additions were being plated up ready for the grazing tables close up. Luckily for Sophie, there was one of my all-time favourite suppliers in the opposite corner of the room creating a masterpiece that had caught my eye…
Hannah from Hannah Culley’s Cakes was displaying a three-tier semi-naked rustic wedding cake. Dressed with fresh flowers, gold foil, a customisable cake topper and a delicate gold cake hoop. Hannah also made some personalised favours for the tables, heart-shaped biscuits with our couples initials on them and macaroons! With friends like these, I think they should fork out for my gym membership!
Whilst I spent my time gently suggesting to Hannah and Sophie that they may have bought far too many yummy treats and that I could easily get rid of an any excess, our bride was finished with her hair and makeup. It was now time for her to get dressed! Victoria from Willoughby & Wolf had selected a stunning wedding dress designed by Theia Couture for our model to wear. With delicate lace and long flared arms, the dress looked like it had been made for Charlie.
Once dressed it was time for me to add some sparkle! As Charlie had a gentle boho vibe of soft curls I chose statement earrings in Yellow Gold with elongated pearls and cubic zirconia. To match I selected a delicate diamond tennis bracelet and yellow gold diamond ring.
When my jewellery isn’t on a model, I love to create editorial style flat lays to capture the finer details of each piece. Now a flat lay of jewellery without props can be a little drab so I was very lucky to have been partnered up with Louise from Loupaper Wedding Stationery. Louise and I have worked on so many shoots together, I am sure this won’t be the first (or last!) time you have read me going on about her fabulous work. Following the brief of colours and theme perfectly with the most creative approach and attention to detail is what Louise is all about!
Rachel from Rachel Jane Photography photographed behind the scenes and took finishing photos all day, from climbing on ladders and boxes, there was not a stone left unturned (lifted, moved or stood on!) by Rachel. We strategically moved around both the Milling and Main Barn catching Charlie under the arch provided by Kelly at All Things Pretty dressed by Posey Rose Flowers, seated at the dining table provided by Cotswold Events Solutions and tableware by Vintage Gold China.
Once we had finished inside it was time to head outside to meet our VIP. Big Man arrived on the photoshoot in true grandeur, in all his beauty he stood and posed like a true professional giving Rachel from Rachel Jane Photography ample opportunity to capture beautiful moments between him and Charlie.
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