I was thrilled when Ally asked me to produce this Dairy House Farm Styled Shoot. It was to promote her wedding venue; Dairy House farm, Aller in Somerset.
Only recently Dairyhouse Farm secured a marriage licence to enable ceremonies to take place onsite. This was something I had in my mind when working on the styling concept.
So I wanted to promote that by picking up on the current interest in alternative outdoor style ceremonies in the UK.
A Boho styled wedding theme grew ! Bridalwear designers loaned us a trouser all in one piece for the bride. We used natural textiles with references to the farm in the details of the props & styling. It was also important that we emphasised the beauty of local, British & handmade products & suppliers. So all of the products featured are British with many being produced locally to the venue’s location.
Nick, owner of the farm is a keen collector of old vintage vehicles & memorabilia. This means that the venue is terrific to photograph ! With an abundance of props & backdrops. A photographers dream!
So, the scene was set as a boho styled outdoor wedding ceremony, with the bride in a trouser suit ( & the groom in a tweed suit by Suave Owl. Our bride also wore a bespoke wide brimmed floppy hat designed by a local Somerset milliner. Her bouquet was hand crocheted by To Be Adorned who have a shop on Etsy. The bride’s ensemble was completed with handmade wedge shoes in Peach, also by a small UK designer.
Floral arrangements included, real peaches, pampas grass, twisted willow & peach/cream blooms, metallic copper accents with dark green foliage. The Interior set design is rustic, with trestle tables, candlelight, enamelware & hessian & muslin textiles, housed within an old milking shed.
The shoot was picked up & featured by Counties Wedding Magazines & The English Wedding blog. A 3rd feature is coming soon on from Brides with Love !
Behind the scenes ...
The shoot took two days to set up & photograph & about 8 weeks to organise ! We had a lot of laughs in between the ‘technical glitches’ Ally, Nick’s better half & 2nd owner of Dairhouse farm kept the morale going with treats such as prosecco & homecooked lunches. Tib Grieve of The Little Buttercup Cakery supplied us with two gorgeous cakes for the shoot, one of which we got to eat & the chocolate sponge combined with the salted caramel filling was simply exquisite. Needless to say the cake didn’t last long !
Fantastically 15 UK suppliers collaborated including; House of Ollichon, Suave Owl, Alison Wright Millinery, Smith & Evans, House of Bendy, Virginias Vintage Hire, BuntingByJen, Enamelware Events, stationary by MadeByRae Designs, two cakes by The Little Buttercup Cakery, Handmade shoes by Miss Molly, metallic artwork by Greenleaf Artworks , hand crochet bouquet by To Be Adorned, linen table runners & embroidered hankerchief by Extra Special Touch & vintage motor vehicles supplied by Nick 🙂
Our professional team consisted of Sam Dunning & Nia G who are professional models, floristry by Flowermouse & hair & makeup by Claire Bendy at House of Bendy. The locations we shot are all within the venue; Orchard, Dutch Barn, Old milking shed & rustic antique cattle stalls.
The final colour pallet; Peach, Cream, shades of Brown, dark Green foliage , metallic copper accents.
I hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed creating them. The venue website can be found here; https://www.dairyhousefarmsomerset.co.uk/
Next shoot planned for later on this year !