What a gorgeous Woodland Inspired Shoot we have for you this afternoon. I hope you are all wrapped up nice and cosy ready to look through these images because they really are lovely. When I opened the file I loved every image it was so hard to choose which ones to share with you all today! I am a particular fan of woodland weddings and anything outdoors inspired for a wedding setting. I am not sure if that is because we don’t see it too much in England because of the weather and the laws of marrying outside in the UK or just because I am an old romantic at heart. This Woodland Inspired Styled Shoot comes courtesy of DJ Archer Photography and I hope you like it as much as us.
‘Woodland shoot inspired by nature. With a large emphasis on working with materials that most people can find.’
I’ll pass you over to DJ Archer to tell us more about the shoot……….
The shoot took place on 5th October 2014 at Kilhey Court, Standish, Wigan. Weddingnet is a networking group for wedding suppliers in the North West of England. Every month a group of wedding suppliers get together for a chat and to help each other to gain more business. Some suppliers are quite new to the industry so we had a great opportunity of including their work in this styled shoot.
Inspiration behind the shoot
Just behind Kilhey Court is Worthington Lakes, a series of 3 reservoirs serving the town of Wigan. These were originally built in the 1800s to serve the people of Wigan. The river Douglas was diverted from its original course to enable the reservoirs to be built.
The venue had already been picked for the shoot and after discovering a little about the local history we decided that we wanted to work with nature as much as possible, just as the engineers did with the reservoir 2 hundred years ago.
Nature can be so inspirational for weddings and provide couples with a huge opportunity for making beautiful table settings, accessories and decorations.
What did you want to get out of the shoot
A few of us had worked together but we also had a few newbies on the shoot too. It’s great to work with new suppliers but we don’t always get the chance at real weddings. So it was a brilliant way of discovering more about people’s businesses and what they can offer clients. Even people who are members of weddingnet but couldn’t actually partake in the shoot came along, for example Joanne Harrison who is a travel counsellor also helped out on the day.
It was a fantastic day and not only did we make some fantastic business connections, we also had loads of fun. Our objective of showing couples what they can achieve with a woodland/nature setting was definitely achieved.
The suppliers who made it possible…..
- Dress – www.legendbridaldesigns.co.uk
The team at Legend Bridal have built their business on a wealth of history and tradition and their craftsmanship is based on traditional time honoured techniques. Each dress is drafted from their own sketches, hand cut and created with a superior hand finish.
Their designs draw on the inspiration of their surroundings and the delicate ivory lace dress, Mira, showcases ivory lace trailing flowers over latte duchess satin, mirroring the timelessness of nature.
The Rosalka, also known as the ‘woodland dress’, is layer upon layer of ruffles in chiffon and lace and really draws on the magic of changing seasons and the playfulness of autumn.
- Flowers – www.aspect.me.uk
Charlotte from Aspect used lots of browns and natural pinks for this shoot but applied the shadow more intensely to complement the strong colours of the head dresses. The hair was styled loosely with strands and braids reflecting the loose branches of the trees and the falling autumnal leaves.
- Photography – www.djarcherphotography.co.uk
Danny & Lizz at dj archer photography just love being outdoors. “Nature can have such an impact on our lives yet we don’t celebrate it as much as we should. It can completely transform a wedding venue and sometimes keeping things simple and seasonal not only provides couples with relatively inexpensive ways of decorating their venues, they can also give their wedding such a personal look.
And with such a variety in the change of seasons we completely relished the thought of doing an woodland inspired wedding shoot.
- Cakes – www.thecakewhisk.co.uk/default.aspx
The wedding cakes for this photoshoot were created using the influence of the natural, outdoors setting of the woods and lake at Kilhey Court, whilst also continuing the trend for rustic themed weddings.
Fresh succulents are being used increasingly in wedding bouquets and venue dressing, and with so many colours and textures they can easily be incorporated into the wedding. Vicki always likes to give the couples some part of their wedding cake that can be removed and kept as a keepsake, and for this wedding cake the succulents are handmade.
They also like to shop local and keep ingredients as organic as possible, even buying eggs from the local farm a few minutes away.
- Styling – www.facebook.com/countryroseweddings
Marie and Jade set up country rose weddings very recently and have already proved themselves as fantastic venue stylists. They offer a bespoke service bridging the gap between floral architectural florists and the mass produced market.
They used lots of pieces obtained from auctions, reclamation yards, antique shops and local car boot sales. The results for this shoot were simply stunning and really kept the woodland theme throughout the whole of the shoot.
It was also great seeing how the look can be incorporated into real weddings during the inside set up of the shoot. We also loved how Marie created the real flower bouquet within minutes using a couple of her own props and the rest literally picked up from the ground in the forest.
- Felt Bouquet and Headress – www.jamballcreations.com
Jaime and Pete think of themselves as button florists who create handmade bouquets and other wedding items from recycled felts, upcycled buttons, beads and jewellery. They have an extensive collection of vintage buttons to create a truly one of a kind bouquet.
They can also include personal items such as family jewellery or brooches to bouquets for that extra special touch.
- Umbrellas – www.hellobrolly.co.uk
Karen Lee wanted one of her brollies to match the Mira dress used in the shoot. Luckily Legend Bridal had some left over so it was handcrafted onto the brolly. It looked absolutely gorgeous and was such a great idea for brides to do if they anticipate a rainy wedding day!
- Planning – www.gmbespokeevents.co.uk
Gill was absolutely fantastic to have on the day. Gill offers couples the option of having a full planning service (and often saving them money in the long run) or help where it is required. She also has an on the day planning package and she helped us a lot with this during the shoot.
Liasing with the hotel, timing everything so we make the best of the day and running around organising drinks and food for everyone. Definitely a great addition to your wedding.
- Stationery – www.darrenbrowngraphicdesign.com
Darren used the woodlands and nature to influence his wedding stationary designs for the shoot. Darren is also in the enviable position of having access to top quality printing equipment which enabled him to print on the paper of his choice, recycled from sustainable forests and without any excess waste. Again, allowing nature to influence his designs as much as required.
- Venue – www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/macdonald-kilhey-court
Kilhey Court, Standish Kilhey Court is ideally located for this shoot for 2 reasons. One, because it’s just off the M6 and M61 motorways and two, because the wooded area with Worthington Lakes right at the back is simply gorgeous and is so accessible from the hotel for couples who wanted gorgeous pictures without travelling too far from their wedding venue.
- Light up Letters – www.typicaltype.co.uk
Typical Type brought their gorgeous festoon lights along to this shoot. And they were absolutely perfect. With hand crafted hearts (also available in stars and hooks) on which to hang the lights and gorgeous glass bulbs, the lights really added an extra special element (excuse the pun!) to the shoot.
These are perfect for tipi, marquee and barn weddings and looked perfect in the woods.