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Today we are celebrating micro weddings coupled with the beauty of nature with this quite beautiful styled shoot. The shoot took place on 22nd October 2020 at Brithdir Mawr Newport, Pembrokeshire in Wales. The backdrop is stunning and the venue brings with it a mythical and enchanting intimacy to the whole feel of the shoot. With soft tones and an autumnal colour palette the aim of the shoot was to use only pre-loved or vintage items from the table wear to the outfits. The soft yet powerful ethos can be seen in the mixture of fabrics and props and our two wonderful models. The whole shoot is a celebration of nature, for the love of the earth and striping things back, it really is a pleasure to feature it here on the blog. Big thanks to Ness from TogetherNess Weddings for planning and putting it together, along with the wonderful team of suppliers.
When I was offered the opportunity to plan a styled shoot at this magical location, I decided to focus on the romance and authenticity of elopement and small weddings. With smaller outdoor events and sustainability being a trend for the future, this was the perfect opportunity to embrace the intimacy, personality and heart led nature of a micro wedding.
Brithdir Mawr is a breathtakingly beautiful outdoor venue, with its own magnificent stone circle backdropped by Mynydd Carningli (Carningli Mountain), where one of the only two “sleeping giants” in the UK lays, watching over the surrounding area.
Steeped in ancient tradition there is something mythical and enchanting about this exceptionally unique part of Pembrokeshire. Complimenting the wild and raw environment was key to styling this shoot.
My inspiration came from this beautiful Native American saying; “A strong woman is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely. Her tears flow as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft and powerful, she is both practical and spiritual. A strong woman in her essence is a gift to the world”
Coupling soft fabrics and tones with the drama of black leather, silver jewels and deep reds, I wanted to represent and unite these innate feminine energies.
The colour palette compliments the softer mood and tones of autumn, whilst reflecting these inherent feminine qualities. I used pale creams and greys in the fabrics to unite the opposing styles, and to add a feel of stark freshness against the wild backdrop.
Using flowers that she grows herself on her farm just over the fields, Emma Powell’s floristry was the key element that brought the shoot together.
The colours Emma used in the striking floral crowns and bouquets reflected both bride styles perfectly, as well as enhancing the season and natural surrounding beauty flawlessly.
For the table I used grey layered linens as a backdrop for the elegant autumn florals. Combining the essence of “soft” and “powerful” using silver glasses against cream earthenware bottles holding soft white candles. Everything we used, from the tableware to the dresses, are preloved and vintage finds. The natural bridal hair and make up was created by Bethan Onnen from Pure Native Beauty, who works closely with couples to create a look that is authentic to them.
With clever use of the low October sunlight, Ben Mathers Photography played with the dappled rays and perfectly captured the enchanted feeling of the day.
A big thank you to everyone involved, it was a truly personal and magical adventure.