A few weeks ago I met up with the lovely Samantha (The Pretty Cake Company) and Tracey (Distinctive Petals) for lunch in a beautiful hotel in the heart of the Cotswolds. It was great to catch up on all their wonderful news. One of the things we were discussing, was an up and coming rustic wedding styled shoot, that they were both a part of. They were really excited, as it was to be held at a new Wedding Venue in Oxfordshire and even more so because the style of the venue suited their vintage expertise perfectly… an old Barn on the middle of a Farm! I am privileged to be able to share the stunning results with you today. The wedding styling is the ultimate in vintage chic and it truly is one of my favourite ever styled shoots, I absolutely adore it!
If you do too, please show some love at the end of the blog by leaving a comment for those involved…
The shoot was held at the very idyllic setting of Cogges Manor Farm in the Oxfordshire Cotswold Town of Witney. The Wheat Barn was set up for a Wedding Breakfast, it has recently been awarded it’s Wedding Ceremony License and is now available to hold country style weddings and events.
Olivia from Host Event Management said “I knew as soon as I saw the venue that I wanted to work with it in some capacity. The Cotswold stone walls, the canopy of exposed beams coupled with a warm and inviting atmosphere got my creative head spinning! I contacted a team of wedding professionals who are based in the area and they gladly agreed to work on this project.
We had to fit in with the style of the barn so we decided on muted tones and different textures. We chose to use long tables as we wanted the room to feel informal. Wooden fold up chairs with floral seat pads courtesy of local firm BHK Rentals set the look off along with a very old farmyard cart which was sprinkled with fairy lights really made the room come alive! In terms of the styling Elegant Cuisine provided us with white table linen and classic table ware, lace edged hessian table runners, pot plants, rustic and classic stationery were designed by Little Bird Weddings and the pink & blue bunting was loaned by the Oxford Bunting Company.”
The flowers produced by Tracey from Distinctive Petals based in Witney, Oxfordshire, were in keeping with the country style. By using long tables this naturally lead to using lots of small arrangements, jam jars were heavily incorporated, which are continuing to be a very popular trend for weddings. These were decorated with lace, twine and hessian to compliment the table runners.
Old fashioned milk bottles made an appearance, which naturally lead themselves to the farm environment alongside some wrapped plants to complete the country garden, natural theme.
Bundles of wheat were used with the table numbers, after all, the barn was called the ‘wheat barn’ so it seemed a natural choice to make. These were placed on rough wood off cuts with tealights surrounding them giving a romantic look.
The real welcome addition to the barn itself, was the courtyard area just outside. This was dressed as a relaxed lounge area with hay bale seating, floral fabrics, bay trees, flowers, the table plan and more bunting. You can imagine a hog roast or bbq being served on a barmy summers evening here. We even had visits from the resident chickens and lambs!
As a focal point for the outside area Tracey made a large jug of flowers with winding twigs and a selection of very seasonal flowers. Peonies, ‘Boombastic’ Spray Roses, Phlox, Cornflowers, Bluebells and again, lots of wheat. Attached to the twigs was the table plan, displayed on bundles of hay covered in a Cath Kidston style fabric which provided a lovely focal display at the guests would enter the reception barn.”
Tracey, owner of Distinctive Petals said: “The flowers were designed to compliment the natural beauty of the wheat barn, I designed the flowers to include lots of wheat with trimmings of hessian and lace. The flowers flowed the country theme with Peonies, ‘bombastic’ spray Roses, forget me nots, lilac and Astilbee. Tables were adorned with a variety of jam jars and milk bottles with plants wrapped in hessian and Cath Kidston fabric.”
Samantha, Owner of The Pretty Cake Company based in Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, created a stunning vintage wedding cake, ensuring a beautiful focal point for the main barn.
Samantha said: “I designed a petite 3 tier ivory wedding cake trimmed with pale champagne satin ribbon with an ivory lace overlay. The cake is decorated with sugar arrangements of ivory blush roses, white stocks and wheat. A small lace bow on the bottom tier finishes the look. The cake is displayed on a vintage glass pedestal cake stand and housed in an ornate cast iron display stand.”
Neil Hanson, Photographer said: “There was so much detail it was hard to decide where to start on this shoot, but by getting plenty of close up shots of the flowers, decorations, cake jewelry etc & throwing much of the background detail out of focus, added to the unique, warm and welcoming atmosphere of the barn. Most images were capture using available natural light to create a true representation of the barns quality. With a little patience & help rounding up the chickens, sheep & ponies just added to the unique location that is Cogges Manor Farm.”
To finish the look, Jessica Mills (www.jessicamillsmakeup.co.uk) make-up and hair artist went for a boho inspired look with the hair and very natural makeup. Pearl jewellery was added to give a classic wedding look (www.forevernina.co.uk).
OK so I may have got carried away with adding these images, but there were just so many beautiful ones it was hard to choose… (please forgive me!)
I am also delighted to share with you a ‘behind the scenes’ video captured by Justin and Alison from Vogue Wedding Films (www.vogueweddingfilms.co.uk)…
Venue – Cogges Manor Farm www.cogges.org.uk
Planner/Stylist – Host Event Management www.hosteventmanagement.co.uk
Florist – Distinctive Petals www.distinctivepetals.co.uk
Photographer – Neil Hanson www.nordicpics.co.uk
Make-up & Hair – Jessica Mills Make-up Artist www.jessicamillsmakeup.co.uk
Cake – The Pretty Cake Company www.theprettycakecompany.co.uk
Videography – Vogue Wedding Films www.vogueweddingfilms.co.uk
Tableware – Elegant Cuisine Catering www.elegantcuisine.com
Stationery – Littlebird Desgins www.littlebirdweddings.co.uk
Bunting – The Oxford Bunting Company www.oxfordbuntingco.blogspot.co.uk
Furniture Hire – BHK Rentals www.bhkrentals.co.uk
Jewellery – Forever Nina www.forevernina.co.uk
Model – Katy Lula
Thank you Tracey and Samantha for sharing the story behind the shoot with me; together with these absolutely breathtaking images.