September 4th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
A reservoir and a boat club provide the captivating backdrop to today’s fine art wedding styled bridal shoot in the Peak District. Cue some dramatic skies, panoramic views of the water and overgrown foliage for a shoot that’s giving us all those autumnal feels.
Sam from Sheffield-based specialist wedding and event floral designers Fantail, brought all the suppliers together for the shoot, with an overarching theme of ‘something out of the ordinary’. And we think the results are certainly rather special.
The wild floral arrangements are one of the many highlights, featuring an on-trend mix of dahlias, cymbidium orchids, pampas grass and bulrush, all beautifully complementing the natural setting. There’s also some rather fetching props to look out for, including a leather chair and a woven moon. What we love most about this shoot, however, is that the models are a real-life couple and we think this really translates through the stunning photography.
Enough of our gushing commentary though – lets hand the blog over to Sam to share all the fabulous details!
With images by Stevie Jay Photography.
sam says: As a collective we all wanted to do something out of the ordinary and have some fun. We hadn’t done a shoot near water for a while, or at this time of the year, and as Damflask Reservoir is literally on our doorstep, it was the perfect location.
Damflask Reservoir is situated in Low Bradfield, just over the hill from where we’re based. It’s very popular with dog walkers and runners alike. Parts of the trail are really secluded but still reachable with a quick divert off the main gravel path. We chose an area close to where it was quite overgrown and wild, though still offering amazing views of the water. For the second part of the shoot we ventured to the local boat club where we could capture some different shots.
Pampas grass is a real wedding trend in the UK at the moment and one that we’ve seen drift in from New Zealand and Australia, where it has been popular for a good few years. We wanted to create a shoot that was in the middle of nature and although we chose not to use many flowers, it was about the textures of the foliage and different bloom shapes. We used bulrush in the bridal posy with touches of pampas grass, champagne grass and eucalyptus. Adding a touch of colour – we decided on the deep red of the dahlia with the cymbidium orchid.
Our real-life bride and groom, Maria and Neil, were brilliant from the start. Maria wore a ‘crown’ headpiece using pampas and petals from the cymbidium orchid. This complemented the makeup artistry and the way Georgina Gleed styled this was brilliant. We decided to go with natural soft waves for Maria’s hair, so it wouldn’t overpower the headpiece. As for Neil – his buttonhole featured a dahlia with a stag pin through the base.
Large floor standing floral circles are popular in weddings at the moment too. We mossed ours completely and added an asymmetrical floral design to the top and bottom. You can hire this from Fantail for a backdrop to the cake table or the wedding ceremony. It’s particularly fitting for a barn or tipi style wedding. Little details like the basket woven sphere was used to complement ‘buoys’ on the water.
The Snowdrop Cakery, as always, wowed us with their creativity. Ange created a beautiful three-tiered cake, adorned with dahlia and eucalyptus in sugar-paste artistry. We even hung it from our moon!
Sheffield-based Wolfe Interiors loaned us a couple of props, including a traditional wing back chair. The tone of the leather was a perfect addition and added a little luxury in the forest.
For this styled shoot, our dress supplier Lulu Mae Bridalwear chose their Sienna gown. They knew the ivory cotton lace on this dress would work really well with the location, as the natural fabric accentuated the landscape and scenery. The champagne charmeuse under-dress gave the look a hint of sexiness and glamour. A bridal gown with little structure also kept a relaxed natural feel to the bride’s overall look.
Throughout the day of the shoot all the suppliers played their part and our models Maria and Neil were awesome. The weather was kind to us, though a little overcast but this, I think, always works in favour with photos. Stevie was fantastic and the style of her photography fitted in perfectly with the location and overall look we were after.
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Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...
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