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botanical bliss: a luxe styled shoot in sheffield

January 26th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Beautiful blooms, plush foliage and an abundance of greenery provide the ‘au natural’ backdrop to today’s stunning styled bridal shoot, which takes place at the charming Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Keen to profile independent businesses in the Sheffield area, photographer Alexandra Cavaye, took inspiration from this fabulously quirky setting, as well as her models, who brought a gothic, bohemian vibe to the shoot. As you would expect, the surroundings really set the scene, effortlessly illustrating how a couple can get creative with their venue.

An autumnal feel exudes from the photographs too, thanks to the dreamy warm palette and, of course, the wild bouquets, flower crown and plants tumbling all around the couple.

If you love all things flora and fauna, and want inspiration on how to make the most of your floral displays, then look no further! We’ll hand the blog over to Alexandra to tell us more about the shoot and this picture-perfect venue…

With images by Alexandra Cavaye Photography.

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alexandra says: This was the first styled shoot I had organised myself. I had visited Sheffield Botanical Gardens often, picturing a styled shoot and what I could do. I wanted to create a shoot that worked with local Sheffield-based suppliers, making the most of what Sheffield’s independent business’ community has to offer.

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I was very much inspired by the couple from the shoot, and the season. The couple are very edgy and heavily tattooed, but the bridal model also has a bit of a bohemian vibe. So this was much of my running theme. I also wanted to incorporate autumnal colours because the shoot was just on the cusp of autumn, the leaves were changing, and the Botanical Gardens’ plants were a huge inspiration. I wanted to keep a really natural element, focusing on fauna and flora and using it to complement the couple’s style.

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I have always loved looking at the plants at the Botanical Gardens, and I think they were my initial inspiration, and when I finally found the couple to model, they drove the concept. I focused on the couple because this is how I photograph my weddings; capturing the essence of the day that a couple has spent so long organising and making just perfect.

I chose two bouquets for two different looks, supplied by Tracey of Campbell’s Flowers, specifically because of the changing fauna throughout the Botanical Gardens – I wanted to make sure that the bouquet always worked in the shot. I had one that was focused on autumnal colours, leafy and lush, and the other was a mix of light greens, leaves and foliage and really natural. I also had a small flower crown that used primarily autumnal colours.

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The makeup, applied by up and coming makeup artist Izzy Rose, specifically used autumnal colours, with a bold dark lip. The hair was natural, tousled and relaxed, and styled by the talented Lindsay of Julia Jeckell. I wanted it to reflect the bridal model and tie in with the colours of the flowers and surroundings.

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botanical bliss. kate halfpenny for a green & white wedding at whirlow hall farm – charlotte & adam

December 23rd, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Not long until Santa comes to town now! But before he delivers presents from your nearest and dearest, we’re bringing you two delightful real weddings as our gift to you.

To kick things off this morning we’re heading to a farm in Sheffield for the stunning wedding of Charlotte and Adam.

We absolutely love the creativity that has been used by this couple to transform a bare shell of a barn into a romantic & unique wedding venue, complete botanical charm. Truly inspiring!

With images by Bethany Clarke Photography.

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charlotte says: We got engaged in Verona, Italy, the home of Romeo and Juliet, about a year before the wedding. Adam proposed on the balcony before sunset, then we drank a hell of a lot of prosecco to celebrate!

Our wedding was on 1st August 2015. We planned it hoping for a sunny day. We got a bit of a mixed bag, but the sun came out for our photos.

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We got married at Whirlow Hall Farm in Sheffield, near the peak district and were the first people to have our ceremony there as well as our reception. We chose the venue, as once we had rented the barn we were pretty much free to do whatever we wanted and we really wanted that kind of freedom.

We didn’t have a theme as such, but I really wanted to have as much greenery as possible. We were very lucky to have the help of a family friend who is an avid gardener and who helped us to create the leafy decoration, as well as, mine and my bridesmaids’ bouquets. This was great as it meant we didn’t have to fork out for florist flowers.

The colour scheme ended up being white and green. We covered as much as possible in leafy greenery and the bridesmaid dresses had a green, tropical print. I think it turned out quite pretty.

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