Styled Shoot

Winter Wonder. A styled shoot at Alcumlow Wedding Barn

07th March 2019 | Alexis Forsyth

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As an already popular venue with couples in the summer months – the team behind today’s shoot were keen to capture just how beautiful it can be in colder climes, too, and really demonstrate to brides and grooms how special a winter’s wedding can be. And we think they nailed it!

There’s rustic, cosy vibes aplenty – with dark and moody palettes, lots of textures, berries and foliage, twinkling lights, and fabulously pretty blooms that bring the outdoors in.

The styling is exquisite, with wool coats, snoods and gloves all adding to the wintery theme and complementing the divine long-sleeved gowns for a ‘crisp’ seasonal look that just might leave you swooning for colder temperatures and maybe even a little bit of snow on your big day, too! Alcumlow’s marketing manager, Samantha Cooper, tells us more…

With images by Stella Photography.

Samantha says: The wedding industry is heavily focused around the summer season, something which Alcumlow Wedding Barn have noticed in their booking pattern. The purpose of the shoot was to show the potential of winter weddings and to demonstrate how beautiful and unique a winter wedding can be.

The use of the wool coats, snoods and gloves were introduced to the shoot to show that winter weddings can be snug and stylish, with brides able to play around with and think outside of the box, when it comes to their attire.

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Alcumlow Wedding Barn is known as a great summer wedding venue as it is a stunning wooden barn in a beautiful rural location. However, what people sometimes don’t realise is that the grounds look really crisp and totally gorgeous during the winter months. The barn is fully heated, and the twinkling fairy lights makes it a cosy, inviting and atmospheric place to be.

The venue offers a large amount of décor in with the price of the venue hire, including all of the fairly lights, table cloths, cutlery, aisle lanterns, letter box, a tub of blankets, a sweet cart, a slipper stand and lots of trinkets around the space too.

Additional extras which were included in the photo shoot include the woodland-inspired centre pieces and top table décor, the hanging light ceiling, which creates a real feature above the top table, and the whimsical wooden hearts with hanging pine cones to line the aisle.

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Couples who prefer a church wedding can marry at Astbury Church and then head over to Alcumlow Wedding Barn for their wedding breakfast and reception. It is a stunning authentic church which is highly photogenic, especially as the outside and inside can be filled with candles for a breath-taking look in winter.

For the bouquet, buttonhole and floral crown we chose deep green foliage with contrasting crisp white flowers including avalanche roses, eucalyptus boule and nobilis for a unique and modern look, supplied by Flower Passion.

The cake meanwhile was a simplistic yet effective design coated in white frosting and dressed with foliage and berries for a classic winter look, created by The Sugared Thistle.

To style our model, we opted for long-sleeve dresses for warmth and a traditional winter style. We chose white to continue the ‘crisp’ look. The dresses were designed by Wendy Makin and supplied by a local boutique called Swan Brides.

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We opted for a simple base of makeup with a stand out red lip for that ‘winter berry’ look. We also kept the hairstyle simple with just a slight wave and added a fashionable floral crown for contrast and a nod to the countryside setting.

Despite the weather being extremely wet and windy in the morning, the skies cleared just in time, and the shoot ran smoothly.

The aim was to capture some beautiful crisp winter shots, which show brides and grooms that winter weddings can be just as (if not more) stunning as summer weddings. We believe that we achieved our goal.

Alcumlow Wedding Barn is delighted to have been recently shortlisted for ‘Best Barn Wedding Venue’ in the UK Wedding Awards.

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