Styled Shoot

Moorland Romance. An alluring styled shoot at The Chilli Barn

09th May 2019 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today, we’re whisking you away to the dramatic moorlands of Yorkshire for a bridal shoot that’s all about the stark, rugged landscape sitting in beautiful contrast to the model couple and their dreamy wedding day attire.

Talking about the vision for the shoot, photographer Kamila Nowak says that it all started with a dress…and what a beautiful one it is too! Simple yet elegant, this crisp silhouette pairs with the most gorgeous of styling elements – from her dusty pink floral bouquet to her dainty hair accessories. All oh so chic.

There are plenty of super sweet details to pore over – think scrumptious cakes, stunning tablescapes and fairy-lit arches – but what makes this shoot a real gem is that the models are a real-life couple and this shoot marked their first wedding anniversary together.

With images by Kamila Nowak Photography

Inspiration

Kamila says: Capturing all the drama and romance of Yorkshire, which inspired the Brontës is no easy task, but a lovingly restored stone barn just a few miles from the iconic Ilkley Moor seemed a great place to start.

Throughout the day, we explored some beautiful contrasts: the romantic softness of roses set against jagged crags, the crisp lines of the dress cutting across the haze of a distant landscape, the natural dusty pinks juxtaposed with striking metallic touches. So many opposites but then they do say that opposites attract!

On most styled shoots, the bride and groom are models, so it was great to work with Marta and Scott – a real couple. They agreed to take part in the shoot as part of their first wedding anniversary celebrations and it was a joy to capture the intimacy between them. For me, the pinnacle of the day (geographically and artistically) was the moorland where the elegance of the day met the majesty of nature.

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Location

On the edge of Otley Chevin, The Chilli Barn is a gem of rustic elegance. It has an intimate feel while the high-beamed ceilings and modern white interior give a sense of space and airiness.

Surrounded by meadows and forest with moorland and crags nearby, it provided multiple breath-taking backdrops. And what lovely people!

Styling

Each gorgeous detail of the styling by Bex at Oakleaf Weddings and Events thrilled my heart. The tableware from Whitehouse Crockery included elegant glass plates with a simple beaded edge while the real statement was the silverware in a warm gold. The wire art hearts and words from Butterscotch Fox added another stylish metallic highlight.

Jason from Cocoa and Bloom arrived with armfuls of David Austin roses in dusty pinks bringing both a rich romance and a divine fragrance to the day. The delicate ferns and sprays of aromatic eucalyptus (I just love eucalyptus) mirrored the stationery and gave each arrangement an ethereal beauty. Meanwhile in the exquisite bouquet, the genista (and the occasional cheeky thistle) hinted at the romantic moorland theme.

It’s rare to find an artist where every single piece of their work fills you with delight, but that is what I’ve found in Gray Starling Designs. I’m always left gazing at their stationery with a deep and satisfied feeling of ‘yes, that’s exactly right!’. Here the combination of feather-light florals with illuminating, metallic detailing brought an opulent yet natural elegance to the tablescape.

When it came to the cake, Gayle from Where the Ribbon Ends created a masterpiece. Beautiful roses and ferns rested gently against a backdrop of mottled dusty pink and gold leaf. The crisp white of the upper tiers recalled the simple elegance of the dress itself while the intricate folding roses of the base were just sheer artistry. Did I mention her cakes are also delicious?

Lighting features were by the very talented Steph from Luminest Ltd. Twinkling fairy-lit arches, fun neon installations and lots of stylish outdoor options for when the sun sets on that special day. What more can I say?

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Attire

The style behind the shoot? It all started with the dress, from ASOS. I was looking for elegant, understated glamour, complemented with rich hair jewellery. Everything else followed.

Beauty

Nicola Whitfield created all the looks on the day and she was truly amazing! The makeup perfectly complemented the rose tones of the theme. Hair was kept simple and soft to get those curls drifting romantically in the breeze of the moorland. The hair accessories by Lisa from The Bobby Pin were a sparkling evocation of the delicate florals adorning the stationery.

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Results

I’d been watching the weather forecast for a week beforehand and it was looking very gloomy. We were surprised on the day as the weather was glorious and sunny all day.

As our models were a real couple, everything I did was to put them at ease and guide them through the day as if it was their real wedding. It was a long day and they loved the experience.

The biggest highlight must be the cupcakes Gayle baked for us. We ate every single one of them before the day was over. They were scrumptious.

I enjoyed working with some of the industry’s top professionals and I’m looking forward to my next styled shoots. They’re so much fun! We’ve already entered a wedding season and I can’t wait to see all my 2019 brides in their wedding gowns.

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