Styled Shoot

Wild Love: A Rustic Styled Bridal Shoot at Ystrad Farm, North Wales

09th January 2020 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today’s styled shoot showcases a new wedding venue in North Wales – the beautiful Ystrad Farm. Not only is this a glorious working farm in the most awe inspiring surroundings overlooking a lake, forest and a range of mountains, it’s also where owners Ceri and Jane tied the knot – so they know a thing or two about making the most of this gorgeous industrial-style barn and its epic outdoors space!

With a handpicked selection of local suppliers on board, the shoot combines all things modern with a nod to the enviable rustic setting. Natural hues and dark wood are teamed with soft, texturised fabrics and patterns for a splash of contemporary sophistication. Tall tapered candles, meanwhile, soften the ambience.

In keeping with the wild and free surroundings, the bride’s bouquet is loose and unstructured for that ‘just been freshly picked’ look, with table centre pieces and the beautiful, minimalistic cake further accentuating these foraged feels.

As for the fashion and beauty – this can only be described as effortlessly chic. Think delicate lace and floating silhouettes complimented by dainty accessories and jewellery. All Pinterest-worthy for the outdoors brides-to-be among you!

Enough of our gushing though, it’s time hand over to the team to find out more about this delightful new venue and all the gorgeous styling details from the day.

With images by Fox and Bear Photography

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Location

The shoot coincided with the launch event of Ystrad Farm as an official wedding venue, following the wedding of the owners Ceri and Jane last summer. The venue is a typical working farm barn featuring high open ceilings, metal cladded walls and concrete floors, but the owners have transformed it into a cosy, multi-functional space. And the views are to die for! The shoot is what I would call modern rustic.

Inspiration & styling

The inspiration for the shoot came from the venue itself and its surroundings. We wanted to use a rustic theme that clearly lends itself to the barn, but to have a modern twist on it. So, we went for dark wood tables and simple palm plates, but then softened it with light fabrics and modernised it with textured and patterned crockery and cutlery and a pop of colour via the taper candles. ⁠

We wanted to show that rustic can be minimal too, so the flowers from the talented Ivy, Pip and Rose were minimal, with the bouquet in particular having quite a foraged look – loosely tied, unstructured and unfussy.

The stationery, supplied by Magnetig Designs is one of my favourite elements, choosing brown can be scary, but the textured brown edging against the modern fonts and soft cream really works and is the perfect nod to the surroundings of the venue, particularly the forest that borders it.

Other styling elements were crafted by The Micro Cakery and Jade Leung Weddings and Special Events, with Dewi Fon Evans capturing the shoot on film too.

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Attire

The Rembo Styling gown that we chose from The Silk Loft perfectly suited the whole look of the shoot. Rembo is one of my favourite bridal designers – the gowns are effortlessly stylish, and this one in particular has a shape that just works for our bride. We also accessorized the bridal look with jewellery from Sarah Lois Jewellery.

For the groom, I think it was important to show that a full suit can still complement a relaxed DIY wedding. Quite often a groom will want to go for that suited and booted look but will be put off by feeling too dressed up if they have a barn wedding or an outdoor wedding. So we went for a combination of formal navy trousers, and a textured blue/grey suit and waistcoat. The burnt orange tie is quite the statement – but actually brings the look together really well.

Beauty

Hair and make-up, carried out by Anest Parker and Sara Roberts, was subtle and simple like the styling, but with a deep red lip and a beautiful hairpiece from The Wedding Fairy and Friends for that touch of glam that every bride should have – even a DIY rustic bride! I think this twisted low ponytail look is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want an over done hairstyle – it would look great without the hairpiece too, but including it gives it extra sparkle!

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Results

Working with Dewi from Fox and Bear, I always knew that the shoot would include nature! And I’m so glad that despite the rain we managed to get outside into the forest and shoot! Couple shots during a wedding day are so important and so we wanted to capture that in the shoot too.

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