Today’s shoot is a super cute and fun rustic wedding from stylist and props supplier Laura Clifford at the fabulous The Rustic Dresser. The shoot was set in the gorgeous 16th century Bowerchalke Barn which really works well with the rustic props and relaxed styling and florals. We think it would make an amazing candle lit autumnal wedding venue! We chatted to Laura to find out more about her vision for the day and working with her favourite suppliers…
Ever since day dot, one of my dreams has been to organise a rustic photoshoot in a barn/farm setting. For me, they are just the most magical place to hold a wedding and reception. They are historic, natural, easy going and simply stunning and it’s almost like they adapt themselves to any colour, theme or decoration that you add and just enhance it in the most beautiful way
Bowerchalke Barn was recommended to me by a couple of friends who knew the owner Tim and his family. A 16th Century threshing barn set in 1200 acres of rolling countryside near Salisbury, Wiltshire with the most stunning views. When I went to visit, it just blew my mind and still is my favourite ever wedding venue. The beams alone are just ridiculous and I knew it was the place to hold the shoot. I also knew that I didn’t want to add too much in the way of styling as it simply didn’t need it – I mean check out the doors!
The areas I did style however, needed to be full to the brim with stacks of rustic loveliness so that when guests walk in, the atmosphere just swallows them up and encases them in a magical bubble with all of the feels. Styling where there are many things to look at, taste, touch and talk about. I think we achieved this, especially with the banquet table. Greys and golds complemented the muted palate that the barn already generated and we included hits of bright copper to add some texture and pockets of colour here and there.
A really important part of this whole process for me was to build relationships with suppliers that were either completely new to this wonderful world of weddings or with ones that hadn’t been established long. This was so we could create a strong network of super passionate lovely humans that just want to help you make your wedding the absolute best day.
I had already worked with Amy from The Blossom Parlour on a previous shoot. We clicked straight away, it felt like we had been friends forever and I secretly said to myself that she would be the florist for me for when I was ready to organise my “dream” photoshoot, whenever that may be.
I approached Jess not too long after and the more I looked at her work, the more I realised how breathtaking it was and again I knew I couldn’t use anyone else. We set up a group chat and have simply not stopped chatting ever since and I have without a doubt made two friends for life.
On the day, ALL of the suppliers were just incredible. I don’t think it could have run any more smoothly and I can’t thank each and every one of them enough for all of their hard work, ideas and in making it happen.
A big special thanks must go to Tulip our “bride” who joined us for the shoot on the Wednesday after only getting married for real the Saturday before!
What a super gorgeous rustic treat for the eyes! We love the styling (OMG the copper pipe table plans!) and the setting in the old barn is just the best. Big thank you to Laura from the Rustic Dresser and to all the suppliers involved – and kudos to Tulip the real bride!