Classic English wedding inspiration with contemporary twists
The aim of this styled shoot was to create a classic English wedding with contemporary twists in the grounds of the beautiful Royal Agricultural University in Gloucestershire. The colour palette was inspired by the bright pinks and greens of the new season rhubarb and tulips growing in my Cotswold garden. Reflecting the sustainability ethos of the University, the styled shoot team hand-picked local suppliers who each have a distinctive ethical or artisan dimension to their work to show that you can have a sublime wedding with a team that share your values.
The gorgeous silk asymmetric gown ‘Lyra’ was created by London based designer Jessica Turner who hand-dyes raw knitted silk with natural plant extracts to create the ombre details for this dress.
The bridal bouquet including ‘Avalanche’ white roses, scented lilacs, pink tulips and ‘Nicoli’ eucalyptus. “I minimise the environmental impact of my work in a number of ways, including recycled containers, harvested rainwater and chemical free British flowers (in season). A percentage of our profits go to fund education projects in rural India.”
We love seeing brides and models wearing boots and Sshoes by House of Elliot Collection. Owner, Nicole, took time to build an ethical base for her online footwear business and works with small-scale independent businesses to ensure that her boots will stand the test of time as much as their design has. From sourcing the vintage lace patterns to the sumptuous satin ribbon that is threaded through them at the finishing stage, each pair of House of Elliot boots is handcrafted by artisans to ensure brides feel confident and comfortable on their wedding day
The wedding rings, gemstone engagement ring and pearl bracelet are by Wiltshire-based jeweller Tom McDanielson of The Middle Green who uses reclaimed gold and diamonds to craft his timeless pieces.
Lydia, the stationer on this shoot, loves to maximise the use of recycled paper for her stationery as the textures of Khadi paper compliment her designs and unique calligraphy fonts. Khadi paper is made from 100% cotton rag, recycled from t-shirts. There is no impact on forests and by using rainwater, khaki papers use 75% less water than standard papers. Overall, they are acid free, avoid dyes, use 50% less energy and reduce pollution.
The whole shoot took part at the RAU which has been at the forefront of agricultural and land-based education for 170 years. Based in the centre of the Cotswolds in Cirencester, it is home to 1200 UK and International students. It is also a venue for weddings in the 16th century Bathurst wing, multi-denominational Victorian Chapel and stunning gardens.
Photography: Rachel Jane Photography // Venue: Royal Agricultural University // Dress Designer: Jessica Turner Designs // Dress Store: Willoughby and Wolf // Flowers & Styling: Corky and Prince // Beauty: Polly Morton Makeup // Shoes: House of Elliot Collection // Jewellery: The Middle Green // Stationery: Love From Lydia Alice // Gin Bottles: Ellis Illuminations // Cake Designer: Kimmis Cakes // Model: Emelie Kelman