Rich Autumn colours form a stunning backdrop for this gorgeous shoot. Arranged by Clair at Wild Wedding who we had the pleasure of chatting to on our Supplier Edit recently, the shoot features The Great Barn and The Abbey at Titchfield as stunning backdrops.
The Falls Embrace shoot was designed to enhance and promote the beautiful details of both the Great Barn and the Abbey. Taking the richest autumnal shades of orange, deep reds as the theme, dark greens with pops of teal, delicate branches of willow, ribbons, pumpkins and copper were used to adorn the Barn.
Meanwhile over at the ancient Abbey, the shoot focused on the romance of the location, with the bride posing against the aged walls allowing her dress and veil to trail and flow romantically in the gentle autumn breeze. Rustic, yet with a feeling of romance and luxury were two further elements in the shoot which we feel have been captured perfectly. Over to Clair now to tel us more.
What was the inspiration for the shoot?
The timing of the shoot – it being at the beginning of Autumn and also the beautiful location we used.
Where and when did the shoot take place?
The shoot took place at two locations in Titchfield near Fareham, Hampshire in October.
The first location, Titchfield Great Barn, is a stunning, large barn hidden away, despite being the largest of its kind in Hampshire and thought to be the third largest in Europe. Dating back to 1410 AD, the barn has been brought back to life in recent years by Titchfield Festival Theatre. Refurbished to include a terraced seating area, stage and separate reception area, the Barn is used throughout the summer months to host Shakespearian theatre productions.
However, it also lends itself beautifully to weddings. The terraced seating area forms an impressive aisle for the brides to descend before meeting their groom on the stage for their licensed civil ceremony in front of their friends and family.
A separate reception and ample outside space give couples plenty of flexibility in terms of style and layout. The Theatre group have made additions of a bespoke oak staircase to connect the ceremony and reception area, as well as a generous oak stage. Little else has been changed though, and the barn retains its original features of arched beams and rustic stonework.
The second location, Titchfield Abbey, has an even longer history. Dating back to 1222, it was founded for Premonstratensian canons, an austere order of priests. Closed in 1537, it was abandoned in 1781 and partially demolished.
The ruins were purchased by the government in the early twentieth century and are now under the care of the English Heritage. A truly, stunning location, offering a second dimension to the Falls Embrace shoot.
Despite being classed as ruins, a lot of the Abbey remains intact, and you can imagine the huge oak doors being swung open to greet guests before leading them to crackling fires in the large fireplaces.
The rustic, aged stonework provides a great backdrop for some photos of the model. I wanted to let the dress and the model do the talking in this aspect of the shoot. Other than the same bouquet, no further prop staging was used, but to also retain the link to the barn photos, teal lighting was used behind the model in some of the shots.
Describe the style of the shoot, was there a specific theme?
The shoot was planned for the beginning of October just as the leaves were starting to turn into Autumn, so this was a major part of the inspiration.
I wanted to use the colours of the outside, oranges and deep reds and coppers, whilst adding a splash of colour with teal napkins and ribbons. As the shoot was based in a beautiful rustic barn, I also took inspiration from that and wanted to keep the theme natural and subtle – a less is more approach – to enhance the setting.
A suspended top table centrepiece drew the eye to the ceiling showcasing the stunning, original beams and stonework. Baby pumpkins in white, orange and copper colours made natural table decorations as well as framing the spiced apple punch station, beneath the bespoke oak staircase.
Fairy lights throughout the length of the barn, enhanced the scene, giving off a warm glow while still retaining the moody lighting of Autumn. A spiced toffee apple drip cake, with a rich toffee sauce complimented the theme, matching the simple and rustic design, while remaining elegant.
Two dresses were used for the shoot, one for each location. The dress for the barn, a Stella York design in Ivory matched the style of the shoot perfectly. The soft flowing lines and layers of tulle give a boho feel to the dress, but the lace back panel offers a Wow moment, fantastically captured in the doorway of the barn.
The second dress for the Abbey, (Essence of Australia) was a more traditional, elegant column dress with a sweeping cathedral train, however it also hinted at a sexier side with a cut out back and side panels.
What was the main focus of the shoot, what were you promoting?
We wanted to promote how a wedding in Autumn, whilst not the typical time of year, could still be beautiful and offer couples choices in terms of décor and styling. As suppliers, we were working hard together to promote each others work as well as the barn itself.
What were the highlights from the shoot?
The dresses looked absolutely stunning on the model and I was so pleased I had chosen those two. For many of us, this was the first time we had collaborated on a shoot together, so it was exciting to see all the planning and visions come together to create something we were all really proud of.
The Supporting Cast:
Planning, styling and decor hire – Wild Wedding Company
Photography – James White Photos
Venue – The Great Barn, Titchfield
Florals – Eternal Blooms by Victoria’s Flowers
Tableware and chairs – Place Settings Event Hire
Cake – Blue Shed Bakes
Flower Headpiece – Green Room Hants
Bridal Gowns – Anya Bridal Couture