An Eco Inspired Festival Wedding Shoot at Tournerbury Woods Estate

by Michelle

We’re delighted today to bring you an eco inspired festival wedding shoot at Tournerbury Woods Estate on Hayling Island in Hampshire.

This shoot brings together so many talented suppliers who are all credited below, but you’ll probably already recognise the work of Clare at Petal & Bird whose gorgeous paper flower bouquets we featured recently on the blog.

The Planning styling and furniture is all the work of another blog buddy – Claire at Wild Wedding Company. Claire really made the most of an absolutely outstanding mid-summer’s day and such a delightful setting, to style the shoot perfectly.

The central theme of the shoot was how you can plan and enjoy your wedding in an environmentally friendly way. To this end, many of the items in the shoot are recyclable and locally sourced, which you can read much more about below.

The vibrance of the shoot caught our eye straight away and the sensational shades of Petal & Bird’s flowers was echoed in the delicious wedding cake and super cute festival wedding stationery, all captured beautifully by James White Photography.

Over to Clare now at Petal & Bird to tell us more about the eco friendly vibe of this summer shoot.

What was the inspiration for the shoot?

With people becoming more and more focussed on the way we treat our environment it only seems right that the wedding industry should also take a look at the effects of hosting these events. With balloons, floating lanterns, single use straws and of course flowers all being frequently used elements there is a lot of wastage involved in creating a wedding.

We wanted to look at how we could minimise the waste created and what environmentally friendly options we could use in place of traditional ones.  Couples are increasingly aware of sustainability and many are considering how they can incorporate it into their planning. Using local suppliers as much as possible we sought to reduce our carbon footprint as well as look at options that wouldn’t clog up the oceans and damage wildlife.

Where and when did the shoot take place? Can you tell us anything further about the location?

Set on Hayling Island Hampshire, Tournerbury Woods Estate is a stunning 50 acre woodland. The shoot took place on a very warm Summer’s day in June 2018.  The venue is perfect for a festival style wedding day and it is a licenced venue which also allows guests to camp on site, meaning there’s little need for transport once everyone’s arrived!

Describe the style of the shoot. Was there a specific theme?

A Colourful Eco inspired Festival Shoot

What was the main focus of the shoot? What were you promoting?

Clair Wild of Wild Wedding Company researched and chose as many environmentally friendly options and suppliers as possible including supplying handmade furniture, made by Clair herself using sustainably sourced wood.

The table settings were minimalist ensuring that only the items really needed were really included. From banana leaf compostable plates for the wedding breakfast to recycled paper straws and reusable jam jars for the wedding drinks.

Gilded Fern provided vegan eco-friendly wedding favours in organic cotton bags.

The centrepiece was created using plants on loan from Meadow Farm Nursery. Located on Hayling Island only a few miles from Tournerbury, Clair chose to hire plants for the shoot rather than using real flowers which once cut couldn’t be used again.

Paper flowers by Petal and Bird accentuated the plants and were also used to create the bride’s bouquet and headpiece. Individually crafted, Petal and Birds flowers can be made in a range of colours and styles, they can then be kept after your wedding as a memento.

Stationary designed by Daisy Dots used recycled paper including seeded name tags which kept to the eco theme whilst reflecting the fun of the festival element of the shoot.

A simple cake was designed by Blue Shed Bakes, using locally sourced organic ingredients with edible flowers as the decoration.

The stunning two piece dress was chosen from Designer Karen Robb’s range. This dress was chosen in particular as the separates were equally beautiful on their own and could be worn after the wedding day, whilst most typical wedding dresses languish in a cupboard rarely to be seen again.

Bell tents by local company Tee and Toast Glamping offered guests the chance to stay on site at the wedding, keeping the festival theme but in a more luxurious way!

All of the details were captured on a fantastically hot day by James White Photography. James’ documentary style captures those little moments whilst still preserving the cherished ones a wedding is built on.

Hosting a more sustainable eco-friendly wedding is only going to increase as a trend and we think its definitely going to be a key consideration for couples in 2019.

What were the highlights from the shoot?

The beautiful location with stunning sea and forest views. Working with a great range of local suppliers coming together to showcase what it possible for an environmentally friendly wedding or event.


The Supporting Cast

Venue: Tournerbury Woods Estate

Planning, styling and furniture: Wild Wedding Company

Photography: James White Photography

Paper bouquet, headpiece and flowers: Petal and Bird

Eco Favours, chocolates and gifts: Gilded Fern

Bridal Gown, wellies and rainaway: Karen Dornellie

Model: Rebecca Dyer

Hair and make-up: Natashs Wiggins Hair and Make-up

Cake: Blue Shed Bakes

Stationary: Daisy Dots

Bell Tents: Tee and Toast Glamping

Plants and shrubs: Meadow Farm Nursery


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