We were lucky enough to work with a team of brilliant suppliers on a country inspired styled shoot back in May. We styled this, in my opinion, beautiful shoot and I hope you love the feel as much as we do. I wanted to share some simple and effective tips to help you bring the country feel to your special day, inspired by all the beauty nature has to offer in the English Countryside.
Head outside and use the nature around you –
So you’re having a country wedding, what better way to bring the country feel to your special day that to forage nature for all the little details. So for example on this shoot we added texture to the table with lots and lots of moss, then we cut small branches from the trees surrounding us to bring all different dimensions of greenery to the table. Getting married in the Autumn? Fallen leaves come in all shades of beauty, and why not add branches of berries to your tables for pops of colour!
Another easy country addition are log slices, these can be used in so many ways and can add height and texture to any setting. On this occasion it was the perfect holder for the table names, I’ve used large slices for plate charges, or big tree stumps for cakes and outdoor seating.
Embrace the English Rose –
Nothing reminds me of the incredible English Countryside like the traditional English Rose! I was fortunate enough to grow up in a garden filled with roses and when I’m away from home roses are the flowers I miss the most. This is a must on the floral’s list for any English country wedding.
Alternative floral’s –
So I know I’ve mentioned Roses, but how about turning to some less traditional items to complete the bouquet. I love these thistles that Nicola introduced into this shoot, teamed with delicate daisy’s and masses of beautiful greenery you can see how beautiful the outcome was.
Include wicker statements –
We all know how much I love Peacock chairs, they’re pretty epic and its hard to deny it! But in all seriousness if your looking for a country atmosphere I truly believe these beauties can bring it to your special day!
I don’t know if its the natural colour, or the wicker feel that reminds me of my mum’s baskets she uses to collect her veg from the garden, but it reminds me of the beautiful countryside.
Reclaimed wood –
Sure its probably easier, and cheaper, to hire your traditional plastic trestle tables and cover them with a white cloth but there’s nothing like the feel of reclaimed wooden trestles for a country wedding. They provide the perfect canvas for all those little details that we’ve mentioned earlier, all of that moss and greenery can look too harsh on a white cloth.
Candle Light –
I love candle light, especially at a wedding for the romantic ambience. Its not only warming but reminds me of the late summer nights surrounding the glow of the fire pit, then realising at 12am that its pitch black and all you can hear are the owls. Simple tea light holders to huge pillar candles, I’ve seen milk churns with holes pierced through them hundreds of times to leave sprinkles of candle light through.
Find beauty in everything –
This shoot is a perfect example of taking to the outdoors and finding beauty in all the areas you have around you. This shoot was set on a farm, and sure you can just look at that congregated barn door and think well its a barn door. But in reality look at the simply elegant backdrop it can create! You don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds to create fancy photobooth settings when you have gems like this, simply add some vintage trunks full of props and let the fun commence.
Denim jacket – yes please –
Not an essential but I have to admit I do love it! This denim jacket just adds a certain something to this wedding shoot, and I’m thinking this could actually be a brilliant addition for the chilly wedding nights.
So what do you think are you inspired to get your wellies on and explore the beauty that nature can bring to your special day?
Credit where credit is due //
Photography – Lucy Mlt Photography
Styling – Pitch Boutique
Florist – Ivy Green Flowers
Dress – Fairytale Bride
Jewellery – Florence & Tilly
Stationary – Jess Harrington Design
Want to see the full shoot? Of course you do!! The English Wedding Blog is featuring our full shoot very soon, but in the meantime please head over to their site to check out more beautiful wedding inspiration.