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This styled shoot takes me straight to the end of the summer, where the light is magical, and the air is starting to lose its heat in favour of a cosier chill that heralds autumn so unmistakably. The bolder colours used in the florals (purples, blazing and warm-toned oranges, and wine reds) adds the warmth back in and is echoed in the bride’s make-up. The props are mad – a plane, a dilapidated London red bus, and a shark! Love it! Just goes to show that anything goes at your wedding!!


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The Story of The Shoot from the Team

The Countryside Wedding Company at Tulleys Farm is most famous for all things scary and hosts one of the best known Hallowe’en attractions in the UK. More recently, the management of Tulleys has branched into weddings.

The shoot was from the imagination of Sara from To Have & To Hire Events and Amanda from Hire Your Day. To Have & To Hire Events currently manages the venue, and wanted to use the unique areas that Tulleys has to offer to create some intriguing images using the stunning woodland and grounds. Sara contacted the talented Velvet Storm Photography to work their magic, and the results were stunning. Having worked closely with them before, she knew that they were the right people for the job!

As more and more couples are looking to have their wedding ceremony outside, the idea was to create a themed woodland shoot to inspire couples to follow their dreams.

A rustic archway was dressed with a variety of seasonal cut flowers, including amaranthus, dahlia, ivy, roses, and deep red oak leaves to provide an autumnal look to the shoot. An aisle was lined with pine cones and physalis, all of which were arranged by Nell, owner of Nell’s Flowers. Twinkling tea lights meandered through tree roots and threaded their way onto the wedding breakfast table complete with distressed chivari chairs, courtesy of Co-ordination Catering Hire.

The décor in the shoot was dressed by To Have & To Hire Events and Hire Your Day. The chairs were dressed very simply with a deep purple ribbon to match the theme, dripped with pearls and finished off with helichrysum and calendula, again arranged by Nell’s Flowers.

Many of the flowers used by Nell were grown and supplied locally courtesy of Shelley at The Sussex Flower Farm based in Wiston, Near Steyning, West Sussex. The deep purple table cloth looked wonderful dressed simply with scattered leaves, flowers and moss, adding to the woodland theme, and silver candlesticks added a touch of grandeur to the rustic table.

The cake was designed by the talented Jo at Peek-a-boo Cakes. She created a simply heavenly buttercream cake with fresh flowers set on a rustic wood slice.

Our model Kayleigh wore a divine gown supplied by the lovely Jo at Yasemins Gowns. The dress was an organza, A-line, ivory gown. The girls spoke in detail with Jo who came up with the perfect outfit. The outfit was teamed with steampunk boots to add an alternative spin to normal bridal footwear.

The menswear worn by Ian was supplied by Dickies Formal Suit Hire, Crawley. Stacey from Dickies listened to our ideas and came up with the outfit for our groom. A tweed waistcoat teamed with skinny black trousers and dicky bow tie continued the alternative theme to coordinate the couple.

Velvet Storm took advantage of the beautiful natural light and chose the best moments to shoot the photos in order to achieve the superb end result! Tulleys has many different themed areas, and Velvet Storm used these to create some sensational and unique shots.


Photography – Velvet Storm Photography

Flowers – Nell’s Flowers

Flowers supplier – The Sussex Flower Farm

Styling – To Have & To Hire Events and Hire Your Day

Dress – Yasemins Gowns

Suit – Dickies of Crawley

Cake – Peek-a-Boo Cakes

Hair and MUA – Amanda J Make-up

Table and chairs – Co-ordination Catering Hire

Venue – Tulleys Farm