Woodland weddings aren’t just for the sunny summer months, and they don’t have to be all about the bohemian look. This inspiration shoot today shows you how good darker shades and more gothic elements can look for your wedding day. And I love that the dress is white and blue, it’s not black, and it contrasts and complements brilliantly the deeper colours and details.

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The Story of the Shoot by Clare of See Rose Floral Designs

After meeting up with an old school friend, Rob Power, a couple of years ago, who had since become a very talented photographer, and then working on a few projects together, we had been meaning to arrange a fun styled shoot together. I was taking part in the Fern & Field open day, and I asked Polly if she would mind us using another area of her stunning venue on the same day to do this styled shoot; she kindly obliged.  
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The inspiration came from the time of year (October) and the woodland location – a gothic shoot seemed to fit the bill. I contacted the lovely Rachael from We Hire Love for props, Ellie from Ellie Gill Natural Beauty & Wellbeing, and Liz from Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair – all awesome suppliers I had previously worked with on a another shoot.

Ellie from Bunston Bakes was providing cake for the open day, so I asked her to deliver a black cake for our styled shoot. Ellie’s very photogenic cousin Nancy offered to model. All that was left to organise was the male model and dresses. So good old Facebook came to the rescue, which led me to Jasper our ‘groom’ and the gorgeous dip-dyed gown by Lucy Can’t Dance.
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The brief for props and styling was dark and sinister, and I think Rachael and David totally pulled it off; I couldn’t believe the efforts they had gone to to set the scene. They arrived with a van full of gorgeousness, including tables, sofas and chairs. David somehow managed to hang a chandelier between two trees without a ladder!!!! My favourite pieces were the skull with antlers (I was so happy when Rachael let me dress it with flowers), and the large jar (which David and Rachael had bought for their anniversary), and I filled this with carnivorous pitcher plants.
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Ellie and Liz have worked together a lot and are a dream team when it comes to hair and make-up. I loved the ’60s inspired hair style and the strong look Ellie gave Nancy.

Floral styling originally was going to be deep luxurious reds and fern foliage, then I visited a local flower farm and found the large bright pink dahlia and had to include it. I think it really pops against the sultry reds and that stunning dip-dyed blue gown.
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Nancy and Jasper took to the modelling like ducks to water and gave us some fantastic shots. Rob was brilliant – he makes everyone laugh and has captured the dynamic of the shoot perfectly.
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Photographer | Rob Power Photography
Organiser, concept, flowers and styling | See Rose Floral Design
Models | Nancy Tipler & JD Benjamin



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