Before the season turns to Winter completely, we thought we’d show you this gorgeous Autumnal shoot, just brimming with covetable styling ideas. Autumn is a great time of the year to get married, the colours and textures in nature can be mirrored in your decor and the whole effect is so cosy and welcoming. The light is also incredible – the images by John Barwood have such a lovely feel to them.
Don’t forget that you can search through our real weddings by season, in the Real Weddings tab above, so if you’re looking for more Autumn wedding styling ideas, have a look through our archives. Once you’ve pinned all the gorgeous ideas from the shoot first of course…Jess at Blue Wren Barn has a great eye and we’re swooning over her styling.
Jess at Blue Wren Barn: Autumn is such a gorgeous time of year; the most amazing hues, textures, colours and soft light in abundance. What a fantastic time to celebrate this time of year by capturing an outdoor Autumnal romance in the golden Herefordshire countryside, famous for it’s cider making and breathtaking views.
I did a recce at Townsend Farm in Herefordshire which revealed some beautiful rustic “scenes” locations to shoot; a rolling vineyard with grapes ready to harvest with beautiful foliage, an ancient and majestic wood and an apple orchard with fruits in abundance.
The idea of the shoot was to combine the natural, rustic beauty of the Autumnal outdoors with soft and ethereal glamour of a vintage wedding. A rich burgundy colour palette coupled with antique rose pinks and calming blues, lush floral crowns, intricate vintage lace gowns and fruit place settings helped to set the scene.
Who better to shoot this golden autumnal romance but John Barwood, whose fine art approach to capturing weddings has earned him a growing reputation in the wedding world and is now highly sought after. John’s mastery of capturing the beauty of natural light and penchant for beautiful detailing was a great match for the vision of the shoot.
The woodland-inspired invitations, place settings and menu incorporated a series of sketched woodland animals against the thick rustic grain of the wood slices which was a perfect tie in to the woodland scene. Real pheasant feathers, antlers and natural details were used in the place settings to create a rustic and wild look.
One of my props I hire to wedding couples is a renovated gothic arched church window which, when draped with ivy and suspended from the trees, provided a perfect backdrop to the woodland wedding ceremony. A collection of vintage decor items such as the beautiful chaise lounge, unique vases and vintage ceremony chairs with gorgeous brass button detailings are also available for hire from Blue Wren Barn.
Heartfelt Vintage, a vintage bridal boutique, provided the beautiful and unique wedding gowns that capture the romance and decadence of the vintage eras along with authentic flowers and floral accessories to suit each era. Each gown is different and tells its own story.
The old rustic barn was a perfect post ceremony spot to house a laid back hay bale lounge with couch type seating and cosy woollen blankets as covers. Festoon lighting provided a gorgeous soft ambiance for the occasion.
John the Photographer: I’ve wanted to collaborate on a styled shoot like this for a while now. I love the Autumnal colours (it’s my favourite season) and really enjoy photographing woodland styled wedding ceremonies as I think they look incredibly beautiful. The light is always stunning, the lack of walls adds such depth to every image and I always am at my most inspired in a natural setting.
I try to never alter my style, at least not consciously, to the setting or subject, and this was particularly important with the beautiful vintage dresses. I see lots of vintage weddings that get photographed in a vintage style. I really wanted to keep to my style which is clean and simple, and let the dresses do the talking.
Kate at Heartfelt Vintage: LOOK #1
A lace Edwardian style dress made in the 1970s. Worn with a satin slip underneath. Victorian and Edwardian styles saw a huge revival in the 1970s with high necklines becoming extremely popular. This was not only demonstrated in the bridal but was seen across fashion in general. The Edwardian style is currently very popular with brides looking for that laid back, bohemian look. (Price £695).
Short lace 1950s dress styled with green wedges, 1950s flower necklace and an original 1950s bridal headpiece. 1950s styles are the most popular type of dress we sell, many of our brides are having festival, barn, farm weddings and are looking for something that is easy to wear and yet still feels bridal. The 1950s dress usually fits the bill. (Price £495).