an Enid Blyton inspired photo shoot by the river | uk wedding blog

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Afternoon all! This photo shoot is glorious, what I would give to be lounging in the sun reading and sipping ginger beer. Instead I am off to walk the dog in cold rain. We can but dream. The ladies worked so hard on this shoot and it really is beautifully done, definitely one for you literary fans and so very pinterest friendly!!

Photography by Helen Rushton

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Over to Hayley:

For nearly a year now, me (Hampshire Slate), Laura from Brides of Winchester and Helen Rushton has been discussing doing a photoshoot, but like everything we never got around to it. When I got engaged and choose my wedding venue we knew this was the time to do it! My wedding venue, Sopley Mill on the Dorset/Hampshire border has just been renovated and we knew it was perfect for a photoshoot. 

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The venue is so beautiful, it is a 18th century watermill, surrounded on both sides by the Millstream of the River Avon. The owners of the Mill, which has been in the same family for over 150 years, have taken this wonderful building back in hand from the tenants and opened it as a stunning wedding venue with incredible views over the Avon and water-meadows. I knew as soon as I visited the venue, which when I visited was half way through being renovated, that it was the one.

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 For the photoshoot we went for a Enid Blyton high tea theme as we felt you could imagine the Famous Five cycling to the Mill and having picnics on the grass, paddling in the river and lashings of ginger beer. The fact that one of the rooms was previously a boat house was perfect for the theme. Also many of Enid’s books were based on Dorset where she used to holiday and the venues location on a river and close to the sea fitted perfectly.

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We had vintage style ginger beer bottles in wooden crates, a Pashley bicycle, vintage crockery, rustic, wild type flowers and over 100 vintage Enid Blyton books. The flowers chosen were typical English flowers, like hydrangeas that you could envisage the famous five gathering and making pretty arrangements out of and styling floral crowns. We choose to decorate with rustic crates filled with Spring flowers and added flowers to the Pashley Bicycle.

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We choose dresses for the shoot which reflected the Famous Five era, with lots of vintage style lace and delicate pretty detail in sequins and beading. All of the dresses were handmade in the UK and we loved that this went with the very English feel of the shoot. Designers used were Chanticleer, Stewart Parvin, Blue Bridalwear and Suzanne Neville and were all from Brides of Winchester.

The hair and makeup was very natural, with rosy cheek sand loose curls – very Enid Blyton. We wanted it to look very natural and not made up.

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Helen Rushton is a fine art photographer and this photography style was perfect for the theme of the shoot with natural light and soft focus.

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Supplier details:

Venue Decoration: Hampshire Slate

Make Up And Hair: Eye Candy

Floral Design: Pomp And Petals

Photographer: Helen Rushton

Wedding Dress: Brides Of Winchester

Venue: Sopley Mill

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Hayley Doel //

Love, love, love, love – this looks amazing, thanks Phoebe. So glad it was worth filling my car with the Pashley bike. The poor models had to fit around it!

Thanks again it looks amazing.

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