a rural romance editorial| uk wedding blog

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Good morning reader! Welcome to a new week, the weekend was glorious and I am officially back at work. Not that this ever feels like work but it is nice to take some time away now and again. What a way to start then week than we another beautiful editorial. Keep your eye on our social media over the coming week as we will be choosing our new SYGM blogging bride, and there will also be a call out for an opening to work with team SYGM. Back to the beautiful inspiration?

photography | Daniel Hughes 

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Several of our team had worked together before on weddings and photoshoots and we love creating all things pretty!

On this occasion we wanted to showcase a fresh Summery Bridal look in a rustic, rural environment. We loved the idea of horses with our bride and groom and hoped we could find a way to bring it all together. Our planner Val at Benessamy Weddings and Events contacted Bawdon Lodge Farm who were happy to be a part of the team. Lynn at Bawdon Lodge also has some horsey connections which was an absolute dream for us.

We’ve all worked with some beautiful models in the past and all agreed that Rachel had the perfect Summer bride look with a hint of relaxed boho. Our male model and (Mr British Empire, no less) Jack complimented our bride perfectly.

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The Augusta Jones dresses from The White Room at Southwell complimented our relaxed rustic vibe completely with Satin and lace.

To complement the romantic rustic look and the gorgeous dresses, Liberty in love opted for accessories by Ivory & Co and Untamed Petals. Pretty hair vines in subtle silver and gold tones, and delicate sequinned floral clips. A hint of requisite bridal sparkle was added with glistening crystal drops and bohemian cuffs.

The location really shaped the styling of hair and makeup, and was the inspirational starting point of the photo-shoot; an outdoor, working farm wedding venue. We were all in agreement that the styling should be romantic, dreamy, natural and rustic and with the addition of the horses it was clear the direction of the final look. 

Current trends seem to be veering towards relaxed informal styling, often brides are rejecting more formal traditional venues and details, in favor of more relaxed natural styling and locations, and so it was great to incorporate hairstyles that reflected this movement in the wedding industry, and to give visual inspiration to those brides planning a country wedding.


For makeup our makeup artist, Jenni wanted to showcase a realistic and accessible look that the everyday bride can aspire to.

Polished, fresh and pretty she created a flawless base and then used fine soft layers contouring and highlighting for a subtle effect in daylight. ‘Makeup for me is about highlighting natural beauty, not masking. Using the eyes as a feature and defining the face with soft tones.’

On the day it was very hot so it was important for the makeup to stay perfectly in place all day. Jenni used a combination of oil free moisturiser and primer and once the look was complete, a setting spray to ensure the look remained perfect all day.

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Our stylist, Lesley at The Rustic Wedding Company styled the venue with glass jars and bottle, crates and signs adding beautiful flowers from The Flower Mill. Our florist Helen created a hand tied bouquet including Peonies, Roses, Poppy Heads, natural grasses and textured foliage to create a rustic design. 

Pretty wax flowers were woven into our ‘brides’ hair to complete the final look.

Daniel our amazing photographer planned shots on our visits to the farm and captured every detail of the day perfectly. His ability to listen to the team and showcase each suppliers talents was an absolute credit. It’s easy to see why he is so popular with his wedding clients.

You can also view the behind the scenes film by the talented videographer Lara Elliott here – https://vimeo.com/164236279/

We had such a great time working on this, from the initial idea, planning meetings and on the day. We hope you enjoy the images as much as we enjoyed creating them. 

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The incredible team behind this shoot –

Venue: www.bawdonlodgefarm.co.uk 

Planning: www.benessamy.co.uk 

Photography: www.dan-hughes.co.uk 

Makeup: www.makeupbyjenni.co.uk 

Flowers: www.theflowermilldraycott.co.uk 

Accessories: www.libertyinlove.co.uk – Ivory & Co and Untamed Petals

Hair: www.helensutcliffehair.co.uk 

Dresses: www.thewhiteroomsouthwell.co.uk 


Models: Rachel Bowler and Jack Parr 

Film: www.lara-elliott.com

Horses: Dizzy and Captain

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