I had the absolute pleasure of being involved as an assistant stylist with a styled photo shoot, shot by the fabulous Amanda Karen Photography set at the beautiful Oxleaze Barn. The inspiration behind the shoot was to incorporate the ever so popular colour of lilac with the more of a different colour which was yellow. This strong colour palette worked wonders in transforming the place, turning a country barn into a modern wedding venue.
We were delighted when this shoot was featured in the national bridal publication Perfect Wedding magazine last year!
Although different from my normal style, barn weddings are some of my favourites! They act as the perfect blank canvas, allowing brides and grooms to completely transform the place as they wish. However, the most beautiful quality about them is how they manage to maintain their charm in the process, adding character and romance to a wedding.
For this shoot, I was excited at how the lilac and lemon would be able to work together without clashing or being overpowering.
The yellow and purple hues were added subtly throughout the décor, pops of colour appearing all over. From the lemon napkins and ribbons, to the luxury lilac glassware and beautiful silk runners. It was most delicately done and worked so well with everything else. The distressed white painting of the wooden furniture gave the place an enchanting look to it, being careful not to add any more colour to the mix so as to become messy. I was particularly taken with the flowers, provided by the wonderful Acacia Floristry. They had an almost wild look to them, as if they’d just been handpicked on a beautiful country lane. In short, they looked divine, and their rawness and effortlessness fit the vibe of the place to a ‘T’.
This shoot was not made stunning by just its décor however. It was fashion-led and the styling of the bride embodied the sheer elegance of the shoot. The model was dressed in a gorgeous two piece from E and W Couture, a very on trend bridal wear for 2017. The mesh overlay of the skirt added a touch of excitement to the look, whilst remaining luxury and graceful. The outfit had the strength to stray away from the traditional wedding dress whilst keeping a timeless sense about it. The golden accessories it was paired with were both simplistic and regal.
However, my absolute favourite part of the loom had to be the purple eyeliner given by makeup artist Samantha Davis. It was such a clever use of a colour usually only associated with over the top evening looks and added a much-needed splash of colour, making the models eyes pop superbly.
I adored the uniqueness of this shoot, hoping that it encourages brides in the upcoming year to embrace more unusual colours, showing how they can still be elegant and luxury!
Photography: Amanda Karen Photography / Creative director & stylist: Kate Cullen / Floral design: Acacia Floristry / Venue: Oxleaze Barn / Hair stylist: Bella Bridal Hair by Sandie / Make Up: Samantha Davis / Coloured glassware: Duchess and Butler / Silk table linens and ribbons: Kate Cullen / Hair accessories: Tilly Thomas Lux / Jewellery: Saxon and Wolf / Stationery: Megan Riera / Cake: Made By Marie Green / Bridal separates: E & W Couture / Model: Keeleigh Weston / Styling assistant: Sharn Khaira / China, wine glasses & cutlery: Vintage Gold China / Cake topper: Paper Petal and Wild / Table and chairs: Bath Vintage Hire / Confetti: Cornish Gardens Confetti Company / Gold candlesticks: Cotswolds Vintage Party