Last week we set up camp in our drizzly but beautiful local woods to collect and forage for a little impromptu bridal shoot.
And how lovely it was to be able to pull together such a wonderful yet small group of talented people to create something pretty.
I love working on these inspirational projects through the year. Being able to collaborate with likeminded creatives in order to capture a moment in time.
It is an opportunity to document what is inspiring us both in the wedding world, and within our natural surroundings and as a collective, the results from these shoots are a seasonal catalogue of some of the alternative types of flora which are on offer throughout our Great British year.
During the cold and darker months of winter the wedding bookings begin to dwindle, and us wedding vendors have to look elsewhere to fulfil our creative itch.
With the lovely Kathryn Hopkins at the helm, and her love of romantic outdoor settings, I was excited to put aside the heavy planning and preparation which comes with most projects, and focus solely on what our local winter woodland has on offer. I couldn't wait to put together some truly rustic and wild florals for this winter woodland shoot.
Working on winter florals may be perceived as a challenge with limited flowers in abundance but for me it is the ultimate excuse to portray the beauty in the less obvious and least commonly used materials.
As I set off through the woods to find some alternative textures and colours I really wanted to capture the bare wood and damp moss which took up the land. Rich brown tones were mirrored in the dried leaves which had fallen during the winter months, and the newly creeping vines of ivy were finding their way in the damp grounds, wrapping them selves around the trees.
Among some newborn foliage remained the last few seed pods and dried flower buds, which had managed to cling to their branches through the winter weather, these treasures were the crowning jewels to the bridal bouquet.
For the flower crown, it was a simple ring of ivy vine.
I wanted the florals to be effortless and completely organic, as if the bride had merely gathered them as an after thought. Simple, Seasonal and Rural.
Our bride was dressed in an easy H&M lace dress and her natural hair and make up by the lovely Victoria Taylor all tied in perfectly with the wintery woods, all of which were enhanced by the neutral grey watercolour sky.
The rural woodland was exactly the spot we'd envisaged for the shoot, and conveniently for us was opposite the home of our model bride.
How lucky she is to have this setting quite literally on the doorstep! Being able to witness the changing seasons first hand everyday in this amazing English countryside.
It was an obvious choice to keep her in the wellies, which were a nice touch... adding to the relaxed rural concept, and protecting her from the drenched muddy terrain.
As always when working with Kathryn Hopkins, the whole thing was captured in a soft and romantic way which looked incredible. Her eye and skilful photography has the ability to enhance every scene. She has the Midas touch when it comes to taking photographs.
This little spontaneous shoot was accepted to be published by Magnolia Rouge!
I love this bridal blog! It is one of the few blogs which I feel entirely encapsulates the beauty of the great outdoors and the changing seasons.
Which is pretty much what we stand for here at Rebecca Avery Flowers!
What a pleasure and privilege that they have taken this shoot to feature on their site!
Check it out here...
Flowers; Rebecca Avery