Autumn Elegance at Barns & Yard

This styled shoot was very special to me as I witnessed an idea that had grown from a tiny little seedling in my imagination to a full-blown flourishing creative collaboration. It was, in every way, a dream come true. I feel so blessed to work with the kind and creative souls that I do and when we come together with a shared vision whereby work so tirelessly to bring to life, it feels like nothing short of magic.”

This Styled Shoot was located at brand new wedding venue, Barns & Yard, and was shot by one of my favourite wedding photographers, Katrina Bartlam. I adore the way Katrina works with light and on this cold yet sunny autumn day Katrina captured the abundance of colour, especially outside as the burnt orange and fading yellow leaves were reflecting off the water.

This was an incredibly exciting collaboration for me; it’s something I have wanted to execute for a long time now, and I was very excited to have India of Vervain Flowers on board. I am a huge fan of India’s work; her unique sense of style and endless knowledge of flowers blows my mind every day. I took great care in selecting the right team of suppliers to bring this vision to life; it really was the most beautifully curated team effort, with all hands on deck and creative input from all of the experts on board. Whilst I always have a strong idea of how I want things to look, I think it is so, so important not to stunt anyone’s creative process or input. I simply provide my chosen team with the brief and watch as the magic unfolds.

With regards to the overall concept, styling and design, I didn’t want to fight against the beautiful existing surroundings. I also wanted to make use of the gorgeous lake, plus roaming acres of greenery and abundance of trees – especially those lining the drive of the venue. This shoot has a pared back feel, with lots of natural tones and textures and a gentle softness to it. The colour palette focused on burnt orange, browns, soft pink and cream, textures of linens and silks, ceramics and muslin. I made sure to include space within the styling so that it was warm and inviting but not over cluttered, with an inherent beauty in everything.