Styled Shoot : Magical memories at The Copse

I wanted my first blog post to be about the whirlwind of time I spent at The Copse in Autumn last year for a styled shoot.   I worked with the most wonderful team and starting at the top was the shoots stylist and director, wedding planner Jenna Hewitt.  Her concept was Terracotta & Bohemian Botanicals and she wanted to capture three elements of the bride on the day of the wedding: the moment of time the bride has pre-wedding, the just-married joy and the quiet contemplation at dusk.  Jenna was so passionate about every aspect of this shoot, from the clothing to the plates used for the table-scape, I knew it was going to pull together effortlessly.  

It was shot by photographer Kitty Wheeler Shaw who was such fun to work with and I think you’ll agree she did a fantastic job capturing and storytelling each element with model Eva Dithdoll.  

The florals that were needed for the shoot included 2 bridal bouquets which were needed for look 1 and 2.  It was important to me that they both be very different.  The first bouquet was for the pre-wedding look so I wanted softer tones alongside more of a bridal look.  The second bouquet was for the just-married look.  For this I wanted to bring in more colour and vibrancy in a celebratory way to sit alongside this concept.  

I also created a table-scape which included a dense runner of flowers and foliage that was nestled amongst the beautiful glassware and crockery and a personal favourite of mine - the candlestick holders with thin tapered white candles (love!).  Here I wanted to bring out the tones from the tableware and match it the flowers, so I included plenty of rich oranges and blues alongside varying softer tones.

Now, the arch… that arch! This was to be situated in one of the fields for the just-married scene.  Creating this arch was a mammoth job and certainly my proudest moment of my career.  It involved nearly no sleep, climbing up and down a ladder more times than I care to remember, too many cold and rainy moments in the mud and a little bit of blood but it was all made better when the team brought down hot cups of tea and much needed G&Ts where I was busy working away.

It was all a bit of a blur to be honest, starting early on a Monday morning and calling it a wrap on Tuesday afternoon.  One thing I do remember very clearly was the sadness I felt when it was all over and we left The Copse.  There is really something about this place which I’ve struggled to put into words when talking about it to other people.  The house is situated amongst and abundance of foliages and beautiful landscaped gardens, and calming countryside with horses that are out grazing on the rolling hills.  It's a wedding venue, that with the warm welcome of owners Penny, Tim and their two black labradors, just leaves you feeling like you’re in the most magical place.  

This was the fabulous team I worked with: 
Venue The Copse 
Styling & Direction Jenna Hewitt 
Photography Kitty Wheeler Shaw
Model Eva Dithdoll 
Hair Patricia Soper 
Make Up Mel Kinsman 
Dresses Luella’s Bridal, Otaduy 
Shoes Harriet Wilde 
Accessories Donna Crain, Kelly Spence 
Barefoot Sandals Forever Soles 
Cake Cakes by Yolk 
Ribbon Kate Cullen 
Rings Zoe & Morgan 
Crockery Classic Crockery 
Terracotta Tableware Saudade 
Stationery Merrie & Bright

All images below are from Kitty and more of her lovely pictures can be found on our Rock My Wedding feature too.