Organic English Countryside Inspiration

Wedding Photography

By Magnolia Rouge

I'm completely smitten with this beautiful shoot by stylists Emma from COCO WEDDING VENUES and KATRINA OTTER WEDDINGS & EVENTS. It's one of those shoots I want to leap into the screen and live in! An homage to all things boho with a slightly luxe edge, it's full of wild countryside scenes, raw love, dramatic gowns, luscious leaves and windswept kisses overlooking the wonderfully English backdrop of the famous River Cottage. With a soothing palette focused on cool creams, herbaceous greens and soft lilacs it's been perfectly captured by REBECCA GODDARD PHOTOGRAPHY. That's it… I'm booking a trip to England!!

Emma tells us, “River Cottage is an idyllic location for a wedding celebration with some of the best food you will ever eat... on the day we had free run of the entire site which included Hugh's kitchen! Set amongst the rolling Devon hills this is a truly breathtaking venue and takes 'Rustic Bohemian' to a whole new level. Our florist, AMBER PERSIA, wanted to use herbs; masses and masses of wonderfully tasty, deliciously fragrant and exquisitely beautiful herbs.

Foraged hedgerow pickings add to the relaxed, natural abundance whilst the restrained use of actual 'flowers', gorgeous lilac Clematis, the first of the Spring Hellebores and a glimpse of white Hydrangeas and Ammi was all that was required. As to the actual arrangements, what could be more welcoming to guests than a lush, over-sized wreath to greet them at River Cottage's rustic front door?

Then the serious matter of dining – the florals simply needed to create a botanical backdrop. Low arrangements, once again featuring aromatic herbs together with Fern leaves and trailing Jasmine, soften the look of the table whilst individual herb posies, each one different, add the finishing detail to each guest's place setting.

Our boho-luxe shoot wouldn't have been complete without our dreamy real-life couple. Our first Bridal look was soft and natural mixing both high street and designer for a high-fashion-country vibe. A braided Mulberry belt cinched in our cream cable knit jumper. Whilst Jesus Peiro supplied lashings of drama with this beautiful tulle skirt. Our country girl's look was completed with Mulberry wellington boots and the rather desirable Cara bag.

Her hair was worn in braided plaits with soft loose tendrils, with slightly flushed cheeks and pretty natural lips to create the perfect minimalistic vibe. With the addition of a dainty floral rose bud crown and the chicest of grey suede heels, our Bride was ready to walk down the vegetable garden aisle. Our groom was waiting, standing tall in denim and a tailored jacket. Brogues, a crisp white shirt and a wreath button-hole finished his look.

The second bridal look was altogether wilder, with loose locks, bronzed cheeks and a berry lip. This icy blue Rembo gown was wistful and romantic, with a sheer detailed lace back and a tulle skirt. A feather stole kept our Bride warm, as well as the arms of her beau!

Hand-died linens, wooden cutlery, fresh herbs and foliage, dripping golden candles and beautiful laser cut feather place names created our Wedding Breakfast scene back at the cottage.

As the sun started to bow to the misty night sky, our newly-weds retired to their yurt, decked in rich leafy garlands, flickering candles and a roaring fire. Sweet treats came in the form of a golden cake decorated with dainty petals and warming brandy tickled their lips. Our Bride wore a bespoke Helen Pollington dress with an icy blue bodice and tumbling tulle skirt. A handmade waterfall cardigan with beautiful lace sleeves completed the look. Our bride wouldn't be a boho princess without a statement headpiece. Curious Fair designed this feathery bespoke creation and it was perfection.

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