A Festival Inspired Forest Photoshoot

Today we are handing over to a very talented team of Sussex based wedding suppliers, including Jessie from Paper & Primrose to tell us all about this gorgeous festival inspired, wedding inspiration shoot. . .

Flower crown, bare feet and hair down – the recipe for a beautiful day.

Whilst out walking in the beautiful Ashdown Forest, photographer and florist friends Roberta Emmott and Jessie Ford fell in love with this pretty woodland location: “We found a lush green field, with the forest behind; creating the perfect natural backdrop to the scene. Such an idyllic setting was crying out for a party to be thrown!”

Roberta and Jessie met working on a mutual friend’s wedding a year ago and immediately started collaborating. Pulling together other local vendors, this photoshoot is a culmination of some of Sussex’s finest talents.

They collected brightly coloured crockery and glassware to set the scene. These pops of colour, beautifully complimented the lushious blooms that were placed in vintage bottles, jugs and vases. Teamed with bone-handled cutlery, vintage champagne glasses and shiny brass candlesticks. The Summer festival look was created using an eclectic approach.

Special, yet home-spun! “Mis-matching can work really well. Keep an eye out in charity shops for colourful glassware, cutlery, jugs and candles sticks. A non-matching approach creates a lovely relaxed feel to a wedding table. Don’t forget to look beyond Pinterest for your inspiration. We found inspiration by walking in the woods, looking at what’s growing in the garden, listening to music, and going to art galleries. Inspiration is everywhere!”

“To help you organise, it can be helpful to mock up parts of your wedding display, so on the day, when time is short, you know where to place things.”

The flowers were locally sourced by The Good Florist, Roberta, who says: “There are so many amazing flowers grown in Britain and they add a true realness to the day. If you want flowers that smell like flowers and look really natural, talk to your florist about sourcing locally. There is always something in season, regardless what time of year you get married”

Roberta used lilac bubble roses for the shoot, with David Austin Juliette Roses, Peonies, Hazel, black ball cornflowers, digitalis, variegated pittosporum, blueberries and foliage from the garden.

Model Olivia was dressed in the gorgeous McKenna dress by Leanne Marshall, supplied by Heart Aflutter Bridal Boutique in London. The simple, floating gown perfectly matched the carefree, festival look, and once teamed with a floral crown and bare feet, the look was complete!


Styling: Jessie Ford, at Paper & Primrose

Photography: Paper & Primrose

Flowers: The Good Florist

Styling & Props: The Good Florist & Paper & Primrose (as above), and Keep It Vintage

Cake: Bunston Bakes 

Hair: Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair

Make Up: The Beauty Aisle 

Dress:  Heart Aflutter Bridal Boutique

Model: Oliva Arben, Fresh Agents

Calligraphy: Calligraphy for Wedding

Thanks so much to Jessie and team for sending over these gorgeous photos. Such a beautiful photoshoot and loads of lovely ideas here if you are planning your very own festival inspired wedding, from the beautiful and locally sourced flower crowns to the mix and match charity shop found decor – for a relaxed and colourful festival look. Some good advice there too about stepping away from Pinterest (just for a while!) to get out into nature for some truly epic inspiration. What a stunning Sussex setting too!

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