The Great Styled Shoot at Hales Hall & The Great Barn

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Image by Bigphatphotos.

This styled shoot started life as a bit of fun for some friends and colleagues to show off their creative skills to each other. But before they knew it, it had grown into a full-blown showcase of some of Norfolk’s finest talent in the wedding industry… all hosted at one of East Anglia’s most prestigious venues – Hales Hall & The Great Barn.

The passion behind these suppliers is lovely and I’ve even included some behind-the-scenes peeks as I just think it’s fab to see how these styled shoots are created!

Here to tell us a little more is Makeup Artist Amanda Steed.

Notes from Norfolk

Amanda:

As a make-up artist, I love to experiment all the time, working to create the freshest, most beautiful looks for my brides. I was chatting to my photographer friends Janie and David – the husband and wife team behind Bigphatphotos who like nothing more than to push the creative boundaries – and a plan began to form.

Janie knew of the most incredible venue in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, the historic Hales Hall & The Great Barn that had just relaunched with luxury accommodation. We asked if they would like to be part of our creative ‘display’ and they agreed.

Of course, we all work with wedding couples up and down the land – from London to Cornwall to Yorkshire and beyond – but we’re passionate about where we are all based and this was a great opportunity to show off the best of what East Anglia has to offer.

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Emily & Adam’s Southend Barns Wedding

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Images by Adorlee.

Weddings at Southend Barns are always a joy to see and Emily & Adam’s big day is no exception.

With copper and peach vibes, their gorgeous Westie-poo fur baby in attendance and an abundance of Winter Pimms, this beautiful celebration is bound to put a smile on your face this Monday!

Notes from the Bride

Emily:

When we were looking for a venue we wanted somewhere that you could have the ceremony and the reception in the same place so people could relax straight away knowing they wouldn’t have to go anywhere. We wanted somewhere which had the wow factor and also had homely cosy atmosphere.

When we found out Southend Barns was booked up for the following summer, we decided to have our wedding in January 2016 and embrace the winter wedding theme. I started to imagine how beautiful our day could be with wintery blue skies, fire pits, faux fur and warm winter Pimms. This was definitely the place where our visions could come true.

Our guests even now over a year after our wedding don’t stop talking about Southend Barns, everyone we speak to says just what an amazing venue we chose to hold our special day.

Also it has to be said the service we received from Alice was great, she made us feel special and nothing was too much trouble.

As we were having a winter wedding this was our main inspiration. We also really like metallic colours so we decided to choose copper as our metallic and main theme colour.

Back in 2015 when I was trying to source things of the copper colour it was actually quite difficult as the trend hadn’t really set in, now if I was planning a copper wedding there would be things everywhere for me to choose from!

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The Green Celebrates Two New Barn Openings!

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Images courtesy of The Green.

Oh we do so love The Green in Cornwall, it pretty much has everything you need; outside and inside ceremony options, beautiful vistas, a lake, marquee, quaint cottages and a big party house! So we think you guys are going to fall just that little bit harder when you see their new beautifully restored barns available for your wedding day celebrations.

It’s been a busy 12 months for the team at The Green, but they’re ready to share all the details of their fantastic new reception rooms.

The Really Rustic Barn

Kate says, “We’re so happy to be sharing a sneaky peek at our latest addition to our collection of lovingly restored barns. We know that some of you want a space that you can style for yourselves and the Really Rustic Barn is a perfect opportunity to do just that.”

Licensed for your ceremony and available for a drinks reception this space is yours to make your own. The room is large and has huge doors opening on to the views. It’s walls are made of brick and tin sheeting so we’re definitely crushing on the industrial vibes. They have provided festoon lighting but the rest of the décor is completely up to you! This barn is a little less glamorous and polished than their other indoor function spaces, but if you are feeling brave and like something with a bit of an edge then we think you’ll kinda love it!

The Really Rustic Barn also provides a lovely background for wedding photos on these rare but inevitable really rainy days.

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Scandi Inspired Tipi Styling

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Images by Ed Brown Photography.

Sami Tipi and Bawdon Lodge Farm recently presented a weekend of festival antics at their Spring Showcase – it was promised to be an Open Day like no other and boy did they deliver!

For one day only Bawdon Lodge Farm, Sami Tipi and a selection of hand picked talented suppliers came together to design an inspiration day for couples wanting to host their own tipi wedding. There was live music, street food vans, delicious food from the award winning caterer Thomas The Caterer and even a POP UP SHOP!

But taking centre stage, the tipis were styled to perfection by Tara at Tickety-Boo Events and we simply love the Scandi feels and home interior inspiration. If you’re wondering how to decorate a tipi then this feature is very much for you!

Notes from Sami Tipi and Friends

The Style

Tara:

As a stylist I am constantly inspired by home décor and interiors and it is always a good place to start with to explore colour and textures, from that I chose the basic colour of white, grey and green when designing the styling for the Spring Showcase. Inspired by the minimal Scandi approach to décor I wanted to bring in marble and concrete in some way and so opted for marble runners and stoneware to dress the tables. Incorporating greenery and blush flowers with mustard candles to soften the overall look. Polly & Me also wrote the menu on the marble runners and created a beautiful scroll to hang at the back of the top table. it was such a creative way to draw in the marble effect.

Lights hung from a bespoke hanging feature dressed with leaves and greenery, and tropical plants lined the walk way and entrance inside. I had Peacock chairs, a coffee table and quirky signage to dress around the dancefloor, but I also wanted a statement piece to hang above the band and a laser cut ‘You and Me’ from Polly & Me worked beautifully in the space.

I would describe the look as fresh and minimal.

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Ross & Lynsey’s Inchyra Wedding

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Images by Photos by Zoe.

The last two weeks I’ve been surrounded by the most glorious and unexpected Spring flowers on not one, but two styled shoot editorials! And yes folks, we’re also right on the cusp of peony season. So this surprising blast of autumnal gorgeousness has me craving crackling fires, cosy blankets and a marshmallow or two.

Ross & Lynsey chose The Byre at Inchyra for their wedding celebrations; hidden in the heart of Perthshire, Inchyra is more than a relaxed wedding barn venue, because you can make their 150-acre private estate your own.

Notes from the Photographer

Zoe:

This is the story of Lynsey & Ross’s wedding day.

There was so much hustle and bustle in the morning, with all the girls getting ready at the beautiful Inchyra House. I truly madly deeply LOVED Lynsey’s dress, and oh, that autumnal flower crown by Myrtle & Bracken… I adored it.

The amount of thought and time that Lynsey & Ross had put into their wedding day was evident too – all the wee pumpkins and little apples strung up along the backs of their guests chairs were such a delightful detail.

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