Lottie’s Barn

Written by Caitlin Hoare
Sustainable fashion, repurposed props, and locally grown florals are some of my fave wedding elements, and today’s editorial delivers 3/3.

Whether you’re looking for a three-day exclusive hire, flexibility and options coming out of your ears (The Octagon Barn has seven licensed areas), or just a blimmin’ beautiful barn to truly put your stamp on, this versatile Norfolk venue is a keeper!

Lottie’s Barn, one of the aforementioned licensed spaces at The Octagon Barn, provided the backdrop to today’s styled shoot. The blend of dry and fresh seasonal florals, drapes, and a relaxed wedding vibe perfectly matched the venue’s original beams, heritage features, and huge windows.

Over to Estelle and the team for a lesson in rustic, romantic wedding styling…

 

Notes from the Venue

Estelle says…

We were absolutely delighted to gather some wonderful suppliers for a styled shoot at Lottie’s Barn, one of seven licensed ceremony sites at The Octagon Barn. Lottie’s Barn, named after the owners’ daughter, is a beautifully maintained venue that seats up to 120 attendees for ceremonies. It boasts an open-vaulted ceiling, original beams, and one exposed side, allowing natural light to flood the room.

The theme for this shoot was inspired by the barns and their countryside setting, emphasising a rural and natural rustic feel. We chose a colour palette of neutrals, creams, and browns with pops of colour, like the orange on Melissa’s dress, to evoke spring vibes.

Collaborating with Poppy Perspective, a sustainable handmade bridal dress supplier based in Kent, was a first for us. Designer Phiney Edmundson created a flawless Melissa dress featuring fringe sleeves and vintage lace. We fell in love with the ‘Clementine’ dress, available in their Kent studio. The dress was perfectly complemented by Regina Boots from Fairfax & Favor.

Thanks to Sophie Taylor for styling Melissa’s hair and Kirstie Barton for her mesmerising makeup artistry. They both captured the shoot’s rustic, boho-esque theme, enhancing the dress’s beauty.

Pure Suit Hire in Norwich kindly lent us their Tibberton Tan Tweed Suit for Jack. This suit is available for both hire and purchase at their Norwich branch.

Jess at Jipola provided stunning floristry for the occasion. Specialising in dried and preserved flora and incorporating fresh flowers, Jess’s work highlights Norfolk-grown, seasonal flowers, promoting sustainability and natural beauty.

We also thank PROPosal Wedding Hire for supplying beautiful pre-loved props, including tables and rugs perfectly complemented by Sam Race Venue Decoration‘s drapes. Jules and her husband offer various decorative options while maintaining a sustainable approach by reusing and repurposing materials. At The Octagon Barn, we believe in minimising environmental impact and proudly promote suppliers like Jules.

Our gratitude goes to Eloise Pitcher Photography for her beautiful photography, which made this shoot look amazing. We highly recommend her! Thanks to Beth Denman from Social Scenes for capturing stunning clips and content.

Couples looking for a barn wedding that embraces a rustic and countryside feel can draw inspiration from this shoot. One standout idea is using a variety of beautiful rugs along the aisle instead of a single piece, adding to the bohemian, wild-heart theme that many couples love.

We encourage couples to see this shoot as an example that a sustainable wedding can be just as beautiful as any other. The repurposed props and dress are a testament to this.

Credits

Venue The Octagon Barn

Photographer Eloise Pitcher Photography

Florist Jipola

Props PROPosal Wedding Hire

Dress Poppy Perspective

Drapes + Lighting Sam Race Venue Decoration

Hair Sophie Taylor

Makeup Kirstie Barton

Suit Pure Suit Hire

Shoes Fairfax & Favor

Social Content Creator Social Scenes

Chairs Banqueting Hire

With Thanks to Models Melissa & Jack

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