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Dried Flowers and Prairie Wedding Styling - Earth Borne at Godwick Great Barn

Image by Salsabil Morrison Photography.

Looking towards shades borne of the earth and focusing on an understated gathering reflecting nature’s offering, this shoot was a collaboration from Most Unusual Wedding Fair suppliers curated by stylist Penny of The Little Lending Company.

We heard from Penny on Friday when she talked us through what you can expect at next month’s Most Unusual Wedding Fair at Godwick Great Barn in Norfolk, so today to keep those excitement levels up we’re showing you the inspiration and talent from #TMUWF18!

Home-grown, home-spun and hand-made is in abundance in this styled shoot and I adore it all.

Pre-Register for #TMUWF19 Here

Notes from The Little Lending Co.

Penny says…

For the shoot we looked to the beautiful shades of the earth, provided by natures offering. Celebrating the hand-made movement for the shoot, I worked with natural materials made from slower techniques of pottery, fabrics and craft.

Flowers were key in creating this look, with lots of foraged and dried elements. We used wild roses, Chrysanthemum blooms, carnations, Dahlia, Nigella pods and birch in a palette of burnt orange, bleached taupe, rust and warm peach.

Starting with a large dried flower wall panel stuffed with moss and cut grasses, Swaffham Florist then added fresh stems. It worked beautifully as a ceremonial backdrop and later as a photo backdrop for our bride. Haybale seating and naturally dyed layered silk fabric covers and bamboo cane flags completed the look for the ceremony space with all fabrics by MiaSylviaa.

The tablescape gave the flowers space in their forms. Flowers were allowed to tumble and flow from English stone pots and terracotta dishes organically. Rattan place mats and textured crockery sat around the table with collected bone china, vintage cutlery and deckled edge hand written calligraphy cards from Wonderland Invites. Knotted, dyed crinkled cotton fabric napkin squares completed each place setting. Hand turned wooden candlesticks and cake stands also featured with natural warm honey coloured beeswax candlesticks.

Large stone pots on a wooden plinth would make the perfect indoor ceremony option for this look at Godwick Great Barn next to the candlelit ancient staircase.

The cake was a textural buttercream stack from Sugar Buttons with beautiful dried hops – simple yet stunning.

The bride wore a cotton vintage Laura Ashley crochet lace trimmed dress from Cambridge Vintage Bridal and worn leather boots with a straw hat for the first look tied with trailing black ribbon and held a modest, hand tied bouquet. Our brides hair was down for this look with natural make-up and warm pink lips and a subtle smoky brown eye, created by Emily of Love Moi Make-Up.

The second look was a peplum lace top dress by designer Katrine Morgensen with 3D florals on the sleeve, all hand sewn working with the real florals in the backdrop.

The third look was a ruffle lace dress with puff sleeves by Yolan Chris at White Reflections. Hair was created by Flamingo Amy with a loose halo braid and plait, tied with a naturally dyed soft pink ribbon.

Pre-Register for #TMUWF19 Here


Venue Godwick Great Barn

Concept, Styling and Prop Hire The Little Lending Company

Photography Salsabil Morrison Photography

Flowers Swaffham & Fakenham Florist

Dresses Cambridge Vintage BridalKatrine MogensenWhite Reflections

Hair Flamingo Amy

Make Up Love Moi Make-Up

Stationery Wonderland Invites

Cake Sugar Buttons

Linens & Hair Ribbon MiaSylviaa

Crockery Titchwell Manor

Chairs Anglia Elite

With thanks to Model Emily

Godwick Great Barn

Norfolk, East of England


Godwick is a place to celebrate life, commitment and love. Surrounded by unspoiled views of the Norfolk countryside, Godwick Great Barn is an unrivalled rustic…

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Emma Hla

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Emma Hla

Emma is the founder & curator of these award-winning pages. Passionate about venues, interiors and a good Whiskey Sour. You'll also find Emma working as a Creative Director consulting for wedding venues around the UK.

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