Badgers Holt Shoot
Wedding styling: wild romance on Dartmoor
Frees-spirited inspiration for a wildly romantic wedding on Dartmoor
With its rugged, sprawling expanses and ancient Tor-dotted heights, the romance of Dartmoor is undeniable, its untamed beauty making a wildly atmospheric backdrop for a wedding.
Located in the shadow of Yar Tor, the meandering River Dart weaving its path through its leafy grounds, Badgers Holt sits in a secluded and sheltered location in the heart of the moor. Now opening its doors for weddings, the former fishing lodge is immersed in natural beauty, from the rushing water of the riverbank to the dense woodland beyond. A versatile space ideal for couples seeking a relaxed celebration, the venue offers rustic blank canvas spaces as well as ceremonies and receptions on the river bank.
This styled shoot typifies the charm of a back-to-nature wedding amidst the wilds of Dartmoor. Echoing the surrounding landscape through each and every detail, natural hues and textures are key to the aesthetic, from the wooden table laid with earthenware plates and woodland-floor finds to the haybale seating and foliage-filled ceremony arch; then there’s the floral arrangements of muted seasonal blooms, ferns and pampas grass, gorgeously conveying a ‘just-gathered’ look.
Bohemian touches abound, from the vintage rugs, lanterns and festoon lighting to the striking bridal accessories, while celestial accents such as the bride’s embellished gown and the moon arch – dressed with pampas grass, foliage and blooms to complement the autumnal colours of the landscape – enhance this free-spirited celebration of the elements.
The magic heightens as night falls, a choice of cosy spaces inviting joy-filled gatherings: there’s the Garden Room, with its wood burning stove and carnival of fairy lights, and the banks of the river, where festoon lights and firepits make the most enchanting scene beneath the starry Dartmoor skies.
Venue Badgers Holt badgersholtweddings.co.uk
Photography & styling Hannah Wilde Photography hannah-wilde.com
Photography assistant Lauren Wiig-Apsland instagram.com/laurenwiig
Venue, tables & tableware badgersholtweddings.co.uk
Flowers Milli Fleur millifleur.com
Linens & accessories Ashburton Craft Mongers craftmongers.com
Make-up Hannah Symons makeupbyhannahsymo.wixsite.com/makeupbyhannahsymons
Dresses St Ives Bridal Boutique stivesbridalboutique.co.uk
Groom’s outfit Zebel Bespoke zebel.co.uk
Moon arch & arch flowers The Youngest Child theyoungestchild.com
Headpieces The Lucky Sixpence theluckysixpence.co.uk
DJ Boden ‘Mr Flexxx’ Smith instagram.com/bodenflexsmith
Models Hannah Symons & Billy Chibouni
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