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Country garden styled shoot

Wedding styling: English country garden

A modern take on English country garden wedding style

You might think that the look has been 'done' a thousand times, but a classic garden wedding can take a multitude of bespoke forms, providing the stylistic cue for a celebration that's as quintessential as it is quirky. From mad hatter style tea parties to country fetes, woodland gatherings, field parties, eco events and mini festivals, a green-centric affair can be as simple or bold as you desire, which this spectacularly rustic-meets-pared-back (with a luxe edge) shoot beautifully illustrates.

"The original inspiration was 'English garden wedding' - celebrating local produce with locally grown flowers and homemade charcuterie with local cheeses," explains photographer Amy Sampson on the origins of this specially-themed editorial.

Amy wanted to co-design something with a "relaxed and fun" vibe while showcasing bridal wears from new boutique, Bridal Reloved in Tavistock and collaborating with stunning rural venue, Uphill Farm.

The result is a scene replete with interest. Let's start with the bride, whose gorgeous floral lace gown melds boho detail with vintage style cut in a contemporary A-line complete with demure V-neck. Her look is finished with an eye-catching floral crown that complements a wildflower bouquet to extend the country aesthetic; while the groom - in crisp white shirt and sand coloured chinos, epitomises casual cool.

Then there's the tabletops, where an eclectic mix of textured glassware sits alongside hessian place mats softened with linen serviettes in a pale fawn shade. Copper accents break-up the neutral tones courtesy of the crockery, candelabras, lanterns, vase detail and plant holder centrepieces, whose delicate series of test tubes create a striking focal point with a heady mixture of foliage, reds, burnt orange and pinks. The food is another statement factor, with sharing platters presenting a variety of flavours and colours to sate all of the senses, beautifully positioned on a wooden board placed upon a pair of barrels and laden with local produce.

The clear span marquee effortlessly brings the outdoors in which - along with rattan furniture, a statement macramé arc and woven baskets as plant pots - ensures a relaxed and natural-feeling atmosphere that fluidly extends out toward the scenic walled garden beyond.

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