From the ewes and horses roaming its historic meadows and ponds abuzz with bees, birds and dragonflies to the wild red deer who seek refuge in the winter, Holwell Farmhouse is a dream setting for a wedding immersed in nature. Flanked by rolling Devon hills within its own 65-acre valley, the picturesque location of the Grade II listed farmhouse was the starting point for this styled shoot, which paints a charm-filled picture of a relaxed wedding in the countryside.
“We used natural colours to draw upon the setting of Holwell Farmhouse and the surrounding countryside – lots of blues, greens, whites and wood,” explains Hazel Parsons of Out Of The Ordinary Weddings and Keeping It Vintage, who coordinated and styled the shoot. “Natural light gave a beautiful summery feel in both the kitchen and gardens.”
The Sassi Holford gown – an ethereal vision of delicately embroidered tulle with florals in shades of amber, cornflower and evergreen – also inspired much of the styling. “We picked accents from the gown to flow through the details throughout,” says Hazel.
Set amidst the walled garden with far-reaching views across the surrounding meadows, the tablescape offers natural, unfussy styling, where the colours of the glassware, bunches of lavender and hearty sharing platters of fruits, meats and cheeses pop against the wooden table and slate grey tableware. A semi-naked cake and colourful hand-painted stationery adds to the charm.
Bedecked in foliage and wild florals, the cream frontage of the period farmhouse makes an idyllic setting for an outdoor ceremony, while the character-filled interiors and period features of the farmhouse make for an intimate and memorable indoor option. And we love the idea of jumping aboard a Land Rover and spending those first newly married moments taking in the valley views and blissful rural seclusion of this scenic corner of Devon.
Venue Holwell Farmhouse holwellfarmhouse.co.uk
Photography Louise May Photography louisem.co.uk
Coordination Out Of The Ordinary Weddings By Hazel Parsons outoftheordinaryweddings.com
Styling & décor hire Keeping It Vintage keepingitvintage.co.uk
Videography Sally Johns captureweddings.co.uk
Yurt Hooe’s Yurts hooesyurts.co.uk
Flower Flowers by Wendy flowersbywendy.co.uk
Catering J&J Catering jandjcatering.co.uk
Furniture hire Coutts Event Hire couttseventhire.co.uk
Stationery Lucy Ewers instagram.com/lucyewf
Cake Maria at Dreams & Wishes instagram.com/dreamsandwishescakecompany
Dress Sassi Holford sassiholford.com
Groom’s outfit Little Anne-Maids littleanne-maids.co.uk
Make-up Gemma Burgess Beauty instagram.com/gemmaburgessbeauty
Hair Giselle Michel-Gendre instagram.com/gisellemichelgendre_mua
Headwear Blushing Flamingos blushingflamingos.co.uk
Jewellery Stephanie Stevens Jewellery stephaniestevensjewellery.co.uk
Models Sasha Reed instagram.com/sashareed
Liam Gardner instagram.com/liamgardner_23
Land Rover hire Exmoor Trim exmoortrim.co.uk