Rock Farm Shoot
Wedding styling: botanical beauty
Botanical beauty, sprawling foliage and luxe touches at Rock Farm
Rock Farm occupies a tucked-away corner of east Devon. A stirring sense of history is palpable at every turn of this wonderful old Domesday property, from its ancient beams and original cob and stone walls to the almost untouched charm of the Potting Shed, where wild ferns peep between time-weathered bricks.
Opening its doors for intimate weddings, this styled shoot honours the eclectic, untamed beauty of the new venue. Bathed in natural light, its vaulted ceiling crisscrossed with timeworn beams, The Granary marries history, romance and a wonderfully intimate ambience. Here, the shoot’s luxury overgrown garden aesthetic can be seen most strikingly in the table styling, where urns spilling with foliage and flowers in shades of warm burgundy and dusky pink meet potted plants, natural linens and candlelight. Sapling favours, which started life in the surrounding flower beds, signify the sustainable ethos and love of nature at the heart of Rock Farm.
“The rich overgrown foliage and flower installation seemed to flow from the wall – a nod to things being reclaimed by nature,” says stylist Phoebe Stanaway of Elisabeth Shell Events.
The raw and romantic beauty of the venue continues in the gardens where a striking pergola with a quirky rusting tin roof is cradled by trees and a pretty lawn for outdoor ceremonies. Then there’s the Potting Shed, an intimate and earthy space with a cobbled floor and potted plans galore where the bride and groom steal some cherished moments.
“I placed objects lost and found inconspicuously about the place to be caught out of the corner of your eye; a pair of specs, some old Dickens books and the delicious cake sat on an old Singer sewing machine table added to the repurposed idea of random objects reclaimed,” explains Phoebe.
Effortlessly capturing the romance of a contemporary country wedding, the bridal look pairs whimsical modern gowns with fresh and natural hair and make-up. Echoing the botanical theme, a ball gown embellished with floral and leaf appliqué detailing and full tulle skirts looks dreamy on a loved-up wander around Rock Farm’s garden paths. The groom, meanwhile, opts for a coolly individual tweed ensemble. Together, they take in far-reaching views across this hidden and captivating corner of Devon.
Venue Rock Farm rockfarmdevon.co.uk
Photography Louise May Photography louisem.co.uk
Concept & styling Elisabeth Shell Events elisabethshellevents.com
Dresses Lovely lovelybridal.co.uk
Hair & make-up Jai Prettejohn instagram.com/mrsmakeuplady
Rings Erin Cox erincox.co.uk
Groom’s outfit Zebel Bespoke zebel.co.uk
Flowers Emma Hewlett Floral Design emmahewlett.co.uk
Cake Claire Makes Cakes clairemakescakes.co.uk
Glassware, cutlery, candelabras & table runners Keeping it Vintage keepingitvintage.co.uk
Furniture Virginias Vintage Hire virginiasvintagehire.co.uk
Stationery Watercolour Woodshed watercolourwoodshed.co.uk
Videography Capture Weddings captureweddings.co.uk
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