Eco Lux styled shoot at River Cottage

We were recently involved in a beautiful organic eco friendly wedding styled shoot at River Cottage. A beautiful natural and eco wedding venue. Couples can say their ‘I do’s’ outside the cottage. In this shoot the ceremony took place outside with a hexagonal handmade arch to frame the bride, groom and celebrant.

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Our tips

A backdrop to your ceremony is a great way to add your personality to the ceremony. You could make/have it made and keep it as part of your garden as a forever momento.

To take the chill off, two pure cotton Mantilla shawls in different creams were used. Handmade in Devon from natural yarns and ethically sourced, the beautiful shawls are from Cadogan Cardigans.

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Let’s start with the bridal look. The make-up by Michelle Stanford was inspired by the colours used in the shoot, so a smokey look, with some coral and gold added to the mix. Michelle uses Arbonne which is non-toxic, vegan, gluten free and doesn’t stock in shops so it has less preservatives and it also has no petro chemicals.

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A soft, natural textured looking hairstyle was created by The Up Do Girl.

Hair stylist Ellie said, “I felt it would suit the brief and the beautiful countryside venue location. The hair products used are a brand called Maria Nila, their products are vegan and cruelty free, they use climate compensated packaging, working with Zeromission and Plant Vivo which helps farmers plant trees in poorer parts of the world for reforestation.”

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The headpiece was up-cycled from a selection of beautiful vintage finds. Julie of Hey Jules!.

“I managed to find some gorgeous 1940’s vintage fabric millinery flowers from a local vintage shop, which I used as part of the main headpiece along with some beautiful blush vintage pearls and other antique beads.”

“I love the 3D effect and the softness of the pearl sprays and glass leaves. The gold and lavender crown contains the most beautiful vintage brooch that had been in my collection for a number of years just waiting to be used in something special! The soft colours and organic structure were perfect for the River Cottage theme.”

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To complete the bridal look, the we sourced shoes from Beyond Skin who create simple, beautiful, ethical and elegant vegan shoes.

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The eco inspired wedding bouquet was created from foraged greenery, succulents and seasonal spring flowers such as helebores and tulips. This a great way to have an eco friendly wedding bouquet, but also in the on trend greenery styling. Denise from Petal and Posie said, “With responsibly foraged greenery, home propagated succulents and seasonal helebores and tulips, I tried to keep the environmental footprint as light as possible.

I hoped to achieve a natural, ‘just gathered’ effect, constructing the bouquet loosely and putting the emphasis on the foliage and the succulents. The bouquet was finished with a binding of cream sisal twine in keeping with the relaxed and natural theme.”

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The groom wore a classic hemp long sleeve shirt, organic chino trousers and Cock and Bull Tweed Collection’s handsome and colourful tweed waistcoats and caps.

Cock and Bull use the finest hand-woven tweeds from the Isle of Lewis, paired with organic hemp/silk linings to provide excellent quality and sustainable style.

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The solid wood bow ties worn by the groom are from Patore and the grain ensures no two are alike. They are lovingly handcrafted by a family run company based in the heart of Transylvania.

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To complete the groom’s look he wore sophisticated men’s shoes from Bourgeois Boheme. They provide ethically made, sustainable, vegan shoes with a minimal footprint.

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The tables were adorned with natural fabrics hand-dyed with natural pigments to add coral colour tones and keep continue the greenery theme more foraging took place to create table runners creating a wonderful natural and on trend style.

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More textures and tones were added by using slate chargers which were wonderful in contrast to the wooden tables. Gold cutlery and gold tea light holders added the sparkle and feel more luxurious than standard cutlery.

To give the Threshing Barn an extra dimension we hung macramé plant hangers filled with gorgeous seasonal flowers such as tulips, narcissi, hellebores and lots of foliage for a lush, green ‘just gathered’ spring look.

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Our tips

We love the use of metallics against simple greenery decor. If you are using greenery as a main feature we recommend using metallics on your tables to give a luxury feel and bring colour in with your napkins or favours.

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A handmade hexagonal wooden table plan was strung with matching stationery to the table settings. Bringing some of the ceremony inside repeating this shape was a nice reflection of the ceremony back drop.

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Everything about River Cottage chimes sustainable, from the stunning surroundings to the ethically sourced food, so it was important to create a wedding ceremony to fit.

Local celebrant Nixie James-Scott said, “As a Celebrant my main creativity is through my words; however for the shoot I used my old favourite wooden lectern and created a beautiful hand fasting cord plaiting together all natural cotton and linen ribbons and cords. Lastly I made a Besom style broom from a hazel stave and dogwood twigs wrapped round with sisal and linen ribbons. This was for our delightful bride and groom to jump over into their new married life together.”

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In keeping with the natural and rustic theme the rings were provided by  Eco Wood Rings. “You have a unique opportunity when you choose a custom eco wood ring to create something truly meaningful. Your ring can tell a story, capture a moment in time and be a beautiful reflection of what really matters to you. Most of our customers use their wooden rings as an opportunity to tell their unique story. You can add in materials from special places including wood from the River Cottage HQ or a treasured possession.”

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Even the confetti was hand picked and lovingly made for this shoot. Hops, delphinium and lady’s mantle were the choice of petal and the soft scents were perfect for the ceremony in the River Cottage garden.

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It goes without saying that River Cottage and its chefs are renowned for cooking up incredible feasts featuring the very best produce that the area has to offer.

All the wedding menus feature the finest, seasonal, organic ingredients which they source from local farms and fishermen, as well as using produce grown and reared at River Cottage.

 

The wedding cake for the shoot was kept simple and elegant, with a touch of luxury from the gold leaf. It was decorated with edible organic primroses from the Sweet Temptations garden. All the ingredients were sustainably and locally sourced to make the cake eco-friendly and in keeping with the shoot’s ethos.

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To complete the shoot the team invited Native to set up one of their bridal bell tents. A truly romantic way to end your eco luxe elopement wedding, snuggled up under canvas. Native aim to be as green thinking as possible. They told us:

“We choose high quality, long-lasting bell tents made from sustainably sourced cotton. Our canvas tents are arguably more eco-friendly than the modern nylon tents. Our furnishings are largely bought from a fantastic North Devon based business who sell up-cycled, recycled and secondhand goods all following fair trade standards to the highest degree. Much of the furniture in our tents is pre-loved and lovingly restored in-house to suit our unique style.”

 

Photographer: Freeformimages Photography
Venue: River Cottage
Dresses: Luna Bride and Hannah Carman (coming soon) available The Conscious Bride
Brides Shoes: Beyond Skin
Shawls: Cadogan Cardigans
Make-up: Michelle Stanford, Arbonne
Bridal Hair: The Up Do Girl
Bridal Accessories & Stationery: Hey Jules!
Celebrant: Nixie James-Scott, Unique Ceremonies
Confetti: Keslowena Confetti
Floristry: Petal and Posie
Cake & Sweets: Claire’s Sweet Temptations
Grooms Attire: Thought Clothing and Cock and Bull Tweed Collection
Grooms Shoes: Bourgeois Boheme
Grooms Accessories: Patore’ UK Wooden Bow Ties
Rings: Eco Wood Rings
Bridal Bell Tent: Native
Styling: Vicky Murdoch, Do Me A Favour
Macramé: Hooky Madness
Models: Paul Hobbs & Roksana Skrabka

 

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