On Sunday 29th October I took myself and my assistant for the day, my wonderful mum, to the beautiful Manor Farm Barn. I needed a rustic venue in an idyllic location for the styling shoot I had planned for the website and Google provided me with the perfect place. In the quintessential village of Marsh Gibbon is Manor Farm Barn, run by the lovely and ever so helpful Vicky and her team. The barn is a blank canvas of stone and beams, with twinkling fairy lights dotted around, that create warmth and make photos twinkle. Photography for the day was by the talented Will Broadhead, he took the most beautiful shots and he knew exactly what I had envisioned.
I had pulled together six different rustic chic styles to be photographed; all different in colours and where they sit on the chic to rustic scale. I’m going to provide blogs on each style to give an insight into why and how I created them. My last styling blog will be about my own wedding and how my rustic chic Roman theme came to life.
Colours: Pink, gold and white.
Chic to rustic scale: Sits on the chic side.
This style is quite simplistic so it needed the pink to give a pop of colour and add some personality; therefore pink was the main focus and was used for the flowers and the decorations. I only used pink roses on the day, as I am no florist, but envision this theme with shades of pink peonies and roses all nestled amongst white hydrangeas. The chic décor of the mirror and tall glass vase centrepieces, ornate gold photo frames, and geometric LOVE letters, worked perfectly in the rustic barn setting, as the glow from the candle lit tea lights added to the warmth provided by the barns fairy lights. Additional focal points were the decorated step ladder and crates. Gold was used here to up the chicness; beautiful white gold vases, lettering and tea light holders all added a hint of opulence.
To take this style further, gold candelabras could be used draped with beautiful pink and white blooms. Tableware etched with gold, gold cutlery and dusky pink napkins would add extra detailing to the wedding breakfast. Gold chiavari chairs with dusky pink linen tie backs for the wedding ceremony and breakfast. And pink lemonade, rose wine, pink champagne or your favourite pink cocktail could be used on gold trays. This style is versatile, you can have opulence and it would still work in a barn setting, or you can add some rustic touches through using natural decor of wooden crates, bark vases and wicker hearts.