Industrial Chic with green and white tones at The Oak Barn

Photographed by John Knight | Bride and groom kissing by neon 'happily ever after' sign at The Oak Barn, Kent

I’m thrilled to share one of my own shoots with you all today…

As soon as I saw this venue it became an instant favourite, and I knew I wanted to do a shoot there. The Oak Barn, near Benenden, has been incredibly and thoughtfully restored, and it is now a stunning, eco-friendly wedding venue hidden away in the Kent countryside. The idea for the shoot was an ‘industrial chic’ look, combining the raw ‘edge’ the metal railings on the stage gave to the venue, and the copper decor we used, with the softness of the foliage, the candlelight and the glamorous bride and groom.

Myself and Laetitia from Makeup Angel worked together on the ideas and invited some fabulous wedding suppliers to collaborate with us. We opted for a simple green and white colour scheme for its subtle elegance, with the candlelight and copper details adding splashes of colour and warmth here and there. The delicate phalaenopsis orchid heads, ornithogalum, and ivory roses contrast the metallic candlesticks and terrariums beautifully, whilst the low-level candles add a sense of romance and intimacy. Hanging from the copper arch is one of the very popular ‘happily ever after’ neon signs, which adds a modern feature, whilst the metal chairs really complete the industrial look, maintaining the style of the shoot whilst adding something a little bit different.

The gold and copper themes continue in the bride’s make-up, enhancing her eye colour, as well as in the groom’s buttonhole which was a small floral spray with copper twisted around it. The bride modelled several wedding dresses, and the hairstyles were changed to match each ‘look’, which adds a lovely variety to the images. The cake had a structured elegance with soft green and pink colouring in a very on-trend ‘brushed’ appearance. The stationery complemented the shoot, not just with the colours and style (which it did perfectly!), but also because it is printed on 100% recycled paper made from postconsumer waste, which ties in nicely with the venue’s ‘green’ ethos. The tractor onsite at the venue added a element of fun to the shoot, whilst the rolling hills provided a picturesque natural backdrop, with even a sheep or two in the background.

The team worked together brilliantly on this shoot, and the photographer, Photographed by John Knight, captured some fantastic images, which you can have a browse through below…

Photographed by John Knight | Bride spinning in wedding dress in front of big wooden door

The creative team behind the shoot:

Venue - The Oak Barn Concept, Planning & Styling - Myself, as Caro Events Concept, Planning & Make-up - Makeup Angel Photography - Photographed by John Knight Tables & Chairs - Village Vintage Props - To Have and To Hire Festoon Lights - Light It Up UK Silk Dressing Gown - Matchimony Dresses and Veils - Go Bridal Suits - Suits to Suit Hair - Hair by Natalie Blake Cake - Emma Page Cakes Flowers - Kelly and Hicks Stationery - Chloe Ainsley Creative Bride - Chelsea Groom - Fynn

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