I cannot believe I am finally sharing this with you all! I have had this shoot in my mind for the last couple of years, and this week I was able to see my vision brought to life. In the village I live in, and where I grew up, there is a small nature reserve known as 'The Brickfields'; it is a site where they used to make bricks and then, using the creek that lies alongside it, the bricks would be shipped up to London for building work. The site was abandoned in the 1960s and nature has since taken over; the result of which is the natural woodland that was the playground of my childhood.
I finally began planning this shoot just before the pandemic hit, which obviously brought everything to a halt. As restrictions began to ease this spring, I decided to go for it, and started contacting wedding suppliers I knew I wanted to work with. Ultimately, I brought together a truly talented group of fantastic wedding suppliers, each of which I cannot recommend highly enough, as they are all experts in their fields (and they are all really lovely!).
I have worked with John from Photographed by John Knight many times, and he has such a natural, unobtrusive style, that I knew he would get some amazing shots, whilst Lily from Lily Jones Events has such a quirky vision, that I knew she'd take my initial ideas and create something fabulous with them. I had always wanted to work with Laura from Oak Cottage Flowers, as she produces the most beautiful floral displays using silk flowers, and Nat and Julie from Rose & Grace Ceremonies provided the perfect Celebrant service. Lou from Bake To The Future created the show-stopping, colourful cake, which had natural elements whilst still maintaining Lou's unique style. The Graze Girls came on board to provide the delicious grazing boards for the intimate picnic-style wedding breakfast, and the signs were designed by Whitney at Loops and Lettering (the wording on one sign actually became the name for the shoot as it was so perfect!). The beautiful wedding rings were made by Varoshe Bespoke Jewellery, and Matchimony provided the gorgeous bridal wear. The female model, Amie, did her own hair and make-up, and the male model, Kaii, wore suits from Marks & Spencer and Next. Finally, Harry from Diamond 9 Productions captured the day on film, and created the stunning video which you can view after the photos below.
I wanted the shoot to be simple and natural but still with a 'wow' factor, and I think we've achieved this! And whilst I initially wanted to focus on the woodland aspect of the location, the creek, with its unique make-shift beach of brickwork and broken crockery, was too tempting to ignore! The result is that this is very much a shoot of two halves; firstly there is the woodland wedding, and secondly there is the waterside couple shots, and both come together to create an utterly romantic elopement-style wedding.
I would like to say a special thank you to Lower Halstow Parish Council for granting permission for me to do the shoot there.
The creative team behind the shoot
Venue – The Brickfields, Lower Halstow
Concept & Planning – Weddings in Kent
Photographer – Photographed by John Knight
Videographer – Diamond 9 Productions
Stylist & Props – Lily Jones Events
Flowers & Moongate – Oak Cottage Flowers
Celebrant – Rose & Grace Ceremonies
Cake – Bake To The Future
Grazing Table – The Graze Girls
Sign – Loops and Lettering
Rings – Varoshe Bespoke Jewellery
Bridalwear – Matchimony
Hat - Rebecca Anne Designs