Styled Photoshoot at The Old Milking Parlour

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All the way back in November I got a message from Lou who owns The Old Milking Parlour at Cavokay House, asking if I wanted to be a part of a styled wedding photoshoot she was hosting. I’d never done anything like this before and it sounded like a great concept. The idea is, a group of wedding suppliers get together with a theme in mind and create a sort of mini wedding. Hopefully, we all get some amazing professional photos to use and we may get the chance to get our work published in wedding blogs and magazines.

So that was the plan, team up with some like-minded suppliers and create the best fake wedding we could! So, then we had to start the hard work. Our theme was rustic barn wedding – being in the West Country, we are surrounded by plenty of barn and farm wedding venues and the relaxed, rustic style wedding is becoming more and more popular. Now was our chance to put a bit of a spin on it.

After a month or so of chatting away with the other suppliers, putting together Pinterest boards, sharing photos and drawing up sketches we finally made our way over to our venue. The Old Milking Parlour at Cavokay House is the perfect location for a rustic wedding, it’s an intimate, do-it-yourself style venue. The building looks fantastic and the laid-back style of wedding it appeals to makes it ideal for the kind of Brides and Grooms who want to create a truly unique and personal wedding.

Laura from The Rustic Dresser was running the show on the day, moving around tree stumps, crates and old barn doors into the perfect positions to create whimsical and unique displays. Becky of Mrs J Flowers was busy filling every available space with gorgeous flowers and Emily, our photographer was rushing around capturing every detail – despite being pregnant at the time!

Now of course, the most important bit for me was the cake. I really wanted to take this ever-popular rustic theme and put a bit of a unique twist on it. I’m sure you’ve all seen the naked and semi-naked wedding cakes. My idea for this shoot was to take this idea one step further; I wanted to bring together a traditional sugarpaste finish white wedding cake and the modern, rustic semi-naked style. The four-tier sugarpaste cake I designed has a beautiful cut-away curve sweeping up across the tiers, revealing the semi-naked sponge underneath. To blur the line between the cut-out, the cake is decorated with delicate handmade sugar flowers in soft blush pink and white tones. This dramatic swoop of flowers and foliage adds a sense of height to the cake whilst the pastel colours give this unique look an elegant feel.

To add to the effect, the cake was positioned not a stand, but on a swing! Suspended from the ceiling with rope was a beautiful log slice. Now, once on the swing, the cake looked absolutely fantastic, but it wasn’t until I’d spent a good ten minutes testing the strength of it that I felt remotely comfortable placing my cake on there!

Nearly two months after our photoshoot we are finally able to share the amazing photos from the day. We’ve been featured on Bride and Tonic’s Blog and we’re set to be in an upcoming issue of VOW Magazine too.

A huge thank you has to go out to all those involved on the shoot, if you’re interested in what everyone has to offer then be sure to check out their websites.

Venue – The Old Milking Parlour at Cavokay House
Styling – The Rustic Dresser
Photography – Emily Black Photography
Flowers – Mrs J Flowers
Seating Plan – From Sally with Love
Dress – Exclusively Yours Bridal Boutique
Make Up Artist – Heather Alexandra Beauty & Bridal Makeup
Hair Stylist – Lauren Gosling Hair
Hair Accessories- Tiaras By Becky
Catering – HostaRoast

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