Autumn Wildflower Styling

by Carmen - Director of The Prop Factory

Sunday 14th October 2018 15:08:19


Brrrrr, it's getting cold out there isn't it? Perfect timing to bring you our autumn wildflower inspiration, by Carys and myself (Carmen - Hello!).

Images by Jennifer Jane Photography.

This is a styled shoot at Ash Barton Estate, a big self-catering wedding venue in the rolling hills of North Devon. What I loved about the location was that although it has a fully refurbished modern interior, the outside still holds all its historical charm.

Among the manicured lawns you'll find patches of wild brambles, ivy trailing up the stone house and semi-derelict outbuildings. This enchanting setting married perfectly with the original inspiration for the shoot - a BIG bag of autumnal coloured dried flowers.

The dried flowers became part of every consideration, which was actually really refreshing from a styling perspective, to have so little to work with. It can be easy to get carried away with a broad theme like enchantment or a film like Harry Potter, where having so many elements and interpretations means there's the danger of losing consistency in the styling.

If you click here to see our Wildflower Styling theme I have added all the products shown in this shoot (and only those products) to this search phrase so that can get this look. Happy to help!

Above are our herringbone back drop and herringbone table featured in the shoot. I like the way the wood patterns match, I'm a huge fan of herringbone and we seem to keep making more rustic wooden props in this theme.

The dried flowers can be seen in the wild bridal bouquet by Amanda Windsor. We gave Amanda the dried flowers before she prepared the bouquet so they could be incorporate to match the other decor. This idea hadn't occurred to me before now, to simply give the florist part of the decoration you've already chosen so it all flows together.

Bridal model Emilia Copeland, wears make-up by Grey Mink MUA, in striking dark tones, not often seen in bridal make-up. Perhaps without such strong make-up the flower crow might dominate the face too much?

The flower crown was made by Carys - nothing fancy, just glue gunning some more of the many dried flowers we had onto a standard headband.

The beautiful lace dress is a vintage 1970's wedding dress from Days of Grace. In the image above you can see our toadstool stools. Originally I wasn't sure if the they should make the final prop cut, but after seeing the photo I felt they added a subtle (non tacky!) enchanted feel. I love the red velvet and beige upholstery fabric, and the organic feel the fabrics bring. No plastic or fibreglass toadstools, as that wouldn't marry so well into the surroundings. The same with the enchanted fence - yes, we even added in the battered old fence in the background...and you can hire it!