Norwood Park ‘Fruit Farm Luxe’ Wedding Ideas

December 15, 2017

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Inspired by ‘Naturally Norwood’

This shoot was inspired by Norwood Park’s upcoming new wedding venue that will be ideal for couples wanting a relaxed wedding with a natural, rustic feel.

They’ll be able to hold outdoor ceremonies in a temple which looks out over stunning rolling countryside from the top of a hill. From there it would be a short walk down the lane with your guests to a beautiful barn conversion for the reception.

A lot of inspiration came from Norwood’s heritage too. Norwood Park is the home of the original Bramley Apple tree and they’re also known for their strawberries and apple juices, so they were a big influence on the styling. ‘Organic’ neatly sums it up.

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A rustic wedding themed editorial photo shoot at Norwood Park in Nottingham (44)

A rustic wedding themed editorial photo shoot at Norwood Park in Nottingham (43)

 

We planned an outdoor shoot at the apple orchard

The apple trees were due to be in full blossom and we imagined light and ethereal images.

But then it rained!

And not just a shower; it was torrential all day long. In fact, it might have been the wettest day of the year!

Thank goodness for the temple and the strawberry tunnels!

We went with the flow (true Brits and wedding pros ahoy!) and the entire team changed everything to work with the undercover locations.

We kept the rustic feel that suited the venue though and actually, I really love that the rain created opportunities we might not otherwise have taken advantage of. For example, the subdued light from the rain really brought out the texture in the grey plaster on the temple walls. (I’m secretly pleased that those walls hadn’t been painted yet!)

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My favourite thing about the dinner set-up is that it looks informal and luxurious at the same time

The table is a simple undressed trestle and we borrowed elegant but mismatched chairs from Norwood Hall to go with it.

We added hay bales and a battered old door, draped in greenery, to create an informal focal point behind the table.

The table itself was completely crammed with lots of foliage and apples to fit with the natural concept. We added pink and white flowers to coordinate with the apple blossom and splashes of deep burgundy to enhance the pale colours.

Textured glassware, lanterns, candlelight and soft delicate silks added lots of texture and interest.

The crockery was new but with a vintage look which kept things soft but the co-ordinated and changing layers of pink and grey made sure it was on trend too.

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There were apples and strawberries everywhere

… on the table, amongst the greenery, on the hay bales and generally, wherever there was a space!

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The layered place settings with chargers, silks and ranunculus flower heads along with the low-level foliage, candles, apples and strawberries, make everything compact and luxurious.

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Clean, minimalist acrylic stationery

Acrylic stationery is very on-trend and although it’s contemporary, it would easily fit into lots of settings because of the clean minimalist look.

The fruit theme was incorporated into an ‘I pick you’ sign on the old door and the table plan is hung on some original apple-picking ladders we found on the farm.

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The cake combines several trends in one

This masterpiece ticks all the boxes for a rustic fruit farm wedding: rough iced ✓ marbled ✓ drip ✓ chocolate shards ✓ And of course, lots of strawberries.

There was also mini semi-naked drip cakes with raspberries, strawberry marbled meringues, almond meringues and more chocolate shards.

Yassss!

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How do you get little ones to co-operate on a photo shoot?

With strawberry-flavour milkshakes and strawberry-topped cupcakes! I love the natural feel of these photos. Being themselves is the best way to capture children.

(Sorry to their parents for the sugar rush afterwards!)

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A grown-up and fresh look to suit the neutral colour scheme

The adult bridesmaid’s dress is very simple in white; with a single hydrangea stem instead of a bouquet.

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The entrance to the temple was garlanded with lots of fresh green foliage and delicate white blossom

Keeping the arch to just greens and whites sets the tone early on for what’s to come and helps the flowers on the table stand out more.

Even Hugo the dog was perfectly coordinated with his beautiful grey and white fur. He was far more interested in the cows in the field opposite than looking at the camera though!

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A rustic wedding themed editorial photo shoot at Norwood Park in Nottingham (12)

 

 

Floaty, feminine and free

The bride’s dress was soft and gently flowing. The scallop edges and striking lace were particularly important to add interest to the otherwise plain palette.

We wanted to show versatility with different looks; so there are options with a veil, with fresh flowers or with a hair accessory, for example.

And of course, it had to be country tweed for the Groom!

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ETA: I’m so thrilled and grateful that this shoot has now been featured on the fab Love My Dress wedding blog and also in Wedding Flowers magazine. Click the links to see the features.

 

Creative Team

Concept & Production, Hair & Make-Up: Alison Jenner

Venue: Naturally Norwood at Norwood Park

Florals: Jacaranda

Silks (bouquet & table): PomPom Blossom

Stationery: Lisa Jayne Creative

Table Styling: Save The Date

Cake & Sweet Treats: Couture Cakes

Bride & Bridesmaid Dresses: Francis Bridal

Hair accessories: Debbie Carlisle

Flower Girl Dresses: Grace Lace for Little Ladies at Liefvilou

Groom’s Suit: Model’s Own

Models: Lucy & Matt (Real Bride & Groom), Milli Jenner (Bridesmaid) & Hugo the Dog!

COMMENTS

2 Comments

  1. Angela on December 16, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Love all of this, those angelic little flower girls, but particularly like in the strawberry tunnel, the bride holding her bouquet behind her.

    • Sarah Vivienne on December 17, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Yes, those little girls! I suspect the allure of the milkshake and cupcake helped! Thank you x

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