Derbyshire countryside pub wedding: An intimate but extra styled shoot with an East Midlands team

The inspiration behind the shoot was sustainability. I wanted to create a modern boho look with lots of low waste options so that couples can see how easy it is to be greener without compromising on the overall look and vibe.

From no foam floral installations that combine seasonal flowers (quicksand roses... the dreeeeamiest café au lait dahlias), dried blooms and foliage to natural linen table cloths, delicious bio degradable place cards and signage and beyond... Ellie and Leesha captured all elements perfectly and we had such a lovely day. Dive into this dreamy shoot put together by an East Midlands based team of wedding creatives:

Our model is the gorgeous Ruby from Ruby J Beauty. Ruby, like many in the beauty industry has been fed up with the lack of support for this vital sector since lockdown restrictions began to ease and has been keen to get back to work while respecting the rules. She created two next level looks (on herself) to compliment two dresses, and looks so good in both of them! We wanted to show you two completely different looks that would still work in a country pub environment. Having got married in a pub myself, I would really encourage couples to consider this setting for their perfect day. You can often secure really good deals with smaller venues, who are keen to host weddings and elopement celebrations.

Jenny and Rachel from Perfect Day Stylists and Silver Sixpence Florist are a dream team and worked together to create a magical styled look that was extra enough to be fit for a wedding but delicate enough to be elegant and timeless. I am living for that statement backdrop which could be moved around the venue throughout the day to help you get the most out of your hard-earned cash. It would look dreamy behind the top table during the wedding breakfast then used as a photo backdrop in the evening. (Imagine the Instagram snaps)! Jenny added hand dyed napkins and upcycled an old terracotta garden pot to home the centrepiece. She also re sprayed stands to fit the theme better.

Featured: table number cards

With everything going on, we’re likely to see lots of smaller, intimate weddings and chose the setting with this in mind. The Black Swan, Idridghay (Derbyshire) has recently launched a wedding reception service and with that view, it’s a no brainer to host your wedding breakfast and reception there.

Sophie from Ivory White Bridal was instrumental in finding the perfect gowns for the shoot. Ruby and I had a lovely morning at her shop in Duffield sourcing the perfect dress. (Spoiler: Sophie knew from the off which ones would be Ruby’s favourites with minimal guidance, meaning we had extra time to try on lots of dresses just because)! Sophie has adapted measures in her boutique so that you can take a guest and still have a lovely experience picking THE one. I know for a lot of brides, making big decisions when you’re not sure what your wedding day will look like can be tough, but Sophie had us laughing our heads off all morning, and I couldn’t recommend her service more. Her none salesy approach, expertise and warmth will make for a lovely, memorable afternoon with your guest.

And let’s not forget THAT cake which is the most delicious combo of layers and dried blooms. I can confirm that it was a real cake, we did eat as much of it as possible once the shoot finished and it was an 11/10.

Wild calligraphy is an eco-friendly brand and I work exclusively with low waste or recycled materials. I also prioritise sourcing materials from other independent businesses to support small while creating dreamy stationery and on the day details that work in a variety of settings. For this shoot, I chose a delicious textured linen card stock in oat beige, with matching signage. I live for floral and botanical illustrations but wanted to compliment the layers and details in the table scape with something minimal.

I love how Jenny has styled my signs with her metal backdrop (available to hire), and large ceramic vases full of Pampas. Now to try and source the exact same thing for my house...

Sign featured: Large wooden welcome sign



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