Featured: Autumn Shoot at Lyde Court

January 1, 2020

Published 23rd November on Love My Dress

Once or twice a year, I team up with a bunch of amazing creatives and we brainstorm to style up an editorial shoot that is out of this world.

My vision was to create a look that inspires the ‘rustic’ lovers to think outside of the box. We all loved the jam jars, log slices and bunting, and they held their place in the rustic styling for a good few years. Myself and the rest of the team wanted to expand on the theme with a ‘new’ rustic, using texture, colour and seasonal backdrops.

As a ‘preferred supplier’ at Lyde Court, I immediately thought of them as the perfect rustic backdrop, with their inside and outside barns, twinkly lights, walled garden and hay bales. They also have the manicured gardens behind the main house with views of the rolling Herefordshire hills.

Now I just just waltz in and take the pictures once all of the hard graft has been done, so I asked all of the talented ladies to tell you a little bit about what the did to create and achieve the looks seen here. I invite you to explore their websites as you may want to book them for your own big day!!

A MASSIVE thank you to our models, Kate, Jennifer and Remi. These ladies generously gave up their time to be poked, prodded and dressed up for us but I think they all enjoyed it. ONE of them was a tart for cuddles and went begging for brownies…I will let you decide which one that was!!

Lots of love,

Sheryl ‘The One With The Camera and The Dogs’

Lyde Court ~ The Venue

“It was  an honour to have such wonderful suppliers involved with this shoot. Sheryl is one of our favourite photographers and she and the team did a fantastic job of organising it and their efforts have paid off as they have produced an incredible set of autumnal themed photographs at our magical barn wedding venue in Herefordshire that have also been published in such a prestigious wedding blog!

We hope to have you all back soon, what a fantastic group of creatives – it was so much fun!”

The Vintage House That Could ~ Styling and Tablescapes

Katie: “When I was asked to style for the shoot and that the initial theme was pampas I knew I wanted to add a shiny element to work against the raw and rustic backdrop and textures of the grasses. I spoke to Kate about the type of flowers she would be using and we agreed on autumnal tones in gold vessels so I incorporated lots more gold pieces to the table and I sourced mustard velvet to create the sumptuous feeling on the tablescape. I added leather accents with the place names and made the banner which formed the perfect backdrop. Working with the beautiful dried grasses and seasonal flowers was a dream as was the wonderful talent of all of the other suppliers”

Damson & Vine ~ Floristy

Kate: “I wanted to create pieces that really showcased the time of year and all the gorgeous rich tones that autumn has to offer. I used the pampas and burnt orange colours as my starting point and went from there. The venue is so gorgeous in its own right, so I wanted to try and enhance that rather than take anything away. Ultimately, I wanted to create natural and relaxed arrangements that showed that “rustic” doesn’t have to mean the traditional jam jars and hessian look. Grasses and other foraged pieces like bracken and branches of turning leaves are in abundance in autumn, so I also really wanted to highlight what’s possible with thinking more seasonally about flowers (I used lots of locally grown or home grown flowers from my garden).

Working with all the other suppliers was a dream! So many wonderful creative women doing fantastic things in our industry was a joy to see.”

Walker & Walker ~ Feather Gown

Nicola: “I’m thrilled that I was a part of such a creative team and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time at the idyllic Lyde Court.

With it coming in to Autumn and Winter and the rise of the colder weather Wedding season,  I really wanted to capture essence of our feathered gown. It gave me butterflies when the beautiful bride wore it in the wind and I could see the feathers blow, it also captured the autumnal sun which made it glint when she moved. it was a special experience and I hope to work with these girls again.”

Ailsa Munro Bridal ~ Bridal Separates

Sheryl: “I have adored Ailsa’s work since I shot her bridal separates on a beach editorial in Cumbria, and I knew that she would have some amazing pieces and textures to work with our shoot. I was delighted when she agreed to send me a box and when I found out that our model Kate was a dancer, I couldn’t wait to get that gorgeous material flowing around.”

Sasha Brown MakeUp ~ Make Up Artist

Sasha: “Creating the look for this shoot was based on the colours of the time of year that ignited my love for eyeshadow pigment, hydrated healthy, glowing skin with a striking look. I achieved this by applying luminous skin enhancing products under the foundation. For the eyes I used rich, creamy reds and burgundy shadow. This made Kate’s eyes eye even more blue and piercing in the autumn sunshine.”

Sarah Russell Hair & Make Up Artist ~ Hair Styling

Sarah: “The shoot had a 1920s vintage vibe but was softened due to the use of florals, feathers and pampas grass in the accessories, dress and overall styling so I wanted to create hairstyles that would nod to this era but be much softer and more wearable for today’s bride. I created loose fluffy Hollywood waves for one style and for the second style I did a super soft updo with a stronger wave at the front to frame the face and to give it a more period look.

I love how everyone’s artistic flair came together to create these stunning images”

Cake Daydreams ~ Cake

Claire: “I really wanted the cake to have an air of mystery to it, yet it was important to me that the impact was still quite simple
The cake was created with a rough concrete texture to the sugar paste and designed to sit on a floating tier platform, cleverly disguised with the stunning gold asparagus fern supplied by Kate from Damson & Vine.

The cake skirt created by pampas grass and overall foliage was kept simple so the cake sat well agains the bold golds and rustic colours of the shoot.”

All Things Lucy ~ Hair Accessories and Jewellery

Lucy: “Pampas grass really set the tone for my design choices and allowed for the accessories to be all about texture. Natural grass headbands seemed complimentary to the theme whilst muted mochas, nudes and pinks added more impact in the form of a contrasting statement bejewelled headband, the ‘must-have’ accessory of the season in my opinion. I was delighted the theme leant itself so well to my real flower Jewellery ; a selection of home grown and hand picked sunflower petals and grasses amongst others were set in resin and transformed into beautiful pendant necklaces and flower drop earrings. Handmade Ivory Cold porcelain flowers graced golden earring hoops to enhance the floral aspect and add softness and femininity.”

By Moon & Tide ~ Calligraphy

Claire: “With the calligraphy I was inspired by the dried flowers we had planned for the shoot: as flowers fade in colour when they’re dried, I wanted the calligraphy to have the same tonal qualities so I made my own ink with an autumnal shade of blush. I’d recently been sent some beautiful handmade papers which I was excited to try, and for these I made an ink in a darker and more autumnal tone. Everything was finished with blush silk ribbon and handmade wax seal stamps with a beautiful fern, again to reflect the foliage in the bouquet!

The calligraphy and stationery has that tactile appeal of soft torn papers and a palette which works in every season of the year.”

Remi ~ Model Puppy


Myself and the Team hope you enjoy looking through all of the shoot images here… including some hilarious Behind The Scenes and OutTakes!!

See the published version on the illustrious Love My Dress!