Today we’re looking back to what was probably the weirdest summer I’ll ever work in the wedding industry, with little to no weddings due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, but what do you do when life gives you lemons, we of course make lemonade! We weren't going to let the the pandemic crush the vast amount of creative opportunities it gave us, instead we embraced it and I am now excited to be sharing this corker of a styled shoot that my right hand woman, Amy from Amy Roberts Weddings and I arranged at Pimhill Barn in Harmer Hill.
Right from the start, Amy and I not only wanted to create a truly stunning, intimate set-up, but also show how you can minimize your wedding’s carbon footprint. We chose Pimhill Barn as a venue as we felt it was the perfect fit for the brief. Their venue owner, Ginny, is very fond of the reuse, recycle, reduce mantra and they always encourage their couples to gift, sell and reuse their wedding items and provide them with a platform to do so. Ginny also very kindly lent us potted plants from her garden and greenhouse to use as décor and I’m sure you can agree that they all looked incredible against the bell tent back drop.
Due to social distancing restrictions being in place by the government, many are starting to embrace the smaller celebrations and this was something we also wanted to explore within this shoot. The bell tent and pallet table set up is something that can work in the smallest of settings. We loved the addition of a covered chill out area inside the bell tent, which on your wedding day would also double up as shelter from the sun (or rain…let’s face it, this is Britain!)
Grazing boards have become very popular recently and we love that Fig &Folk used as much local and British produce as possible to create this stunning board. It’s amazing what you can find locally, after all Shropshire is famous for it’s blue cheese!
White Flamingo provided us with some absolutely beautiful stationary pieces, most of which was printed onto seed paper which can be planted after your special day to grow a stunning patch of wildflowers! We also loved the addition of painted rocks as place names, which can also double up as favours for your guests to take home with them.
Tammy from TMS Events provided us with a gorgeous, all-British bouquet that also featured some flowers from her own cutting patch at home! Seasonal flowers always look so beautiful and there are so many local growers in Shropshire that it really does pay off to shop local.
After choosing Pimhill as a venue, our next supplier that we absolutely had to feature on this shoot was Bridal Reloved Shrewsbury. Steph and her team specialise in selling pre-loved wedding dress, did you know, that by buying a pre-loved wedding dress saves 10,000 litres of water, 10kg of carbon emissions and roughly the length of two London busses in fabric as a new dress doesn’t need to be created. I also think we are all in agreement when I say that our model Ell looked absolutely gorgeous in this Charlie
Brear number… that also had pockets!
A sustainable and cost effective option when choosing a suit for your wedding is to hire one. By hiring a suit you will save approximately 5 yards of material. Peter Posh have an wide range of suits for the Groom to be to choose from and we opted for this gorgeous three piece brown tweed suit to fit the theme of the shoot.
There are so many great wedding suppliers in the UK and we do often find ourselves working with suppliers from all over the country, however we wanted to ensure our mileage was minimum on this shoot and we made sure all of our suppliers were locally sourced. When choosing your own wedding suppliers, really research those based closest to you! Many of these suppliers are members of the same community and are only small businesses. There are incredibly talented suppliers in every corner of the UK and with a little research you will find those closest to you. On this shoot, I think Amy won in terms of mileage on this shoot being based just 4 miles down the road from Pimhill, I’m arguing that I was a close second.
So to wrap up, I will leave you with some more of our favourites from the shoot, you've got to admit, Pimhill Barn is a beautiful for location for any wedding, big or small.
Supplier Shout Out:
Photo: Nicki Jones Photography
Planning & Styling: Amy Roberts Weddings
Venue: Pimhill Barn
Bell Tent: Enchanted Little Bell Tent
Dress: Bridal Reloved Shrewsbury
Hair: Sarah Lou's Hairdressing
MUA: A Sophia Beauty
Suits: Peter Posh
Stationary: White Flamingo
Grazing Board: Fig and Folk
Doughnuts: Planet Doughnut
Flowers: TMS Events
Models: Mr and Mrs Thrivilas