lyveden new bield wedding venue photo shoot

We talk to Gemma Willis from Gemma Willis Photography about shooting at the romantic wedding venue, Lyveden New Bield.

What inspired the shoot?
The wedding venue definitely inspired the shoot; we wanted to show off how beautiful and different it is and to show the potential of the location. Though the building itself is stunning, the wildflower meadow that runs on either side of the Bield really sold it for me, it gave me a really good range of locations to get some contrasting shots and to show that there is so much opportunity for photographs.

How was the look achieved?
The look was achieved by collaborating with a fantastic array of suppliers I have met through Silverlinings wedding fairs and through recommendations of brides. We met up and discussed a few ideas and then used shared Pinterest boards – you have to love Pinterest for throwing ideas around! We decided on a whimsical theme to compliment the gorgeous wildflower meadows. Hannah from With Love and Roses created a beautiful flower hoop that was originally meant to be an accessory, but we all loved it so much it featured in several shots. A really lovely alternative for a bouquet or for bridesmaids and flower girls.

Visiting the venue, Katie and Kate from The Little Details Company suggested we set up a picnic style seating area by the tree that is just to the side of the Bield; this is a great idea for an outdoor wedding. They used some lovely props to make it look special and hung ribbons and the flower hoop in the tree to show how you can be decorative outside as well as in.

How easy it for couples to recreate the look?
It is so easy to recreate this look and if you’re not confident in sourcing props and decorative items yourself, venue stylists are definitely the way to go. They make it easy for the couple and tailor the style, so it’s a huge thing to not have to worry about. With regards to the flowers, it is really down to a good and creative florist. Shop around and see what you like, make sure you look at all your suppliers portfolios. Everyone works in different ways, so if you have specific style in mind, make sure your suppliers can fulfil that.

How were the suppliers sourced?
I have known Hannah from With Love and Roses for a while and I admire her work, she has such fresh ideas and her floristry knowledge is so current. I have also admired the work of The Little Details Company for a while, and both Katie and Kate have such an eye for detail and decor. They are fantastic at transforming a very plain boring room into something really special.

Rebecca from Rebecca Chantrell Make Up is a brilliant makeup artist and has a very strong background in makeup and hair. She created a beautiful yet subtle look that complimented the dresses and flowers perfectly. The models looked truly beautiful.

I worked closely with Ailsa from White On Blue Photography. She has great experience working with models, and having her there really made the whole day come together. It was great to have a second eye and when light was running away from us, it was great to have two of us to get different shots in different locations.

See Gemma’s stunning photos of Lyveden New Bield in Silverlinings Autumn/Winter edition our in July!

With thanks to:
2nd Photographer (behind the scenes) – White On Blue Photography
Flowers – With Love & Roses
Decor – The Little Details Company
Bridal wear – Courtyard Bridal Boutique
Menswear – Suitors Menswear
Hair & Makeup – Rebecca Chantrell Make Up
Models – Polly, Eloise, and Dan
Production – Country & Coast Weddings

For more inspiration and venues, visit the Silverlinings Wedding Directory.