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This week I’ve got some lovely ‘behind the scenes’ pics from our witchy woodland styled shoot. I’ve been working on this idea since last autumn, and I’m so relieved it all came together!

The theme is ‘Ceridwen’ – a legendary enchantress who is also known as the Celtic goddess of the moon, rebirth and transformation. I’ve always loved reading myths and legends, so that was my starting point. From there, inspiration included everything from Arthur Rackham‘s illustrations to 1970’s era Kate Bush.

We did have some headaches finding a venue that wouldn’t cost a bomb, but eventually settled on Tackley Heath. It’s an area of ancient woodland just outside the village where I grew up, and the site of various important village celebrations, from Bonfire Night to May Day. To me, it has a certain magical quality all of its own. At this time of year, the snowdrops are just starting to appear, but the trees are bare and the ground is a carpet of bracken, leaves and moss. Perfect for a witchy, ethereal, woodland styled shoot!

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The weather on the day was rather brighter and sunnier than we expected (although still very cold!), but it also created some wonderful shadows for us to play with. The Heath is quite a big area, so we just picked a few especially striking areas to focus on. Toni created gorgeous floral installations that worked with the natural landscape, and Ivor got creative with different shot choices and poses, getting Ruby (our model) to dance, climb a tree (only a very low branch!), ‘fake walk’ and appear to cast spells from a magic circle of flowers. Rachael, who did a wonderful job on Ruby’s hair and make-up, also kindly stayed on and helped with holding lights, reflectors etc.

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The dress by Lucky Sixpence Bridal was just right for the theme, and the batwing sleeves caught the light beautifully. It also worked very well with the veils I’d brought from my new collection. The stationery from Scritto with moths and moons motifs was gorgeous, and the marshmallows from The Marshmallow Bar looked far too pretty to eat!

We’ll be pitching the finished images to some fantastic alternative wedding blogs, so watch this space for the full shoot. For now, here are the full credits:

Photography: Vine House Studios
Styling & Floristry: Elitonia
MUA & Hair: Rachael Parrey
Stationery: Scritto
Marshmallows: The Marshmallow Bar
Categories: Inspiration

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