Updated: Feb 15, 2020
It is so lovely to see that this shoot is featured on Green Union today, on Valentines Day.
The romantic wintery shoot took place at Casterley Barn in Wiltshire, a place where a modern building is nestled in the middle of an organic farm and surrounded by the beautiful far reaching views of Wiltshire.
The shoot was keeping in style with the venue, sleek wooden features, minimal and modern. Holly Freeland worked with a combination of natural elements and stylish resources to create this stunning concept. The interior space was transformed, colours of soft peach, whites and greens and darker blue undertones mimicked the outside views of grass, fields and open air.
Jessica Turner Designs, the eco bridal designer wanted to share her shoot with local suppliers and independent British makers with an eco-design approach. Jessica believes everyone should shop local when they can to support the community and to reduce their carbon footprint. Jessica grew up in Wiltshire and her dresses are stocked in a bridal boutique in Marlborough, Willoughby and Wolf. Therefore, she wanted to find a local venue which appreciates and follows organic and sustainable arts.
Eco-conscious ideas were at the origin of this shoot and here is what some of the suppliers had to say.
Jessica Turner Designs.
“I am an advocate to slow fashion and I put this into practice when I design my collections. My designs are hand painted on a beautiful handmade paper to provide inspiration, then I work closely with brides through the bespoke process making toiles and resourcing appropriate fabrics.” A bespoke bridal designer supports a sustainable path to production. Jessica has a small yet perfectly formed collection and the ‘Royal’ dress she used for this shoot has a modern slit up the front, boho sleeves with a statement lower back. A contemporary style, correctly suiting to the wedding venue at Casterley Barn. All Jessica’s dresses are lined with a bamboo fabric, which feels similar to silk and cashmere combined. It has amazing properties, including being biodegradable, antibacterial and eco-friendly.
Many other suppliers such as Botanical Being, an artist and designer who works with botanicals and focuses on natural dyes and botanical printing. “I use many of the plants and trees that grow in and around my home in Suffolk for my dying process. Using natural resources, I connect with nature, scouring the fields and woodlands thus building a better practice for the environment. “
MK Hair and Makeup is a local supplier to Casterley Barn. There was also cruelty free, vegan make up by MK Hair and Make Up, with subtle hints of peach and nude colours from a variety of brands including Kat Von D, Charlotte Tilbury and Bare Minerals.
Clementine Flowers, a newbie to the scene of floristry but with a strong ethical outlook. Clare doesn’t use any floral foam, and she re-uses resources wherever possible. British flowers are pre-dominantly used to keep her carbon footprint low however the flowers for this shoot were out of season so she sourced them from a local grower “I’m really passionate about supporting other small businesses by sourcing flowers from local growers. They cultivate part of our landscape which in turn provides lots of lovely flowers for bees and other pollinators to thrive in.”