The Cowshed at Woodhall Farm is a gorgeous DIY wedding venue in the outskirts of Wolverhampton. It was the perfect choice for an Alice in Wonderland inspired bridal shoot.
When deciding on the models fashion and accessories we decided we wanted the bride to have a fairytale feel, whilst also keeping it quite simple. For the dress we chose a beautiful full length lightweight A line chiffon gown by Oppulance with an embellished belt with a blue ribbon. We felt that the blue ribbon was in keeping with the Alice and Wonderland theme. For her hair we decided to go for a bow made out of the models own hair, while keeping the rest of the hair down and curled. This isn’t something you see very often on a bride at a wedding, it’s used more often for flower girls, however we believed it suited the style of the shoot perfectly. We chose Ginger Lily as our florist because I love how wild and big her floral creations are. She incorporated some blue flowers into the bouquet and table flowers to again keep the Alice and Wonderland theme running through the shoot. The bouquet was perfect, it was large and wild, without being over the top.
We chose The Cowshed as a venue because it’s so unique and has a real rustic vibe. The Cowshed is quite a new venue, a lot of their advertising at the moment comes from word of mouth so it’s a real hidden gem! I was so thrilled when I came across it online and when I went to visit I knew it was perfect for our shoot. It has lots of beautiful areas that are perfect for portraits, my personal favourite was inside the barn in the area that’s used for the dance floor. It is quite dark, however has gorgeous pools of light from the window and also from the roof lighting, this makes for some gorgeous photographs. Another of my favourite areas was a small walkway that leads down to the barn which the bride can use to walk to the ceremony. It had beautiful festoon lights leading down the woodland path!
The decor and table details were again following the Alice in Wonderland theme. The cake was three tiered, with the top tier being a top hat, we had this at the centre of our table, placed on a glass cake stand and a faux grass table runner. We included place names and a ‘this way to the mad hatter’s tea party’ paper cuttings by Lisa Jay Studio, pocket watch save the dates, playing cards, a pocket watch, old books, keys, a white rabbit head, and of course no Alice in Wonderland shoot would be complete without a tea pot and tea cups.
When photographing this shoot I constantly kept in mind the rustic, whimsical, fairytale theme we were going for. I strive to capture beautiful and relaxed images so always endeavour to have fun during shoots, including styled shoots!
If you’re getting married at The Cowshed at Woodhall Farm and you’re still looking for your wedding photographer, please get in touch, I’d love to photograph more at this unusual, rustic venue.
Venue: The Cow Shed – http://www.woodhall-farm.co.uk/
Dress Boutique: Caroline Clark Bridal Boutique – http://www.carolineclarkbridalboutique.co.uk/
Dress: Simone by Opulence https://romanticaofdevon.co.uk/collections/opulence/simone
Model: Miss Rosie Lea – https://www.facebook.com/missrosielea/
Hair Stylist: Ginger Hair Boutique – http://www.giingerhairboutique.com/
Stationary: Lisa Jay Studio – http://lisajaystudio.com/
Florist: Ginger Lily Florist – http://www.gingerlilyflorist.com/
Cake: Bake it Special – http://www.bake-it-special.co.uk/
Save The Dates: Be Our Guest – http://beourguestdesigns.com/