Mind, Heart and Soul – sustainable wedding inspiration



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With our Autumn weddings just around the corner, we asked Noemi from Thyme Lane Photography to share this beautiful Autumn inspired shoot with us. Nature and sustainability were huge inspirations for this shoot and we are sure you will agree that it captures a carefree whimsical vibe that you will want to recreate!


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The Inspiration

Noemi from Thyme Lane Photography

I am always inspired by nature and especially love the colours of autumn. I wanted to find ways to help people to create a sustainable, mindful wedding leaving very little carbon footprint while still being themselves and freely enjoy the day also staying as close to nature as possible. I would love brides to dare to be different and style the whole day in any way they like! A well chosen dress with a cosy jumper and boots to keep you warm can look very stylish and unique. 


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The Venue

We picked Horsley Hale Farm in Cambridgeshire as our location, this venue has endless possibilities, many different areas and backdrops, they also have a yurt in the wedding season and can accommodate tipis to provide some covered areas. 


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The Colour Scheme

Everything we used was either real vintage or handmade, from our dresses and jewellery to tableware, stationery and cake. Our colour scheme was earthy, deep autumn colours that ran through every setup of the shoot and matched the seasonal colours of the venue perfectly. 


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The Dress

Siobhan from Cambridge Vintage Bridal

The dress featured in this shoot is ‘Maria’ – a 1980s, white, full-skirted, off the shoulder, lacy, showstopper. Effortlessly romantic, boho and versatile for both a summer or winter wedding – and works well both indoors with killer heels and outdoors with boots. The skirt works so well with a chunky jumper, because of the delicate and subtle patterning of the top lace layer, it’s a great contrast. The joy of this original 1980s wedding dress is that it feels super timeless and like it was spookily designed with THIS shoot in mind! There are many pluses to choosing a vintage wedding dress such as this one, but for now I’ll just emphasise their affordability, eco friendliness, versatility AND that they are ready and waiting to be taken home on the spot! 


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The Flowers

Bridget from Wild Rosamund

I was inspired by the textures, as well as the colours, of autumn. I wanted the florals to represent the autumn countryside so I teamed burnt orange, terracotta and burgundy flowers with lots of dried, foraged textures and foliage, such as teasels, berries and crab apples, as well as the fluffy Old Man’s Beard in the floral crown. The result was an autumn walk gathered into a bouquet. 


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The Hair

Kate from Kate Atalay Bespoke Hair

The brief I was sent prior to the shoot was full of autumnal colours and had a soft romantic natural feel to it. As our model had copper hair she fitted in perfectly to the theme. I knew that there was a flower crown so although I wanted to use braids as my main idea I kept my plans flexible so I was able to create something that would best show the headdress and my chosen style. As the crown was heavier at the front I concentrated the plaits across the back so they sat perfectly underneath I then left lots of hair to frame the face and give the whole look a wild feel. I love working with hand made pieces, creating the perfect style to compliment the design. Meaning that every bride is unique.


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The Makeup

Emily from Aurora Bridal and Events Makeup

For this makeup I kept Lydia’s beautiful porcelain skin fresh and radiant and focused on autumn colours such as berry tones for blush and lipstick. I also incorporated a classic black eyeliner flick in the eye makeup to give an added bohemian edge. 


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The Stationery

Dorka from Dorothy’s Workshop

For the stationery I used recycled paper, warm and autumnal colours. Everything was handwritten to avoid using a printer and to keep to a minimal carbon footprint. The place names were created on leaves so can be fully composted after the day. 


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Thankyou Noemi (Thyme Lane Photography) for sharing this with us today! We love the helpful tips throughout on how to be more sustainable with your wedding, and how it shows not everything needs to be new to create something beautiful. Have you used anything pre-loved with your wedding? Share with us in the comments.


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Have you been inspired by any of the above? Visit these suppliers to find out more:

Photographers: Thyme Lane Photography

Venue: Horsley hale Farm

Venue/Table Styling: Dolly’s Vintage Tea Party

Hair Styling: Kate Atalay Bespoke Hair

Makeup Artist: Aurora Bridal and Events Makeup

Flowers: Wild Rosamund

Bridal Wear: Cambridge Vintage Bridal

Bridal Necklace: Malanj Woven

Menswear: Duncan James

Groom Accessories: Lilly Dillys

The Cake: One Part Love Bakery

Tableware: Church Row Pottery

Calligraphy/Stationery: Dorothy’s Workshop

Bridal Model: Lydia Cooper

Groom Model: Barny Holmes


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