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The Lost Garden at Rock Farm

Hello folks! I’m back on the blog and today I’m bringing you ALL the wedding inspiration you could ever need. This stunning styled shoot (think wild romance, overgrown garden vibes) took place at Rock Farm in Devon. It was the perfect way to introduce this new, intimate wedding venue – soon to be one of the most sought-after locations to say, ‘I Do’ in the South West.

I was asked to create the concept of the shoot and style the setting by the venue owner, Louise, and it has been one of my favourite projects to date. We wanted to capture the eclectic, untamed atmosphere that Rock Farm offers its visitors and I am beyond pleased with the shoot. A huge thank you to all of the suppliers who took part in the shoot, as always it is such a joy to be a part of such creativity! I am super excited to be able to share the images with you, beautifully captured on camera by Louise May Photography.

When I first visited the venue, I knew it was the perfect backdrop for a luxurious yet ‘overgrown’ garden vibe. This also offered us the opportunity to showcase their fabulous Potting Shed, which is full of trinkets and treasures, lending itself to the most gorgeous photograph opportunities.

This beautiful barn wedding venue has an array of stunning spaces around the farm, from exposed crumbling walls, ancient beams adorning the Granary and even the outdoor ceremony space with its eclectic Pergola. It’s a wedding photographer’s dream!

We wanted to embrace the rustic-romance feel of Rock Farm and used a collection of rich, jewel tones with oodles of textured foliage, potted plants and saplings for wedding favours. Emma Hewlett was on hand for the florals – her work never fails to take my breath away and this shoot was certainly no exception. She created a statement flower + foliage installation, which embellished the barn walls and added a pop of colour to a blank canvas space. It continued the ‘reclaimed by nature’ vibe, which I added to with the help of little lost and found objects inconspicuously placed throughout the styling. You may spot a pair of spectacles or a handful of old Dickens books if you search carefully. The stunning cranberry red wedding cake by Claire Makes Cakes was displayed on an old singer sewing machine table, adding to the repurposed and reclaimed idea we were channelling. The carefully considered mismatched items worked in perfect harmony together.

‘The Lost Garden’ encompasses all things wild, romantic and untamed, and we wanted to translate this through the fashion and beauty aspects of the shoot too. We kept the bridal make-up fresh and natural, and our bridal model looked ridiculously beautiful in the dresses supplied by Lovely Bridal in Honiton. Our groom looked handsome in a subtly eccentric yet stylish look, that worked hand in hand with our gowns.

This shoot effortlessly immerses you in a type of ‘relaxed romance’ that we can’t get enough of. We can’t wait to continue working at Rock Farm and we hope you’ve fallen in love with the venue as much as we have!


Photographer: Louise May

Venue: Rock Farm

Concept & Styling: Elisabeth Shell Events

Florist: Emma Hewlett

Hair & Make Up: Mrs Make Up Lady

Videographer: Capture Weddings

Grooms wear: Zebel Bespoke

Glassware, Cutlery, Candelabras & Table runners: Keeping It Vintage

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