INSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane Photography

14th February 2020


Happy Valentine's Day! If this beautiful styled shoot doesn't bring out the romantic in you today, I don't know what will. This magical team created sustainable wedding inspiration for the eco bride and groom. 

INSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyJessica Turner Designs, the eco bridal designer and coordinator of the shoot, 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, Jessica wanted to find a local venue, one that appreciates and follows organic and sustainable arts, and she found that in Casterley Barn.

The barn itself is a modern building that is nestled in the middle of an organic farm and is surrounded by far-reaching views. The shoot was in keeping with the style of the venue's sleek wooden features, both minimal and modern. Interior designer Holly Freeland worked with a combination of natural elements and stylish resources to create this stunning concept. The team put their own stamp on the interior space with colours of soft peach, greens and darker blue undertones, mimicking the outside views of the grass, the fields and the open air. 

The Dress

INSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane Photography“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, it has a contemporary style which is perfectly suited to the wedding venue of 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. 

The Shoes

INSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyThese delightfully modern shoes are by Charlotte Mills, and are handmade in Spain.

The Hair and Make Up

INSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyINSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyMK Hair and Make Up is a local supplier to Casterley Barn. Marie used cruelty-free vegan brands with subtle hints of peach and nude colours, including Kat Von D, Charlotte Tilbury and Bare Minerals. 

The look was brought together with ceramic earrings by Febbie Day and a boho hairpiece by Clare Lloyd Couture Bridal Accessories.

The Groom

INSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyThe groom's suit was from Devlin Bridal Couture in Melksham.

The Flowers

INSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyINSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyClementine Moon Floral Design, a newcomer to the local floristry scene, holds a strong ethical outlook. Clare doesn’t use any floral foam, and she re-uses resources wherever possible. When in season, British flowers are predominantly used to keep her carbon footprint low; the flowers for this shoot were out of season so had to be sourced from wholesalers, but the foliage was sourced 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.”

The bouquet was dressed with lovely long ribbons from 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."

The Ceremony

INSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyHere is a snapshot of those countryside views mentioned earlier...what a magnificent backdrop to saying 'I do'.

The Tablescape

INSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyINSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyThis elegant table was dressed with naturally-dyed fabrics by Botanical Being, ceramics by Febbie Day, and more florals by Clementine Moon Floral Design. 

The Stationery

INSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyINSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyThe pretty stationery was designed by the Wildflower Illustration Co. and features hand-written calligraphy and watercolour illustrations by Rebecca, which is then carefully printed on thick, textured ivory cardstock, hand-finished and packaged in-house at their Cotswold-based studio. 

The Cake

INSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyThe lovely textured cake was made by Trudy of Jelly Cake in her home-kitchen in Wiltshire. It was adorned with a delicate spray of fresh flowers, and an elegant ribbon - simple but very effective!

Portraits

INSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyINSPIRATION - A Winter's End Romance with a Bespoke Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs, Captured at Casterley Barn by Rachel Jane PhotographyRachel is a local photographer, who's natural and luminous style was perfect for this shoot. Making use of both the interior and exterior spaces, she also captured some beautiful relaxed portraits of the happy couple!

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Credits

Photographer: Rachel Jane Photography

Venue: Casterley Barn

Dress and Shoot Coordination: Jessica Turner Designs

Hair and Make Up: MK Hair and Make Up

Shoes: Charlotte Mills

Earrings and Table Ceramics: Febbie Day

Hairpiece: Clare Lloyd Couture Bridal Accessories

Suit: Devlin Bridal Couture

Flowers: Clementine Moon Floral Design

Fabrics: Botanical Being

Stationery: Wildflower Illustration Co.

Cake: Jelly Cake

Interior Designer and Stylist: Hollie Freeland


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