An Ashley Wood Farm wedding – we had an amazing time capturing Rosie & Richard’s rustic themed wedding at the beautiful Ashley Wood Farm in the spring of last year. The farm is set in the midst of beautiful Wiltshire landscape, in Fonthill Gifford near Tisbury, and is a traditional farm with a barn, set by woodland and overlooking a beautiful lake – the perfect backdrop for a wedding photographer! We have photographed a few weddings there before, and were thrilled when Rosie & Richard asked us to capture their day.
Rosie and Richard wanted to keep their wedding ‘rustic’ and this was reflected in the beautiful ‘handmade’ styling of the day! Rosie’s sister Penny is a jeweller and handmade all the jewellery for Rosie and her bridesmaids; she also designed and made the leaf table names & place settings; the cakes were homemade traditional fruit cakes by Rosie’s mum Jenny, iced by a friend Rachel; Richard made from scratch the signage for the wedding, the table plan, and easel. “We tried to keep the general theme very rustic” Rosie told me “We used recycled card/paper for all our stationery, the food was seasonal and the meat was free range. We had homemade chocolate & vanilla fudge with the coffee instead of favours”.
Rosie chose a stunning elegant Jenny Packham gown called ‘Mariana’ combined with shoes from Emmy, and for her bouquet, delicate season flowers from Shaftesbury florist Fork & Flowers. Rosie said, ” they were all British grown and seasonal which was really important to us.” Richard wore a smart grey 3 piece Ted Baker suit, with a green tie to match the colour scheme and cream/green buttonhole.
It was easy to see why the couple chose Ashley Wood as their wedding venue – the atmosphere was very relaxed and after their beautiful alfresco ceremony under the pagoda in the barn garden, everyone congregated for the drinks reception on the lawn overlooking the lake. The couple planned the day perfectly, spring was in blossom, the trees full of leaves and the colours around the barn looked beautiful.
After the couple had seated for the wedding breakfast, and the speeches had been said, we hopped outside with them for some evening shots and were greeting with stunning oranges and greens on the lake, perfect for a few evening couple photographs. While we were off taking the photos, the guests were all treated to savoury and sweet crepes courtesy of “Van Chaud” who came along for the evening – “this was a massive hit with the guests”, Rosie said.
The evening was informal, with firepits outside the barn, marshmallows to toast and sparklers. Their first dance totally rocked!
If you’re planning a wedding at Ashley Wood Farm (or anywhere else for that matter) and you’re looking for a wedding photographer, you can get in touch here, we’d love to hear more about your plans.