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Dodmoor House Styled Shoot - Summer Romance - Poppy Carter Portraits

Lockdown has been a strange time for us all but one of the things I've missed the most is creating! It really is one of the great joys of my job that I get to create art every day - capturing memories and being present for huge milestones in my clients lives is something I'll never take for granted.

When I was asked by Liv if I was interested in shooting a Summer Romance inspired styled shoot, of course I said yes! It was great to meet lots of other new suppliers and work with a totally new team.

This is the first time I've shot for another team and didn't have any part in the art direction or styling - it felt like a real wedding where I turn up and don't see any of the styling until the day.


Venue: Dodmoor House

Planning & Co-ordination: Very Special Events

Styling & Props: The Rustic Wedding Company

Photography: Poppy Carter Portraits

Videography: First Sight Weddings

Make-up: Makeup by Liv

Hair: Oxfordshire Bridal Hair

Dress: Stunning Bridal

Flowers: Lilac & Wild

Cake: The Greenhouse Cakerie

Stationery: Wild Calligraphy

Leather Jacket: Mimosa

Models: Ellen & Ryan

Dodmoor have just renovated their Bridal suite which made the perfect backdrop for a few natural Bridal prep images.


Victoria at Very Special Events planned the whole shoot beautifully. The day ran seamlessly with brilliant attention to detail! I thought I would share a little about all the suppliers on here in their own words... 'At Very Special Events, our aim is to help you create an event to remember, removing all the stress and allowing you to thoroughly enjoy it! We are a wedding & event planning company as well as a wedding hire service. From venue finding, styling and organisation through to hire of products or purchase of beautiful artificial flowers, VSE is your one stop shop! Located in rural Northamptonshire Very Special Events specialise in creating and delivering memorable Events and Weddings with over 15 years experience. '

This shoot was as much about capturing all the action as it was about capturing the behind the scenes and all the hard work the suppliers put in to making your day perfect. This is the part that you never see - the endless hours prepping and making sure when you walk in - your entire vision becomes a reality!

The Rustic Wedding Company provided all of the beautiful styling that you see - a little more about them in their own words... Founded in 2014, The Rustic Wedding Company is run by Creative Director and Head Stylist Lesley McCall. Lesley & the ever expanding team are based in the lovely village of Mountsorrel in Leicestershire and specialise in bringing rustic wedding venue decor and florals with a modern twist to couples all over the UK. 

Over the years, TRWC have evolved to become one of the true leaders in the wedding styling industry, winning an array of awards along the way - including most recently winning Wedding Venue Stylist of the Year in the East Midlands Region at The Wedding Industry Awards 2020 & then going on to win the Highly Commended trophy at the National Awards in January 2020!

We offer a range of different services, from Partial venue dressing & DIY prop hire, to full on-site venue styling to suit all budgets and venues. We also have two incredible "Pinterest-esque" full venue styling packages for you to choose from if you are looking for a ready-to-roll design that is fit for Instagram but don't have a clue where to begin!

Recently we opened our very own wedding styling showroom where we invite you to visit and take a look at everything we have to offer. The team will happily chat to you about your options during a free consultation and will even set up a mock table design for you to see what your day might look like should you choose us to style your wedding.

Each of our rustic weddings is completely different and we use every opportunity to create something wonderful & original for our clients. We love to design new concepts and enjoy keeping up to date with current wedding styling trends and industry changes. No idea is too big, too small or too bizarre for TRWC.

From wedding planning and designing, to creating and styling; we promise to be super friendly and supportive. We'll always listen closely to your ideas and promise to go the extra mile to create the wedding you have always dreamed of.'

The styling was all incredibly romantic with luxe details to pull it all together. The soft blush tones worked beautifully with the gold and all the fresh greenery. The finished look is delicate and stylish.

This was the first time I have photographed a styled ceremony - our model couple were a real couple so that made it easier for them to get into character!

We were spoilt for choice with 3 dresses and a leather jacket for our model - we changed up the hair to add a more relaxed party vibe for the afternoon shots outdoors.

It was such a pleasure to work with this brilliant team - I can't recommend them enough if you are looking for amazing wedding suppliers! I'm looking forward to photographing weddings at Dodmoor House again soon!


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