Dream teams: crisp autumn leaves and twinkling lights at Folkerton Mill

Let Wild Soul Photography and artful florist To A Mountain Daisy transport you to a warm and cosy wedding dreamland, where the styling’s rustic, the blooms bountiful and the gowns suitably ethereal

Bride and groom under an autumnal arch

Has the wedding season shifted? Setting the disruptive force that was 2020 aside, more and more couples have been choosing to tie the knot in the later months, wholeheartedly buying into the charms of the season: toasting marshmallows over a firepit; incorporating burnished tones into their colour scheme; and snuggling up under chunky knit throws and faux-fur wraps.

It’s something the experts are definitely taking note of, and a wave of autumnal collaborative shoots designed to inspire the next round of brides- and grooms-to-be have been heading our way as a result. The latest? This most aesthetically pleasing of efforts from Wild Soul Photography.

“We had worked with florist Lucy Little of To A Mountain Daisy in the past for a styled shoot we were doing in the Western Isles,” explains Michelle Coleman, who, together with her partner Nadine Yardley, make up photography duo Wild Soul. “She kindly lent us some dried flowers and we absolutely fell in love with them. After meeting up in person, we were really keen to create something together.”

The theme came to them quickly. “We decided that we wanted to put together a wild, autumnal shoot at a location that would suit the vibe we were going for,” Shelle says. “Folkerton Mill totally fitted the bill – it’s a beautiful, secluded venue. We were so excited to shoot in the Dutch barn, courtyard and garden areas. Plus, owner Penny is the most accommodating host!”

The team took their style cues from the florals. “For the flowers and colour palettes, Lucy aimed to reflect the season and the location’s history and rustic feel,” describes Shelle. “For the first look in the Dutch barn, she complimented the wooden elements with textured arrangements, featuring dried bracken, which covers Scotland in autumn. She loved the idea of making it more ‘bridal’ and bringing a touch of winter in, with contrasting white blooms.

“For the second look, it was all about making the arch look natural within the setting, which was done by mirroring the water wheel’s circular shape and mixing in lots of foraged leaves. We knew that Folkerton has a strong ethos of sustainability and it was really important that we stayed true to that.”

Now, who’s craving a pumpkin spiced latte?

Photography Wild Soul Photography

Flowers To A Mountain Daisy

Floral ribbons Northern Hands

Venue Folkerton Mill

Dresses Simply Koko

Headpieces Stephanie Gallen Millinery

Hair Elegant Bridal Hair Styling

Models Erin, Ryan and Bethany

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