Whimsical Woodland Wedding Inspiration…

Time to wander over to the more whimsical of wedding inspiration paths on Love My Dress this afternoon, with a quite beautiful photoshoot in the middle of an ancient wood.

This photoshoot was the brainchild of Jennie Beard, of Sheffield based Hansley-Beard Wedding Event Planning and Design team.

Jennie is an Associate Member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners and specialises in wedding and event styling. Known for her creative abilities and attention to detail, Jennie has recently started hiring out her personal, vast collection of beautiful vintage crockery and props and thought it would be fun to capture her extensive collection of china on camera to help promote her new hire service…

“I’m really pleased that ‘vintage crockery’ is very on trend at present and that all this beautiful crockery is now being given a good home by brides up and down the land! I think it’s a very economic way of making your wedding look beautiful and unique.

With this shoot, I wanted to show how vintage crockery can be used alongside other items in all sorts of creative ways to create a stunning yet quirky context for a wedding or event. It sounds a simple thing to say but it’s all about what and how you put things together, not only to create the wow-factor but to create a beautiful experience for you and your guests.”

These exquisite photographs were taken by Love My Dress favourite, S6 Photography

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“We contacted Jon from S6 Photography to do this shoot as we knew his style would showcase some of our vintage collection perfectly and we are ecstatic at the results.  We set a date for Autumn and found a perfect location at the Sawmill site in Sheffield’s ancient woodland Ecclesall Woods. Having secured our ‘venue’ I set about gathering furniture, crockery and glassware items from my collection that fitted the theme and colours and the light that we would be working with.

I then tied it all together with old maps, books and bottles, gramophone records and ‘singles’, and various vintage props and added some authentic tea from The Girl with the Golden Cup and flowers from Swallows and Damsons…" 







"I accentuated some of the colours by using real fruit and food, and covered some in gold wax to bring out the richness of the autumn colours. I then set about dressing our models to fit the colour theme and vintage style. The wedding dress is actually my own wedding dress which has a huge French lace train…”





"In response to demand and having already collected a huge vintage collection as well as some quite quirky other props, we decided to start hiring it out along with our modern decor items. It did mean I had to move it all out of the house and into a studio but this also allows for my collection to grow more over time (which I’m sure it will!).

We know it can be time-consuming collecting it all so we hope we can save brides and grooms some time and money by providing them with the opportunity to hire it from Hansley Beard. They can hire it from us and set it up themselves or we also offer a range of styling services including theme development or on-the-day decor set-up.”



















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“I’ve been into vintage things most of my life before it was ever called ‘Vintage’! My parents always had bric-a-brac market stalls and antique units when I was growing up. As soon as I left home and moved into my own flat I started collecting everything vintage and everyone has accused me of living in the past ever since! My first washing machine and cooker was from the 1950s and my favourite collection was my six mangles (which I sadly had to get rid of when I moved on).

When I went on to study Archaeology at University I have to say that I got as excited at finding a piece of 20th century pottery in a field as I did at finding a Roman one! My mum still has a huge collection of vintage crockery and my dad is an avid collector of antique and vintage teapots.  Every so often he passes some of them onto me when he runs out of room on his windowsills and he rings me up often to tell me about the new ones he’s found for his collection!”


Absolutely beautiful…


  Photography ~ S6 Photography
♥  Styled by
Jennie Beard of Hansley-Beard
♥  Models ~ Katy Bangert and Shannon Alesayi
♥  Flowers ~ Swallows and Damsons
♥  Tea ~ The Girl with the Golden Cup
♥  Woodland venue ~ Made available by kind permission of Ecclesall Woods Sawmill, Sheffield City Council

For further information about Jennie’s vintage crockery hire and wedding styling services, email Jenny directly, telephone 07810162146 or visit the Hansley-Beard Wedding Event Planning and Design website.

You can view more from S6 Photography on the Love My Dress Wedding Blog here 🙂

Much love,

Annabel xXx


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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.