It feels right to start by looking back on this shoot from late September because it sums up 2014 for me - a year of working with incredible creatives, not least the gang that put this concept together, but also a year of challenges and opportunities, culminating in hitting 'publish' on the Tebbey & Co. website on the first day of the new year.
I spent quite a lot of last year overwhelmed by how work was, well...working, actually. Reflecting on that, I feel a great deal of gratitude to the people who have inspired, supported and championed the business and to the couples who trusted me with their wedding days. I'm moving forward happier, inspired and full of beans for the year to come, mainly because I get to look back, in images, on amazing days, like this shoot. Days like this afford a creative freedom to explore different aesthetics and to get to know vendors who leave you a bit tongue tied by, quite frankly, how bloody brilliant they are.
This shoot took it's cues from Nordic minimalist style, nature and rural heritage. Having free reign of the location, a medieval pele tower on a working farm, was a privilege and the team made the most of every nook and cranny of the crumbling landmark, in between cuddling the farm cat. Our only limitation: Farmer - ''DO NOT TOUCH the gate house gates - they haven't moved since about the 1700's'' Us - ''Okay, but then please can we have some of your sheep horns?'' Seemed a fair trade and everyone was happy.
The Halfpenny London gown and Isobel Hind Couture necklace and cuff, the soft gloss of the hair and make up by Lucy Pearson and the beautifully spartan paper goods from Love Bex are perfect foils to the wild backdrop and the more foraged, folk style of the bouquet, the tablescape and the food and drink. Rachel Hayton was the location scout and all - round talent as well as being behind the lens and it's pretty obvious that she's brilliant, right? Well, they all are, and I can't recommend these vendors highly enough.