Countryside Rustic Charm Styled Shoot at Glebe House Cottages

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

This shoot has perfectly captured the countryside rustic charm elements of a modern wedding. With an outdoor ceremony and al fresco dining styled to perfection (including a neon light) we could just imagine wedding guests gathered round celebrating. From the stationery to the three tier cake matching the pops of colours in the florals, this shoot is full of inspo for a British summer wedding.


We decided to draw upon the venue’s countryside charms, and opted for a rustic look. Using a colour palette of primarily blush pink, sage green, ivory and gold with some added seasonal pops of colour in the florals inspired by the various formal gardens of the venue.


 “As soon as I saw the venue, I knew that this was an ideal setting for outdoor dining with its long narrow pond as the focal point. I could envision the whole reception playing out in front of my eyes,” explains stylist and planner Sara of Peony & Lace Weddings. We chose to focus the styling around two of the licensed areas. Under the stone pagoda, we created a ceremony area and had a hand fasting ceremony performed by Unique Ceremonies. 

The second licensed area, a gazebo framed by the wisteria climbing up the Rectory, hosted the tablescape. The table was decorated with blush pink and sage green candles set in gold candle holders on top of crisp white linens. A runner of apple blossom and flowers matching the hanging installation completed the look. A hanging neon sign as a backdrop to the tablescape brought an element of fun to the tablescape. Also featured on the table was an ivory, 3 tier cake featuring ranunculus and sprigs of apple blossom all handcrafted by Claire of Claire’s Sweet Temptations tying in the country garden elements.


Cassie of Bude Blooms created two floral installations; the first was an asymmetrical floral arch flanked the licensed stone pagoda. The second a hanging floral installation of apple blossoms, ranunculus, tulips,anemones and narcissi all locally grown framed the table. 


Glebe House Cottages is a new wedding venue located on the Devon / Cornwall border. This idyllic setting with its 5 acres of formal gardens, beautiful countryside and the rolling hills of Devon, offers up the perfect backdrop to your dream wedding day. Set against the 1820’s Grade II Rectory, the venue retains some of its original features and charms including their stone walls and studded doors. Licensed for up to 180 guests, couples can choose from 3 locations to say their vows with reception options ranging from marquees to al fresco dining. 


Emma of Emma Louise Castle provided the exquisite stationery suite. Known for her hand painted stationery, Emma painted the venue inside the envelope liner as a wonderfully personal touch. The rest of the suite featured blush pink flowers and green leaves packaged in vellum with twine to add to the rustic feel of the shoot. 


The dress, provided by Mollie Leigh Bridal, was a classic strapless, sweetheart neckline, trumpet dress with a lace overlay. The jewellery was hand crafted by Bish Bosh Becca. Bish Bosh Becca creates handmade wedding jewellery so the bride, her maids and flower girls can have the perfect finishing touches to their outfits. For this Shoot, Sarah-Jane created a range of earrings, necklaces and bracelets that completed the style of the wedding dress and also the bridesmaid dresses. For the bride, a blending of pearls and crystals set on silver and for the bridesmaids, pearls set on rose gold. Wedding rings were provided by Eco Wood Rings. For the groom we used a white gold ring with an oak wood inlay. For the bride we used an oak ring with a mother of pearl inlay.

Hair and Makeup

The hairstyles were created by Toni of Toni Gogola. The shoot was an opportunity for Toni to showcase a variety of hair styles with a ‘bride’ and 3 ‘bridesmaids’. For the bride, Toni created an understated  low up-do that allowed the dress and the jewellery to take centre stage. For the bridesmaids Toni chose to do a mix of casual up-dos and a fishtail plait topped off with flower crowns created by Bude Blooms.

The makeup was provided by Chloe of Chloe Bond MUA. Chloe is a professional hair and makeup artist specialising in bridal and occasion looks. She has a passion for creating bespoke looks that help brides and their wedding parties to be confident and comfortable in their own skin. For this shoot we chose to emphasise a natural look for all the girls with a hint of country rose.


The styling really focused on using a mix of candles and florals with festoon lights for the evening. Being an al fresco setting, in late spring with the gardens in full bloom, we wanted to draw upon that for the styling elements. So much of the charm of this venue is the various outdoor spaces it possesses. Sara at Peony & Lace Weddings is known for her love of candles and incorporates them into every shoot she styles. The tablescape featured a mix of sage green and blush pink candles both tapered and tealights in a mix of golden candelabras. A variety of pillar candles and sage green votive candles were placed at the base of the gazebo. As the table was set under a hanging floralarch, the candles gave the height aspect of the styling whilst a runner of apple blossom, anemones, Narcissus and   tulips balanced the styling.


For the most part, the suppliers on the shoot are suppliers, Peony & Lace Weddings has used time again and who form my trusted supplier. All of whom I would never hesitate to recommend or call upon. A few additional suppliers were chosen for their skills and talent to round out the team to bring the whole vision to life. 

As the sun set and dusk settled in, the festoon lights twinkled in the reflection of the pond and the soft glow of the lights from the Rectory added to the romantic atmosphere. Capturing the day in her inimitable, effortless style, Laura at Freeform Images Photography managed to capture the essence of the picturesque, country charm that is Glebe House Cottages. 


Venue: Glebe House Cottages

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Planner & Stylist: Peony & Lace Weddings 

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Photographer: Freeform Images Photography 


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Cake: Claire's Sweet Temptations

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Hair: Toni Gogola

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Makeup: Chloe Bond 

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Stationery: Emma Louise Castle

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Florist: Bude Blooms


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Videographer: Coastal Imaging 


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Celebrant: Nixie James-Scott - Unique Ceremonies

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Bride & Groom Models: Amie Hampshier Gill & Charlie Carman 

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Wedding Party Models:

Leanne, Ellie, Paris

Rhys, Billy & Josh 

Wedding Dress: Mollie Leigh Bridal 

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Bridal Shoes Diane Hassall 

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Rings: Eco Wood Rings 

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Jewellery: Bish Bosh Becca 

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Props: Do Me A Favour

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