Lights! Flowers! A Barn!

A few weeks ago, I was asked by Vanessa Harness of award winning bespoke wedding planners Rocks and Frocks if I would like to help out on a shoot for two great companies, high end luxury letter hire The Letter Hire People and luxury faux flower Ferris Heart Sloane. "Yeah, why" not I thought. I love a challenge! The shoot was to promote a collaboration between these two companies for a package that involved an all in one deal with their letters and their flower walls combined to make a rather fetching, beautiful, unusual and classy wedding room centrepiece. What a great idea! If you're looking for that little bit different, trust me, when you see the results below (spoiler alert!), you will see what I mean.

The shoot was to take place at the gorgeous Milling Barn in Throcking, Hertfordshire. Milling Barn is a highly popular wedding venue that has both a simple, classic hall for ceremonies for inclement weather and colder times of the year, but the vast majority of their weddings are held outside in the beautiful grounds and woodlands in the surrounding land. A sought after venue by those who want that little different to their wedding, for the alternative or boho style looks and themes. I totally see why! If I got remarried (not going to happen, so moot point I guess), it would be certainly high on my own consideration list, that's for sure! Right up my street (albeit probably too far away from me.....you know what I mean....)

When I got to the venue, Vanessa was already well into setting up the letters and I was introduced to the lovely Natasha who was deep in the creation of her amazing faux flower wall. I couldn't really do anything but set up my camera and then stand back and admire the handy work that was going on. You gotta hand it to these ladies, they seriously know what they are doing! Vanessa, as always, was her usual smiley self and had me in stitches most of the time, regaling me with stories of planning and incidents and mishaps and so on (I could talk about that stuff for ages, so Vanessa is a great foil for me with that!) and Natasha was diligently constructing while popping in and out from her creation to ensure we weren't strangers! 

The plan was to show the wall as it was, so people could see what they would get in the deal, but also be able to show this off it it was to be hired on its own, then move on to putting the whole lot together and "dress" it within the room (it was far too cold, windy and grey outside to put them in context out there, which was a real shame) to show what it would look like to prospective customers of the entire package

Photographing the wall was easy. The room was a little dark to the weather and less natural light coming in than would be ideal, so camera on a tripod, open up wide and shoot real still for longer. Job done. 

 The wall on its own. The lights and greenery above were nowt to do with us, but looked pretty!

The wall on its own. The lights and greenery above were nowt to do with us, but looked pretty!

Once I had a few shots of this in the bag, then the letters came into the shot. Things changed...

Photographing bright lights straight into a camera does funny things to cameras that are a bit more dumb than humans. It makes everything else around it go dark. And this was the issue. As light was already low in the room, as soon as I exposed for the lights, the whole lot went almost black. Not good. 

After a rummage around in her amazing van of tricks, Vanessa came up with the idea of being able to uplight the wall behind the letters to brighten it and display the two together! Job done! So, some uplights were set up, a bit of a rummage around the building to get a couple more to help the spread of light and away we went. And as you will see below, I think the results were rather spectacular.....

 The whole room set up

The whole room set up

 Close up of the display

Close up of the display

 The room can be dressed however you need it to be, but what a centrepiece!

The room can be dressed however you need it to be, but what a centrepiece!

Then we decided to try and get a little arty and shoot both the letters but with another product by Natasha, which was faux flower bouquets. 

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The combo of them both is lovely. I think you can see that. The lights themselves are bespoke made to The Letter Hire People's own specifications, not generic ones that you tend to see a lot at weddings nowadays. Made of metal, hard wearing and superb quality, they reflect both the kind of client who would want that little bit extra, but also The Letter Hire People themselves. Being high end wedding planners and high end letter hire people, the customer service and the bespoke nature of the letters would only do them justice if they were the very best you could get. 

To also show off and highlight the quality of the flower creations a little more, I took some closeups of the bouquets Natasha had brought along too. From the images and even when you get close up, you just can't tell they are faux. They totally had me fooled! It was only when I touched them (oooohhhhh they feel so so so  nice) that you could tell, and even then I questioned them (soft and smooth.....). They really are exceptional quality flowers and the displays are beautiful

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So there you go. Job done and I think you will agree, either on their own or as a package for hire, these guys knock it out of the park really. Superb quality from both, beautiful designs from both, a superb reputation for customer service and quality from both and really, really lovely people to boot. I cannot recommend these guys enough and if you want that little different, then do please check out their links at the top of the blog. You won't be disappointed. And if you are also looking for a venue that's a little bit quirky and different, then check out the link for Milling Barn too. It's a beautiful little place that totally justifies its reputation as one of the regions most popular and in demand venues. 

I myself am also still taking bookings for 2018, although spaces are quickly becoming limited. So check out the rest of my site, have a look around and see what you see. 2019 bookings are still also being taken, so get in touch! Thanks for reading! Byeeeeeee!!!!