THE CHERRY BARN.

wild and bohemian beach-inspired elopement workshop at

Brought to you by Valentina at The Stars Inside: wedding and elopement planner for cool people like YOU who believe every moment has magic in it if you look closely enough.

Beachy and Boho // Modern Elopement at The Cherry Barn

Planning & Styling: The Stars Inside
Workshop: Dream Capture Workshops
Workshop Leaders: Rebecca Carpenter Photography & Nataly J Photography
Photography in the Gallery Below: Rebecca Carpenter, Nataly J Photography, Chloe Ely
Venue: The Cherry Barn
Florals: Bloomantic
Cake: Avantgarde Cake Studio
Grazing Table: Plentifull
Bridalwear: Love in Lace Bridal
Menswear: Suits to Suit
Stationery: Wonderland Invites
Hair & Make-up: Storme Make-up and Hair
Videography: Rix Weddings
Decor and Props: The Collect Co
Earrings & Necklaces: Claire Hill
Rings & Anklets: Lily & Roo
Raffia Hair Accessories: Klatso
Dried Flower Hair Accessories: Folky Dokey
Gold Halo Crown: Ziptie Jewelry
Signage: Here's To Us
Textiles: PomPomBlossom
Couple n1: Georgina & Ryan
Couple n.2: Lauren & Ryan

In September 2019 I styled the spaces and models for the first Dreamcapture Workshop for photographer's held in the UK. We had originally planned to shoot this editorial on the shores of Camber Sands, entirely outdoors on the beach – but the day ended up being a very windy and rainy one, so we took refuge at the Cherry Barn, which is a stunning 17th-century oak framed barn venue just outside Rye. As it turns out, it was perfect for the vibe we wanted to bring to life, and we were so delighted and lucky to have been able to shoot there! We loved that it showed how to create an intimate, seaside atmosphere even while indoors – and that we were able to combine this with the grassy textures of the farm’s beautiful orchard too. The wooden beams and warm tones complemented our styling ideas seamlessly, and the pairing truly felt like it was meant to be! The inspiration for the aesthetic narrative and colour palette was that of rock and sand – we wanted to explore all different shades of earthy browns, taupes, and tans. At its heart, we wanted the atmosphere to feel bohemian, wild, and beachy, while still holding on to a refined and contemporary vibe. For the styling we played with mixing textures, including velvet, raffia, wood, shell, and terracotta – most notably for the dining table, complete with grazing feast and comfy cushions. As this shoot was being run as part of a workshop centred around the idea of intimate elopements, our priority and central inspiration was for the day to feel joyful and personal – with the kind of comfortable, meaningful luxuries that a nature-loving couple might treat themselves to for their celebration. We hope this editorial inspires couples to have the wedding that is right for them, to have fun with their styling, and to connect with their dream team of suppliers in a heartfelt and authentic way. Small and intimate weddings can be just as joyful, and just as breath-taking, and are a perfectly valid option for couples out there affected by the current circumstances as well as for those whom a large wedding simply doesn’t reflect their personalities, values, or priorities. When it comes to the styling, I would encourage couples to think about all the meaningful, delightful details that are going to make up how the room feels – those little things that tell the story of YOU. And remember that a theme doesn’t mean being stuck by what Pinterest has to show you: you can re-interpret and modernise that aesthetic narrative to fit you and the things you love the most.