Charnock Farm is a magical place. Situated in the semi-rural outskirts of Leyland and just minutes away from junction 28 of the M6 motorway, this family-owned venue offers a quirky, rustic backdrop for your Best Day Ever. Team LWB absolutely love styled shoots – they’re the ideal way to show just how perfect a setting is for a wonderful wedding and gives creative suppliers the opportunity to share their talents and skills with you, our following brides and grooms.
All of the shots were taken by the awesome Jack from Project Valentine – a creative, modern and fun photographer who you regularly attends Little White Books wedding fairs and shows. Jack really is a pleasure to work with, with an eye for quirky detail he reflects the personal style of his couples and produces fantastic shots that brides and grooms can treasure forever.
Here’s what Jack had to say about out the venue "Charnock Farm is the perfect place to host your barn inspired wedding, with a reception room that’s full of rustic charm and grounds that spoil you for choice when it comes to taking photos. My favourite shots are the ones on the bridge and against the raw brick but there are photo opportunities galore - you can even have your picture taken with the farms on site animals! There’s plenty of opportunity to get some amazing photographs at this venue as it has so much to offer and so much available light." View more of Jack’s beautiful work and connect with him about your big day on Instagram @project.valentine
The barn at Charnock Farm boasts a high vaulted ceiling with exposed real oak beams and red brickwork offering you a contemporary yet rustic setting for your special day. The function room is also licensed to host civil ceremonies of up to 100 guests as well as a sit down meal of the same number. For an evening reception they can accommodate up to 150 guests. Get to know the team at Charnock on their Instagram page @charnockfarmweddings
For our shoot the barn was dressed by Mel at Add A Little Sparkle, who regularly works with the Charnock Farm team. Rustic elegance with added Sparkle, Mel created a beautiful setting complete with bespoke lights that really brought the space to life. See more examples of their work and connect on Instagram @addalittlesparklelancs
The dresses for this shoot were provided by the bridal boutique on site – Brides at Charnock Farm – so if you want to look at dresses at the same time as viewing your venue pack your groom-to-be off to The Mill, the fantastic pub on site, and make an appointment with Gemma! She has created a beautiful haven for brides with soft grey and rose gold décor, lush carpeting and a sensational range of eclectic gowns.
For this shoot we went for two looks – the first is the gorgeous Teres gown by designer Oksana Mukha - Ivory Satin with box pleats and detailed with lace edging to the bodice. It’s backless and comes with hidden pockets, which look amazing and are so handy (for a vintage, lace handkerchief for any ceremony tears!) With a price tag of £795 you would be forgiven for thinking it cost a whole lot more – absolutely stunning and great value for money.
The second dress is made by Zavana Bridal from Cotton Lace with a unique design. Column dresses with no train are perfect for a bride seeking an easy to wear look, with exquisite pearl and crystal embellishments on the waistband. Zavana Bridal are new to the UK and Gemma is currently the main stockist in England for their collections. They are bringing a new concept of design to the bridal market. Priced at £1295. Check out more of Gemma’s range on Instagram @bridesatcharnockfarm
And now for the Glam Squad – every brides best friend on her wedding day! We were thrilled to team up with Kerry Baker: Makeup Artist and Carly’s Creations Hair on this shoot, they’ve both styled Little White Books cover shoots in the past and they’re a dream to work with – full of creative ideas and the skills to make dream bridal looks your reality.
Our model for the day was the lovely Abbie from Boss Model Management. For the makeup Kerry wanted to create a look which echoed the romantic, rustic styling surrounding the shoot. She used shades of sugary pastel pink and delicate peach tones on Abbie’s eyes and cheeks and framed her eyes with soft, wispy lashes. Her skin was given a dewy finish with an Illamasqua liquid highlighter for that 'lit from within' glow. Finally, the look was completed with Kerry’s absolute favourite lip colour: Urban Decays new Vice Liquid Lip in shade Trivial. This wonder product absolutely stays put, doesn't dry out lips and didn't need topping up once during the shoot! Kerry’s Instagram feed is packed with pictures of happy brides who look and feel their absolute best – take a look here @kerrybmua
With two dresses we needed two beautiful hair styles, and Carly pulled two amazing looks from her bag of tricks! For the Oksana Mukha Ivory Satin gown Carly created height at the front incorporating twists with plenty of texture, weaved in a statement hair vine piece, then created a puffball and finished off with a fishtail plait and butterfly pin accessories.
For the lace Zavana Bridal look we wanted a simple, rustic look that complimented the dress with no embellishments to keep the look natural – simple braids are a great low-maintenance option if you don’t want to be thinking about retouches on your day, and this look transitions beautifully from day to night. Carly is a huge fan of the Neal & Wolf range and their products helped achieve both looks. Check out more of Carly’s work on Instagram @carlyscreationshair
How beautiful are the flowers for this shoot? Created by Carol at The Blossom Room, we can’t get enough of both bouquets! With the first dress the bouquet was created using oversized meijer sweet avalanche roses, pink astilbe and tulips and fragrant freesia in pale pink with several foliage varieties such as soft ruscus, eucalyptus, umbrella fern and leather leaf and asparagus fern to soften the look. Those amazing feathers! Using a soft grey peacock feather with hint of pink throughout, drawing inspiration from the surroundings and achieving the brief of rustic elegance. For the second look Carol used white delphiniums and pink tulips with flowing satin ribbons and again included peacock feathers and hints of green that worked beautifully with the lace dress. Find Carol on Instagram and take in more of her beautiful work @the_blossom_room
And now for the cake – isn’t this Ebella creation just wonderful? We briefed Emily from Ebella on the colour scheme and the venue – spring flowers with a rustic edge – so she chose a log base and a stag motif and incorporated the colours and feathers used in the floral arrangements. Emily worked in the square middle tier to add a unique twist, and her delicate painting and rose icing skills produced the magnificent finished piece. A real talking point for any wedding, and oh so delicious! Emily kept the team fed all day with the most amazing cupcakes – delectable lemon and a punchy salted caramel (especially for our very own Kerry Baker!) Connect with Ebella on Instagram @ebella.creations
Huge thanks to the whole team who worked so hard to create these beautiful images. Watch this space for more styled shoots from a host of creative suppliers at inspirational Great Northern Wedding Venues #GNWV2017 #GreatNorthernBride