Eco Folksy Bridal Shoot

Hampshire-based photographer Sarah Hoyle coordinated this shoot as a way to portray the values of her brand which is all about simple living and sustainability.

“The shoot had a folksy feel to it” explains Sarah “I described it as being a mix between Poldark and Mumford and Sons!”

Sarah brought together a team of suppliers with the same ethical and environmental values, to create a shoot that was eco-friendly and sustainable.

The venue, Gilbert White’s House in Hampshire, is classed as an eco-friendly wedding venue so it was the perfect choice. They also have their own in-house brewery so the table favours were bottles of specially brewed ale for the couple. This ticked all the sustainable boxes; not only would the favours be used but the glass bottles could be recycled, and as the ale was brewed on-site there was little to no carbon footprint.


Sarah chose to have a handfasting ceremony to reflect the 18th Century vibe; simple olden days living with an arts and craft aesthetic.

The barn felt warm, cosy, rustic and had that Poldark feel to it. The views of the South Downs outside were so stunning too.

Sarah approached Sian from Amethyst Weddings because of her vegan and eco credentials. Sian followed Sarah’s mood board and created a warm and inviting tablescape. The look was pulled together with preloved brass and wooden candlesticks, vegan-friendly soy candles, naturally dyed napkins and a natural gauze table runner. The natural tones worked beautifully with the amber tones of the glassware.

Blooming Cow Florist used a combination of British dried flowers, grasses and seed heads along with some freshly-cut rosemary from her cutting garden.

The bouquet was tied with hessian ribbon, natural twine and some beautiful silk ribbon from The Botanical Dyer.

Styling for the wedding ceremony, and the entrance to the barn, featured natural hessian, dried flowers, metal milk churns and Pampas grass.


Hops were sourced from The Hampton Estate, a traditional agricultural estate in Farnham. British dried flowers were from Shropshire Petals and Daisy Shop, with plant-dyed silk ribbon from The Botanical Dyer

The Pampas grass used was obtained from The Hampton Estate, as well as from one of my customers gardens, in exchange for some dried hops!

The eco-friendly Daisy dress by Jessica Turner Designs was made from cotton and lined with organic cotton. The folksy design of the dress matched the rustic charm of the setting.

“The process and ideas of the shoot were parallel to my way of working, looking into natural organic sources and sustainability” Jessica Turner Designs

For the stationery, Ellie and Liv drew inspiration from the month of the shoot (October) and all things Autumn. Their watercolour designs used a palate of natural taupes, oranges and pops of burnt ochre.

I had thoughts of Anne of Green Gables and Wuthering Heights and I took inspiration from Gilbert White himself

The eco-friendly zero-waste poppy seed paper can be planted when it’s finished with, growing new poppies next Summer for everyone to enjoy.


Miranda – Celebrant brought everyone together for the special Handfasting ceremony under the oak tree. A hand fasting quite literally symbolises ‘Tying the Knot!


They used plant-dyed silks and velvets and each of the ribbons carried meaning. Brown symbolised nurturing, home and hearth. Gold meant wisdom, prosperity and longevity and Yellow symbolised joy, happiness, and unconditional love.

It was as if all of those gathered in that moment were at one with the earth as the couple made their vows.

The Ethical Bride Co. is run and founded by hair and makeup artists Jen and Lisa. They believe in using products that are vegan-friendly which ultimately means cruelty-free as well. The beauty industry is full of wastage so Lisa and Jen carefully choose products they know are effective and use sustainable methods of packaging.



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