Simple Sophistication | Oxfordshire Barn Wedding

Updated: Oct 12



Whenever I get the chance to design a dress a for a countryside wedding, there are many factors to consider, such as the venue, whether it be quaint or stately or a vineyard. I want to know the in's and out of how the couple met and fell in love and why they have chosen the location.  On occasion, if given the chance, I love to visit it for myself, to examine in detail the space, the architecture, the lighting, is it natural or well lit, how the light falls in various rooms, where will the bride be standing during the ceremony, where will the couple dance and so on.  

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci

The chance to create a dress that would look at home in the heart of the Cotswold with its breath-taking views across the countryside, conjures up images of a dreamy, romance oozing with poetic freedom.  The sense of unconfined freedom that you only ever appreciate as an adult remembering a childhood spent rambling across fields; or, of secret rendezvous at sunset to walk hand in hand with a loved one, pausing only to admire the fleeting light of the sun before escaping to the lovers' cove hidden beneath the dense woodland.  And so, sketch pad in hand, Merris Court Barn, on the border of Oxfordshire and Gloucester, set the scene for a wedding dress that was every bit as modern as fashion would allow, yet stylishly, laid back and understated, so as not to be imposing on the urban landscape. 




On the day of the shoot, I choose three romantic, soft, and floaty dresses from the separates collection.  Each had its own signature, style and flair that would allow me to restyle purposefully after meeting the bride for the first time.   After a brief meeting with the photographer, whose style is quite 'fine art', I merged a gold feather embroidered bodice with a sumptuously soft tulle skirt resulting in a simple, strappy summery wedding dress that was effortless and fun, matching perfectly the personality of the bride and groom and the warm coral colors of the chosen theme.



Location | Merris Court Barn Oxfordshire

Photographer | Suzy Elizabeth

Brides Dress | Cynthia Grafton-Holt Couture

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