Styled Shoot

Wild & Whimsical – a styled shoot at Cockley Woodland Weddings

Alexis Forsyth

We’re heading down to the woods today for all kinds of pretty, as we delve into this whimsical and rustic themed styled shoot set at the enchanting Cockley Woodland, near Wakefield in Yorkshire.

After discovering this stunning new wedding venue, photographer Emma of Glix Photography brought together a host of talented local suppliers to create this ethereal stunner of a shoot, perfectly showcasing how to do an outdoors wedding right.

Going for a wild and romantic look in the décor’s styling and floral arrangements – we’re talking big bouquets, glimmering fairy lights and elegant textured tablescapes with burnished browns and pops of peachy pinks – this worked beautifully with the venue’s all-natural backdrop. As you’d expect, the fashion and beauty looks are also in keeping with the outdoorsy vibes, complete with a fairy-like boho twist.

With images by Emma & Dani at Glix Photography

Models: Leoni Allen, Jade Cotton & Tristan Scott

Inspiration & location

Emma says

: I heard about a new woodland wedding venue, Cockley Woodland Weddings and Celebrations, which had opened up a few miles away from where I live. I arranged a meeting with the owners to have a look around and was also scheduled to exhibit at their wedding fair a few weeks later.

While chatting with the owners Jane and Mike, I asked if they would mind me putting a small styled shoot together to get some images of their venue ready for the wedding fair. They gave me the go ahead there and then. I spent the next week emailing suppliers – I know quite a few around my area so it was really nice to keep it local. I literally put the shoot together in a couple of weeks, as we held it on 26th August this year.

The idea of shooting a woodland wedding venue was just perfect, combining all things outdoors, romantic, wild, whimsical, rustic, beautiful and natural. I invited my second shooter Dani, who usually helps me with my weddings, to come along and between us we captured the images on the day.


I wanted a wild and rustic theme, with big bouquets, lots of greenery and soft pink flowers. The ones that Steph provided from Parkfield Florist, were perfect, she made two – one to go with each dress. My brief for Leisa, from Cakes by Leisa, and Vickie, our venue dresser from Spectacular Scenes, was the same – soft pinks and natural colours. The cake was perfect and the venue (although it’s a beautiful place anyway) looked absolutely amazing after Vickie had worked her magic.

The same brief had been given to Sue from Cotton Sparkles who had designed and created the stationery for the day. I couldn’t believe how fantastic the stationery looked, she had created save the dates, invites, place name cards and so much more – her work is great!


The dresses were both designed by Enzoani and were chosen to tie in with our wild, bohemian and romantic theme. Emma at Perfect Daze Bridal Boutique was more than happy to let us borrow a couple of her gowns for the shoot, however she was unavailable that day to fit the dresses so her lovely assistant Laura came along to pin the dresses to our models.

Jade wore Enzoani ‘Beautiful BT20-22’. Playful, whimsical and chic, this mermaid gown features a high illusion neckline to highlight gorgeous vintage overlace. A modern twist is added with its edgy keyhole back, finished with covered buttons and an invisible zipper.

Leoni wore Enzoani Blue ‘McKenna’ – a sultry mermaid gown with a plunging sweetheart neckline. Geometric patterns at the side of the gown highlight the bride’s waist while a romantic illusion keyhole back and covered buttons complete the look.

Our groom, Tristan wore his own suit.


Alex Littlewood did both the hairstyling and makeup. Hair was left long and curly, as I wanted it to look wild and natural. One model wore a flower ring headdress and the other wore a jewelled headdress. The style we went for would appeal to any bride who wants a natural, outdoorsy and romantic feel to their wedding day.

The make up look was natural and soft, with Alex using shades of browns on both models.


The day couldn’t have gone any better and all the suppliers were of such a high standard, I couldn’t thank them all enough, it was amazing! The dresses, the cake, the flowers, the venue stylist, the stationery, the hair and make up and the venue were perfect for what I had envisaged. Everyone had given up their Bank Holiday to get involved and we had such a good day.

Jane and Mike were so accommodating. I had seen a beautiful image on Pinterest of a stack of logs set in woodland, covered with candles and flowers. I wanted to recreate this for our styled shoot, so I showed Mike the picture and asked if it was possible, and he said, yes! He then created the log stand ready for our venue dresser Vicky and florist Steph to decorate. The result was epic!

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