Wight Wedding Blog

An apple Orchard wedding on the Isle of Wight

Photo shoot from Chris Cowley Photography

We've seen lots of fantastic work from Isle of Wight Wedding suppliers who have worked together for actual real weddings or for photoshoots. Your wedding is the key event but the photoshoots we can show you offer ideas, inspiration and let the suppliers flex their creative muscles. Keeps them thinking up new fresh ideas for your wedding day. 

Chris Cowley is an Isle of Wight wedding photographer who likes to work a little differently to other photographers, and is always keen to work with wedding couples who want to try something a little different with their wedding day. A natural light photographer whos seems to always capture something creative in a wedding day while always getting those all important main event shots. Chris was kind enough to send us this Apple Farm Shoot where the theme was......Apples! It was really hard to pick the following select images as all of them are great. The colours that Chris has captured are so clear and serves to show that planning a wedding in the middle of a country Apple Orchard can offer a very varied colour palette, and make you look great! Or is that Chris' work?.....it's both!

Here Chris describes his experience preparing for the shoot and details of who worked with him. 

Afton Apple Farm as the name suggests, is a beautiful apple orchard near Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. It’s an accredited wedding venue that I’ve been dying to organise a photo-shoot at for a long time and so this summer I kept a weekend clear and called on some of the amazing wedding suppliers I’m lucky enough to have worked with on the Island.


Working closely with Chris from Inspired Island Events who was the talented stylist for the shoot we decided to really play on the fact that we had access to this picturesque orchard and accompanying gardens by going with an apple theme. Once this decided it gave us a colour scheme to work within – green, white and hints of red tying in with the apple theme further.

Our vision for the photo-shoot was to provide an elegant outdoor set up right in the heart of the orchard by placing a ten-seat banquet style table amongst rows of apple trees.

With this in mind I started my email mission contacting each supplier giving them nothing more than the general concept and colour scheme leaving them to do whatever they wanted for the day. I had total trust in each of them as I knew it would be good so gave them as little guidance as possible and boy did it pay off!

The shoot started early on a misty Sunday morning back in August and I was appreciative of those involved just to be out of bed at that hour! Hair and makeup got underway first by Rita Camassa (MUA) and Chelsea (Jaks Hair) working from a marquee in the gardens before Dawn from Gems Bridal wear set to work dressing the models in the most beautiful dresses by Maggie Sottero and White One.



The dresses were selected by Chris from Inspired Island Events as they complimented the natural theme for the day.

As the models got ready the rest of the group got to work assisting Chris in setting up the banquet table in the stunning orchard and decorating it with apple themed centrepieces (using real apples) by JoJo from Blushing Blooms, favour boxes (with apple green ribbons), apple leaf name tags by Nicky Marinelli and the cutest apple printed material napkins by Hannah from Sew Special Bunting amongst other wonderful apple goodness.

As the sun began to burn through the mist the first model, Rosie, came to join us and the shoot began. Rosie modelled a Gresham style dress with chiffon gown by White One as well as jewellery by Sophie Honeybourne and an apple themed button bouquet by I Heart Buttons.



Next up came our ‘couple’ for the day – Cordelia and Mark.

Mark wore a grey lounge suit and waistcoat supplied by Osborne’s which we coupled with an apple green skinny tie before realising that we had completely overlooked cufflinks. Never-fear though as the ever resourceful seamstress Dawn and florist JoJo picked tiny crab apples from a nearby tree and combined with a Swarovski crystal pin fashioned a ‘fresh’ set of cufflinks for our groom!

Cordelia wore the Courtney dress by Maggie Sottero complete with diamante embellishment combining it with bouquets carefully crafted to include fresh green apples in their design. And then in our final few frames our wonderful bride and groom wandered amongst the grassy orchard playing with umbrellas by Love Umbrellas.

Organising the photo-shoot was great fun and the models and suppliers involved were excellent to work with. It really was just like arranging a miniature wedding where we had to bring in near enough everything used in the shoot right the way up from chairs and cutlery (by Coast and Country Marquees) to power for the hairdresser working out of the marquee being handled by Prosafe Electrical!





(had to feature that image again because we love it!)


Many thanks to everyone involved, here's the list:

·  Venue: Afton Apple Farm

·  Decoration and styling: Inspired Island Events

·  Florist: Blushing Blooms

·  Photographer: Chris Cowley 

·  Make-up artist: Rita Camassa

·  Hair: Chelsea from Jaks Hair, Newport 

·  Dresses: Gems Bridalwear

·  Suits: Osborne’s

·  Cutlery, chairs, tablecloths: Coast and Country Marquees 

·  Bunting: Sew Special Bunting

·  Stationary: Marinelli Designs 

·  Button Bouquet: I Heart Buttons

·  Umbrella's: Love Umbrellas 

·  Jewellery: Honeybourne Jewellery 

·  Electrical power and transport: Prosafe Electrical

·  Models: Rosie, Cordelia and Mark


Thank you so much to everyone for working on a fantastic shoot that offers lots of ideas for all our planning couples. If Apples aren't your fruit or theme of choice think about how you could introduce your own idea or theme into a day in ways the suppliers have above. 

If you want amazing images like the ones above from your wedding day then get in touch with Chris Cowley Photography in the directory. Quick before he gets booked up for your date!

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