Vintage-Inspired Marquee Wedding

This relaxed and romantic open-air marquee wedding had a cool vintage vibe that centred around a luxury canvas marquee on an orchard in rural Cheshire.

The stunning location and surrounding landscape of Duddon Mill Farm was the main source of inspiration for this styled shoot. Everything from the colour palette to the atmospheric and creative lighting pays homage to this beautiful rustic farm location. The concept behind this marquee wedding was to capture the essence of the surrounding natural beauty and quite literally bring the outside in!

The Look

Vintage vehicles supplied by Love Machines achieved an element of nostalgic romance, along with elegant pre-loved furniture, antique candelabras, urns and glassware. With a French farmhouse feel and an abundance of natural décor, the shoot showcased how spectacular a marquee wedding can be. Keeping with the vintage theme, Birdie & Co supplied a fun and quirky photo booth experience inside a gorgeous marshmallow pink VW camper van.

The Colour Palette

The colour palette was inspired by mid-to-late summer seasonal blooms. Neutral tones combined muted pinks, coral, lilac, ochre and orange hues with bold browns, greens and burgundy that reflected the apple trees in the orchard and the signature Cheshire red brick of the farm’s foundations. The muted tones popped amongst the more traditional colours of ecru and ivory and naturally complemented each other.

The Blooms

The Little Brick House used seasonal grasses, wildflowers and apples as table centrepieces alongside dried grasses to create texture and height. The foliage in the marquee installations was foraged responsibly on the farm and apple trees decorated the king poles.

Delicate wildflowers in vintage glassware contrasted with statement blooms in stone urns. Elegant chiffon and hessian lined the timber trestles and rattan props brought together the look.

Key Tips

  • When organising a marquee wedding, work with the natural environment as much as you can. Open your eyes to what’s around you to bring the outside in! 
  • Have fun sourcing unique handpicked vintage and antique furniture and props. Look out for interesting pieces in which to place flowers in—coloured glassware looks sensational styled with wildflowers and adds colour and height to your tables.
  • Don’t be afraid to keep things simple! Meadow grass foraged from the orchard completed the table settings. A single ivory chiffon styled the ceremonial oak arbour that popped against the orchard backdrop and created a dramatic effect as the wind lifted the elegant fabric.



Venue: Duddon Mill Farm // Photography: Fox & Bear Photography // Marquee Hire: The Canvas Tent Co. // Videography: Walsh Films // Bridal Shop: Serendipity Bridal // Hair: Duncan Fisher // MUA: Cathryn Kerwin-Rawlinson // Florist: The Little Brick House // Photo Booth: Birdie & Co // Crockery: Whitehouse Event Crockery // Lighting: Lightech // Umbrellas: Brolly Bucket // Stationery:  Wild Calligraphy // Car Hire: Love Machines