A couple of months ago Lolly and I were sat in a cafe, laptops and notepads to hand, discussing new innovative ideas for Rock My Wedding (there were also hot chocolates involved, with MAJOR marshmallow toppings) and so began the process of creating our first RMW styled editorial.
About five minutes into the aforementioned discussion, a caravan dropped into my inbox. Well not literally obviously but images of a caravan that photographer Matt Bowen had recently renovated to be used at various events.
I liked the caravan very much, as did Lolly. And so it was inevitable that this retro holiday home on wheels would become a significant piece of inspiration for our first attempt at providing you gorgeous lot with some super pretty and easy-to-replicate ideas for the big day.
Both Lolly and I are huge fans of the 70’s era, from a fashion perspective possibly my most favourite era of all. I love the whole hippy vibe, flowers in your hair, loose plaits and long lashes, denim, crochet and maxi dresses in the softest chiffon.
As well as a sexy caravan we obviously needed a wild flower meadow to add the perfect backdrop for our 70’s inspired sunshine-filled desires (and um…the actual sun to put his hat on as it were). Lolly was also very keen to build a beautiful fort, the perfect outdoor space for lounging, reading and daydreaming – more on this later but if you are in anyway considering having a section of your wedding outdoors then this kind of thing provides an amazing backdrop for portrait shots or simply an area for your guests to relax during post ceremony drinks or the evening reception.
Our model Gabriella worked two hair and make-up looks, a soft natural glow complete with silver stars (I know – we all wanted to wear some) and a loose crimp/wave and two plait braids with a subtle bronze shimmery eye and a summery coral lip. We’ll be sharing all of the products used and how to re-create both looks next week on RMW so keep your peepers peeled.
Gowns were for the main part, floaty and bohemian from a selection at Naomi Neoh and Belle and Bunty. I also threw in a few shorter styles from ASOS, a crochet covered shift and a crinkled cotton bell-sleeved A-line, either would be amazing as perhaps a “second” dress but also as an addition to your honeymoon wardrobe.
Talking of honeymoon wardrobe, we also threw in some pretty prints that would work for the bar or the beach, and if you really fancied it, even as alternative bridesmaids dresses – we would LOVE to see a brides best girls in a cut-out-back star print… Floppy hat optional.
The flowers…oh my gosh the flowers. This saw Lolly and I shouting across desks to one another about the beautiful blooms we wanted, namely a giant bouquet of delphiniums, feminine hues of peach and pink and floral crowns…..only not just any old floral crowns. We wanted a variation – something altogether more “I have actually just stood in the middle of a field, picked a bit of everything that was available and this is what I’ve come up with”, we were thinking wheat and lots of natural greenery.
When Claire from Lily and May opened the back door of her van to reveal what she had created there were multiple squeals of delight. There may have also been some clapping.
Here she is to explain exactly what varieties were used should you lovelies fancy something similar:
Claire from Lily and May: Two very different floral crowns were created. Our first has a rustic feel, achieved by using a mixture of wheat, white nigella and astrantia. The second, a pretty romantic crown contains a mixture of pastel spray roses, nigella and pink rice flower with rosemary picked straight from the garden.
A bouquet of delphiniums in a variety of gorgeous pastels made a wonderful (and quite large!) bouquet. Apple tea carnations, astilbe, nigella, daisies, scented stocks and astrantia look great when used together to create a pretty pastel bouquet.
The White O’Hara (our favourite) which carries a beautiful scent is used on it’s own in the model’s hair.
The O’Hara rose was immense. And if you’re faced with what hair accessory to choose due to the multitude of options then this might be for you – undeniably beautiful as well as budget friendly.
Or of course you could opt for a delicate crochet headband and matching cuff as made by Evelyne at Urban Cosy. Or a single statement feather – also provided by Evelyne.
And you can’t not throw in a little bit of DIY to the Rock My Wedding mix, we’ll be sharing our button bottle DIY design and various downloadable designs such as our “Just Married” tin can labels (which should you have a caravan for W-day would go on the back of this instead of the car….obviously)
To capture all of this summer love we chose long term sponsor Ben from Touch Photography, this man knows how to capture a moment, and is an absolute pleasure to work with. He was even helping us pack boxes and un-stuff cushions at the end of a very long day.
Where as I tend to take responsibility for fashion, hair, make-up and general art direction of a shoot (this sounds very posh, what it means in reality is me stood in the middle of the flower meadow, getting bitten by scary insects and stung by nettles just so I can see exactly what shot we want the photographer to achieve…) Lolly is the styling princess. She and Lauren C from Fairly Light do things with plates, glasses and cushions that never fail to amaze me.
Lolly La Pop: Our 70’s inspired sunshine-filled desires were heavily influenced by the concept of the natural. Think of presents left by nature, vibrant feathers left behind in a flurry of flight, leggy grasses and ears of wheat, topped off with wild flowers plucked from hedgerows. We wanted to create a sense of a boho nomadic existence, of mismatched treasured items kept for posterity that were reminiscent of a magpie’s nest.
It was important that the shoot used items that that probably had a different use once upon a time but which had been hoarded, treasured, reused again.We used water jugs that doubled up as vases, a huge washing bowl and stools that had seen better days, old bottles covered in buttons, scraps of leather and remnants of the prettiest but fragile materials.
In the very early stages it was clear that we wanted to stage two table set-ups; one that even the most macho of muscle men would have been happy to sit down at and another that catered to our feminine side. Both were kept deliberately simple i.e. one plate and a knife and fork with no napkins or complicated arrangements. We couldn’t help but vamp the feminine table setting up a little bit with a lace tablecloth, 70s crochet cushions and some beautiful stationery by Abigail Warner which evoked a midsummer nights dream feel heavily influenced by dreamcatcher motifs and feathers. A plethora of cream, white, pink and lilac wildflowers were also added into vintage blue bottles to give a sense that they’d been scooped from nearby meadows.
The more masculine table used a palette of nutty browns, charcoals, creamy whites, sultry blacks and cobalt blues, bolstered by hard-wearing and functional denim cushions with homemade dreamcatchers, blocky patterns and 70s inspired square crochet bunting made by Urban Cosy that fluttered in the wind.
List member Charlotte from Buttercream and Dreams made our eyes widen with amazement and our tummies rumble when she revealed her gorgeous cakes for the shoot. We’d discussed at length the idea of naked cakes lovingly heaped one on top of the other with an overwhelming rustic vibe. Vibrant red juicy fruits made one sugar dusted three-tiered creation pop against a background of wild grasses whereas the lilac icing of the other double height miniature cake harmonised beautifully with the faded blue of the caravan.
Perhaps my favourite set-up of the day and my styling piece de resistance to date was the ethereal fort that Charlotte mentioned earlier. I wanted it to speak of hot summer days with only a whisper of a breeze and the sound of cooing woodpigeons overhead. Transience was the key – almost as if you could stumble over it one day in a dappled glade but perhaps the next day it could be gone. Oodles of lanterns and wildflowers, heaps of denim pillows and gauzy wisps of chiffon slung over the low hanging branch of a cherry tree, a straw hat and a vintage tambourine were gathered together to make one of the dreamiest spaces I’ve ever set foot in. All this was finished off with the most exquisite handmade bunting by Urban Cosy strung nonchalantly from the branches.
Styling, Concept and Art Direction – Rock My Wedding
Assistant Stylist – Lauren C at Fairly Light
Stationery – Abigail Warner
Cakes – Buttercream and Dreams
Bridal Gowns – Naomi Neoh and Belle and Bunty
Print dresses and short white gowns – ASOS
Crochet Bunting, Crochet Cushion Covers and Bridal Accessories – Urban Cosy
Leather Feather Headband – Rock My Boutique
Floral Chiffon Headband – Belle and Bunty
Ceramic Jug – Rock My Boutique
Denim and floral print cushions – H&M
Bouquet Sequin Trim – Rock My Boutique
Belle Crystal Necklace and Bracelet – Rock My Boutique
Bottles, Glasses and Cutlery – Stylists Own
Blooms – Lily and May
Make Up Artist – Kylie McMichael using Clarins SS 2013 and Kryolan Lip n Cheek.
Hair Stylist – Lucy Spary using Bumble and Bumble
Caravan – Florence from Matt Bowen
Photography – Ben at Touch Photography
If you would like more information on any of the gowns, styling ideas or accessories used then please do drop us a note in the comments box below. We would love to hear your thoughts on our shoot and if as a result any of you are inspired to add a splash of 70’s sunshine into your own weddings.
Such as a tambourine.
Or perhaps a demin-clad fort.
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