I love this inspiration shoot because it’s just so cohesive and well styled – every element has been thought through perfectly. The blooms, decor, cakes, stationery, bridal gowns, shoes…even the beauty looks all complement each other. There’s a bohemian, spiritual feel to it, with the inclusion of precious stones adding a gorgeous textural element to proceedings too, and the beauty is natural and ethereal.
When it comes to table decor, I love an abundance of blooms, vases and candles and this shoot absolutely nails this on the head…think vintage bottles, brass candle sticks, cut glass vintage table wear, great florals and feather accents…it’s gorgeous. And if you’re a treasure hunter, so simple to recreate for your own wedding day decor.
Ilaria the Photographer: When Gwenda from The Vintage Floral Design Co. asked me to photograph this concept I was immediately intrigued. I loved the concept, the colours, the feel and the styling ideas behind it. I worked with Gwenda many times before and I absolutely trust her sense of style so I had no doubt this was going to turn out wonderfully. There is an element of…’secrecy’ behind this concept, almost spiritual, perfectly accentuated by the new age elements of the top table styling and the fabulous cakes table. I wanted the images to capture this in a romantic and elegant way, perfectly in line with my photographic style. Not to mention it is always such a huge honour to work with amazing industry creatives that share your passion, dedication and vision.
The amazing styling is the work of the magic hands of Lou from Beyond Vintage and Gwenda from The Vintage Floral Design Co. I love working with them both, they are amazing individually and when you put them together they just make magic. Styling-wise, they chose the weathered softened vintage bottles to add to the crystallised look and mixed with vintage brass candle sticks for the table. The cut glass vintage glass wear looked great with the contrast of the smooth brass adding texture to the table and blending with Gwenda’s great florals and feather accents. Around the venue, the exquisite Odo’s Barn near Ashford, we used vintage bottles, mercury bottles and books mixed with the crystals kindly loaned by Tracy from Talking Spirit, giving a softened palette of colour.
The dessert area drew on all of these elements and pulled it all together with the weathered vintage wooden crate and tree stump stands. Alex from Vintage Rose designed 3 very different cakes for the shoot. The first was a two tier fondant iced cake, with the addition of white sugar crystals on the top tier to add the all-important shimmer and sparkle. The decorations were made by hand and included a sugar craft succulent and brunia showing that a shift away from the traditional flowers can still be very beautiful. The second cake and cupcakes were iced with the very popular buttercream icing and allowed Alex to play with making sugar amethyst to decorate them. The final cake was decorated using a simple blue and ivory buttercream technique, blending the colours together creating a beautiful, rustic ombre effect.
Using clematis, lilac, hydrangea, spray rose, sweet pea, scabiosa, cotton and some foraged foliage and potted succulents, the flowers further lightened the palette with romantic, late-Spring pastel colours. Bottles are an excellent and inexpensive way of decorating a long tablescape, adding variations in height and clusters of colour. The lighter colours were reflected in the stationery, which fused crystals and florals with a chevron background and a modern calligraphic typeface.
Laura from Lorie X loaned us the beautiful Estella Top and Ophelia Skirt combination. The top is made from Belgian corded lace and duchess silk and lined in habotai. The scallops of the lace are used to create a romantic feathery feel around the bodice, and it closes with delicate self covered buttons and rouleau loops at the back. The Ophelia skirt features photographed peonies printed onto silk organza and has a romantic, subtle feel.
Marsha wanted the shoes to reflect and compliment the texture and softness of the outfit, so suede was the perfect choice. The subtle amethyst shade with the unusual edge line of soft curves contrasting beautifully against the metallic gold. The crystal detailing and the flash of gold at the back of the ankle encapsulating the new age feel for reflection.
Patricia decided to work with a natural look to portray a sense of innocence and individual style with a fresh modern approach that today’s brides can relate too. The hair was kept very natural to scream effortless and carefree. Working with Charlotte’s own hair texture, defining pretty messed-up waves, adding braids with flowers and feathers to create a relaxed ‘boho’ style with lots of movement.
For the makeup, she couldn’t resist incorporating some of the colour hues from other elements of the shoot. She focused on giving Charlotte a sheer, flawless base to enhance her complexion, which looked beautiful both inside the barn with subtle lighting and outside in the natural daylight. She used a palette of soft purples, violets, dusky pinks and creams for the eyes, with a little contouring and a pink/peach blush. A pretty, playful peony pink was applied to the lips – our ‘boho’ chic bridal look was complete!