This divine inspiration shoot is exactly what I needed to see on a grey February afternoon. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the warmer months very much this year! And these fields of iridescent lavender and hazy golden sunshine are making me crave the weather turning even more.
Amy The Photographer: The inspiration for this shoot began the instant I laid eyes on the gorgeous Mayfield Lavender field — just 15 miles outside of London set in the beautiful green countryside of Surrey. The magnificent purple field feels a bit like it could be from a scene from the Wizard of Oz and the whole experience of visiting the field is quite magical and romantic. It was the perfect backdrop for bridal portraits, and the goal of the shoot was to create a look that would tie in well for a Bride trying to create a natural, romantic, whimsical and rustic event.
The Bridal Look
The bride’s soft and romantic look created by Sylwia Kunysz was inspired by the gorgeous blush-colored Claire La Faye gown from Heart Aflutter Bridal. The whimsical and feminine silk gown exuded romance, and it’s beautiful texture and movement combined perfectly with loose delicate waves framing the Bride’s face. The Bride’s hair was adorned with a delicate ‘Lily’ piece by Hermione Harbutt, featuring freshwater pearl tendrils cascading into a beautiful growing design—perfect for brides wanting a soft, organic look for an outdoor celebration. Make up was kept fresh and subtle, reflecting the natural colours of the location.
For the tablescape, Lou from Beyond Vintage chose a selection of vintage bottles, brass bowls, bud vases and candlesticks, to which simple floral stems were added with the goal of creating a delicate and romantic look. A head of hydrangea was provided impact to the centre piece. This look would be quite easy for a Bride to DIY — Lou recommends trying to “keep it simple” by using individual stems, and count how many of the larger heads of florals you will need! The glassware was a selection of Lou’s vintage glasses which all sat on a lace table cloth styled into a runner.
The invitation was inspired by wild lavender and calligraphy – designed by Lou using a watercolour and textured paper and tied with a simple waxed cotton cord to give a slight rustic, yet fresh and delicate look.
Lou also designed the the escort cards, which were pegged to a strung gilt frame with coordinating sprigs of lavender for ladies and greenery for gents.