This afternoon is all about pretty whimsical wedding ideas and inspiration; drawn from Edwardian flower fairy imagery.
I love these brilliant tweenage bridesmaid ideas, with each gorgeous girl being given her own fairy identity. There were wonderful frocks, bountiful florals and charming styling. Lets get lost in fairy wonderland…
“I regularly have to drag my daughter, Nadia, along to shoots and wedding set-ups, so it was only fair that I gave her a shoot of her own as repayment. Along with two of her friends, Elizabeth and Skyla Grace, these three young ladies became my flower fairies for the day at the wonderful venue that is The Secret Garden in Ashford, Kent.
Drawing inspiration from the much-loved Edwardian imagery, we wanted to give a modern twist to the styling, creating something feminine and grown-up enough for our team of tweenage bridesmaids! I chose the vintage wedding classics of white, lilac, pink and peach as our colour palette, with plenty of shimmering gold to catch the light. Each girl was to embody a different flower and colour; Nadia as a peach rose, Elizabeth as a lilac hydrangea and Skyla as a pink peony. Being a big fan of Cicely Mary Barker’s ‘Flower Fairies’, Kat was the natural choice to capture the shoot in all it’s sparkly glory. Her beautiful edit gave all the fabulous depth of colour to my flowers and a wonderful glow to every element of the shoot.
I met Anna of Thumbelina Designs right back at the start of my wedding industry career in early 2012. Her intricate dress designs made her the perfect collaborator for this shoot and fortunately for me, she agreed! In her own words: “This was a commission made for Thumbelina Design – whimsical, ethereal and a downright beautiful fairytale! Designing and creating for this shoot was an organic process, the colours were soft and muted, the fabrics delicate and floaty. When doing the research for styling I was drawn to the magic of tulle, sparkle and a touch of couture. After all, this shoot was going to be a piece of theatre, so the imagination was allowed to run away with itself!”
So, our girls were decked out is amazing frocks, now they needed equally spectacular hairstyles to match and thanks to Hayley at Flame Beauty, they got just that! Hayley explains: “After being presented with the brief for the shoot, research began by looking at flower fairy images of both young and old, modern and vintage to source the right look for our shoot at the Secret Garden. The result was a fresh twist on a classic look incorporating waves, braids and burnished copper to create natural but mystical bridesmaids.”
Completing the team of contributors was a dream as the suppliers embraced my vision whole-heartedly. Kimberly of Bliss Bespoke Cakes created some gilded iced biscuits, each topped with a single sugar paste hydrangea petal and a classic 3-tier cake with lace and pleated ribbon details, finished with exquisitely executed sugar paste flowers and gilded leaves. Sas of Candelabra designed a bespoke invitation, RSVP and place cards which incorporated illustrations of our key flower types. The latter graced a table styled using the venue’s vintage china, with vases of flowers in bouquets and as single stems, all upon a champagne gold sequin table cloth provided by Melissa of The Sweet Hostess.
This shoot culminated in each of their blooms coming together to form the bridal bouquet – blink and you’d miss my bridal cameo appearance (sporting a lovely mermaid-style gown from Miss Bush and gorgeous gilded shoes by Marsha Hall) as the heavens opened and rain ended play! But it was all about the girls, who modelled beautifully and were rightly the stars of the show.”
Tags: Bliss Bespoke Cakes, Bridal Shoot, Bridesmaids, Candelabra, Flame Beauty, Flowergirls, Kat Forsyth Photography, Marsha Hall, Miss Bush Bridal Wear, The Secret Garden, The Sweet Hostess, The Vintage Floral Design Company, Thumbelina Design
This engagement shoot is so full of love and pretty ideas that I just couldn’t wait to share it with you all.
Kayleigh and Andrew headed to Glangrwyney Court, where they are getting married next week. I so love their love story and how special their wedding plans sound. Be sure to check out the pretty blooms and the sweet bicycle too :-)
Thanks so much to the utterly fabulous Gemma Willliams for sharing her images with us today.
Kayleigh: “We first met 18 years ago when our families became friendly while on holiday in Newquay, West Wales. I was 9, Andrew was 12 (we have actual video footage!). Our families met up for some years at Christmas time but soon lost touch, despite living only 10 minutes away from each other.”
“Years later, one evening, I was out with my friends at our local pub to find twenty year old Andrew working behind the bar. I just couldn’t resist his piercing blue eyes and cheeky grin and we soon started dating and became a couple. Eight years on, waking up on Christmas Day, in our own little cottage, Andrew got down on one knee and popped the question. He presented a beautiful, bespoke, vintage style engagement ring. He told me it was the ring I’d fallen in love with earlier that summer in a small jewellers while on holiday in Weymouth. It was so romantic!
We revisited the jewellers a year later to purchase our wedding bands. The wedding plans soon flew into full swing in January that year, booking the first wedding venue we visited, the stunning “Glangrwyney Court” in Crickhowell.”
Those of you that know me, know that I LOVE colour. So when these delightful images landed in my inbox I was over the moon.
Colour popping, neon, Spring wedding ideas perfect for boho modern couples. Gorgeous blooms, paper flowers and dreamy light made for the loveliest of shots.
Thanks goes to Vanessa Velez Photography for sending over these wonderful photographs today.
“The inspiration for this shoot came about a packet of neon tissue paper, literally. We had wanted to do a cool and colorful shoot that was all about a fun and different wedding inspiration. And when I saw this bag of neon colored paper it clicked…how about doing some super big paper flowers and creating something very handmade, wild and colorful all in the same. It was about having something that wasn’t perfect, something that would fall between bohemian and modern. I think a lot of brides want to go the non-traditional root and not only do something out of the box but also a bit handmade and paper flowers are one of those things that can create such an awesome atmosphere. And the great thing is that colorful weddings can be year round.”
One of my absolute favourite things ever is Cherry blossom. When those first tentative buds start to blossom they just make my heart skip a beat. Add to this one super loved up couple, a barefoot bride to be and some serious style and you may just have the perfect recipe for an engagement shoot.
Kim and Lewis fell for one another in the office and are now planning a gorgeous sounding wedding combining their Australian and Welsh heritage.
Thanks so very much to SilverStar Photographic for sharing these beautiful images today.
From Kim “Lewis and I refer to our story as one of pure serendipity. Having moved from Australia and struggling to find decent work, I had decided to move to Newcastle in a weeks time to live with friends. In the week before I was due to leave I caught up with a friend of whom I worked with in Dubai, he introduced me to one of his business associates who was also out that night and who happened to be in desperate need of a person with my qualifications. Long story short I was given the job, cancelled for newcastle plans and instead started a weeks training in one of the company’s many branches. Low and behold, Lewis was an employee in that office. I still remember the many faces that came and introduced themselves to me but he looked at me and passed by without a word muttered. I thought he was gorgeous to look at but clearly too stuck up to introduce himself to a newbie and he ‘ apparently’ was too taken by me to fathom a hello. We both laugh now at my message to my best friend saying ‘ pretty sure a Greek god is working in this office’. Lewis eventually redeemed himself by turning on his charm and we went for drinks the following Saturday… The rest as they say, is history!”
“Lewis, contrary to my first encounter, has never been one to seek the attention of others. His proposal was just for us and was perfectly natural. It was a Thursday night ( I suspected nothing) in our London home and I was sat arranging our finances and paying our bills when he asked me to join him on the sofa. In some fruitful words, which I will water down, I told him I was clearly busy. But he insisted so I gave in. What he said didn’t feel scripted or rehearsed, which makes me feel it was from his heart and as a man of tradition and old world charm, he got down on one knee and presented me with what is now my engagement ring. I wear this ring with complete joy and pride. Lewis often retells our proposal of how he wanted it to be when we were most ourselves. Me in my tracksuit. our two dogs running around and not a care in the world. It was perfect. The kebab we ordered following the excitement was also incredible.”
I adore this inspirational shoot set at The Midland, Morecambe. With a vintage art deco feel, set on the coast, there were the most gorgeous florals, a vintage frock, striking bridal looks and decadent stationery.
So dreamy, so pretty. You guys are going to adore these images.
Huge thanks to Jo Bradbury for sharing her photographs with us today…
Tags: Amanda Jones Hair Make Up, Bridal Shoot, Bride Sew Beautiful, Emma Jo Stationery, HF Couture, Jo Bradbury Photography, Morecambe, The Hazelnut Bakery, The Midland, The Wedding Boutique Knutsford, Wild Orchid