This afternoon I have another glorious set of inspirational images to share.
We are going all natural, bohemian and country with this bridal look. Perfectly tousled hair, fresh blooms and a scrumptious naked sponge cake. Effortlessly beautiful.
Thanks so very much to Frankee Victoria Photography for sharing her images today, here is what she had to say;
“I hadn’t done a styled shoot before, but knew exactly the kind of thing I wanted to go for, kind of vintagey, kind of airy, kind of rustic. I’ve been so inspired recently by these kind of wedding details and wanted to put together something that was fun and simple, yet had a beautifully natural feel.
The dress is not a wedding gown at all, and was actually one of my own finds from an online shop – but felt that it fitted the brief completely (simple and beautiful!) I designed the table with little rustic details, the mini milk bottles I am in love with at the moment! No particular colour scheme, just a rustic and natural feel. Then I managed to get together with some fabulous local suppliers for some stunning wedding hair and makeup (Debbie Mac hair and MUA), gorgeous floral crowns from Stephanieverafter and Ami the cake fairy for that beautiful naked cake!
We had a little brainstorm and we knew that we wanted to do it up at Brill Hill in Oxfordshire (just up the road from me) - on the hill is such a beautiful place to shoot – overlooking the good old English countryside. I absolutely loved doing this shoot (it was basically like styling my own mini wedding!) and It was also such a great chance to get together with some local suppliers and have a bit of fun with it. Hopefully it serves as some inspiration to others too. :-)”
Tags: Ami the Cake Fairy, Bridal Shoot, Debbie Mac Hair and Makeup, Frankee Victoria Photography, Stephani Ever After
This afternoon it feels as though we have stepped back into a different era.
I have a glorious shoot to share with you; which is a collaboration of some brilliant wedding suppliers. Inspired by 1930s county manor opulence, there were pretty florals, glamorous attire and super styling.
There are so many ideas here to inspire you vintage lovers.
“Full of Georgian splendour, Godwick Hall was the inspiration behind this new shoot by some of Norfolk’s newest wedding suppliers. Piled high with luxurious décor and style, this beautiful manor house in the lost village of Godwick in Norfolk became the backdrop to this gorgeous shoot. From the yellow plaid sofas and emerald green walls of the drawing room to the impressive oak dining table and oversized mirrors, we started to piece together our colour palette of rich golds, warm plum and highlights of soft peaches and champagne silk.
We were won over by the romantic notions of spending an intimate day marrying your favourite by a roaring fire and drinking elaborate cocktail mixes with friends on the sofa until the early hours.
Our vision was a mix of 1930’s vintage inspiration but with a modern edge. A shimmering silk dress made from an original 1930’s pattern by Screen the Starlet with a stunning bow-back detail was the perfect look for our girl. Thanks to its easy timeless simplicity, the dress was able to take a striking heavy make-up look. This is not for the faint-hearted – Georgina Suzanne used a mixture of rich golds on the eyes and created drama and glamour with a deep vampire-esque lip, using three shades of purple and a touch of red for a luscious lip. Betty’s Beauty painted nails in a soft metallic rose gold and an opaque dark plum on the toes.
Zany’s Boutique worked on a plaited updo with loose tendrils so the look was not too perfect – we wanted the hair to be more relaxed than true vintage hair styling. Georgie finished her look with Melissa Morgan Designs beautiful vintage headdresses, a mix of gold and diamante vintage brooches that she lovingly puts together. We had a second look with a floral crown made of pussy willow and waxflower by The Country Garden Florist.
For our guy, we wanted to strike a balance to give him just the right amount of country cool. We styled him with a laidback pairing of casual camel chinos and mustard tweed jacket, then added quirky accessories; a green and yellow bowtie, a plum handkerchief and buttonhole of ranunculus, hellebore, viburnum berries and eucalyptus. For extra English-gent chic, we swept Adam’s hair to one side and slipped on a pair of well-polished tan shoes.
Capturing the groom’s excitement before the vows is as important as the bride’s, so we created a little moment for him to relax and reflect with a whisky cocktail and broadsheet paper. And Archie the dog got involved too!
We really wanted to go all out on creating a luxurious space with a floral focus. With the emphasis on golds and plums, The Country Garden Florist went for a luxe floral vibe, mixing peach roses with deep black grapes and viburnum berries for colour, pure white hellebores and ranunculus for a soft edge, and pussy willow for tactile texture. A large dose of moss kept the look informal and effortless, though the use of urns on tables and in hallways was in keeping with the grand surroundings of Godwick Hall.
The idea behind the bouquet was for it to have a loose, natural feel, giving the bride’s classic 1930’s dress a slight edge, in keeping with the bold make-up. Pure white hellebores and ranunculus, peach roses, grey-blue succulents, the almost petrol-like colour of viburnum berries and the silky catkins of pussy willow all intertwined to create a beautiful unison between soft and romantic, and modern and wild. Effortless, unstructured and utterly gorgeous.
All other arrangements were designed around the same colours, with delicate dill and dried fruits added to the long table centrepiece. Urns were the perfect vesssels for the elegant surroundings of Godwick, so large ones were filled with white antirrhinum, viburnum opulus, pussy willow, eryngium and hellebores. Mini ones featured a mix of all the flowers use throughout the shoot, using different shapes and textures to avoid the look being too rigid. The final effect was unrestrained and informal, but also commanding and stately in the grand rooms of Godwick Hall.
The Little Lending Co. provided the décor and props for the day. From the slate chair backs and reindeer hides on the chairs to the little vintage books and stone bottles on the mantelpiece in the drawing room, plenty of relaxed vintage hire pieces were used to dress the room ready for an intimate ceremony set-up. We wanted to give the shots a sense of isolation, of tying the knot in a country manor on a crisp early spring morning.
We used beautiful vintage props nestled amongst the floral arrangements that helped to create some special moments between our models. Brass candle sticks, antlers, open books and little brass deers were clever little touches that brought the table to life and were perfect accompaniments to those loving glances across the table. Pears were spray painted gold and little flag name places with calligraphy writing were made for each table setting.
Our Love Quote ‘When I saw you I fell in Love and you smiled because you knew’ was written on a blackboard and easel to create a beautiful entrance for guests to see on arrival and set the tone for the day. With natural light flooding the staircase, the shots of our couple were the kind to be treasured. We hope you love them as much as we do.
Photography was by DSPhotography and LP Photography was the 2ndshooter for the day. Darena worked on creating a soft lighting through the edited images to create easy timeless pictures.”
Tags: Bettys Beauty, Bridal Shoot, DS Photography, Georgina Suzanne MUA, Godwick Hall Wedding, LP Photography, Melissa Morgan Designs, Screen the Starlet, The Country Garden Florist, The Little Lending Company, Zany Boutique Hair Salon
It’s no secret that I adore the woods. So when this gorgeous inspirational wedding shoot landed in my inbox I just couldn’t wait to share it with you all.
I love the magical fairy like feel of the styling, the bountiful blooms and the pure glamour.
“This shoot came from the brain storming of several local Cheshire suppliers, we sat down and wanted to create something magical, bringing the indoors outdoors, something inspiring and out of the ordinary. The shoot surpassed all our expectations and the ancient woodland came to life.
The set design and floral arrangements were created by Dreamweavers and accompanied with vintage props from The Authentic Hire Company. We created an elaborate dining area in the heart of the woods with a luxurious table with stunning cakes from Mrs B’s Queen of Cakes and stationery from Uberfly Invites. The set oozed extravagance teamed with the raw natural woodland it created a real colour explosion. The models wore dresses by Elizabeth Cooper at The Wedding Boutique Cheshire and they were styled by Nicholas Austen Hair & Make Up Bridal Specialist who created fabulous over-sized hair and face jewels.
This shoot was designed with no rules, strict colour palettes or boundaries. We wanted something to make the reader ooohhh and ahhh, not necessarily as direct inspiration for brides but for everyone who loves weddings, something visually stunning that demonstrates how a strong team of wedding suppliers can come together, work seamlessly and impress.”
Tags: Bridal Shoot, Dreamweavers Weddings, Kanashay Photography, Mrs B's Queen of Cakes, Nicholas Austen, The Authentic Hire Company, Uberfly Invites, Wedding Boutique Cheshire
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
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.”