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.”
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
Morning lovelies, and a very happy Saturday to you. I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned. Before you shoot off I have a super beautiful set of images to share with you courtesy of Paola Colleoni Photography.
“This fairy styled shoot is set in the rustic tree house of Villa Nebuloni, few kilometers far from Milan, in Italy. The tree house is set in the center of the beautiful garden of the villa, and it was built by Mr. Nebuloni for the delight of his grandchildren. The inspiration comes from the apple, the fruit of many fairy tales and the warm color red. The beautiful shots are from Paola Colleoni. The production and styling are from Sara of Princess Wedding Events.The red color and the apple are also reflected in the hair’s bride and in the beautiful floral arrangements of dahlias , garden roses and red apple, created by Sofia and Cosetta of Il Profumo dei Fiori. The stationery designed by Cristiano of Princess Wedding is inspired by the country style of the house. The dresses of the bride have been specifically designed by Atelier Couture Hayez and the delicate natural make-up is made by Stella of Organic Brides. The cup cakes , candy bars, and the wedding cake are made by Alessia Buzzi of Qualcosa di Dolce.”
When these images landed in my inbox I was super excited. It’s everything I think I would dream of for my wedding day.
Super stunning styling set in the beautiful woodland; dramatic looks, atmospheric lighting and delicious florals. The team behind this shoot did one amazing job of collaborating their ideas. I think you are going to get so much inspiration from these gorgeous photographs by Jessica Withey Photography. Jess tells us more;
“Let’s get lost in Wonderland………….now doesn’t that sound appealing. Read on to escape from the reality of routine and into the quirky world of a group of talented wedding creatives from South Wales and Hereford.
On a grey and damp April morning, still suffering the after effects of the Easter chocolate gluttony, our little band of models, stylist, floral designer, photographer, videographer, invaluable assistants and super-cute rabbit set off in a convoy of battered vehicles. The destination was a dark and dreamy forest in the heart of the gorgeous Hereford countryside. The sky was steely grey and the surrounding fields were glowing yellow with rape seed.
We parked up and the job of unloading a salvage yard full of props began. A long muddy pathway led from the road to the heart of the forest. At this point footwear choices were being seriously questioned. We trudged all the props and furniture through the mud and the task of setting the stage began.
Props were styled, Oscar the rabbit was adored and a makeshift flower workshop was set up on a park bench in the car park!
Then the magic really started with the gorgeous models doing their beautiful thing whilst I was capturing all the tiny details the others were too busy to notice.
The shoot came about after I attended an Alice in Wonderland inspired fashion show at the beginning of this year. Whilst I was inspired by this, I wanted to do something a little, darker. More… curious. I started gathering some of my talented friends in the wedding business and the more we dreamed the more people came on board!
We wanted to take inspiration from Alice but not get too precious about ‘the theme’. We knew Alice had been done before, but not like this.
If you’re looking to make your own wedding a vintage, quirky and memorable event our advice would be to take your inspiration , and don’t get caught there. Twist it to suit your style, change it up! Don’t make your wedding an exact copy of something you saw on Pinterest – make it unquestionably yours! That’s how you take a wedding from being good, to irresistible.
Ever thought about visiting car boot sales, reclamation yards and the treasure troves that are charity shops? You can find some seriously cool things, and they’re often perfect for centerpieces, and quirky displays. Adding flowers to some of your items can really make them become a statement piece. It’s often the details that people remember – get people talking at their table before food is served about the quirky centerpiece!
Another piece of advice… if I may indulge as a photographer myself : select your photographers carefully and NEVER EVER just settle for having a friend capture the day on the cheap. At the end of it all, your photos are the only thing that will still exist once the day is over! Don’t re-live a horrible decision to have your friends iphone photos of your day, relive it in all its beauty!
Most importantly though, enjoy the planning process! Enjoy being you, and see where it takes you!
Tags: Amanda French Flowers, Bridal Shoot, Curious Fair, Ears & Whiskers, Jessica Withey Photography, Mrs Mashup, My Vintage Flower, Olly Thompson Makeup, Something Kinda Cute, With Love from Bobbin, Wye Valley Reclamation