By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
Goodness me, what wedding inspiration I have to share today you guys! This editorial shoot not only has all the style with it’s art wedding ideas but it’s completely achievable and sustainable to boot. Can it get any better?
Inspired by Dutch Golden Age paintings, All Things Considered curated a fantastic team of suppliers to let their vision run wild, all captured in beautiful moody style by Tom Halliday Photography. Think painted floral backdrop, edible painted apples, opulent flowers in burgundy, plum and blues, sensational attire and a show stopping cake. I adore the stationery, which can also be used as a print when reversed (genius!), the colourful table set up, the accessories and the hair and make up looks. What a dream!
SUSTAINABLE AND STYLISH WEDDING IDEAS INSPIRED BY DUTCH GOLDEN AGE PAINTINGS
For this shoot we wanted to show couples that you can have a stylish and sustainable wedding day no matter what your style! With a few clever tweaks, you can still be kind to the planet and do something a little different on your wedding day.
The inspiration for this shoot came from the Dutch Golden Age paintings, abundant in flowers, moody lighting and jewel-tones.
As a low light specialist, I couldn’t wait to work with Tom Halliday for this shoot. As the photographer of the year for the UK Wedding Awards in both 2019 and 2020, I knew we would be in safe hands (and Tom photographed my wedding a few years ago).
Wysing Arts Centre is a cool, friendly and inclusive venue set within 11 acres of Cambridgeshire countryside, offering dry hire weddings exclusively throughout the month of June. It is perfect for couples who want to explore the unique buildings, open spaces (I feel a food truck coming on!) and inspirational sculptures. From the more industrial style indoor spaces with concrete floors to the amazing Amphis – a patchwork ‘house’ made entirely of discarded, found and recycled materials.
Bridget at Wild Rosamund was inspired by the sheer decadence and opulence of Dutch floral art and went a little off-piste with the colour palette when she saw the amazing blooms from local flower supplier Sue Taylor at Floral Harvest. All the flowers were British and organically grown within an hour of Bridget’s studio. They included classic English blooms – garden roses, dahlias, lilies and majestic gladioli – mixed with unusual items, such as structural artichoke thistle, grapevine foliage, and delicate, airy oats, foraged from near her Cambridgeshire studio. The blue leaves were trimmed from damaged stems from a palm in Bridget’s home and given a new lease of life with some blue paint! Even the ribbon on the bouquet was recycled from not one but two previous photo shoots.
I love encouraging couples to re-use and upcycle, so when I saw this old roller blind sitting in a charity shop, I couldn’t wait to turn it into this beautiful hand-painted backdrop. All the paints were pre-used half empty cans, mixed to match the rich burgundy and plums from our colour palette. The stand for the cake is made from an old metal filing cabinet, decorated with old napkins and the apples were painted with edible paint which I made into a rather interesting coloured apple juice after the shoot (it still tasted good)! The animals you may spot hiding amongst the flowers were all second-hand, given a new, whimsical lease of life with turquoise paint. The tableware was hired from the lovely Kate at Wren Ark and beautifully complimented by the natural woven linens from Peach Event Hire.
Chloe at Chloe Ainsley Creative specialises in modern, eco-friendly stationery and I’m such a huge fan of her work and the creative ways she makes her pieces more sustainable. With re-use in mind, Chloe’s invitations come with this beautiful artwork on the reverse so guests can frame them after the wedding. The place cards are designed to save paper, by printing the menus onto the same paper as the name cards and then giving them a trim. The tassels for added whimsy are re-usable, and all of the pieces are printed on a mix of FSC virgin, recycled and cotton fibres (which means they are forest friendly!) with these incredible textures and tactile quality.
Emily looked straight out of a Dutch painting in this beautiful vintage lace dress provided by Rock the Frock Preloved Essex who give wedding dresses another love story! Charlie and Alice carefully curate preloved, sample and vintage designer dresses which are under £1000. If you’re planning a wedding with a shorter timeframe, then a preloved dress is a perfect idea as you can take it away the same day!
Rue from Shades of Beauty Essex created a number of hairstyles to match the headpieces, from a softly curled loose style for the floral crowns to a more intricate updo for the fascinators. For the make-up, Rue gave Emily a tutorial so she could apply her own make-up to comply with government guidelines. They played with eyeshadow and lip colours to compliment Emily’s complexion and the jewel-tones in the colour palette.
Tunde looked extra sharp in this Southwold wool suit from Vintage Suit Hire who provide ‘extraordinary suits for unconventional people’. The look was completed with VSH’s floral pocket square and wonderfully unique hare lapel pin.
Dina at Cakes and Leaves created this show-stopping cake complete with floating tier (a great way of reducing single-use materials when you have a multi-tiered cake)! Dina’s cakes are made using local, organic ingredients and natural plant-based powders to achieve the most beautiful colours. This cake was coloured with charcoal powder, beetroot and blue spirulina. As many wedding pros will tell you, a great perk of a styled shoot is getting to try the cake afterwards, and we can all attest to how delicious this was, especially the yuzu which added a fruity, citrus flavour to make your taste buds zing!
We were lucky to have a few of Emma from Casually Dazzling’s wonderful headpieces to try out. From incredible feather fascinators to silk floral crowns, Emma chose these pieces to be provocative, romantic and somewhat whimsical. Every Casually Dazzling headpiece is made entirely by hand and incorporates pieces which Emma finds on her walks in the Shropshire countryside. Emma likes her designs to celebrate the person wearing them and the occasion which is why her favourite thing to design for is the ultimate occasion of all – weddings!
The jewellery and rings from Catherine Marche Designs are handcrafted using traditional goldsmithing techniques using locally sourced, recycled precious metals. Catherine loves bringing her native ‘Parisienne’ style to her pieces which are chic and glamorous with a playful elegance and simple, organic lines. Catherine’s pieces are designed to make you feel good and garner all the right kinds of attention!
When our models met Emily says she fell in love with Tunde’s gorgeous, kind smile which still gets her every time (how could it not from these beautiful photos)! Tunde proposed on bonfire night with a ring hidden in a box of Hotel Chocolat chocolates. They got married in 2018 and were more than happy to ‘marry’ again on our shoot. They were such fun to work with and even game for braving a bite of the (edible) painted apples!
Tom Halliday Photography
Stylist & Concept
All Things Considered
Florist & Concept
Wysing Arts Centre
Chloe Ainsley Creative
Hair & Make-up
Shades of Beauty Essex
Cakes and Leaves
Just incredible. I really cannot thank the creative team enough for sharing these sublime images with us today xo Lou
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