Happy Friday you guys! To get you in the mood for the weekend let me share these totally beautiful free spirited bell tent wedding ideas in total glamping style.
Brought to us by photographer Gem Hicks Photography, planner and stylist Peony & Lace Weddings and set at the gorgeous Fernhill Farm, these inspirational images are bringing all the feel good bohemian vibes. Think beautiful lacy dress with embroidered veil, stylish accessories, rust colour palette, a trendy suit and fabulous details all round. Look out for oodles of macramé, a metallic cake and floral stationery to name a few. I defy you not to pin everything to you Pinterest boards. Revel in this loveliness, go on I know you want to.
Bell Tent Wedding Ideas
The shoot was held on Wednesday 22nd July at Fernhill Farm in Somerset.
The concept behind the shoot was to create an atmosphere oozing with wild, whimsical bohemian magic! I wanted to find a venue where we could utilise some outside space to help convey this, and Fernhill Farm was the perfect location. Located on top of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, it boasts fields, woodland, an orchard, camping arcs and a stone ceremony circle – a bohemian paradise! It ticked all the boxes and more; the site also has a number of other great features, such as a firepit area, horseshoe barns, a wagon, space for camping and a honeymoon suite affectionately named ‘The Basement’.
Sara at Peony & Lace Weddings did all the planning and logistics of the day, along with the overall styling. Sara was also responsible for sourcing suppliers to be a part of the day to bring Gem’s vision to life.
For the main setup, we used their larch wood – a gorgeous woodland with draping trees and long grass. A perfect spot to create an outdoor dining area with an alfresco relaxed vibe; low table, cushions, lanterns, and lots of other little treasures that made it into a magical environment. The aim was to create a story of free-spirited romance, with an elopement style nature which was emphasised with a single bell tent and rattan peacock chairs for two.
The colour palette was earthy tones with pops of red, with an array of dried and fresh locally grown flowers including grasses, honesty, dahlias, bunny tails, bracken and straw flowers. Rose at The Native Florist jumped on board the shoot as she said; “We love the trend for dried flowers, which were a strong part of the mood board. We mixed dried with some of our homegrown seasonal blooms for the bouquet, buttonhole and meadow pieces.” The tablescape was scattered with macramé, enamelware, a mix of tall tapered candles and dinner candles, ink pots and more. Heavenly! The choice of using enamelware on the table was driven by how people are typically reminded of homely and nostalgic environments like camping or their grandparent’s kitchen according to Hannah at Enamelware Events! The enamelware crockery fitted in seamlessly with the boho woodland theme of this shoot. The lavender grey rim on the white plates and bowls provides a subtle contrast with the rust coloured tones of the colour palette. The crockery used in this shoot demonstrates how enamelware crockery is an ideal solution for outdoor and DIY weddings – unbreakable, simple and stylish.
The props used on the shoot were supplied by Lynne at Rustic Rentals. “As soon as Gem sent me the brief, I just knew that the low trestle table, peacock chairs, Moroccan leather pouffe, lots of lanterns and Moroccan rugs would work perfectly for the farm boho look that was Sara and Gem’s vision, along with vintage ink pots and bottles for the dried and fresh flowers, brass candlesticks to add some different textures and metallics to dress the table. I also had a fireplace which we thought would look amazing in the woods, dressed with lanterns, floral arrangement and candlesticks.”
We used a glamping lounge provided by The Little Red Bus which was beautifully styled with props; it made a very dreamy boho backdrop that was the perfect setting for a romantic place in the woods at Fernhill Farm. Having the bride and groom perched on a luxurious red velvet chaise lounge which was also provided by The Little Red Bus gave the shoot a decadent feel. The shoot made use of the chaise lounge under a tree for our couple, in keeping with an elopement style nature and a wooden fireplace frame topped with flowers and lanterns.
Not only was macramé used on the tableware, it was used as the ceremony arch, the backdrop of the cake styling and styling amongst the trees. Jill at Knot Again Jill was thrilled to be asked to collaborate on this shoot! It was her first woodland shoot, and a chance to launch her new macramé teepee as well as use her other backdrops and table runner. Jill commented that “The results from this amazing team are simply magical and have set off my macramé so beautifully.”
Claire of Claire’s Sweet Temptations created a three-tiered white cake, decorated with gold flecks, bunny tails, honesty and dried grasses amongst other flowers. Claire confirmed that the inspiration for the cake came from the beautiful mood board, which is how Claire often starts a cake design, along with a chat with the clients. Boho is still very on trend, but with a more luxurious feel. Dried flowers are another trend we are going to be seeing more of, and they work beautifully on the cake.
Ben’s suit by Suits to Suit was offset by a rust coloured tie and pocket square, adding a touch of fun and whimsy to his attire. The couple wore gold rings by Molten Wedding Rings. Molten Wedding Ring Company was born from a desire to make unique wedding rings that are ethical, luxurious and timeless with a modern twist…rings have a raw elegance, beautiful when worn alone, yet sit well alongside modern and traditional engagement rings. The refined, fluid, molten texture is indicative of the landscape in the south west and have an ‘of the earth’ feel. These aspects made them a great choice for an outdoor boho style wedding with plenty of organic touches. We chose 18ct yellow gold to reflect the warm hues of the flowers and stationery.
The talented Jenna at Wonderland Invites created a suite of stationery for the shoot incorporating the earthy tones and wildflowers in the design using a mix of luxury card and vellum.
We concentrated on keeping the makeup natural, fresh and glowy, with a bit of a golden smoky eye for some definition. Nicole did a great job with applying the makeup herself whilst Toni talked her through it step by step.
Toni form Toni Searle Beauty was our hairstylist who created the stunning bohemian hair. The brief included a fishtail plait, and Rose at The Native Florist created a beautiful flower crown so Toni kept the style simple to show off the plait and crown. Rose had given Toni dried flowers to plait into the model’s hair too which looked very effective. The everlasting flower crown was based on a tiara style head dress, made with dainty dresses and dried flowers. It also worked so that the gorgeous veil by Rebecca Anne Designs could easily be put into the hair a bit later on. On seeing the concept for this shoot, Rebecca knew it was the first one she would like one of her new Wildflower embroidered veils to be featured in. The styling evoked a sense of wonder and whimsy which she felt would be the perfect setting to inspire brides on how they can incorporate their wedding flowers into their bridal veil design.
The Greque dress by Poppy Perspective with its lace design, fluted sleeves and low neckline was the epitome of bohemian bridal. The slit at the front gave the easy free movement you would expect whilst strolling through a sun dappled field as you soak up the wonder of the views and each other. The gold lariat with peacock pearls was the perfect piece to adorn Nicole and enhance the deep V of the dress. Sarah-Jane Hill of Bish Bosh Becca who provided all the jewellery commented; “It was a joy collaborating on this shoot and bringing Gem and Sara’s vision to life. It is not often I get to create bridal jewellery using peacock black pearls. We chose a simple pearl lariat on a fine gold chain and teamed it with my new mermaid delicate cuff bracelet and matching drop earrings. It shows beautifully that you don’t have to be conventional on your wedding day. You can just be you!” We teamed the dress with shoes by Di Hassall. Once again inspired by florals and natural forms, Di Hassall’s new collection is a fusion of textures and colour. Simple, well-cut shoe shapes, in butter-soft pastel-coloured suedes, matched with Di’s gorgeous embroidered hand-sewn embellishments using a combination of colourful embroidery, silk ribbon work and diamanté encrusted detail.
One particular location at the venue that grabbed my attention was the ceremony field which we relished for part of the shoot. A large field with a natural stone circle, it offered the ideal location for couples wanting something a little different for their vows. Framed by a macramé arch, we used the naturally placed stones to form a backdrop decorated with two large floral displays; a perfect setting for a ceremony performed by Elizabeth-Anne Celebrant. Elizabeth said “When a couple come to me as a celebrant with a vision such as this beautiful boho inspired theme, it tells me so much about who they are. As all my ceremonies are written for the couple, I can weave their dreams, and passions into their beautiful ceremony. It makes for a fun filled, unique beating heart at the centre of their wedding day.”
The shoot was captured on video by Shannon of Shannon Lawford Films.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Concept & Photographer
Gem Hicks Photography
Planner & Stylist
Peony & Lace Weddings
Knot Again Jill
Hair & Makeup
Toni Searle Beauty
The Little Red Bus
Oh so dreamy! Thanks ever so much to the whole creative team above for sharing these fantastic bell tent wedding ideas with us xo Lou