By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
Can you believe it?! Summer is almost over and as we approach Autumn and Winter it’s time to embrace the darker evenings, which means one thing; twinkling lights! Well I have to say that this celestial wedding inspiration shoot today certainly gives a lot of wedding lighting ideas, what with the festoon lights and candlelight. Just perfect for cosy romantic celebrations. Not to mention the gorgeous crescent moon nods, with both the epic ceremony backdrop and the sweet moons on the place settings.
Also bringing the celestial wedding vibes is the dramatic and very pretty wedding dress, the starry hair pins and even the choice of flowers. Talking of flowers how gorgeous are they?! I especially love that meadow flower installation, it makes such a statement. Be sure to look out for flawless hair and make up, a splendid cake creation, delicate stationery and delicious food all set at Alswick Barn. Becky Harley Photography really captured all of these wonderful ideas beautifully and I have a funny feeling you are going to love it all.
It was early in the year when I approached my good friend amazing florist Sophie of SA Floristry about creating a styled shoot. We’d worked on a couple of weddings together in the past and always said we wanted to create a beautiful styled shoot concept together.
The time finally came along for our shoot in early March (before the world turned upside down!). Having worked many times at the beautiful Alswick Barn previously, I suggested this as a potential venue. I felt the space was perfect for a shoot, with bright, clean spaces that were perfect as a blank canvas. The team at Alswick were delighted to have us along. They said, ‘We always love doing styled shoots at the Barn. This one in particular was very different to what we have done previously and we absolutely loved it! Styled shoots really highlight to our interested couples, that they have a beautiful blank canvas and any visions they have in mind, will work in the gorgeous space.’
Sophie and I had decided that wanted to create a stunning and opulent editorial shoot with a Celestial theme. When we began brainstorming, we were clear we didn’t want to create something that had been done before and felt like dark, moody tones were often combined with a celestial theme, so we decided to keep it lighter, brighter, more feminine and only add subtle celestial elements tied throughout the theme.
As a centrepiece for the shoot, Sophie created the most amazing floral installation which served as a backdrop throughout the shoot and linked all the different sections together with blush peach and foliage/copper tones.
Choosing the flowers for the whole style came very easily to me, I love peach tones! For me the Roses and the Ranunculus were a given choice as they are such romantic flowers. The pampas grass in the moon backdrop really add some drama to the large design while offering a soft sand colour.
I love to try to bring the theme into my flowers, with this being a celestial shoot the star-like Astrantia was the perfect choice to complement all of the designs.
As an overall backdrop to the shoot, we approached Gemma from the White Emporium who kindly let us borrow her festoon lighting to add some depth and an additional twinkle to the backdrop for our shoot.
A particular favourite element of mine with this shoot is the bridal styling. The dress by Maudika Bridal is absolutely stunning and really suited the celestial theme, which is all tied together with beautiful star hair accessories by Victoria Louise Accessories. I managed to secure my hair and make up dream-team for this shoot, and have worked with both Claire and Michelle many times on different weddings and other projects so it was brilliant to have them with me on this shoot once again.
Claire from Barberella Bridal Hair is one of my favourite bridal stylists and an absolute master of the up-do! She really took the brief and ran with it.
With the celestial brief I really felt like soft long romantic waves suited the feel of the shoot: A modern maiden with braided halo half up half down. Length was key with this look so I enhanced the models length and volume by using London Halo Extensions, and set with large loose curls for volume. The hair pins from Victoria Louise Accessories were perfect for this look – scattered falling stars through the one side sets off the look beautifully.
Sophie also created a stunning tablescape, with floral urns, votive candles and peach linen.
I love Michelle from Michelle Nash Make up for the beautiful, natural looks that she creates. She wanted to create an ethereal, peachy look with gold glitter accents on the eyes and cheeks.
I used a tinted moisturiser to keep the makeup looking really natural and I have used a highlighter powder applied softly all over the whole face and paying extra attention to the cheek bones to give the illusion of a soft, dewy filter on the skin. Peaches and Golds are a beautiful combination for most skin tones if you are looking for a natural and dream-like makeup look for your wedding day.
The bouquet and buttonhole set the bridal couple look off perfectly
When choosing the style for the bouquet and buttonhole it was heavily influenced by my choice of flowers. I knew I wanted to use peach Vuvuzela Roses and have them as the main flower. They were also used throughout the table styling and the moon backdrop to bring the whole style together.
Bringing in the slight blush tones and the ivory makes the peach really pop especially with the hand dyed silk ribbon trailing from the bouquet. For me, the use of foliage is just as important as the flowers in any design. I like to use a large variety in all of my work and this was no exception. I love creating lots of texture from the soft ferns to the robust Populus Eucalyptus it gives the flowers the perfect backdrop.
Stunning table stationery was created by Clare Gray Desings, with vellum and copper foiling to match the theme, and blush pink place names.
Clare said of the stationery;
I combined hand lettered calligraphy with a delicate serif font. The blush and rose gold colour scheme is popular for a reason, the colours work so well together. I was so happy to see the stationery come together with the rest of the table styling on the day, the vellum menus with rose gold celestial details complimented the rustic sharing table set up beautifully.
In order to complement the stationery and overall theme, Sophie also provided individual crescent moons to link the table settings and main installation. To complete our banquet tablescape, we were lucky enough to have the incredible B&R catering on board to creating a stunning vegan feast, and also supplied amazing copper cutlery for us which really completed the look.
The ever-amazing Nina from Meadowsweet Cakes created a masterpiece for us, and for something a little different, we decided to sit this at the head of the feasting table to incorporate everything together.
Becky Harley Photography
Michelle Nash Make Up
Oh so magic. Don’t you just love a celestial wedding theme?!
Thanks ever so much to the whole talented wedding supplier team above for sharing these fantastic images with us xo Lou
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