By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
This mustard yellow wedding ideas editorial is chock full of gorgeous Autumn wedding inspiration. Think all the 70s retro vibes, pampas grass and sustainable elements all set in the stunning woodland of Reuthe’s. Brought to us by Gwenda of Green Union and Paola De Paola (Paola is one of our Supplier Love members by the way. Yay!), along with a whole host of talented wedding suppliers, you are really going to be spoilt folks.
There is so much to love about this shoot. Newly-weds Jay and Sam look head over heels in love, there were cute alpacas and the most gorgeous table setups. From the hairstyling to the striking cakes and the cool stationery, every little detail is just so thoughtful. Dried flowers, billowing fabrics, cool furniture and so much more bring us this unique look together. Wow.
Gwenda from Bohotanical
This editorial was intended to be an uplifting final creative fling before the inevitability of Winter lockdowns kicked in. Revelling in the rich, warm colours of Autumn leaves and the dusky blue of Autumn skies (which typically decided against making an appearance on the day, as Mother Nature was in favour of battleship grey…), the vibe we wanted to create was one of positivity. In part, this means embracing the here and now, which is just what our fantastic models, Jay and Sam, had done in real life! They were brand new newlyweds, having rearranged their marriage plans countless times due to pandemic restrictions, finally having tied the knot in an intimate ceremony just a handful of days before our shoot! Although self-confessed ‘social creatures’ themselves, they stayed positive and were able to see the beauty in celebrating their union with just their very nearest and dearest.
The concept developed further into an all-out embracing of Nature thanks to Claire, the owner of Reuthe’s, kindly agreeing to host the shoot at her enchanting venue (of which we explored just a fraction on the day itself). The principal colour palette of burnt orange and mustard yellow led me to channel a hint of the 70s, to which I added gold to provide the luxe edge.
Both Paola and myself were keen to promote sustainable wedding styling throughout, so a crack team of like-minded wedding vendors was assembled to bring this vision to life. The plan was to further emphasise that just because a wedding may be small on numbers, it can still be big on style – AND be eco-conscious, too!
Paola of Paola De Paola Photography, London based, brainstormed the idea of this project with Gwenda.
The aim was to bring warmth, positivity and love to the current gloomy COVID-19 time.
A great believer of diversity and respect, Paola’s images are warm and intimate with a deep emphasis on the sparkling love of the couple. She absolutely loved focusing on the many details of the gorgeous products and styling.
At a time of uncertainty, the team effort and encouragement has proved a joyful and very fulfilling experience.
The Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks are an acclaimed rare species arboretum established in 1902 by renowned plantsman, Gustav Reuthe. Set in 11 acres, this woodland paradise forms part of the horticultural miracle that is the Greensand Ridge in the beautiful Weald of Kent. The historic gardens are currently being restored to their former glory by plantswoman, Claire Price. Scratch.
Kate of Hero Hairstylist uses only cruelty-free styling products, and loves using hair as a material to blur the boundaries of gender stereotypes – Jay and Sam were willing to take part in that vision. She wanted to show off their long hair using braiding, which has historical links for both women and men.
Hiring a suit is a great sustainable option, but so is choosing vintage and ‘preloved’, or using pieces you already have in your wardrobe. To that end, secondhand items were selected from PreWorn, combined with shirts from eBay and the models’ own shoes. The resulting laidback ensembles of chinos and corduroy jackets picked up on the key colours of the shoot, and were intended to allow both personalities to shine through, co-ordinating without being too ‘matchy-matchy’.
Locate to Create has a clear and simple ethos – they want to create beautiful bespoke events that bring clients’ visions to life. Underlining this is their passion for sustainability: with props being reused at numerous events, they avoid the consumerism which plagues the industry, helping them to reduce their carbon footprint whilst still offering an amazing portfolio of props and furniture.
Mia supplied hand-dyed textiles to style the table for runners, napkins and fabric installation backdrops. Organic cotton muslins feature for the textiles as they give a deep texture, an ethereal style for the woodlands and also high romanticism with long trails being bound to the bouquet.
Everything in the MiaSylvia studio is dyed with hand-foraged ingredients and only natural pigments.
Natasha of A Touch of Vintage provided the vintage crockery with gilded accents, golden cutlery, and fabulous coloured glasses, which added the perfect touches of blue and amber to the tablescape, which was otherwise treated in a minimalistic manner with Mia’s runner and napkins and simple florals.
Nicola of The Wild Blackberry Cake Company couldn’t have thought of a more perfect concept to be involved in than a shoot that promotes marriage for all and sustainability in a magical romantic woodland setting. Using natural and exciting flavours paired with modern fresh designs, she always strives to create cakes the reflect the uniqueness of the people they are for.
Dried flowers are absolutely perfect for Autumn weddings! The arrangements for this concept made the most of newly-dried pampas grass. As their outfits were mis-matched, the grooms’ buttonholes were made to be matching to unite the look; the bouquets were also matching, but for Jay the orange table runner from Mia was used as a statement trailing stem wrap, and for Sam, Mia’s yellow and orange napkins were knotted together for an alternative trail.
Luna & Sol is a sustainable and design-led wedding stationery brand from London. It was founded by Cat and Chiara who brings a wide range of styling and expertise to the brand. Luna & Sol emphasise zero waste processes, from designing concepts that reduce wastage, to providing seeded paper collections so that guests can grow them into plants. This wedding invitation suite was exclusively designed for this particular styled shoot. It was inspired by warm Autumnal colour palettes and retro design elements, resulting in a contemporary design.
Concept, Styling & Coordination
Gwenda of Green Union
Jay & Sam
Furniture & Props
Locate to Create
Gwenda of Bohotanical
Oh just gorgeous! A massive thank you to the whole talented team above for sharing with us these totally beautiful wedding ideas.
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