By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
I am whisking you away to Huntsmill Farm today (who is also treasured member of our Supplier Love wedding directory – YAY!) for some seriously gorgeous tropical wedding inspiration. Think indoor plants brought into the barns as a beautiful ceremony backdrop, neon lighting dotted around and a statement succulent adorned cake.
I really adore the flower arrangements, especially the suspended arrangement above the indoor tablescape and the bridal bouquet featuring Flamingo flowers. So dreamy. Also look out for stylish attire, beautiful hair and make up as well as botanical stationery together with pretty table set ups.
Emily Little, thank you ever so much for sharing with us these wonderful images.
This shoot was inspired by a throwaway comment from our gardener to fill the our 18th century stone barn with plants. Not one to let an idea get away that’s what I made happen! The real take away I wanted to get across with this shoot was that the barn, or any venue for that matter, can really take on any theme you might want with a little planning and imagination. The plants were kindly lent to us by our gardener’s family nursery and we chose as many large, tropical, foliage heavy plants as we could manage to fit in the truck! To keep the style fresh and a bit more interesting I introduced aspects of pink throughout the shoot, from lights to glassware.
This look would be so easy to recreate for your own wedding. I sourced all the lights from places like amazon and they were all relatively cheap. You can also hire plants for events or bring in your own house plants if you’re green fingered enough or ask for donations from family and friends.
Cake designer Kirsty from Oh My Cakery created an incredible cake with beautiful texture, layering and crazy pops of colour, it literally couldn’t have been more perfect.
Lizzy from the Flower Story is simply a master of her craft. Watching her seemingly effortlessly put together these amazingly displays was truly a privilege and the results were so stunning. The hanging cloud contained romantic antique roses, dried hydrangeas spray painted dusky pink, fluffy cotinus and chocolate cosmos. Tropical leaves added a hint of greenery. The full on flowery luxe bridal bouquets were truly statement pieces! The grid arch brought a hint of industrial to the barn with fluffy garden roses softening the black grid complimented by an abundance of tropical leaves.
Anna from Anna Jayne designs created a bespoke stationery suite just for us featuring lush foliage and pink highlights which complimented the theme perfectly.
The two dresses we used were supplied by Kay from Brides Boutique Buckingham (as were the superb models Emily and Kaine!). The first, Elena by Le Papillon by Modeca, was again chosen to enhance the sense of fun with beautiful detail whilst still being a classic style. The grey dress is a bespoke gown made exclusively for the boutique. The grey went so well with the more industrial elements of the shoot whilst still being soft and romantic.
Claire from Barberella Bridal Hair might just have magic fingers. The hairstyles were so fun and different, with edgy texture for the first look, a wavy pony with height on top and braids to detail the sides. Then to switch it up for the second dress, she gathered the waves making it more of a curly updo, with a bespoke real flower hair accessory. The hair was literally to die for and perfect for a funkier bride or someone who plans on doing a lot of dancing!
When it comes to make-up I don’t think there’s anything Katy from Make-up by Katy doesn’t know or can’t do. She kept the first look fresh and romantic. The skin was kept soft filtered and light and the eyes were all about the delicate flick. bespoke individual eyelashes gave a naturally full fluttery lash. This look was intended to be timeless yet slightly modern and very wearable. The second look was far more sultry and smoky. The key to keeping this current and not ‘overdone’ is keeping the skin light, flawless but not full coverage.
Emily Little was the perfect photographer for this shoot and the whole day with her was an absolute delight! She is a consummate professional but with a wicked sense of fun (some of the outtakes are hilarious!)
I must give a huge shoutout to Henry for lugging all the incredibly heavy plants around all day and for picking them up and dropping them back. He was a true hero and this look couldn’t have been achieved without him!
Ruth Hilsdon (Huntsmill Farm)
The Flower Story
Anna Jayne Designs
Just so cool! Thanks so much to the whole creative team above for sharing with us these inspirational tropical wedding ideas xo Lou
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