Laura wanted to embrace as much as possible, the ethos that as one of the biggest celebrations of your life, your wedding day, can at the same time be earth-friendly and not harmful to our environment. By considering the way we use resources, and look to conserve them as much as possible such as water and energy. As well as looking at ways we can reduce and prevent our contribution to air, water and land pollution, we can work towards rebuilding our earths ecosystem for future generations to come. Laura hopes this Blog Feature will inspire you to implement some of the more eco-friendly aspects of wedding preparations into your plans, without compromising on your wedding day dreams!
A wedding at River Cottage will always inspire and enchant. Surrounded by rolling fields and beautiful countryside, River Cottage is the perfect backdrop for a wedding. Couples can say "I do," in the famous farmhouse or the walled kitchen garden, or the beautifully restored Threshing Barn. River Cottage really is the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding.
"Creating an Eco wedding with a luxury twist was at the heart of this shoot and was coordinated in harmony with the venue and suppliers involved."
Our furnishings are largely bought from a fantastic North Devon based business who sell up-cycled, re-cycled and second hand goods all following fair trade standards to the highest degree. Much of the furniture in our tents is pre-loved and lovingly re-stored in-house to suit our unique style.”
The Bridal Look
The Bride had a selection of 3 dresses within this editorial. 'The Beach Dress' made by Luna Bride , is available at The Conscious Bride, made from organic silk, bamboo and French lace all of which is handmade in the UK.
Using natural fabrics hand dyed with natural pigments Vicky from Do me A favour, added the colour tones of coral from the brief. These elements flowed out from the foliage of greenery table runners, creating a wonderful natural, but sumptuous feel to the tables. Slate chargers gave depth and contrast to the wooden tables and we used gold cutlery and gold tea light holders to bring more of a luxury feel to the decor.
Florals & Foliage
To give the stunning Threshing Barn Dining Area an extra dimension, Petal and Posie Floristry hung many macramé plant hangers with beautiful plant holders filled with gorgeous seasonal flora’s such as Tulips, Narcissi, Hellebores and lots of foliage for a lush, green 'just gathered' spring look. This created a ceiling of natural luxury and framed the top table in a unique way.
Our hand made table plan was strung with matching stationery to the table settings and was naturally at home with the cake and gift area of the room.
Claires Sweet Temptations a luxury cake designer covering the South West UK, created this show stopper of a wedding cake. Bringing in the metallic accents from the table styling, to blend into the fresh elegant feel of this shoot, whilst at the same time having a hint of luxury.
Outside, the hexagonal handmade arch framed, decorated with seasonal foliage and florals created the perfect relaxed backdrop for the ceremony to commence.
Everything about River Cottage chimes from the stunning surroundings to the ethically sourced food. “As a Celebrant my main creativity is through my words; however for the shoot I used my old favourite wooden lectern and created a beautiful hand fasting cord plaiting together all natural cotton and linen ribbons and cords…adding feathers too.
Limited only by your creativity, the possibilities are almost endless. Your ring can tell a story, capture a moment in time and be a beautiful reflection of what really matters to you. Lovingly made, a custom wood ring is the thoughtful choice whilst being both affordable and ethical.
Most of our customers use their wooden rings as an opportunity to tell their unique story. You can add in materials from special places including wood from the River Cottage HQ or a treasured possession.
The confetti supplied by Keslowena Confetti, was hand picked and lovingly made for this shoot. Hops, delphinium and lady’s mantle were the choice of petal and the soft scents were perfect for the Cottage Garden ceremony.
Sir David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, was also released this year, which is a film that looks back over the 93 year olds career, and issues a stark climate emergency warning. It outlines the devastation that we as humans have caused over his lifetime and what we can expect to happen to our world if we don’t act now.
Backing up all that was discussed in the film was the reality check that took place across Australia with their devastating bush fires caused by record temperatures and months of severe drought, that swept through New South Wales and Victoria and other areas, killing 1 billion animals
‘The Bohemians’ counterculture (a way of life different to the norm) is thought to have originated in France in the 18th Century (1700-1800s) at the end of the French Revolution.
This forward thinking culture becomes known as ‘Bohemian’ as at the time, this approach to life was against the majority. Along with the distinctive style of dress, the term also represented a whole subculture of unconventional artistic types, living their life against the ‘norm’, and being authentic to their ingenuity, spirituality, and creativity.
The 1960’s Resurgence
The Bohemian Counterculture had a major resurgence in the 1960s and 70s with the hippie movement across the America and the western world. This time the ethos of free thinking and challenging social norms, from rejecting established institutions, to criticising middle class values and championing sexual liberation.
This was also demonstrated fiercely through anti-war protests about the Vietnam War, where the famous slogan ‘Make Love, Not War’ made its debut. Their approach to life was linked closely to spirituality, and taking things back to nature. From the food they ate, to living together in communes, to natural childbirth approaches and a love for nature and each other as human beings.
Looking back at the origins of the Bohemian Movement and the positive impact it later had on society by speaking out. It totally makes sense as to why we are now seeing this ethos and distinctive wedding style take centre stage across our wedding industry. It is not only the appeal of the beautiful bohemian style of dress, venue styling, floral design and type of outdoorsy wedding that couples are attracted to. I think it is more than that.
The 2020s Bohemian
I think there is a new wave of Bohemian for the 2020s that will be making choices that align with repairing the damage that previous generations have made to our world and society. This reignited Bohemian culture will undoubtedly be reflected in all aspects of their lives, including when they choose to ‘get wed’ to the one they love.
This is why I feel the boho inspired wedding are very much here to stay and will only grow and dominate the wedding industry as millennials became of age, and want to get married to the person they love over the next 10 years.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it!
In the middle of a global pandemic, I really wanted our elopement shoot to show that love is love, and whether you’re getting married in a grand manor hotel or the back garden that the results are the same; a couple who tied the knot! I believe that elopements and intimate weddings could be the future of the wedding industry, and I think more couples will be choosing to have a mini celebration just the two of them, leaving the proper knees up with all their loved ones for a later date.
The name One Love was inspired by the amazing ‘Coral Heart’ street art created by @louismasai which use to be on the graffiti wall by Tooting Market. The ‘Coral Heart’ was a part of his ‘save the coral reef’ series, still present on the walls of many countries. He signs all his artwork with ‘One Love’. The Hullabaloo Collective passionately stands for love for all, regardless of background, gender, ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation, so it only seemed appropriate to give this shoot the same name. Celebrating diversity means everything to me. After all, I live in diversely rich South London that I love so much.
I wanted to show that Boho doesn’t necessarily have to be whimsical or festival/barn in style, but can fit right in within an urban setting. Featuring a beautiful sequin bridal gown as well as a two-piece balloon sleeve blouse with wide palazzo pants by the one and only Poppy Perspective, and beautiful headpieces by The Lucky 6 Pence, the styling reflects the cool modern boho.
I wanted to create an intimate courtyard celebration for two at the Goldfinch, my little local cocktail bar in Tooting. All the props were mine or apart from the bar’s tables. A true DIY style, for the true impromptu elopement celebration for two. I created a sweetheart table with a couple of peacock chairs, retro rya rugs, a vintage fringed tablecloth, retro glassware, and crockery, underneath a suspended floral installation. It was meant to be simple, intimate, and cute, yet stylish.
We also took some great shots along Tooting High Street, giving the shoot that urban feel.
I wanted these to reflect the spur of the moment fun elopement. Capturing little details of the day, the true love for adventure, showing that it doesn’t matter where you tie the knot as long as it has meaning and memories dear to you both – like the little cocktail bar where you had your first date. Jay & Lex are fellow Wedding Breakfast Club members and it was so nice to work with creatives who feel the same way about smaller weddings and the future of our industry.
The Hullabaloo Collective
Planning, styling & concept @the_hullabaloo_collective
Bridal outfits & masks @poppyperspective
Grooms face mask @bombinistudio
Bridal headpieces @thelucky6pence
Hair & Makeup @makeup_in_orangeries
Models @paigepbear & @callme_ishmail
Grazing table @mothernaturegrazingcompany
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