Deep in the heart of Cornwall, under the magical canopy of Underpine Woods, an intimate fairytale woodland wedding shoot took place, headed up by Sara from Peony and Lace Weddings.
Initially, the editorial shoot was conceived to gain images of the woodlands as a new wedding venue. Beth (Underpine Woods owner) and Cassie (Bude Blooms) wanted to capture the beauty and wonder of the venue, so enlisted Sara at Peony & Lace Weddings to come on board to style and plan the shoot.
Sara explained, "The first time I visited the woodlands I was in awe of its natural beauty. 27 expansive acres of spruce trees, a babbling river and the endless possibility of styling".
Sara wanted to highlight the natural beauty of the woodlands, so she used a colour palette of bottle green, metallic gold and white. Mixing festoon lighting, candles and macrame pieces, the team styled the woodlands to create a rustic, bohemian fairytale affair.
The magical environment of Underpine Woods is a delight to the senses. With its babbling brook, steep hills, wonderfully straight rows of thousands towering coniferous trees, dotted with some broadleaf giants, you could be mistaken for landing in a woodland fairytale.
Macrame jars filled with candles, perched on tree stumps were used as framing for the cake table, along with a macrame hanging between the trees creating an entrance focal point.
As soon as the details and the concept of the shoot started coming together, Sara knew that the dress by designer White April from Evolved Bridal, was the perfect fit for this enchanting shoot.
A romantic, yet modern boho dress with simple lines, a wonderfully plunging deep V front and back and thigh high split to the front of the skirt.
For this shoot Sarah Jane created a Y drop necklace in gold chain with white pearls. The dress had a wonderful deep v back and front so she added a back drop attachment to the necklace and teamed it with some matching long pearl chain earrings from Bish Bosh Becca’s new Stella range. The finishing touch was a real statement pearl and gold cuff bracelet that snaked up and round our beautiful bride’s wrist.
Unfortunately, spruce trees don’t make for easy climbing so we were unable to test Nixie’s theory. Nixie will co-create with the couple a ceremony which wholly reflects their personalities and beliefs.
The ceremony was such a beautiful and moving affair that it led our model Bekki to cry tears of pure joy and happiness.
A floral crown made by Cassie, Bude Blooms finished off Bekki’s hair look. The white flowers popping against Bekki’s fabulous purple hair.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions that were in place at the time of the shoot, we were unable to have a MUA apply makeup to Bekki our model. Bekki did her makeup whilst being talked through different tips by Toni.
“For the cake I took inspiration from the mood board, which is often the starting point for wedding cakes. And also the flowers being used, and the colour scheme. I knew there needed to be some drama too, as it’s such a beautiful and dramatic venue.”
“I wanted the florals to reflect the calm and pure nature of the woodland setting whilst also standing out from the back drop leading us to choose white as a base colour. They shone bright on a rainy day. Working with seasonal flowers and foliage I had a mix of roses, gladioli, nigella and zinnia to name a few. A perfect mix for end of summer.”
In keeping with the surroundings, the table was formed out of wooden planks that had been milled from trees that were felled in the woodlands sat upon tree stumps. The seating was tree stumps topped with white cushions for that extra pop of colour.
Couples can visit Beth’s beautiful studio in North Cornwall for a special day of stationery making complete with nibbles and good coffee. Beth shares her supplies, tools and experience to make their ideas into something beautiful!
Sara knew in that moment that she would love to join the team, and coordinate the collaboration between all of the suppliers and manage the running of the day. The organisation of the day meant that even with an hour of down time due to biblical downpours, the team were still able to stick to our original planned timings.
The Supplier Team
Matt and Jess’ (@mrandmrstetstall) insatiable love for travelling and exploring every corner of our world has been a theme throughout their relationship of three and a half years. Their most recent trip in 2019 saw them exploring the country of Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia. Ending up island-hopping across the Philippines in March 2020 when COVID hit and consequently got stuck there for over 2 months when world travel came to a standstill.
They made the decision to head back home and stick out the rest of lockdown, and see what the world looked like in a few months. They also originally had plans to get married in Thailand in 2022 where close family and friends could join them for the celebrations on a white sandy beach with the sun on their faces. But being forced to come home and re-evaluate their life plans, they took the opportunity as the free spirits they are, and start planning their wedding for the same year!
They had a strict budget of between £5-7k to stick to, and as Jess was used to taking control of the budgeting on their trips around the world, she had this covered. Each aspect of the day was itemised and Jess was clear on exactly what it costed and how she wanted the end result to look like.
The COVID Friendly Ceremony
The staff their were very organised and struck a good balance between abiding by clear COVID guidance and welcoming guests and completing the marriage ceremony with the happy vibes of the day.
Jess scoured every online bridal outlet there was, ordered several to try but they were not quite right. Time was ticking, so we sat down and decided to order a number of dresses to try, even ones that Jess wasn’t 100% on. Well, as soon as Jess put on her chosen dress from ASOS, she instantly knew this was the one, and I’m sure you can see why! With its kimono sleeves, fitted deep plunge neckline and elegant cut out back. Covered top to toe in delicate tiny sequins that captured the light beautifully, the dress was sure to be a showstopper and made Jess feel sensational on the morning of her wedding.
Being a Brummy, there was only one place that Matt wanted to go to choose his wedding day suit, Slaters in Birmingham. Matt opted for a beautifully fitted mid-grey 3 piece suit with fine white check detailing and a double breasted waistcoat. He chose an orange paisley tie and crisp white shirt to complete his look and accompany some of the rusty tones of the chosen florals, and felt totally ‘dapper’ in his suave outfit!
Decorated with white orchids as the main feature and then white and rusty coloured florals as an addition. So with my wedding florist hat on @parkerandpeony.flowers, I selected nude Quicksand roses, rusty coloured large head Toffee Roses, White Lisianthus, Bohemian Mocha Lisianthus and white Anthurium to accompany the Orchids and Pampas to complete the uber stylish look for our uber stylish bride.
Matt and Jess chose the super trendy venue The Red Brick Building in Glastonbury, Somerset to celebrate in style. The edgy industrial vibes of the building continue as you enter the old factory building, through to the Old Tannery Bar and Restaurant and into the celebration space. Once the home of a thriving sheepskin factory, the building is full of original features from its wooden floors, industrial metal beams and red brick façade.
The Red Brick Building was saved from demolition in 2008 by concerned local young people who had a vision for its future. Since then, it has been transformed by volunteers into a dynamic enterprise and community hub that specialises in ‘Industrial Boho’ weddings by partnering up with their in-house bar and restaurant, The Old Tannery.
I couldn't miss out mentioning the fabulous food from the special day beings as the couple are such foodies! They they wanted simple hearty food, where the guests would be full to the brim. So, working with staff from The Old Tannery Restaurant, they selected 2 options; the homemade burger and chips, with home made coleslaw or salmon, seasonal veg and mash, followed by sticky toffee pudding and ice cream. Later on in the evening guests were then treated to a bacon butty to keep bellies nice and full, my kind of grub!!
COVID Friendly Venue Styling
The large open plan celebration space was perfect to set up for a COVID friendly wedding where we wanted plenty of space to seat the wedding party of 27 guests.
The guests were seated on individual long tables in each of their ‘bubbles’. We decorated the centre of the tables with natural cheese cloth and covered them with masses of small clear jars and freestanding white candles. In each jar, we then placed 2-3 stems of the stunning florals and grasses to complete the look.
I loved Matt and Jess' idea for their guest book, with an instant print camera, guests were able to take hilarious photos from the day and write their messages of love and naughtiness! for the newly wed couple.
They also had a beautiful frame with 2 very special nan's that weren't able to celebrate with them in person, but were definitely there in spirit.
For their cake, they opted for Crispy Creme Donuts all round, sat on a clear tiered cake stand, topped off with a white choc and rasberry sponge cake to complete the look, yummy!
Adjacent to the Red Brick Building, stands another fantastic structure, The Zig Zag Building. This industrial space was originally part of the sheepskin factory, making slippers, gloves and sheepskin coats, opened in 1934 by the Morland Factory family. Now privately owned, it has now been renovated to hold exhibitions, events and workshops over its 3 floors of panoramic views of Glastonbury area.
The light from the original metal framed windows and skylights, create a sensational space to take some unique wedding photos with the couples very talented Portrait, Commercial and Wedding Photographer Jamie Denny. Take a look at these beauties!
Matt & Jess' Suppliers
Couples Travel Blog: @mrandmrstetstall
Ceremony Venue:Taunton Registry Office
Food & Bar:@theoldtanneryglastonbury
Dress: @asos @asosscout
Grooms Suit: @slatermenswear
Guest Book Signage: @jody_poppy
Couples Modelling account: @mrandmrstetstall_modelcouple
Previous generations had a straightforward view on how life should run. ‘First comes Love, then comes Marriage, then comes Baby in a Golden Carriage’ as the rhyme goes. But, even when this was the aspiration historically, underneath many family facades, this approach to life didn’t always equal happiness. Here at The Boho Bride Guide I wanted to dedicate some time today to talking about this unwritten rule, that many couples currently planning their wedding feel an underlying pressure to follow.
The overwhelming response, was a feeling of massive guilt amongst brides. A feeling that they couldn’t speak out and be honest, about how gutted they are for having to postpone their wedding due to the global pandemic. When people were losing their lives and loved ones, they felt they couldn’t share how gutted and upset they were about having to delay their wedding celebrations. There were a number of reasons surrounding this feeling of distress, but one that stood out from the rest. This feeling was that they had to put their aspiration to become parents on hold until they tied the knot.
Flex Your 5 Year Plan
Now, having become a parent myself in the last few years, I cannot imagine how couples out there must be feeling right now that also want to follow that same journey. If they had their ‘5 year plan’ all set out before COVID; getting married this year, having a big blow out honeymoon and seeing the world a little more, and then looking to start their parenting journey following that. To then be faced with a world health crisis, lockdown, a wedding postponement and the reality of coming to terms with the fact you think you also need to delay your parent journey, must be a massive feeling of overwhelm.
If you are anything like me, the thought of flexing my 5 year plan fills me with absolute dread and instantly makes me feel out of control. But in these unprecedented (there’s that word again!) times, we need to take a pause and do some work around releasing the self inflicted pressure that we put on ourselves. And look at where we can make changes, and in some cases compromises, that will in the long term still achieve your long term plans. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always happen the way we envisaged it to, and we can’t plan everything all the time. And that’s totally ok!
Don’t Put Your Family Planning Off
If you are looking to start a family in the near future, and were waiting to get married first, there is one thing I want you to take away from reading this. That is, there is no right or wrong when it comes to living your own life. Plans do change and if you and your partner feel ready to start your own family, in whatever guise that takes, then don’t delay on the premise that you think you “should” get married first. There are so many unknowns in life, especially whilst we are still dealing with Covid, and ESPECIALLY in the family planning arena.
My Parent Journey
For people that know me, they will relate to how much of a planner I am and how I am really driven by goals to reach and timescales to achieve within. I have always had a 5 year plan right from school age, and on the whole with a little flex, accomplished my life goals. This was until I then wanted to start a family with my hubby at the age of 28. This age was what I had always had in my head, I had reached a place in my career I wanted to get to, I had travelled the world as I had dreamed of, and we lived in our gorgeous home that was perfect for starting a family in. All my ducks were in a row and now I wanted to click my fingers and for our baby to arrive on schedule too! I very naively assumed that I would come off the pill and a couple of months later, I would fall pregnant and have my baby 9 months later with no issues what so ever.
Oh how wrong I was. Each month we were trying, I would be hopeful that ‘this is the month!’, with it only to hit me in the face that we weren’t pregnant and for us to wait another month to see if it would happen then. 6 months past, and then a year, with no joy, and I cannot believe quite how this journey massively impacted my mental health and wellbeing. It was the first time in my life that the one thing I wanted in my life, I couldn’t get for myself. I started experiencing panic attacks for the first time in my life and sleep issues and the whole baby making process became so so upsetting, on top of what was a busy and stressful life I led in the corporate world and developing houses with my hubby. We had said to ourselves in the Summer of 2017 if we hadn’t got pregnant by Christmas, we would begin the journey of seeking help with fertility. But after 2 years of trying and being off sick from work for a significant period of time, we were delighted to finally be pregnant in the September of 2017. And our beautiful first boy Parker was born in the following May.
So, at no point do I think that everyone will have the issues we have been through, and many of you reading this will have no problem at all when you decide the time is right for you to start a family. But for the 1 in 7 couples in the UK that will experience fertility problems, and of that 25% of fertility problems left unexplained (NHS website). The situation you currently find yourself in with holding out to starting a family due to your wedding being postponed is definitely worth re-thinking.
Take control of what you can control and do what is right for you both in this new Covid world. Whether you are pregnant when your new wedding date comes around, or whether you have a new member of the family to join in on your wedding photos. Either way you will create your own version of a perfect wedding day, and think of the stunning photos with your new family addition!
However your wedding day pans out, you will be able to declare the love you have for one another in front of friends and family, and celebrate in style surrounded by oodles of love, laughter and maybe even a new little life will come a join the party.
Shoot Photography to Bethan at @florirosaphotography
Other Images: Unsplash
With a delicious colour palette of autumnal earthy oranges, yellows and peaches, this delightful seasonal shoot is full of dreamy boho and rustic styles.
If you have had to make the tough decision to postpone your big day or reduce your guest numbers to still hold your wedding this year during this beautiful season. Or whether you are looking forward to your planned Autumn wedding next year, enjoy every minute of this enchanted editorial and get lost in its magic. Its a goodie!!
Always taking inspiration from the wild beauty of nature, the styling of this shoot at Westcott Barton were wonderfully inspiring for Gayle from Bee Lavish. “I found it allowed for a blend of styles and several different items for accessories and jewellery.
The bridesmaid wore gold jewellery that held a dark rich green moss agate pendant, tying into the deep green foliage, and her petite hair comb featuring ferns with tiny labradorite gems and pearls.
The Bride wore a bespoke gold and pearl necklace, with boho style fern hoop earrings, which mirrored the pearls and labradorite gems”.
Gayle from Bee Lavish is an artisan jewellery maker based in Devon, UK. Gayle specialises in hand making luxurious petite porcelain & jewellery, with all her designers having a strong connection with nature and the great outdoors, perfect if you are looking for unique pieces to accompany your wedding day look.
Whilst in the Orangery the glass of sparkling chandeliers nestled elegantly in the midst of their natural grape vine foliage leading the eye down to the feast of glorious colours of the sharing platters by Jax’s Cakes n Bakes, and the delicious, mouth-watering rustic themed Wedding Cake.
Jax started her business in 2014 creating bespoke celebration cakes and then later expanded to offer full catering services. Jackie takes pride in cooking the food herself and then has a team of fabulous waiting staff to serve you and your guests every need.
The Fizzy Pheasant is a bar hire company rooted in the North Devon countryside and celebrating rural life, "the changing seasons are always incredibly inspiring for us. Being part of the 'Autumn Love' shoot, was an amazing opportunity to showcase our shaker bar in a beautiful barn setting, as well as to make some delicious cocktails with seasonal flavours and ingredients.
The South West Team
Venue - @westcott_barton
Photographer - Laura from @freeformimage.co.uk
Dresses - @alwaysandforeverdevon
Make up - Rachel from @isabellegracemakeupartistry
Bridal Hair - Carly from @verakweddinghair
Flower Crown – Hannah from @fusspotts.co.uk
Bridal Accessories & Jewellery - Gayle from @bee.lavish
Stationery - Emma from @emma.louise.castle
Celebrant - Nixie from @unique_ceremonies
Floristry - Hannah from @fusspotts.co.uk
Cake & Catering - Jax from @jax_cakes_n_bakes
Grooms Attire -Jessica from @suaveowl
Rings - Erin & Janie from @moltenweddingringco
Styling - Katie from @bestdayeverdevon
Macramé - Jill from @KnotAgainJill
Bar - Jade & Nick from @thefizzypheasant
Models - Megan Louise @poppysflower3
(Facebook) Shane Maddock & Cat Richards-Kastelic
Great work everyone!
Now when we talk ‘boho inspired’ weddings, the scenery wouldn’t be complete without a macramé installation or 2! and Paulina from P.Line.Art did not disappoint! Look at this stunning full length ceremony macramé backdrop that effortlessly creates a tranquil space to declare your love for one another in front of close family and friends.
Kirsty from Escential Blooms worked her magic to create an organic mixed greenery and floral runner to decorate the celebration table to accent the earthy and organic colour palette styling. The bridal bouquet was big and bountiful and followed on the bohemian, free spirited theme using Ruscus and Eucalyptus as the greenery backdrop, then filled full of Roses, Spray Roses, Chrysanthemum Blooms, Pampas Grass and Opuntia Microdasys (Bunny Ears), all tied together with an uber stylish macramé wrap created by Paulina from P.Line.Art.
The bride wore a gorgeous reloved bridal dress from Tavistock Bridal Reloved. Bridal Reloved is the world’s only chain of award winning bridal boutiques specialising in sample and pre-owned high end designer wedding dresses. Buying a reloved dress for your big day is now easier than ever and a great opportunity for ‘bride’s to be’ to drop the environmental impact dramatically. As one wedding dress uses on average 9000 litres of water to make, buying from a Bridal Reloved Boutique, you are not only getting a massive selection of luxury wedding dress brands, you are reducing your impact on the planet. Go and visit Kate, owner of Tavistock Bridal Reloved to find out more today.
Gemma, a qualified patisserie chef and owner of White Peony Cake Company created a wedding cake of autumnal dreams. Each of the 4 tiers varied in depth to give a sense of grandeur, finished off with a burnt orange ombre sugar paste finish and metallic detailing, all stood proudly on a geometric metal frame. And what about those sugar flowers!! Stunning!! Each petal was individually crafted to perfection to create those sensational blooms that complete this edible delight, and to top it off the sugar flowers can be kept as a keepsakefrom your big day. The beautifully hand painted acrylic Mr and Mrs sign made was designed and created by Scarlet from Scarlet Jade Designs, as well as the welcome signage and wedding stationery, all of which, accents the tones of the wedding colour palette perfectly.
The groom looks sensational in his bespoke 3 piece made to measure suit from Zebel Bespoke in Exeter. Zebel Bespoke prides themselves on refining the bespoke tailoring experience for ‘grooms to be’, and offers packages to streamline the suit purchase selection. Their service only requires two appointments, the initial measurement and the second and final fitting to ensure you are happy with the feel of your garments. You then have a perfectly personalised suit to your exacting requirements to enjoy on your wedding day and beyond.
The Fun Bus
Now it’s time for the fun to begin!! Introducing Rosie a classic cream and lipstick red 1970’s Bay VW Campervan, ready to serve your every party need! Rosie's interior has been transformed into a high quality photo booth, cake bar, mini bar and glitter bar ready for you and your guests to get your sparkle on!
Meet the Suppliers
Great work everyone!
Episode 10: ‘ Insights into the Vegan and Cruelty Free Makeup Industry & Top Tips to Select the Right Bridal MUA for You’ - interview with Kelsey Gitsham
Kelsey will be clearing up many misconceptions around vegan and cruelty free makeup and what that means, both for the supply chain of products and for the consumer.
Episode 9: 'Create New Family Heirlooms through the Jewellery You Choose to Wear on Your Wedding Day' - interview with Sara Duchovnay
Sara is a professional opera singer who has managed to turn her obsession with fine antique jewellery into a profitable dual career. The two sides of her professional life work together in perfect harmony; while performing major roles with opera companies around the US and traveling alongside her opera singing husband,
- her passion for jewellery and how she got into the industry
- what to look out for if you want a vintage/ antique engagement ring
- what advice she would give to you brides out there that already know what kind of vintage/ antique engagement ring you want – and how to make sure your partner gets you the ring of your dreams!
- how to curate the perfect wedding day jewellery look
- how to give your bridesmaid/s gifts that they’ll love.
Episode 8: 5 Top Boho Wedding Trends to look out for in 2021-22 and How to Personalise your Day to make it Unique to You.
Episode 7: Sally Jackson on How to make Self Care your Priority and Take Control Despite the Stress of your 2020 Wedding Postponement.
I am spending some dedicated time today talking to the fabulous Sally Jackson - a Nurse, Nutrition Coach and Emotional Resilience Trainer, all about making self care your priority whilst working through your 2020 wedding postponement
Our hearts go out to you if you're one of the thousands of bride and grooms out there who have had to cancel one of the most important days of your life.
Dealing with Covid 19 is hard enough, but add in trying to adjust to how your dream wedding day has somehow become a source of sadness and disappointment is really tough. You're not alone if you're feeling stressed and down right gutted.
The planning of your wedding is a very emotional experience and hugely demanding in terms of planning a large event; even without Covid it can feel very overwhelming.
So often it means
- negotiating tight budgets,
- managing family members’ expectations and needs,
- dealing with often unexpected emotional reactions from both yourself and other people to certain details,
- family dynamics,
- tensions between you both and much more.
64% of weddings are expected to be postponed or cancelled this year due to coronavirus which equates to 79,200 UK couples will need to rearrange their honeymoons and 7.8 million wedding guests will need to change their travel plans (Bridebook).
With the average cost of a UK wedding being £20371 and only 28% of couples purchasing wedding insurance, 'bride and grooms to be’ across the nation will not only have had upset and unrest of dealing with COVID, they will have also had to deal with the massive task of rearranging, cancelling, managing refunds or rebooking of their wedding products and services.
Even without Covid 40-50% of bride and grooms find wedding planning extremely stressful so don't underestimate the impact this can have on your physical and mental health.
A lot on your shoulders to say the least!
So when I met Sally Jackson through The Boho Bride Guide Wedding Supplier Collective, I thought it would be great to hear her advice on how to priorities your own wellbeing through the tough job of rearranging your wedding day whilst maintaining a positive outlook!
Enjoy the episode! x
Podcast Episode 6: 7 Essential Pieces of Advice when Planning your Dream Wedding Cake - interview with Holly Miller
And that day just so happens to be probably one of the biggest celebrations you will be organising in your lifetime. Therefore, here at The Boho Bride Guide Podcast we thought it would be helpful to open the doors on the world of wedding cake design and share some useful tips and advice on where to start, from choosing your cake designer, to the ordering process, budgets, design and plans on the day of your wedding.
Join me and Holly as we lift the lid on planning your perfect wedding cake that is unique to you as a couple. x
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