INSPO EDITORIAL SHOOT
'The vibe was chilled and the images were peaceful, light, cosy and full of love.'
Swancar Farm Country House is a beautiful period country house set in the rural countryside of Trowell, Nottinghamshire. They offer exclusive use of the whole venue with numerous celebration areas to choose from throughout your day. From the Oak Hall, Courtyard and Old Stables, through to the show stopper Glass Barn that we chose to set up the ceremony space.
Event Hire & Styling by Bryony from Pretty Vintage Hire
I love to create beautiful and emotive settings that give those 'feels'. This editorial shoot was all about using a depth of textures and tonal hues, without a colour pop. I loved using our dark oak backdrop structure to match the venue’s chairs, and added lots of different materials to layer and add interest to the eye; cheesecloth, Egyptian cotton, voile and lace for a dreamy look, and carried this on with scrim chair ties and demijohns with just a few stems of soft grey pampas.
I have a love of bamboo and as my collection builds, I used just two armchairs with soft grey fur for those couple backdrop images and a cow skin rug for even more texture and depth. The top table mirrored the backdrop style with a new wooden triangle backdrop for simplicity in contrast to this with vintage brass candlesticks and detailed glass decanters.
Catherine from Inspired Foristry is just wonderful. Always ready to create something different like the delicate twig floral crown resembling the antlers throughout the venue itself. Bringing along the perfect prop for the tall floral arrangement for the archway which made it completely independent and the wonderful displays in front of the table. The bouquet mirrored the shape of the cake with a square nest made again from twigs.
Natalie from @cakes.bynatalie is queen of stencils on her cakes and she did not disappoint with a wonderful floral design. We went for a square cake for something different with a nude palette and she added some flower stems from Inspired Floristy to bring everything together. She also brought us all delicious cupcakes on the day which were delish!!
I asked Sally from I Do Invites for simple and elegantly textured stationery to match the mood board and colours and she didn't disappoint! Sally designed and created the stunning wedding stationery embellished with real pressed flowers and finished off with a real flowers with a clear wax seal, just stunning!
Sarita White Photography has an amazing flare for capturing all the little details before you have even asked her to and then some! She has a wonderful eye and creative side herself, and always inspiring and full of ideas when planning the shoot. We always get so excited together on the run up to and on the shoot itself.
I love styling shoots as it’s a brilliant way to showcase prospective couples what type of scenes and styling I can create and how it can all come together even from the smallest of ideas. I wanted to showcase a sophisticated, boho luxe editorial wedding shoot to compliment this outstanding venue and feel very privileged to have been able to work here.
Lots of love,
My Wedding Godmother is a Bridal Wellbeing Service, helping brides feel calm, clear and focused in the build up to their wedding day and into newlywed life.
Sally said, 'With my support, they arrive at their wedding looking and feeling fabulous, with all their nerves and worries behind them'.
I hope you enjoyed browsing through our Bohemian Gardens wedding editorial as much as I enjoyed creating it with this sensational team!
Lots of Love,
Rustic Boho Romance Wedding Planner & Stylist
The dream team of suppliers that made this shoot happen:
Maunsel House - Venue
Peony & Lace Weddings - Planning & Styling
Freeformimages Photography - Photographer
Capture Weddings - Videographer
Chloe Bond MUA - Make-up Artist
Tilda Rose Floristry - Florals
Bish Bosh Becca - Hoop Earrings
Justin Duance Jewellery - Rings
My Wedding Godmother - Bridal Wellbeing Coach
Claire's Sweet Temptations - Cake
Jax's Cake n Bakes - Food Catering
Rose Savage Bridal - Dress
Sam the Celebrant - Wedding Celebrant
Caboodle Designs - Stationery
Diane Hassall - Bridal Shoes
Clare Lloyd Accessories - Floral Headpiece
Emily's Lollies - Lolly Wedding Favours
Knot Again Jill - Macrame
Nicola & Joe and their beautiful boys - Models
I loved every minute chatting to Nixie James-Scott from Unique Ceremonies, providing individualised celebrant led wedding ceremonies, across the South West UK and beyond.
This week was sooo lovely to meet virtually with Nixie in her stunning garden in Devon, where she talked us through how she works with her couples on the run up to their wedding day, and what ceremony ritual options you could select to represent the bringing together of two families.
Find out more about the fabulous Nixie and how to get in touch with her by browsing her Wedding Business Profile here on The Guide Directory.
We are thrilled to welcome the amazing Laura Farmer from Freeformimages Photography to the Be More Boho Blog. Laura is a wedding & elopement photographer based in Devon, and one of our Approved Suppliers on The Guide Directory Subscription.
Laura will be sharing her Eco Luxe Wedding Inspiration Shoot with us, which was shot at the beautiful River Cottage, nestled in a picturesque valley on the Devon - Dorset border, UK, surrounded by rolling fields and stunning scenery. Sounds perfect!
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."
Bridal Bell Tent
Native Bell Tent Hire aimS to be as green thinking as possible. ”We choose high quality, long-lasting bell tents made from sustainably sourced cotton. Our canvas tents are arguably more eco-friendly than the modern nylon tents".
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.
The 'Meraki' two piece made by The Conscious Bride 'Own Label,' is created from vintage broderie anglaise. Hannah says, “I wanted to create something from cotton that had form and structure. So many wedding dresses are in silk and I wanted to find away to utilise beautiful vintage cottons and still create a wedding dress that was comfortable and striking.”
And finally a bespoke heirloom silk gown made by The Conscious Bride 'Own Label.' “This dress was created specially with this shoot in mind. The lace on the top was purchased from a fair a few years ago and I had been hanging onto it for something special. Teamed with this hand loomed fair trade silk from Cambodia it is a dress that keeps traditional technique and skill alive. Lined with non bleached bamboo (from a closed loop system). It's still all about stunning and slightly daring backs, and because the lace was only a small piece it influence the design.”
Hair and Make-up
The make up products used were also environmentally friendly, zero waste, recyclable, carbon neutral, sustainably sourced ingredients, non - toxic, non GMO, vegan, cruelty free and gave a flawless look. Michelle Stanford Makeup Artist gave the model a look that was inspired by the colours used in the shoot, so a smokey look, with some coral and gold added to the mix. With a beautiful coral lipstick to finish.
The hair by The Up do Girl was a soft; natural textured looking hairstyle “I felt would suit the brief and the beautiful countryside venue location”. The hair products used are a brand called Maria Nila, their products are vegan and cruelty free, they use climate compensated packaging, working with Zeromission and Plant Vivo which helps farmers plant trees in poorer parts of the world for reforestation.”
Even the headpiece by Hey Jules Bridal Accessories was up-cycled and re-worked the elements. “I managed to find some gorgeous 1940’s vintage fabric millinery flowers from a local vintage shop, which I used as part of the main headpiece along with some beautiful blush vintage pearls and other antique beads. I love the 3D effect and the softness of the pearl sprays and glass leaves. The gold and lavender crown contains the most beautiful vintage brooch that had been in my collection for a number of years just waiting to be used in something special! The soft colours and organic structure were perfect for the River Cottage theme.”
The Groom wore a selection of Cock & Bull Tweed Collection’s handsome and colourful tweed waistcoats and caps accompanied by a classic hemp long sleeve shirt and organic chino trousers. 'Using the finest hand-woven tweeds from the Isle of Lewis, paired with organic hemp/silk linings enable us o provide excellent quality and sustainable style. Even the bow ties from Patore’UK are lovingly created from solid wood, the grain ensures no two are alike. To complete his look were unconventional sophisticated men’s shoes from Bourgeois Boheme, providing ethically made, sustainable, vegan shoes with a literal minimal footprint.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lastly I made a Besom style broom; from a hazel stave and dogwood twigs wrapped round with sisal and linen ribbons, for our delightful bride and groom to jump over into their new married life together!" Nixie from Unique Ceremonies for Heartfelt Weddings with Soul!
The rings are symbolic and so important in a wedding so it was only fitting to ask Eco Wood Rings to provide us with the stunning wedding bands. "You have a unique opportunity when you choose a custom eco wood ring to create something truly meaningful.
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.
Venue - River Cottage (www.rivercottage.net)
Photographer - Freeformimages Photography
Dresses - The Conscious Bride (@theconsiousbride)
Shoes - Beyond Skin (www.beyond-skin.com)
Shawls - Cadogan Cardigans (www.cadogans.co.uk)
Make up - Michelle Stanford, Arbonne
Bridal Hair - The Up Do Girl (www.theupdogirl.com)
Bridal Accessories and Stationery - Hey Jules
Celebrant - Nixie James-Scott, Unique Ceremonies
Confetti - Keslowena Confetti (@keslowenaconfetti)
Floristry - Petal and Posie (www.facebook.com/petalandposie)
Cake & Sweets - Claires Sweet Temptations
Grooms attire - Thought Clothing & Cock and Bull Tweed Collection
Men’s Shoes - Bourgeois Boheme (www.bboheme.co.uk)
Grooms accessories - Patore' UK Wooden Bow Ties
Jewellery - Eco Wood Rings (www.ecowoodrings.co.uk)
Bridal bell tent - Native (www.nativebelltents.co.uk)
Styling - Vicky Murdoch, Do Me A Favour
Macramé - Hooky Madness (www.facebook.com/hookymadness)
Models Paul Hobbs & Roksana Skabrika
Of course, Coronavirus has very much dominated our lives and the subsequent fall out from this. With the lockdowns and contact restrictions we have faced, and seeing how this has impacted us culturally as a nation, as well as economically with the strain on many industries that were previously thriving. Not to mention the additional pressure on our NHS and care sector and loosing many loved one.
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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