INSPO EDITORIAL SHOOT
We are delighted to welcome Sara Bertie from Peony and Lace Weddings, and the team of fabulous suppliers, to the Be More Boho Blog.
You are in for a treat today! With this stunning Bohemian Gardens inspired shoot at the magnificent 13th Century Maunsel Manor House hidden amongst the Somerset countryside.
Sara helps couples who want a rustic boho wedding solve their wedding planning stresses so they can have the wedding of their dreams.
At Peony and Lace Weddings you get a wedding bestie in your pocket. My mission is to help couples enjoy the exciting journey that is wedding planning. To be there to hold their hand when needed, to listen to their ideas and help weave them into a cohesive plan and to reassure them that everything will go without a hitch on the big day!
Sara shares the journey she went on with her team to put the shoot together...
'The idea for the shoot came from an image of an alfresco dining set up shared by Jen on The Boho Bride Guide Instagram Handle.
The colour palette was inspired by the sensational head dress by Clare Lloyd Accessories. I knew that I wanted to use the head dress and built the colour palette around the orange and mint ribbons of the accessory. I added in a paler peach, charcoal grey and accents of gold to complement the coral and mint'.
When designing The Quartz Dress, Rose Savage Bridal wanted it to exude romance and sultry vibes, taking influence from 1930s cocktail parties and dramatic windswept vistas. Metres of soft georgette float freely in the wind making it a perfect getaway gown for a lovestruck princess, or a dramatic coastal elopement dress.
This shoot gave Chloe Bond MUA an opportunity to showcase how she can create beautiful flawless skin teamed up with effortless natural hairstyling. Chloe could not have been more blessed to have model Nicola to get ready for this shoot. With beautiful afro hair and stunningly clear complexion she set about to create her vision for an effortless chic look.
Diane Hassall is an exceedingly passionate and talented shoe artist who has designed footwear alongside industry experts throughout her career. She has combined this wealth of experience with her phenomenal eye for design, by creating her own range of gorgeous wedding shoes and unique shoe accessories, which marry her flair for fashion with her passion for designing beautiful, hand-crafted shoes.
Once again inspired by florals and natural forms, Di Hassall’s new collection is a fusion of textures and colour. Simple, well-cut shoe shapes, in butter-soft pastel-coloured suedes, are the blank canvas for Di’s gorgeous embroidered hand-sewn embellishments using a combination of colourful embroidery, silk ribbon work and diamanté encrusted detail.
Bish Bosh Becca creates handmade wedding jewellery so the bride, her maids and flower girls can have the perfect finishing touches to their outfits. For this Bohemian Gardens editorial shoot, all that was needed was the perfect pair of decorative statement hoop earrings to tie the dress and head dress together.
Clare Lloyd Accessories designs are inspired by beautiful flowers, the timeless elegance and romance of bygone eras, and all things botanical as well as the unique and wonderful women she is lucky enough to work with.
Creating beautiful bridal accessories and jewellery for women to wear on the most special and memorable day of their lives is such a privilege and joy for Claire and she feels very lucky to be able to be a little part of so many happy memories.
All of Claire's headpieces are meticulously made by hand by me using old fashioned couture techniques. Working from her light filled studio in Frome, Somerset in the English countryside - she now delivers to brides worldwide.
The stunning venue, Maunsel House, is set in 100 acres of stunning parkland at the heart of a sprawling 2,000 acre estate, comprising of farms, lakes, woodlands, walnut groves, orchards. Maunsel House has a reputation of being relaxed, flexible and friendly with weddings ranging from the tastefully traditional to the daringly different, from the formal dining experience to the luxurious laid-back affair.
Positioned within the Victorian walled garden and cushioned alongside a traditional apple orchard is the pergola, a picturesque hidden gem perfect for weddings and celebrations. Nestled amongst an idyllic beautiful English country garden full of fragrant English roses, scented jasmine, and honeysuckle, the pergola offers those wishing for an ultra-laid back affair. The perfect outdoor ceremony space for up to 170 loved ones.
Sam the Celebrant is a fun loving, open minded, modern celebrant who is ready to kickstart your big day with a bang! Sam creates unique, personalised ceremonies that ooze personality, love and warmth, ceremonies that truly reflect who you are as a couple, She believes life is all about love and celebration – and your day should absolutely be all about you! We totally agree!
Justin Duance is a small jewellery team based in Cornwall, they hand make all their jewellery from their little workshop just outside Penzance, using ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones and recycled precious metals.
Inspired by their natural surroundings, Justin Duance is best known for their rustic and unique wedding and engagement rings. The pieces in this shoot are cast in beach sand, the sand creates a lovely subtle texture and tiny grains are captured in the gold. Choosing your own sand for casting is a lovely way of personalising your rings. The engagement ring features cluster of fully traced Australian brown diamonds which twinkle beautifully.
Claire’s Sweet Temptations is an award winning wedding cake designer. Claire’s aim is simple, It’s to give her couples the cake of their dreams for their big day. For this shoot the feel was relaxed alfresco. So the the cake was softly draped fondant with dried flowers to match the rest of the beautiful flowers on the day.
Jax’s Cakes n Bakes chose a selection of sharing platters to complement the relax boho vibes of the wedding. Platters were filled with cheeses, crackers, cured meats and fresh fruits. Displaying down the middle of the table, is a perfect way to create that relaxed atmosphere during the wedding breakfast.
Emily’s Lollies is passionate about the environment and she is constantly looking at ways to make Emily's Lollies more environmentally friendly. She now have 100% recyclable, plastic free packaging including the option for compostable lollipop wrappers and all lollipops are on high quality paper sticks.
Edible rose petal heart lollies are perfect to add luxury and glamour to your wedding or event. The delicate dried rose petals give off a delicate flavour and smell. This is really romantic making the perfect unique wedding favour or gift.
Tilda Rose Floristry is a floral design company based in Taunton. With a background in the arts and floristry along with fashion and textiles, Sarah the Founder of Tilda Rose, has a natural eye for creativity.
The aim for the hanging cloud was to create a stunning focal piece to adorn the alfresco dining table. Sarah used a mix of dried grasses flowers and seed heads, including diverse shapes and textures to create layers of interest which she accentuated with fresh coral charm peonies, quick sand roses to add that luxe romantic element and fresh grasses to add some movement.
Sarah used a mixture of pampas grass, allium seed heads, dried hydrangea, wheat grasses bunnies tail, honesty reed grasses and fresh coral charm peonies, quick sand roses and fresh grasses.
Sarah from Tilda Rose Floristry, also made a bohemian style bouquet with a luxurious and romantic feel, using a mix of dried grasses, flowers and seed heads to create layers of pattern texture and form. Coral charm peonies, quick sand roses, geum and orlaya were added as the focal flowers, to add a softness and elegance, and it was finished with a trailing silk ribbon.
Lorraine from Caboodle Designs creates award winning, beautiful wedding stationery, including luxury boxed invitations, vellum wraps and new wax seal designs made from her Devon studio.
Laura from Freeformimages Photography is known for her relaxed and romantic style of photography. Laura captures those special moments that could quickly be missed. From that moment your eyes meet for the first time as you make your way down the aisle, to capturing those intricate details you have worked so hard for to get perfect.
She uses natural light, no flash, and loves capturing the moment as it happens. Laura is a force of nature on an editorial shoot, working tirelessly to get that perfect shot at every point throughout the day. She loves participating in styled shoots as they enable her to let her creatively run wild and work with amazing like minded people.
Sally from Capture Weddings created a stunning film for this editorial shoot that truly brings to life the romance and magic of the day. She loves to capture real emotion in her films, so working on the Bohemian Gardens wedding editorial with a beautiful real couple and their equally gorgeous children got all her creative juices pumping. Sally loved how tactile and intimate Nicola and Joe were and the interaction with their kids was just the cutest.
Knot Again Jill offers affordable, creative solutions to your wedding decor. If your dream is a unique, boho inspired, wedding incorporating your style, beliefs, aspirations, budget and dreams then Jill is the woman for you. Her aspiration is to see every wedding unique to the couple, and if you love Boho, Rustic, Barn, Beach, Woodland and Eco friendly then macramé is simply PERFECT!
Sally provides Bridal Coaching in 3 areas; to help brides lose weight without diets, to build their body confidence; and to handle the many stresses that can accompany weddings so they can have the wedding they truly deserve.
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,
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
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.
Venue – Underpine Woods, Bude, Cornwall.
Underpine Woods is a 27 Acre sustainably managed ex-plantation woodland just outside of Bude in Cornwall. Originally planted in the 1970’s the woods as a plantation crop, it is now being transformed by Beth and Sam the owners, into a beautiful space for everyone to enjoy.
Veil - Rebecca Anne Designs
To finish the look, Rebecca, from Rebecca Anne Designs provided one of her beautiful veils. “To complement the venue, I felt a veil with embroidered wildflowers would perfectly suit the wilderness of the surroundings and the locally grown flowers being used for the shoot.”
Jewellery – Bish Bosh Becca
As soon as the dress was secured, it was straight over to Sarah Jane at Bish Bosh Becca for the jewellery. “It’s always a pleasure to work with Sara and when she mentioned a magical woodland shoot I was hooked. I am at my most creative when designing jewellery for shoots, just like a real wedding I have to be aware of the theme and the dress".
The Celebrant Ceremony - Unique Ceremonies
Nixie James Scott of Unique Ceremonies, provided a hand fasting ceremony for the shoot. Nixie has been known in the past to remark that she can marry couples anywhere, including up a tree. Of course, it was this comment that led to her being asked to join the team!
The ceremony was such a beautiful and moving affair that it led our model Bekki to cry tears of pure joy and happiness.
Wedding Rings – Eco Wood Rings
As the woodland is an eco friendly wedding venue, who better to partner up with than Eco Wood Rings for the wedding bands. For Bekki’s ring, Steve provided a ring made from oak with an inlay of white gold shavings and diamond dust. For Brad’s band, a strong and simplistic band of oak was supplied.
Hair/ MUA – Toni Gogola Wedding Hair
For a free spirited, boho hairstyle, the obvious addition to the team was Toni Gogola at Toni Gogola Wedding Hair. “I specialise in laid back natural braided hairstyles so when I was asked to be involved with the woodland shoot I was so excited! Bekki has the most gorgeous striking purple hair and I knew exactly how I wanted it to look. I decided soft waves with a twisted top section knowing it would fit perfectly amongst the stunning backdrop of Underpine Woods.”
“When I first saw the woodlands with Cassie and Beth, I knew straight away that a table runner of greenery accented with white flowers would be the perfect décor for the table. Candles always feature in my work, so the addition of white glass votives and white tapered candles in gold holders was a must to accompany the foliage.”
Stationery – Boo Lou Lew Design
Beth is not only the owner of the woodlands, she runs Boo Lou Lew Design. The stationary she created was inspired by the idea that any couple can create something completely unique, beautiful and sustainable whilst supporting local artists and having fun too!
Beth carved a custom stamp and combined it with an online calligraphy course and beginners set from the wonderful Langham Calligraphy and a choice from a wide range of beautiful ethical papers from Torn Edge Paper. Delicate, hand crafted gold edging adorned the invites.
The Supplier Team
Peony & Lace Weddings
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Moon Gazey Hare
Katherine & Her Camera
Rebecca Anne Designs
Nixie James Scott - Unique Ceremonies
The Little Details by Sophie
Bish Bosh Becca
Toni Gogola Wedding Hair
Eco Wood Rings
Boo Lou Lew Design
Calligraphy kit for stationery
Torn Edge Paper
Paper for stationery
Claires Sweet Temptations
Knot Again Jill
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