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
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
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
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
Planning & Styling
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
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!
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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.
Podcast Episode 2 : 9 Crucial Questions to ask your Photographer to achieve your Dream Wedding Day Images
So, you have created a Pinterest Board full of photography poses, scenes, backdrops and finishes that reflect your wedding album aspirations. You have then scoured through supplier directories, social media and websites to find a photographer that depicts the style of photography you love, and have booked an initial consultation with them. What next I hear you say!
1. What previous experience do you have as a photographer, both in the wedding industry and other areas of photography?
This will give you an idea of their professional background, their particular passions within the photography specialism and also breaks the ice when you ideally meet face to face.
2. How do you intend to ‘tell the story’ of our wedding day through the photographs? As well as capturing family and friend’s imagery and details from the day.
The photography should depict a beginning, middle and end to your day and tell the story as the narrative unravels.
3. What has been your favourite wedding to photograph and why?
Get a vibe of what makes them tick, what inspires them and why they work in the wedding industry. Also, it might be useful to ask why they became a photographer, which will again build picture of their motivations and help you decide if they are the photographer for you.
4. Are there any aspects of wedding photography you do not provide, or prefer to steer clear of?
This is important to check, as some wedding photographers with a totally candid approach to their work do not for example, do ‘staged’ group shots or follow a structured shoot list. Or vice versa, only do stages shots and no natural or behind the scenes imagery. Therefore, if you are looking for specific groups of people or to details from your day to be captured, or whether you want a mixture of both staged and candid, I suggest you discuss this upfront at your consultation.
5. How do you enable couples to feel at ease during the day, especially for those people that don’t like being photographed and centre of attention?
You need to click with your photographer and feel at ease in their company. If you can relate to this concern, then it may be the case that a photographer with a candid, reportage style would work well, with minimal styled shots. This means they would capture special moments without you having to take too much direction from your photographer and blend into the background whilst taking the shots.
Another idea would be to opt for an engagement shoot with your chosen photographer to get used to one another, so when it comes to your big day, you have a great rapport and the awkwardness has gone.
6. What pricing packages do you offer?
Talk money…don’t be shy!! It is important ask what you get for your money; how many images, how long will the photographer stay, their arrival time, what time they will leave and any anomalies to that fact, when will your images be delivered to you, how will they be delivered – in what format, will you be able to send a link to friends to print etc. etc.
When you receive them from your photographer… WAIT, ensure your first viewing is with your partner, using a BIG screen, ideally with your favourite beverage, to really absorb and enjoy your very first viewing, not on your phone during the daily commute home.
7. Can you talk me through the contract?
Extremely important! Read and digest your contract, and ideally run through it with your photographer when you meet. Clarify aspects such as; what insurance does the photographer have? If they don’t turn up for any unforeseen circumstance, what is the compensation? money back or deposit back? how much compensation? Etc. etc. Be thorough.
8. How do they back up the photos throughout the wedding day to ensure no loss of material?
What is their technology backup to ensure the full day can be captured and no content is lost? Your photographer needs to evidence they have thought thoroughly about this, as there is no take 2!! For example, do they have; 2 cameras on the day in case one breaks, 2 memory sticks that automatically backs up, hard drive back up, server back up etc. What is their process to ensure your images are safe!
9. What do you need from us to ease your job as the photographer on the day?
Ask your photographer this question to ensure they have all they need to do their job to the best of their ability. A popular request from photographers is to identify a responsible adult to assist them, so they don’t have to hassle you on your special day if they have any logistical queries. Another regular request is timings for the day so they can plan their work and ensure they capture all the essential part of your special day.
By the time you have gone through all these questions with your potential photographer you will have a good gauge and a gut instinct as to whether you want to work with them. First and foremost, you need to LIKE and TRUST them to create the images you require, in the style you love. And remember you are employing them to do a very important job for you on the biggest day of your life, so ensure everything is in place for this to happen!
I hope this is helpful, and good luck on your wedding planning journey!
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