Those of you who have been following us on Instagram will know that we have been sharing the odd sneak peek of a bohemian luxe inspiration wedding shoot we put together way back in June with an AMAZING team of wedding suppliers. I am talking about the likes of The Wild Bride, Lo and Behold Bespoke, Bohotanical, Wonderland Invites and Lovehair & Co. If these names don’t mean anything to you yet, then they certainly will after you finish reading this post. I can wholeheartedly say that if I was getting married today, it would be with this team of suppliers behind me. They are all ridiculously talented and so good at what they do.
The shoot was put together to promote a brand new and exclusive Festival Brides wedding venue, our stunning Secluded Woodland, Meadow and Camping Field in Hawkhurst, Kent. This gem of a venue is hidden away in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is completely surrounded by ancient woodland and wild flower meadows. It is the sort of venue that I would have dreamed about finding when I was planning my wedding so when I first viewed it earlier in the year, my first thoughts were I have to do a shoot here! Fast forward to now and here I am, ready to share that very shoot with you and its a gooden – even if I do say so myself!
With an overall theme of bohemian romance and a soft colour palette of pastel pinks, blues and oranges, this shoot was all about complimenting the natural beauty of the venue, showcasing the amazing talents of each supplier involved and creating some gorgeous wedding inspiration for you all. So without further ado, here it is in all its wild bohemian beauty.
Oh and I must warn you – this post features a lot of images! I found it very very hard to choose from the incredible selection of images that The Wild Bride captured on the day. My goodness are those guys good at what they do!
Bohemian Romance In Kent……
Well where do I start with the amazing Emilie and Jon of The Wild Bride. What a dream these two are too work with. Not only are they so so so so so good at capturing the beauty of whatever is put in front of them, they are also lovely people and such a pleasure to work with. Their wild free spirited photography style and hippy hearts were so perfectly matched to the vibe of this shoot and they worked so hard on the day, following me through bushes and brambles just to get that one perfect shot! I couldn’t be more thankful to them for these beautiful images. They are also responsible for the fabulous film which we will be sharing with you very soon – watch this space!
Ami and Max from Lo and Behold Bespoke were our incredible stylists and my goodness would I have been lost without them. They were brilliant, both in the lead up to the shoot and on the day itself. From the moment I first contacted Ami about the shoot, I just knew the two of us were going to get on very well. She understood the exact look and style I was going for and managed to bring to life all the crazy ideas I had in my head. We’d have a conversation one minute about a woodland den and then the next minute she would be sharing with me the most beautiful sketches of our ideas. She was a joy to work with and has such a talent for connecting with people on a creative level. Her understanding of my ideas was so on point.
On the day, Max and Ami worked tirelessly to build our hand carved buffalo horn ceremony backdrop in the woodland, dress our sweet heart table in the tree maze, build our woodland den underneath a fallen tree and dress the venue bridge. Their bohemian and eclectic styling worked so well with the natural beauty of the venue and they really brought the spaces to life.
The wonderful Gwenda of Bohotanicals was responsible for our gorgeous flower installations and bouquets and what a talent she is. The two bouquets she made for the shoot alone is testimony to that. They were so beautiful and the colours worked perfectly with the blue of the Chantel Lauren ‘Mae’ gown and the lace of the uber cool Shikoba Bride two piece. She also made an awe-inspiring cascading centre piece for our sweetheart table which took my breath away. It was beautiful and worked so well with our crystals from She Lost Control, candles by Evermore London and Stationery by Wonderland Invites.
What I loved the most about working with Gwenda is she refused to create anything that she couldn’t replicate for a bride. So often in shoots you see these amazing alternative bouquets that are incredible to look at but totally impractical and very expensive to put together. For this shoot, she would only put together bouquets and installations that she knew would be affordable for brides and I admire her so much for this. She also went foraging around the venue on the morning of the shoot so she could include wild flowers and grass from the venue in her bouquets which was such a lovely touch and added to the ‘wild’ vibe they both had.
Our Hair & Make Up….
I have been wanting to work with the uber cool and uber lovely Jo from Love Hair & Co. for years now and we’ve never been able to make it happen, until this shoot! Jo is an industry leader when it comes to wedding hair. She is an amazing hair stylist and has worked with Rock N Roll Bride, It’s In Your Dreams, Tilly Thomas Lux, Lani Hair, Luna Bea and many more incredible brands. I was so excited when she said she was available and couldn’t wait to see what she would create for the shoot – and I wasn’t disappointed. We had plaits, we had curls, we had waves and we had fabric intertwined with our stunning models long black hair. Each hair style looked effortless and took us from a more natural day bride to our relaxed party bride. Jo is also responsible for our models gorgeous makeup which she kept natural and subtle.
When it came to dressing the bride, I was in my absolute element! It was like I was getting married all over again only this time there was no pressure and so much more choice with bohemian style dresses and jewellery. For our first look, our beautiful model Katrina wore Mae, a stunning hand painted strapless gown in pastel blue with a lace bolero by Chantel Lauren via Rock The Frock Bridal Boutique. Man did I love this dress! The playful texture of the organza A line skirt and the way it moved was a dream to shoot and the blue tones of the dress worked so well with our pastel colour scheme. I love the images of the pink bouquet contrasting against the blue of the dress and the way the dress falls amongst the long green grass. This dress very much captured the carefree and more wild nature of the venue but also remained in keeping with the overall theme of bohemian romance.
Our next look saw Katrina wear a beautiful lace top with fringed arms and a full circle blush silk skirt by brand new UK label Shikoba Bride. This two piece was very cool and very pretty and totally encapsulated the boho country vibe of the venue and all the suppliers involved. The shape of the skirt at the back was beautiful and we had a lot of fun capturing those fringed arms. My favourite images being those at the back of the woodland amongst the long grass. So beautiful and so very Festival brides! This two piece also complimented the amazing ceremony backdrop by Lo and Behold Bespoke beautifully.
Last but certainly not least was our final look – a handmade silk jumpsuit by Velvet Johnstone coupled with an incredible crystal cape also made by Velvet Johnstone for Florence and Dot. Words or pictures can not capture how beautiful and intricate both of these pieces were. The jumpsuit and the way it is tailored to compliment the gorgeous curves women have and the beaded detail on the cape is just wow. We loved capturing both of these in the tree maze as the sun was setting and again on the bridge where we got to explore the full movement of the cape.
Each look was coupled with the amazing bohemian jewellery of Carrie Elizabeth. I have been a huge fan of her pieces ever since she joined our Festival Wedding Directory in 2017. The colours of the precious stones she uses and the delicate design of every piece blew us all away. They were the perfect addition to each bridal look.
I just want to say a massive than you to everyone involved in helping make this shoot happen. To the dream team that was there on the day and to the wonderful suppliers that sent me pieces to use, you are all epic at what you do and it was a pleasure to work with you.
The Line Up
Concept & Creative Direction: Laura of Festival Brides
Photography & Film: The Wild Bride
Styling, Decor & Props: Lo and Behold Bespoke
Venue: Secluded Woodland, Meadow & Camping
Flowers & Props: Bohotanical
Hair & Makeup: Love Hair & Co
Stationery: Wonderland Invites
Blue Dress: Chantel Lauren Mae via Rock The Frock Bridal
Harlowe Fringed Top & Rae Skirt: Shikoba Bride
Jumpsuit: Velvet Johnstone
Crystal Cape: Velvet Johnstone for Florence & Dot
Jewellery: Carrie Elizabeth
Crystals: She Lost Control London
Candles: Evermore London
Flat Tassel Sandals: Zara
Model: Katrina via BAME Models