Morning gorgeous peeps. I hope you are all having a good week so far. Anyone else feeling the chill of winter in the air!? I was shivering my little heart out at 4am this morning when my little boy decided it was morning time. Yep – 4am. Someone pass the coffee please!
Due to some frustrating technical issues with our website, yesterday’s beautiful styled shoot failed to go live so we are sharing it with your eyes this morning. This means we will be treating you with not one but two blog posts today so make sure you check back this afternoon to see this weeks Festival Brides Love supplier as its a gooden!
Today’s shoot, put together by wedding planners and very good friends April Moores from Kook Events and Ellen Davies from LND Events, has me dreaming of warm summer nights when the sunshine is golden and the air smells sweet. Centered around the phrase ‘boho’s grown up sister,’ April and Ellen wanted to focus on the more mature and artistic side of the bohemian wedding trend. To bring bohemian back to it’s wandering roots…
Our brief to all suppliers focused around one phrase ‘boho’s grown up sister’. Sometimes trends become so overdone, there is a tendency to lose focus of what they originally meant. Boho typically refers to those with a wandering spirit and an artistic vibe but we wanted to add an element of maturity to that.
With a stunning fine art wedding cake by Lisa Marie Cakes, an uber cool orange corduroy suit by Beggars Run, beautiful home grown florals by Beamsley Blooms and some oh so very pretty wedding dresses from Luna Bride via The Bridal Emporium, this shoot certainly provides plenty of wedding inspiration to sink your teeth into.
Ellen and April talk us through their ideas for the shoot, the location and all the suppliers involved.
Boho’s Grown Up Sister…..
Back in February 2018, April Moores from Kook Events and myself (Ellen Davies from LND Events), had the honour of being invited to stay at the Gisburne Park Estate to see their new wedding offering.
The main site has run as a holiday park for a few years, with gorgeous log cabins ranging in size and offering hot tubs and in house massages as just some of the perks, alongside very informative books about the local area from walk to dining and even takeaway’s who will deliver to your cabin…. That was my Friday night sorted!
The wedding site however has been newly developed. It sits nestled in a secret valley, which is a short walk from the cabins but out of sight of the main roads so not something found without prior invitation. The venue also offers an amazing opportunity to stay for the full week – that sort of flexibility is really attractive to couples that don’t want to rush their big day celebrations.
When April and I saw the site, we instantly knew we’d love to do a photo shoot there and as friends, it seemed a great opportunity to collaborate together. It’s perhaps not that common that two planners who offer the same style approach to weddings, would do this but from the outset we defined the roles with April taking the lead on styling and myself organising the suppliers and structure of the day, but both of us were 100% in agreement about who we wanted to work with and the vision it should take.
Within the valley sits a beautiful house which sleeps six – this is what is offered as part of the week long stay. When we first saw it, renovations had just finished and furnishings were being picked but we could tell it was light and airy. On the approach to the house, you cross over an old stone bridge with a crystal clear stream running through. All these elements meant that we wanted to find a photographer who could capture a fine art style and we thought of Arabella Smith who specialises in this so well.
We always had Festival Brides in mind when selecting other suppliers. With the house being a base for couples to stay in, the rest of the site is a marquee venue so that coupled with all the stunning natural elements around the site; it would be wonderful for couples that really celebrate the great outdoors.
Wes Anderson meets Boho….
Olivia was styled by the suberb duo; Amy George make up artist and Emily Hawkes hair artist who again brought in pops of colour to a very dewy and natural base and more structured plaits and waves respectively.
We asked Keely from Luna Bride to supply Olivia’s three dresses for the day, which were loaned to us by the Bridal Emporium in Leeds. With dress names such as Beach, and Pure, we knew we were going to get pieces that blended in perfectly.
Connor’s suit was gratefully borrowed from Beggar’s Run, a bespoke tailor in London. We felt the Wes Anderson style suit projected that high quality, desirability to look sharp on your big day without needing to use Tweed as a common alternative to the more traditional dark colours.
Laser Cut Stationery & Cascading Florals….
We wanted our stationery to be made using wood and stationer Suzanne Oddy Designs, is a dab hand at laser cutting with this material so she was an obvious choice to us.
Florist Susanne Loweth from Beamsley Blooms was another fantastic choice for the vision we had. Susanne specialises in wild flowers; cultivating many varieties in her own garden and her designs are organic rather than formally structured which was perfect for an idea that April had come up with, around cascading florals from the stone bridge as if they’d grown there themselves.
To add colour to the mass amounts of lush greenery, April cleverly sourced items for the table scene that matched the shades found in both of our companies branding palettes. This alongside the cake, made by the talented Lisa Marie Cakes which replicated those colours, were shot against the rocks by the stream.
When a venue is as extensive as Gisburne Park is, this approach kept a constant tie to the nature around us – none more so when selecting the furniture itself. From Rustic Hire, we selected their Indian Chairs and rustic trestles to blend in with the water and trees around us.
A Naked Tipi With A Conscience…..
Last but definitely not least, we asked Totem Tipi to supply a naked structure for us. This company was born in 2015 and developed as a business with a social purpose. All proceeds from hiring a Totem Tipi are fed back into the council’s connecting youth culture (CYC) scheme which is a project working with ‘at risk’ young people, those with educational needs and those out of school settings… how fantastic to know your event could also support a good cause.
We chose a naked tipi as we were informed the valley gets dark very quickly and we wanted a parting scene of the structure all lit up with festoon…what we didn’t realise however was that the shoot was planned on the summer solstice and for once, we were willing the sun to set a lot quicker than was going to happen. Instead, Arabella captured a delicate softness around the couple with a hint of warm glow from the artificial light, which I hope you agree looks simply stunning.
The Line Up
Organisation & Concept: LND Events
Styling, Design & Concept: Kook Events
Venue: Gisburne Park Estate
Photographer: Arabella Smith Photography
Bridalwear: Luna Bride via The Bridal Emporium
Groomswear: Beggars Run
Naked Tipi: Totem Tipi
Florist: Beamsley Blooms
Cake Designer: Lisa Marie Cakes
Furniture: Rustic Hire
Hairstylist: Emily Hawkes Hair Stylist
Make Up: Amy George Make Up
Stationery: Suzanne Oddy Design
Models: Olivia Ellis & Conor Facey via Boss Model Management