Oh do we have a treat for you all this morning! We have the most beautifully retro styled shoot to share with you. Whipped up by the arty, bohemian stylistics and event designers Lo and Behold Bespoke, this creative masterpiece gorgeously celebrates a young person, rejects conventional society and embraces only peace and love; it’s certainly one for the dreamers and lovers amongst you! Paisley, burnt oranges, oversized sunnies and wild flowers bring this creation to life as it was always intended, and with the help of perfectionist and bang-on-trend photographer Hayley Savage, the hippy, boho Flower Child shoot was born.
The 70’s inspired collaboration sits so effortlessly in the modern day, with the models donning the most incredible drapes; the bride wears a stunning plunge neck Rembo Styling piece and the groom pulls off one of the coolest vintage fashion looks we’ve seen in a while. Although we are suckers for a groom with long hair and tats! Now who’s dreaming….
This was Lo and Behold’s first ever shoot. We have a feeling this won’t be the last….
When it came to the venue we ideally wanted rolling meadows of wildflowers…. but for a shoot in February, in the UK, that wasn’t going to happen! So I approached Staunton Country Park and hired their Fruit Room; an extension of their glorious 19th century green house. With the tropical temperature we easily fooled ourselves in thinking it was a glorious summer’s day! Get creative when it comes to selecting your venues… sometimes an open mind opens the door to something better then you first envisioned!
Vintage | Lazy, Hazy Summer Vibes
This was the first Lo and Behold Bespoke styled shoot and we worked tirelessly to ensure it showcased and represented our ideas and our brand. Coming up with the concept was easy, as it’s all the things we love the most; warm colours, a beautiful bohemian vibe, lots of flowers, vintage pieces, big hair and dancing in the golden hour, surrounded by nature.
We took inspiration from the 70’s and those lazy, hazy warm summer images from days gone by that I love. We wanted the shoot to have a modern hippy feel to it and showcase prized pieces from our collection. Hayley, our trusted photographer, had previously shot our own wedding so she got ‘us’ and understood that the little details were so important to me. She was incredible and captured everything perfectly. She helped realise and bring to life what I’d been dreaming up all along! Nothing missed the careful attention of her lens, and the detailed shots of the jewellery pieces from Fifth and Spring and the incredible veils from Ann Marie Faulkner are among my favourite.
The Morning of the ‘Wedding’
The golden retro look of the 70’s; the sparkly socks & platform combo, oversized sunnies and silk scarf turbans were a huge part of my inspiration. I didn’t want to ignore that ‘getting ready’ stage of the day. As a recent bride I recall these hours fondly and wanted to celebrate them… I wanted to tell the whole story of a wedding day and so we styled a corner of our home with vintage peacock chairs and pieces from our collection and set up an area for Fara to have fun in. Wearing a Y.A.S. ruffle teddy from ASOS and pieces from my own wardrobe our bride, vintage tambourine in hand, looked beautiful and elated as any bride-to-be would look the morning of her wedding.
Carefree Vintage Hippy Styling
It was also important to me to include vintage pieces and celebrate this side of the fashion industry. Luci, a fellow Southsea girl and business owner of Dead Man’s Glory is one of the most stylish people I know and a true vintage fashionista. Luci pulled key 70’s pieces for her stock, which gave a truly authentic vibe to the shoot. The honeymoon dress and original 70’s platforms advocate being individual and unique. Luci had so many pieces in her collection I coveted that it was hard to whittle them down and choose just a few!
When it came to dressing Danny, our groom, I called on best-friend, former flatmate and owner of The Southsea Abode, Ed Chase. Ed has the most incredible wardrobe of anyone I know and he has such great taste… He allowed me into his wardrobe and all the pieces Danny wore in the shoot are vintage pieces from Ed’s collection. We opted for smart, layered, warm and eclectic for his ceremony outfit and he looked so darn handsome! I hope it inspires all grooms out there that you don’t have to go for a matching 3-piece; it’s so gorgeous when individuality shines through! Danny’s outfit in the honeymoon photos were a lot more ‘carefree hippy’ and the shots of them dancing by the snug canopy are just divine! As the sun set through the trees everything was bathed in golden sunlight and it was pretty magical
Dewy Skin and Big Hair
Amy Richards from Made Up Brides concentrated on flushed cheeks, dewy skin, nude lips and a warm colour palette and I think you’ll agree she looked breathtaking! Amy did such a good job of showcasing Fara’s natural beauty and Ed, from The Southse Abode, teased her hair into huge soft curls reminiscent of original seventies styles. I hope these pictures inspire your readers to celebrate this stage of your day, have fun with it. It’s such an exciting moment in your day.
Retro Backless Plunge Gown and Textured Florals
Because of the shoot title, flowers were such an important element and Lisa from Lily Lupin Floral Design blew us away. She is such a talent! I love flowers as much as the next girl but what Lisa creates is more then just flowers. She has an eye for combining textures and colours and florals I’ve never seen before. I wanted to showcase something new, as this is something Lo and Behold will always strive to achieve. I floated my idea of wearable florals and the concept of a floral shawl; luckily Lisa loved the idea and ran with it… We’re hoping to show brides that you can make new traditions, and that is a wonderful thing. When it came to the dress it needed to be something amazingly boho and the gorgeous Anja from Anya Bridal Couture was a total super star. She opened the doors of her beautiful barn in Droxford to me and invited me to browse her insane collection of gowns. When I saw the Rembo Styling range it perfectly captured the retro vibe I was after. I fell in love with them all but we opted for the Ginger gown. It’s low draped back and huge bell sleeves were the epitome of 70’s styling and the floaty fabric of the skirt was pretty darn special and looked insane on Fara, our beautiful bride, especially blowing in the breeze or being twirled by Danny. Because of her beautiful skin tone the dress just popped and when teamed with the accessories it was such an incredible look!
Mustards, Browns and Pale Blue
A summery theme inspired the colour palate for the whole shoot and especially the reception set up. Warm and retro mustard, ochre, brown and pale blue looked incredible against the white washed walls and glass ceilings of the room. The table was adorned with pieces from our collection; vintage tableware, vases and candlesticks. We layered plates from IKEA with vintage crockery and topped them with handmade tassel place settings (tassels being a huge trend for 2018)
We wanted to show that everything needn’t be vintage to get the vintage look. By mixing vintage and modern you can create the look you desire on a much more affordable budget. These retro hues also inspired the stationery, which we designed, and the beautiful cake too!
Created by the beautiful Tara from Ginger and Peach, the semi naked 3-tiered cake was adorned with hand piped succulents and fresh florals. Ginger and Peach specialise in raw and vegan food and as one of our favourite local eateries (their monthly raw supper club is incredible) it was really special having them create the cake for our shoot!
I hope people can draw inspiration from what we’ve created. I hope they fall in love with the story and that anyone aspiring to a bohemian day can find details that speak to them and give them that excitement and inspiration they’ve been looking for.
The Line Up
Planning, Styling & Creative Design: Lo and Behold Bespoke
Photography: Hayley Savage
Florals, Flower crowns & Buttonholes: Lily Lupin Floral Design
Wedding Dress Supplier: Anya Bridal Couture
Wedding Dress Designer: Rembo Styling
Make Up: Made Up Brides
Hair & Men’s Vintage Fashion: The Southsea Abode
Female Vintage Fashion/Accessories: Etsy – Dead Man’s Glory
Veils: Ann Marie Faulkner
Floral Accessories: Fifth and Spring
Cake: Southsea Coffee Ginger and Peach
Stationary & Signs: Lo and Behold Bespoke
Venue: Staunton Country Park
Models: Faranas Dhauri & Danny Silvestri