Good afternoon babes, and what a lovely afternoon it is too! I’m not sure if this sunshine has been spreading it’s joy to wherever you are, but it’s certainly been shining hard here. Don’t you just love this time of year? Falling leaves, crisp sun-filled air and autumn vibes all round…not forgetting a good ole fashioned Gingerbread Latte – delish! Oh yes, it’s that time of year with Halloween just a week away and only 62 days until Christmas! Before we go down that road, let’s revert back to a gloriously sunny summer’s day when Eloise Sole of The Beautiful Day and Claire Bondy of Photography By Bond collaborated to produce today’s wonderful styled shoot.

You know what we love about this shoot, (aside from the macramé, high pole tent and quirky model styling), is that it’s taken us right back to where we started with ‘festival’ – back to the days where the term ‘festival wedding’ was almost unheard of and pretty Avant Garde in the fact that hardly anyone couples were doing it! When Festival Brides first started, there were so many cool, experimental, authentic and innovative ideas floating around, and as the scene grew, so did the term ‘festival’. This shoot kinda takes us back in time to a place where ‘festival’ was all about being free-spirited and brave enough to throw out the traditional wedding rule book and try something new. And this quirky collaboration kinda reminds us of that time!

We really like the theatrical styling of the models; the blue peacock dyed hair, towering top hat, face decor and feathers give the couple an edge and quirkiness that we always love to see. And the bar, supplied by the lads from The Three Cockerels, looks so cool with it’s rustic bar-top, and of course…. cocktails to die for!

Giant high-top ceilings, boho-draped décor and traditional rustic table settings shape the space so beautifully. We really hope that you enjoy the shoot and get some authentic festival inspo for your own wedding! Here’s everything you need to know….

It’s a ‘Beautiful Day’ for a Festival Inspired Shoot!

Eloise runs ‘The Beautiful Day’ in Sussex, a venue and marquee styling company. She approached Claire ‘Bondy’ of Photography By Bond with an idea for a styled shoot in the theme of ‘American Boho’ to contrast the popular current ‘rustic’ trend. Once heads were banged together (not literally, thankfully) and ideas began to merge, the vision was to be made reality. And both Eloise and Bondy had festival style weddings which definitely helped with ideas! With Eloise being half American, she really wanted to work in U.S style props and foods, such as chunky mailboxes and bagels. Both of them loved the idea of having feathers, balloons and macramé featuring throughout the shoot, along with pallet furniture and copper and coloured glassware provided by Crystal Hire Ltd.

The shoot took place on Ha’Penny Hill, a stunning meadow overlooking the south downs and owned by Bignor Park. The marquee itself is a locally-crafted brand new 40x60ft pole tent featuring brand new 3ft rustic trestle tables and lighting setup by Tents N Events with Rusty LOVE letters, handmade macramé chandelier and dreamcatchers by The Beautiful Day and lighting by Tents N Events.

The bagel station was presented on a beautiful antique cart with ‘adult’ alcoholic milkshakes and cookies, all made by The Naked Food Company. The simple and elegant wedding cake was made by Kasserina Cakes.

Feather and Flower Bouquet, Hand Written Leaves and Bespoke Mobile Trailer Bar

Words by Eloise Sole

Nordic Twig created the most beautiful potted ferns and even ‘threw’ together a stunning feather and flower bouquet for the bride. (So talented is she that she was able to pull that together in about 10 minutes due to short notice!) And it perfectly complimented the bespoke stationary and hand-written leaves provided by Charlotte Wilson Design.

There to wet everybody’s whistles were the lads from ‘The Three Cockerels, with their hand built bespoke trailer bar. Other décor included US mailbox, barrels, handmade pallet furniture. Beautiful weave hangings and table runners on top table by Alice Hume.

Model Rowen wore a gorgeous bespoke wedding dress created by Rosemary Jane Bride and we added extra boho style with 2 feather headpieces, the smaller one made by Organik Mechanik and the larger one by The Preening Peacock and Bridgercraft Leather Designs. And Joey wore a selection of clothes stolen from Bondy’s husband with a custom-made hat by Organik Mechanik.

We could not have been blessed with better weather for the shoot (apart from the horseflies!). All the suppliers completely complimented each other and helped to bring the ‘American Boho’ vision to life.


The Line Up

Photography: Photography By Bond
Concept, Styling and Props: The Beautiful Day
Marquee, Furniture and Lighting: Tents N Events
Venue: Ha’Penny Hill, Bignor Park
Wedding Dress: Rosemary Jane Bride
Catering: The Naked Food Company
Boho Weaved Artwork: Alice Hume
Crockery and Glass Hire: Crystal Hire
Cake: Kasserina Cakes
Stationery: Charlotte Wilson
Florist: Nordic Twigs
Mobile Bar: The Three Cockerels
Makeup: Kiri Turnill MUA
Hair: Sam Orwell
Napkins: Inflate 2 Create
Large Headpiece: Preening Peacock
Top Hat/Small Headpiece: Matilda Murback
Male Model: Joey Lewis


Wedding beauty on its way!

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