This morning we are feeling totally empowered as we share this fierce boho inspiration piece with you. Submitted by the uber talented, super multi-tasker and Queen of all things wedding, Katie from Songbird Weddings and Events created this mammoth and unruly collaboration as a celebration of womanhood and unity. Katie used celtic themes infused with a romantic modern twist, bringing the warrior woman to the current day. Together with a whole host of incredible collaborators, a powerful boho vibe was created, and the Boudica Tribal shoot was born at Forest Lodge.

You may recognise Katie’s name, since she hosts the brilliant Rustic Wedding Show later next month (22nd April to be exact). It seems her endless talents don’t stop at the events station, as she whipped this shoot into a beautiful frenzy. Photographed by the fantastic Becky from Becky Harley Photography, the female strength and power is encapsulated within these images so beautifully. Its bold style is gently mixed up in a haze of soft caramel roses, rusty orange velvets and a big, cuddly, furry dog! As if this shoot wasn’t already too much to take, Katie brought a stunning pooch into the fold, taking this collaboration beyond the realms of epic! We can’t say enough about it, which is why we are going to hand over to the chief creator herself to explore the creative process and tell you everything you need to know…

Boudica Tribal Inspiration

Words By Songbird Weddings and Events

With all the current media celebrating the strength and the cumulative power of female friendships and united women we thought it was about time that the wedding industry followed suit. We wanted to organise a shoot which celebrated strong women and the men who dare to fall in love with us as well as the power that comes from the bond between girlfriends (and our bride tribes!).

The Cambridgeshire and Suffolk border is infamous for being the home of the Iceni Tribe and British folk hero Boudica.  Boudica was the queen of the Celtic Iceni tribe and led an uprising against the Roman Empire. Boudica infamously led 100,000 Iceni to burn London and St Albans in a flame fuelled battle. She was ultimately defeated but her name has remained legendary in folk law. From this inspirational figure we wanted to focus on tribal and celtic themes with a romantic modern twist.

It was fortuitous that once we had the idea for the shoot, Hannah from Forest Lodge Weddings contacted me and invited me to visit her new outdoor wedding venue. I immediately love it because it not only has a woodland ceremony area but it also had a large field tipi or marquee pitch with a stunning view across the countryside. BUT the absolute clencher was the fact that this venue enables you to ride to your ceremony on horseback!

Horseback and Feathers

Right from the outset we had the vision of Boudica on horse back with a large tulle dress, but this proved tricky to create. We were struggling to source the dress anywhere in the UK when the wonderful Rachel Lamb Design came to our rescue and offered to make it for us. We particularly like the fact that the floral pattern in the lace bodice looks like the pampas grass from our mood board. We asked Barberella Bridal to create a wild hair style that would work with the stunning gold hair crown from Liberty in Love worn by Bouddica later on in the shoot. Claire used a variety of patterns and textures to complement the crown and added multiple curling techniques and incorporated some crimping for extra detail. Flash Kate went bold and created warrior make up with a bridal twist, by adding gems to the under eye to create a glamorous war paint look. The brown and gold eyeshadow complimented the fair redhead and made the eyes more dramatic. She kept the lips nude and matte.

Feather and Ferns suggested that we keep the stems on Boudica’s bouquet long and that she tied the ribbon in a way that resembled the handle on a sword. Feather and Ferns thought that the best way to portray the strength and earthy presence through the flowers would be to use oranges, soft caramels, rusts and a hint of dark aubergine. The flowers used in the bouquet were as follows; an array of roses in soft caramels, neon oranges and soft peaches, a pincushion exotic flower, pampus grass and dark hints of daucus. A weird and wonderful flower called Japhtroper “firecracker” and a desert sand amaranths were also used. The ribbons used were velvet which again is a big trend. We opted for a coppery velvet and dark aubigine to complement the blooms in this bouquet.

The Power of Boho

We loved the idea of creating a picture of the three girls emerging from the woodland. We wanted the other two brides to have a fierce boho vibe and asked them to carry flame torches to represent the infamous Boudica flame battle. Both brides wore dresses from the Rembo Styling collection from bridal store Lara B . Our blonde bride wore “First” which is a chiffon dress with modern lace. Here Barberella Bridal created a relaxed bridal look using a knotting technique to create loose curls which blended into a large side braid. The fishtail plaits were enhanced with a slight pink hue woven through. The style was embellished with a hair crown from Howling Moon and green foliage. Flash Kate gave this bride a more traditional bridal feel with smokey brown eyes and nude lips which we changed up to a bright coral lip to match the flowers later on.

Tribal Vibes

Our brunette bride wore Louka which is a pretty boho style dress with a stunning low dip lace back. With this bride we wanted to create an edgy tribal feel. Claire created a mow hawk effect with different braiding down the sides and loose curl texture throughout. Accessorised with a light gold comb from Liberty in Love and finished with strands of leather, fur and feathers to complete the look. Flash Kate created very dramatic warrior eye makeup to compliment the incredible hair design, again with gems added along the brows. She went with pink flushed cheeks to replicate her being outdoors and a neutral lip.

For our ceremony space we wanted to use grasses and natural materials coupled with features to create an authentic but on trend wedding look. We created a triangle ceremony arch and on this Feather and Ferns used mainly pampus grass to adorn this structure which is a massive trend this year. A few bulrush stems were also used to add interest and a splash of orange brought through on one of the sides. We let the view do all the rest.

A floral dog collar was also constructed out of foliage and pincushions and the colour and unusual texture of this really complimented the gorgeous dog used in this shoot. A neon orange velvet ribbon was used to tie this piece.

And the Groom?

Finally, the groom wore Sand trousers and a brown tweed waistcoat with red paisley braces and a red and black (Hunt & Holditch) bow tie from Chimneys Formal Menswear. Feather and Ferns created boutonnieres from a mixture of feathers and clusters/pips of floral materials in keeping with the colours and feel of this shoot.

Modern Medieval Feast

Finally we created a banquet style feast table with pallet backdrop from Songbird Weddings and Events with a calligraphy hanging sign created by Folly and Gander which said “he loved her not for her beauty but for her strength”. We then brought textures on to the table by using log slice chargers with matt gold plates and calligraphy feather name place. Katie from Songbird said “so many of my clients are trying to find more interactive ways for their guests to enjoy the meal at their wedding and I expect sharer platters and food boards to become more popular. I absolutely love the idea of having food as the centrepiece on your table and I think this is a colour and vibrant way to bring some excitement to your wedding breakfast”. The banquet feast was created by Hall and Co Event Design, “Inspired by the impressive feasts of the time we wanted to create a sumptuous post battle feasting centrepiece full of rich colours, foods and textures.” Above the feast table, Feather and Ferns constructed a floral hoop. A swag of foliage and kangaroo paw draped over the two skulls on the backdrop.

The Line Up

Planning and Styling: Songbird Weddings and Events
Venue: Forest Lodge Weddings
Photography: Becky Harley Photography
Florist: Feather and Ferns
Stationary: Folly and Gander
Hair: Barberella Bridal
Make Up: Flash Kate
Catering and Food Styling: Hall and Co Event Design
Glitter Bar: Luna Glitter Bar
Feathers: Plucking Fabulous
Cake: La Belle Cake Company
Concept Creation Assistant: Bride and Bailey
Jewellery and Headpieces: Howling Moon
Bridal Accessories: Liberty in Love
Boudica Dress: Rachel Lamb Design
Other Bridal Wear: Lara B
Groom’s Outfit: Chimneys Formal Menswear
Bench (Table Set Up): Cambridge Tent Company


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