If You Go Down To The Woods Today

This shoot exudes cool…from the bride and groom fashion, to the gorgeous wicker furniture.

Seriously. Cool. Yep. This shoot exudes cool in so many ways…from the bride and groom fashion, to the gorgeous use of bang-on-trend wicker furniture. Oh, and not to mention the beautiful blue-eyed canine companion.

Today’s feature shoot comes in the form of a quaint glamping tale, set in beautiful Cherry Hill Park in Maryland.

“An amazing group of vendors and I came together to create this moody Glamping Boho styled shoot! Our shoot took place in an eco friendly environment in a secluded Glamping location in Maryland. Our trendy bohemian couple was paired with a sweet blue-eyed husky as they shared pizza with each other around our nature inspired tablescape” Jessica, Event Planner

Honestly, we can’t really think of a better way to spend your wedding day than out in nature, round a campfire eating pizza!

Enjoy!

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Real Wedding: Meghan & Eric

We love a mix of classic chicness and rustic country, which is why we love Meghan and Eric’s big day.

Sometimes it’s nice to mix a little bit of classic chicness to a rustic, country wedding. Which is why we love Meghan and Eric’s big day, shot by the ever so talented, Nick Nguyen. Letting their venue, the Brodie Homestead, speak for itself this lovely couple kept things tasteful, laidback and full of emotion for their guests.

Meghan’s BHLDN dress set the tone for her wedding day…light, uncomplicated and completely effortless…much akin to the styling for the remainder of the event. The bridesmaids wore navy to complement the groomsmen, and the flowers were a mixture of lush greenery, white peonies and roses, and white scabiosa heads. Nikk, the photographer, explains more…

“Shooting Meghan and Eric’s wedding at Brodie Homestead was such a great experience for me. The Austin, Texas venue they chose was absolutely adorable! As a renovated barn turned wedding venue it had the perfect combination of rustic and elegance. But the venue wasn’t the best part by a long shot.

Getting the opportunity to work with Meghan and Eric and be a part of capturing their special day was by far my highlight! It’s wonderful people like these two that make it easy to forget you’re actually working. After witnessing their fun and playful interactions with each other you can’t help but feel relaxed and at ease. It was evident how perfect these two were for each other by how they were able to fully be themselves and how being themselves only encouraged the other to do the same.

This truly was an unforgettable experience for me and even though it was super hot, the temperature didn’t slow anyone down for a minute! If you take a look through my blog you’ll see that Meghan and Eric’s special day was a breath-taking day filled with a lot of tears and laughter.” Nikk Nguyen

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Field of Dreams Bridal Inspiration

Floaty, natural bridal inspiration with beautiful earthy tones.

Not every outdoor wedding has to be bohemian…it can, of course err to the more elegant side; which is what we love about this beautifully free-flowing shoot with classic, chic nods and beautiful floristry.

With a peach, gold and white colour palette, the shoot played to the neutral surroundings by adding beautiful pops of colour…bang on trend with this years Pantone colour of the year too!

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Frida-Inspired Greenhouse Vibes

A banging bridal inspiration shoot, set in the tropical greenhouses of Writtle College.

Hey! Jenna here! I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about blogging a shoot before. Sure, I may be biased as this concept was the brainchild of me as part of my other business, Wonderland Invites, but even if it wasn’t my concept…I think it would still be up there with the most exciting, bad-ass, spine-tingling shoots I’ve seen out there for a long time.

I love a styled shoot, and I tend to plan 4-6 a year. I know how hard they are to pull off and that every single detail is always meticulously thought out. Providing couples with amazing inspiration is a huge factor in the thought processes of the suppliers involved. Luckily, I had a bloody brilliant team on board with me for this baby, and you know what, they killed it…

The Premise

I guess where it started for this concept was a photoshoot that Karen from Rock The Frock curated back in 2017. It took place in the greenhouse at Writtle College; a working university dedicated to agriculture and horticulture. Ever since working on that shoot with Karen, I have wanted to shoot in the greenhouses there.

I love all things green, lush and cactus-filled – greenhouses are life, amirite? I am also a lover of beautiful Moroccan homeware, and the goddess herself Frida Khalo. In fact, I remember studying her work in GCSE Art, and since then, I just love the colourful nature of her work. So, essentially, this shoot was a pooling of different inspirations into one beautifully bohemian, colour popping shoot!

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Styling

I always need to have my right-hand women shooting with me; the amazing Laura and Alex from Rock The Day Styling and Amy from Anthology Vintage Hire. They just ‘get’ my concepts and truly elevate every aspect of every shoot I have conceptualised with their amazing hire items, furniture and eye for styling. Alex had spray-painted a peacock chair black and I was itching to use it; I knew it would fit with the styling for this shoot.

Alongside reclaimed trestle tables and chairs, Amy lent her beautiful tan Chesterfield chair and her amazing new triangular arch, which the amazing Rebecca from Velvet Rose Flower Studio adorned with bang-on-trend anthurium, orchids and trailing amaranthus.

Assisting Laura and Alex was Shelley of The Neon Finca. Shelley travels to Morocco periodically to pick up amazing homeware items to stock her shop, which we incorporated into the styling of the shoot. Her gorgeous kilim cushions provided beautiful pops of colour around the peacock chair seating area, and her woven placemats gave extra depth to the tablescape, which Laura and Alex decorated with beautiful candles, glassware and bowls filled with fruit.

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The Fashion

Dresses were lent by Karen of Rock The Frock and included items by Otaduy, Zetterberg, Chantelle Lauren and a jumpsuit by Velvet Hearts. I also lent an additional gown from Shikoba following a shoot we worked on together in Morocco. We mixed and matched looks on the models Shona and Louise, and added a beautiful leather jacket by Back Chat Designs for some extra sass and oomph.

Zoe from Knot Your Average Bride provided hair and makeup services; Zoe, alongside her work as a wedding HMUA, also works with a lot of fashion brands, so her eye for fashion and elevating a look was paramount. We wanted to create some edgier looks, and her amazing work definitely took us there. She was assisted on the day by CLB Hair.

Zoe also helped guide which hairpieces and jewellery would work best with which looks – we had a beautiful array of items to use from Black + Sigi, ASOS and Gypsy Rose Vintage, alongside a real flower crown created by Rebecca and a stunning floral embroidered veil from Sash & Veil.

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Stationery & Cake

For the stationery, I must have spent hours of downtime working on the concept. It took ages to get right…something didn’t click at the start so I started over a good few times! I decided to incorporate a tile pattern which kinda gave me the kickstart I needed to take the design to a better place.

I always use separate inserts for shoots as they are easier to photograph, but as I was there on the day to help style, I decided to breathe life into one of my best-selling formats; the concertina design. I opted for bright colours and complemented the design with bright envelopes and tassels to add texture. You can see more of my stationery work here.

When I asked Sarah of Tiny Sarahs Cakes to provide the cake, I knew I had to provide a colourful, interesting brief as she just doesn’t do standard cakes. She’s consistently raising the roof of the cake game in the UK with her amazing, detailed and super-creative designs, so I was thrilled she said yes! And she didn’t disappoint!

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The Flowers 

If you want super cool, bang-on-trend flowers in Essex, then there’s nobody better than Rebecca of Velvet Rose Flower Studio. She’s colourful, bohemian, edgy and luxe all rolled into one, and she creates the most awesome displays.

For this shoot, Rebecca played homage to the greenhouses with grasses, palms, anthurium, orchids and beautiful trailing amaranthus. She hit the nail on the head with the triangular backdrop, busting a gut to get the frame looking absolutely spot on and well-balanced.

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The Models & The Photographer

I’d worked with Louise Parker previously on a shoot at Browning Brothers, and she’s an uber professional model; on time, knows her poses and is such a warm personality to have on set. I found Shona’s profile and instantly knew I wanted her to join us…not only are her brows absolute perfection, but she’s equally pro and ridiculously sweet. Both ladies were amazing to have on set.

And lastly…Megs of Megan Elle Photography. What can I say. Megan is a true talent, a real sweetheart and a brilliant director. I knew this shoot was going to be special but upon receiving the images from Megs following the day, I was in awe. Not only did she capture every detail perfectly but she also captured loads of lovely behind the scenes shots of the team working hard.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank every single supplier involved in this shoot. You are all incredible. If you are getting married in the South East of England, then these are the suppliers you should be booking for your big day.

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Aegean Rue de Seine at Laguna Gloria

We’re loving these beautiful couple portraits and the focus on the stunning Rue de Seine dress.

What do you get when you cross the boho Rue De Seine dress of your dreams, with a swish grooms suit from Bonobos? Well, this inspiration shoot, that’s what! Submitted by the wonderful Nikk Nguyen, and shot at Laguna Gloria, we’re loving the beautiful couple portraits and the focus on the gorgeous, intricate details of the stunning Rue de Seine dress.

“Pulling this shoot off was a dream for me as a wedding photographer. Laguna Gloria is one of the most beautiful venues in Austin, Texas and I’ve been looking forward to this boho inspiration shoot for a long time now. To say that I’m happy to see the finished product couldn’t be more of an understatement; I’m ecstatic! This shoot had all the feels, soft, romantic and edgy all in one and to be able to capture it during sunset was a dream come true!” Nikk

Nikk explains that the inspiration for this shoot was ‘a piece of cake’ thanks to the Aegean-inspired gown from Rue De Seine. From the fringe details to the intricate lace patterns, the team were passionate about capturing the dress somewhere as natural, free-flowing and bold as the dress itself and what better place than Laguna Gloria!

“Our stylist and coordinator, Lynsie from Pearl Events, was an absolute master at pulling everything together. I was an awe watching how she took a captivating idea and turned it into a beautiful reality. Everything from the florals, to the tablescape, to the venue itself was an integral part that made this shoot work!” Nikk

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Sweet Love at Addison Grove

We love a styled shoot…even more so when it involves a sweet real couple and their little cherub! 

We love a styled shoot here at Wed in The Wild…even more so when it involves a sweet-ass real couple and their little cherub! The inspiration behind this shoot was pulling in non-traditional wedding décor, like the wooden lanterns, minimally modern ceremony site and some fun extras.

Not only was the décor “untraditional”, so was the couple. The bride was pregnant with their second child for the shoot, and the couples little girl was also in attendance! Which makes for some ultra cuteness overload!

“In the words of Alex Moreau, our amazing coordinator that helped make this shoot possible, “this stunning one of a kind bohemian inspiration shoot in Dripping Springs will hit you right in the feels.” And I couldn’t agree more! This amazing inspiration shoot is filled with statement pieces. From the brass heron figurines to the vintage typewriter and cowhide textiles in the lounge, unique pieces are a hallmark of Alex’s design!” Nikk Nguyen, Photographer

What makes this shoot so unique is the “untraditional” aspects throughout which will really appeal to a vast audience; the bohemian lovers, the outside the box thinkers, the free spirits and those who want a day so unique that it cannot be recreated. Keeping the day personal is what this shoot was all about!

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Boho At The Giraffe Shed

Gorgeous, dried flower and Rue de Seine inspiration from The Giraffe Shed.

After seeing this amazing Wild Ones Community workshop over on Instagram and of course, swooning over all the gorgeous details, we were so ecstatic to receive a submission from one of the photographers who attended the shootout.

Submitted by the lovely Rebecca Carpenter, this workshop was curated by an insane UK wedding scene team…including some of the finest boho suppliers; The Little Lending Company, Sass Flower and Cakes by Yolk. Dresses by Rue de Seine and Anna Campbell were lent by the amazing Jean Jackson Couture.

The workshop was the brainchild of Wild Ones Community founder, Nicola Dixon and was run in conjunction with The Giraffe Shed; a new wedding venue in Wales set up by Hannah of Rock Salt Photography.

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We’re loving 2019 being the year of dried flowers and natural, peachy tones. And this shoot encapsulates a beautiful colour scheme mixed with pampas grasses and dried seed-heads, bang-on-trend wicker furniture and insane bridal styling.

“I simply adored the styling of this shoot by The Little Lending Co! Everything was on point; the flowers, the furniture, the accessories and the beautiful dresses provided by Jean Jackson Couture were incredible and a joy to photograph. Most importantly the beautiful real life couples oozed so much fun and natural chemistry!” Rebecca

Penny of The Little Lending Company has such a great eye for detail and is the doggone queen of bohemian wedding styling.  Combined with the beautiful floral displays and gorgeous cake, along with incredible stationery by Vine In The Wild, Penny created beautifully styled areas which united all of this seasons most in-demand wedding trends.

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We love seeing these types of portfolio building workshops…and Nicola is a standout in the industry; well known for her amazing concepts and her black book filled with amazing suppliers who come together and pull off her overarching vision.

“I’ve followed Nicola Dixon’s work and her Wild One’s Community workshops for a while now and have always just been in awe at the calibre of styling and scale of production. I booked because February was a quieter month for me in terms of weddings and I was bursting to create some new and exciting inspirational content. I had been following The Giraffe Shed online on Instagram and just loved their branding, the story behind it and what they were all about!” Rebecca

The Giraffe Shed is a family-owned venue on a farm in Tregynon, Central Wales. Set up by Hannah of Rock Salt Photography, they offer something completely different to the surrounding wedding venue offerings…not least tonnes of personality and a perfect backdrop to throw unique, creative and highly personalised weddings.

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Photographers are divided about portfolio workshops but we think they encourage a sense of community over competition which is vastly important in todays creative industries; indeed, Rebecca is much of the same mind…

“Wedding Photographers all have very different opinions about portfolio workshops but I’m all for them! Some of my closest wedding friends in the industry I’ve met on shoot days and workshops! I think it’s so important to chat with others on a shoot day and stay in touch afterwards with people you connect with, no two photographers will ever shoot the exact same thing and edit the same and that’s the beauty of photography. ” Rebecca

And when it comes to content…well, Rebecca sums it up perfectly…

“I love to attend various shoot days throughout the year as you are shooting content for YOU! You shoot the content you want to create and you shoot the type of content you want to use to attract your ideal client. You’re not under the time constraints of a wedding day and you get to experiment with ideas you wouldn’t usually risk at someones wedding. I think they are so important for your development, creativity and you get to meet some incredible fellow suppliers along the way!” Rebecca

Thank you Rebecca for sharing your beautiful work with us, and thank you to Nicola Dixon and Hannah of the Giraffe Shed for creating such a dream concept!

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Warm & Cosy at Slot Doddendael

Full of gorgeous colours, an open fire and beautiful candles, this styled inspiration is warming our cockles!

OK…so the weather here in the UK has taken a real turn for the colder…what is this!! So when this warming, cosy shoot from the Netherlands landed in our inbox, we had to snap it up to help warm our cockles back up!

Full of gorgeous, autumnal colours, an open fire and beautiful candles, this styled inspiration is all that we need right now. The bridal styling is super chic, clean and elegant, and the groom-style is super dapper and bang on trend. From the food to the florals, the furniture to the amazing dessert table, we are salivating beneath our blankets!

“Normally the best time of the year to get marry is late spring and summer. But there is so much prettiness in autumn/winter weddings. Rich colours and the warmth of the fireplace are key ingredients in this styled inspiration. Autumn/winter weddings feel so much more magical, don’t you think?” Nailia, Best Day Ever Events

Enjoy…

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Real Wedding: Daryen & Markus

A super fun real wedding set in a ghost town, Wild West open air venue.

After a week long hiatus, following a major technical fault on Jenna’s laptop, we bringing gorgeous wedding inspiration back with this beautiful, super fun real wedding. Daryen & Markus were already legally married the day of their ceremony and party, but that didn’t stop the lovely couple from sharing their devotion and love for one another with their nearest and dearest. 

Ross, the couples photographer, tells us more about this gorgeous couple in love…

“These two were actually already hitched before their wedding day. They wanted to buy a house and they had to be married, so they went to the courthouse to say their I-do’s. A few months later they finally got to have a beautiful rustic wedding with family and friends to witness and celebrate with them” Ross

Excited is an understatement when Daryen and Markus told Ross that they had decided on the ghost town in Searchlight, Nevada called Eldorado Canyon. It’s a playground for a photographer, with countless places to take epic photos. The day started off in the Golden Gate at Fremont Street in Downton Las Vegas, which was actually the first ever Las Vegas hotel. How cool is that?!

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The bride made her bouquet from flowers at Hobby Lobby, and after the girls got ready they all headed to Nelson in a party bus for the wedding. The men got ready in the main building, putting on their suspenders and brushing their beards.

“Daryen hid behind one of the sheds while Markus headed to the big rustic barn for their first look. How sweet was his reaction?! The black box in his hand is his gift to his Daryen; a new gun with a love letter written on it. The ceremony took place amongst cactuses, followed by eating and drinking under the stars, a pyramid of Pink Box donuts, the removal of one curious rattle snake and dancing in the old barn” Ross

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Daryen explained that her decor for the day utilised bohemian inspiration but also, a lot of personal touches. She has always been a big fan of old-school floral pattern, lace and the couple were lucky enough to have the perfect place to decorate for their first dance and dance floor.

Most of the deck decor was DIY, from the table lighting to the flower arrangements to the bridesmaids bouquets and the brides bouquet.

“It was our special day and we worked really well together making sure it was perfect for us.” Daryen

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The couple chose laid back outfits, and we love the fact that Daryen didn’t care about her beautiful gown getting a little bit dirty in the mud…just shows that she embraced her day and had a good old time!

“I wanted something that would be elegant and classy, yet allow for a good body movement, and always having been a fan of classic lace my choice was easy. I also wanted something that would complement my skin tone, but conceal my tattoos a little bit, so I opted for a dress that had longer but see-through sleeves. The dress itself had a 12” train and was made by Wear Your Love XO. The flower crown was another personal touch of my own.” Daryen

Markus chose an ensemble which wouldn’t detract from Daryen’s dress but would be bold enough to stand out from the desert landscape.

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When it comes to advice for couples arranging their wedding day, Daryen and Markus’s advice is simple…

“Don’t stress about it! You probably will anyways, I know I did, but it’s about being with the person across from you saying “I do” and not so much about the stuff you know your soon to be hubby is going to get wrong. Live it up, let loose, and have fun! You’ll only get to do it one time!” Daryen

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Kilkenny Beach Elopement

Real couple Jordan & Freddie joined photographer Roshni for a beach elopement.

We’re loving how elopements are becoming more visible in today’s wedding industry…they used to be clandestine, secretive operations, but nowadays, so many couples are embracing the opportunity to get married in a small intimate ceremony together…saving the big party for a later date!

Jordan & Freddie shot this beautiful, simple but emotive elopement scene on Kilkenny Beach last November, with photographer Roshni. And despite the wind and cold, the trio created some beautiful, love-filled magic.

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“A beach elopement shoot was always my dream and I had a chance to just do that when I went to Belfast in November for a weekend. Jordan and Freddie were just perfect for this shoot as they both are madly in love with each other and athletic too. They love surf boarding, playing football and are in love with Ireland just like me.” Roshni

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Roshni sourced a dress from Susanna Greening before she left the UK, and the suit was the grooms own. The concept was really based on how a real life elopement would look like, come rain or shine; and the team certainly braved the cold November weather…exposed to the elements on the beachside shoot.

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Amazingly, the flowers were sourced from Aldi on the morning of the shoot and hand-tied by Roshni…just showing that if your budget from flowers isn’t great, and you have the patience, you can create a beautiful bouquet on very little money.

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