Wild & Free at Browning Bros

With a focus on sustainability, this wedding inspiration shoot is seriously beautiful!

What do insane floral installations, reclaimed wooden backdrops, tipis and bohemian styling all have in common? We love, love, love them! Thats what! So we’re unbelievably thrilled to be bringing this glorious wedding inspiration shoot to you today!

Conceptualised and coordinated by Wed in The Wild Editor, Jenna, the shoot combined creams, golds, whites, browns and greens in a neutral palette perfect for a bohemian wedding. The focus was also on sustainability – all styling and hire items were either repurposed, recycled or sourced from vintage shops, the hop wreaths utilised by the florist was used again after the shoot for a wedding, and all the gorgeous linens were all repurposed and dyed using natural, plant or recycled metal dyes.

“When dreaming up this shoot, I had no venue in mind other than Browning Brothers, and their Chalkney Water Meadow site. I love their tipi; the colour is perfect for the palette I had assigned to the shoot, and I knew it would also provide the necessary drama. Their site is brimming with beautiful little pockets of nature; including a beautiful lake and an open field where we shot the models running through the grasses. And luckily, their bell tents were available for the models to get ready in.” Jenna

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The shoot focused on three key installation areas, with a number of smaller setups interwoven throughout the day. Anthology Vintage Hire had just finalised their three part reclaimed wooden backdrop, which can be made longer or shorter based on requirement. We utilised all three panels for the tablescape and seating area, and it provided the perfect frame.

Mia Sylvia worked her fabrics into two beautiful swathed installations, whilst Emma Spowage created a bold and dramatic pampas and hop-filled foliage installation, littered with dainty little flowers. The Rock The Day team styled the tablescape utilising a rust-dyed runner from Mia Sylvia, a hand-worked hop garland by Emma Spowage and a gorgeous collection of vintage sourced brass candlesticks and deer. The bohemian nods were continued in the two other installations; the low grazing table and the gorgeous, abundant a-frame setup, which flanked The White Mules drinks trailer.

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“When I approached Emily from Maid of Gingerbread, I was so excited by her enthusiasm in creating a tipi out of gingerbread. I had admired her work for eons and I knew her unique creativity would provide an amazing statement creation which would be worlds apart from the naked cakes we see so often. The detailed macrame piping and the gorgeous matcha green tea infused piped grasses and flowers were mindblowingly pretty, and the whole confection just worked so well with the larger setup and styling. It was also yummy.” Jenna

Emma Spowage, in sheer determination the day before her biggest wedding of 2018, provided the most stunning corner piece for the wall setup alongside a gorgeous bridal bouquet which we trailed with silks by Mia Sylvia. Emma also created a really unique succulent inspired headdress for the models to wear, which included some of the hops she had foraged for the shoot too. The bouquet was abundant and utilised white florals, pops of yellow, oodles of foliage and green amaranthus.

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Two models were chosen for the shoot; Louise and Rachel, who both have completely different looks and personalities. For Louise, the team selected gorgeous Chantal Lauren and Otuduy dresses, which worked perfectly with her Texas-native cowboy boots and relaxed hair and makeup. Rachel rocked Rembo Styling and Francis Bridal gowns, which provided a beautiful contrast to her more structured, plaited hair. All dresses were supplied by Rock The Frock Bridal who were extremely accommodating and fabulous at recommending dresses to pair with the moodboard. Lisa Alger provided hair and makeup services.

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“I decided to use ASOS accessories as I hadn’t come across anything I similar elsewhere – I wanted a hat, and I also wanted to utilise a draping gold headpiece that I had come across on the website, which Rachel wore. On the day, we noticed that Louise already wore a gorgeous Texas state necklace, which we decided to use; Louise is a country singer and her boyfriend lives in the states, so it actually worked perfectly with the tone of the shoot. Lisa also worked in some beautiful gold clips into the girls hair. I had approached She’s Lost Control who sent us a gorgeous box of goodies to utilise as part of a number of styling setups, including crystals, candles and love sprays from their online collections. We also lent a couple of dried sage bundles which we ended burning to ward off the wasps on the day; however, the burning sage fit so well that we decided to include it in the images!” Jenna

For the stationery, Jenna decided to utilise succulents in order to tie in with the styling on the day, and also incorporate celestial nods in the shape of watercolour moon graphics. The stationery also included feathers, dreamcatchers and antler charms.

“I wanted to provide something different to the norm, so I created a bohemian lanyard style order of the day booklet, which included a who’s who of the wedding party, an order of service sheet, a poem and a drinks token page. I also decided to create a beautiful organic cotton printed banner, with a gorgeous quote. To this, I sewed in tassels to the corners for a textural feel”. Jenna

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The shoot was captured by British Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018, Kelsie Low, who’s direction, patience and willingness to contort herself into various positions to get the money shot is nothing short of inspiring!

“Working with Kelsie and the rest of the team was such a pleasure – each supplier went above and beyond, and the result was our magic.” Jenna

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Little Lost Cabin in The Woods

There are so many pretty tones in today’s shoot that we’re really gearing up for the warmer months…

There are so many pretty tones in today’s shoot that we’re really gearing up for the warmer months; pinks, lilacs, peaches and even golden tones. Hmm, yes…makes us feel all warm inside. 

And the colourful flowers on the sumptuously decked out tablescape aren’t the only things brightening our mood…the ridiculously stunning dress, lacy and complete with gloriously oversized trumpet sleeves, will be sure to fill you all the way up…

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Submitted by Elizabeth A Images, the elopement shoot took place in a secluded log cabin in the woods of Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. The models, real-life newlyweds, brought a sweet and genuine glow to the day…showing their complete and utterly lost for words love with the team around them.

Soft and warm shades of pink and mustard were the order of the day and the team fulfilled that brief. Flowers by Vintage Soul Floral Design incorporated roses, peonies and lush foliage. Flowers adorned not only the tablescape and the log cabin’s fireplace, but also the models hat in a unique and playful twist on the bridal fedora trend.

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All details were paid attention too, from the abundant, graceful and flowing tablescape, to the flatlay for the unique and ingenious wooden stationery which was designed by the super creative Cut Above Stationery Team. We love the use of different wooden textures in the stationery, combined with a pressed fern motif.

And that macrame cake…sheer perfection by The Wow Factor Cakes.

 

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The bridal models makeup was kept simple and natural with only a smattering of pink lipstick and a light dusting of peachy pink colour across her eyelids; working perfectly with both her skin tone and the colour palette for the day. The groom looked dapper in his quirky shirt and on-trend mustard chinos, complete with a wooden textured bolo tie.

We love this playful spin on an elopement shoot…set somewhere really secluded, and featuring all the playful colours of summer.

Literal hats off to a great, creative team!

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Boho With A Twist At Lock 91

We love a boho wedding setup in different, unique locations…like this gorgeous industrial boho shoot in Manchester. 

So you probably know Wed in The Wild best for it’s outdoorsy, boho vibe; being at one with nature and discovering the great outdoors. But we really dig a boho wedding setup in different, unique locations…like this gorgeous industrial boho shoot at Lock 91 in Manchester. 

We don’t know whether it’s Editor Jenna’s northern roots, or whether it’s the beautiful boho nods, but this shoot has some serious styling goals and gorgeous colour pops. It’s making us feel a little bit warm and tingly inside, which is saying something as the weather has turned so cold!

Submitted by Michelle Healey of Michelle Amy Weddings, this whimsical setup will send your head a-spinning with its Pinterest-worthy wedding inspiration…

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Now if you are a sucker for macrame like we are, then you’ll love this amazing hexagonal backdrop from Bespoke Events and Styling woven with intricate macrame weaves by Little White Attic. It was certainly one of the focal points of this ‘perfect nod to boho’ styled shoot, which Michelle tells us about…

“We wanted to create a boho style wedding in an industrial setting. Boho is such a fab style and is usually shown in outdoor setting with tipis and such, so we wanted to show that the two can marry together, and with the right setting and venue this can be done indoors.”

The team chose Lock 91 in Manchester as the venue for the shoot; which is, internally, lovely and moody. Emma Boyle’s photography perfectly captured the moodiness of the venue and added to that dark charm that we associate with bohemian weddings.

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The team from Little White Attic also supplied an insane macrame canopy, which stole the styling show as far as we are concerned…we would love to see more of it to be honest! This showstopper was used to frame the beautiful cake by Urban Cake House.

The cake, beautifully detailed in its appearance, featured piped macrame, copper hexagons which fitted seamlessly into the theme of the shoot. We especially love the bottom tier, which looks like different colour geodes…and definitely good enough to eat.

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We’re not meaning to be biased here, but one of our favourite aspects of the shoot (aside from, well…all of it), is the stationery. There sometimes isn’t enough emphasis on stationery in a shoot but the items provided by Raspberry Toast are just beautiful. And completely in contact to what most stationery for boho weddings looks like. This suite is super clean with gorgeous copper nods, and we are loving Cath’s creativity.

Outdoors, the team setup a tablescape and chill out area for the model, Charlotte, to relax amongst. The florals, by Perfect Bouquet included so much gorgeous texture, from ferns and pampas to delicate cows parsley.

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Emma captured this shoot in all its dark and moody beauty.; just the right emotive photography needed to match the dark qualities of the venue, Lock 91. And Michelle explains how the weather fitted the darkness of the shoot…typical of Manchester!

“As we had a setup outside we had to stay on weather watch, dark clouds threatened the skies and we were so lucky, as we wrapped the shoot the heavens opened!” Michelle

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The team cleverly adapted the bohemian trend to suit a gorgeous, industrial location in the heart of a big city.  And we’re loving all of it!

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Bowing To The Hat Trend…

If there is one trend right now that we cannot get enough of, it’s brides in hats!

If there is one trend right now that we cannot get enough of, it’s brides in hats. Fedora’s, stetsons, you name it…if a bride is wearing a hat, we’re pretty much in love! 

Gone are the days where a veil and a tiara, or even a flower crown, were the only ways you could decorate your hair and head. The modern boho bride has found a way to incorporate headwear into their bridal look, and there isn’t a top hat in sight!

Photography: Jordan Voth

Search Pinterest, or Instagram, and you’ll find a beautiful array of inspiration on how to style your look utilising a hat. And we’ve scoured the net to showcase some of the most beautiful, affordable hats on the market…

However, f you want to go alllllll out though and bag yourself a bonafide, handmade, custom hat, then you need to be seeking out The Wise Hatter. Creator, Brandon Wise, is passionate about hats. He has created hats for cowboys, musicians, travellers, bloggers and more, and all of his hats are created to last a lifetime. His hats are an investment and start at $600.

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Hats by The Wise Hatter. Photography by Jordan Voth and Champagne Victoria

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Courtesy of Chantel Lauren Designs

 

 

How To Choose Your Colour Palette

Choosing a colour palette isn’t easy, but we have five tips to help you make up your mind.

There’s nothing like getting engaged to throw your mind whizzing into turmoil…you may have long decided on your colour scheme, wedding vibe, perfect venue, perfect dress, but seeing that rock on your finger can make you question every little detail you have ever thought about!

Arguably, choosing a colour palette is one of the more stressful aspects of early wedding planning; there are quite literally thousands of colour and shade combinations. But it needn’t be so stressful. Boho wedding planning is all about embracing yourself, expressing your spirit and outwardly showcasing your personality. And so, we’ve put together our top five tips for choosing your colour palette to take that weight off of your shoulders!

 

Autumnal boho styling at Kenton Hall Estate. Photography by Leah Lombardi.

1. Take a good look at your venue

Once you have booked your venue, it’s a good idea to confirm your colour scheme. Or, if you booked your venue with a preconceived idea of what your colours may be, then we definitely recommend that you look at this palette again and ensure none of the colours clash with any aspects of the venue decor and surroundings that cannot be easily changed or hidden.

Remember, lighter colours can make a space feel bigger than what it is, where darker colours can enclose and create a more intimate vibe. It’s useful to think about how intimate or open you would like your day to be.

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Neutral boho styling at The Granary Estates. Photography by Leah Lombardi.

Top Tip​ – Once you have booked your wedding, arrange a follow up visit and take swatches of colours you like!

2. Create a moodboard

Ordinarily, we’d recommend creating a Pinterest board…but Pinterest can be so distracting! Instead, create a couple of moodboards for a few different colour schemes and present them to your partner, bridesmaids, mum…! And once you have chosen the winning palette having a visual aid, which you can print and keep in your handbag or pocket, will allow you to call upon your chosen scheme whether you are shopping online or offline.

Top Tip​ – You can easily create moodboards in Word on your computer or laptop, or you could even go old school with a magazine and glue stick!

3. Focus on seasonality

Whatever the time of year you are getting married, it’s useful to familiarise yourself with the seasonality of flowers and plants. After all, flowers are often the glue that holds a whole wedding look together.

 

Beautiful seasonal flowers. Credits at the end of the blog.

You need to think about what types of blooms your florist will be able to provide for the season you are getting married in and ensure that your colour scheme is aligned with what is available at the time. There’s no point asking for Sunflowers in December…!

4. Take a break from weddings

Did you know that much of the trends and styling of weddings are directly influenced by fashion and interior design trends? So, if you are becoming bogged down with wedding magazines and Pinterest boards for table decorations, cakes, etc, take some time out to read an interior design magazine or this months Vogue. You may be pleasantly surprised, not only by how re-energised you’ll feel, but how many new ideas may pop into your head just by changing the subject matter!

5. Be true to who you are and what you love

This. Because after all, it is your wedding day and not your uncle’s, granny’s or your mum’s friend from down the street’s. If you love a certain colour but feel it has been overdone, is last season, or usually looks terrible (Cadbury purple,  amirite)…run with it and put your own individual spin on it. Your suppliers, if you choose them wisely, will support you and help bering your vision to life!

Don’t be afraid to be bold, or to play with colours.

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Whatever your couple style, don’t be afraid. Photography by Lola Rose Photography.

Bonus! Don’t overthink it!

Gone are the days where you paired white with one other colour. It’s quite natural these days for couples to choose a palette made up of 4-7 colours, which all feature either quietly or in a big way across their wedding day.

Image Credits

Featured Image Kelsie Low

Autumnal Boho Styling:

Styling | Beyond V

Floral | Rose & Berry

Stationery | Wonderland Invites

Cakes | Blushing Cook

Neutral Boho Styling:

Styling | Hall & Co

Florals | Clare Jones

Silks | Kate Cullen

Seasonal Florals:

1: Velvet Rose with photography by Kelsie Low

2. Country Garden Flower Company with photography by Gather The Light

3. Saint Floral with photography by Rebecca Carpenter

Couple Style:

Styling | Rose & Dandy

Florals | Meadow Folk

An Elopement Set in The Wilds of Vermont

Wild forests, waterfalls and mountaintops, this shoot has it all including an insane floral installation.

This was our first ever submission. But because Kelsey and Liam are such mega, committed photographers, this blog has been a work in progress. I mean, can you imagine our jaws dropping at the beauty of all of this? Wild forests, waterfalls and mountaintops…this shoot has it all, including the sweetest couple, an awesome floral installation and off course, stunning camera work. 

Speaking to Kelsey and getting to know her during this process has been a dream. And she kindly told us the story of how this shoot came to fruition…

“Having grown up spending our winters in the mountains of Vermont, I’ve always dreamt of getting married in the middle of the woods in a place that means so much to me. As I’ve gotten older and introduced Liam to Vermont, we’ve begun to create our own memories and know that we will get married here when do we make it official. Since our love for this place is so strong and with my sister Lindsey launching a new event planning business Wildflower Event and Design with her sister in law Dara, we knew we had to create our ultimate fantasy elopement that in our dream world, we would create for ourselves! The ideas started flowing and within days Lindsey and I had created mood boards, reached out and solidified vendors and putting our grand plan into motion! “

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The day of the shoot began with dark and rainy skies…perhaps not ideal for a real wedding, cos who likes soggy socks and frizzy hair…but in fact, it’s the perfect shooting weather for photographers (no direct sunlight and heavy shadows).

The sweetheart table was set up on the back porch of Wildflower Event and Desing’s log cabin, overlooking Stratton Mountain, which was covered in rolling fog throughout the entire morning. The tablescape, created by Wildflower Events and Design, was a mixture of mauves, mustard yellow, blue, blush and purple florals, with high purple pillar candles, the most beautiful linens from Silk and Willow and hand painted menus by Louelle Studios.

“We had to constantly run the full tablescape in and out of the rain as it became heavier and then slowed down. We even had some of the girls standing over Jess and Andrew as we were taking photos of them just so they didn’t get too wet!”

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The team drove an hour north to Kelsey & Liam’s favourite waterfall, Thundering Falls, a mountainside waterfall tucked deep into the woods on the Appalachian Trail. With 100 pounds of flowers in tow, the team grabbed a bucket of florals and started their trek down the half a mile long boardwalk that lead to the waterfall base. Hannah, the florist, built the most insane floral/moss garden that climbed up the side of the mountain overlooking the falls.

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To end the most magical day, the team made their way to the top of an unmarked scenic overlook in the Green Mountains to create the most snuggly cuddle session ever, including cake and champagne!

“We got to the top and with about 45 minutes of sunlight left and we rallied together in the rain to bang out the most magical scene, with Wildflower creating and bringing the tepee vision to life and Hannah from Hudson Botanica building vines of flowers up the side of the tepee as the sun was setting fast behind us.”

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As with all shoots, and real weddings, the project was a challenge. Especially as the locations were all around 40 miles apart from each other. And finding vendors with a shared vision and love for the aesthetic was of course, a challenge in itself. But, as Kelsey explains…

“The instant connection and bond that was created by eleven strangers in a matter of minutes was something that I will forever carry with me through my adulthood and career – everyone was creatively vulnerable and worked effortlessly, having never met before everyone came together to cultivate a vision that we had only dreamed of! With our kick ass team of boss babes and Liam of course, we created a magical fairytale scene that blew our vision out of the water!”

Well, team, you completely blew our minds! Hats off to such a stellar team:

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Photography | KeLi Photography

Curator and Stylist | Wildflower Events and Design

Flowers | Hudson Botanica

Makeup | Lyndsie Lord, La Boutique Photo Mua 

Hair | Nomads Creative Corner

Dress Designer | Sweet Caroline Styles

Silk & Linens | Silk and Willow

Calligraphy | Louelle Design Studio

Models  | Jess and Andrew

Recommendation: Grape & Fig

Are you fed up of the same old, three course, sit-down meals at weddings? Look no further than Grape & Fig.

Are you fed up of the same old, three course, sit-down meals at weddings? Are you looking for a completely different concept for your big day?  How about a long, flowing table, artistically turned into an abundant bounty of  all the very best antipasti, cheeses, breads, fruits, nuts and chocolates?

We’re talking honeycombs dripping with fresh, sticky honey.  We’re talking soft, creamy cheeses, paired with artisan breads and oils. We’re talking delicious, homemade chocolate, and beautiful fruits. Are your mouths watering yet?

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Image: The Menagerie Lifestyle Photography

Well…it’s Toria’s job to whet your appetite, and it all began with her own wedding back in 2016. A passion project turned fully-fledged business aimed at bringing Australasian-style grazing to the UK, Grape & Fig is the name on everybody’s lips…

We’ve been lucky to have worked with Toria on a number of projects over at Wonderland Invites, and it has been an insane year watching her grow and her business take shape. From weddings and baby showers, to celebrity birthday parties, product launches and corporate dining, Grape & Fig is well and truly making it’s mark on the UK foodie scene.

Images: Grape & Fig on Instagram

So, why have a grazer at your wedding?

The answer, of course, is why wouldn’t you? Traditional weddings are becoming a thing of the past as couples embrace new ways of celebrating with their loved ones, and grazing tables are the new buffet. Some would call them show-stoppers, and rightly so, but we would call them a work of art.

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Toria meticulously curates her grazing tables for each of her clients, working with them to create the perfect show-stopping piece of edible art for their event. She responsibly and locally sources where possible, and even makes some of the items found on her grazers herself. Additional services such as incorporating foliage adornments and even tablescape styling utilising beautiful luxe props can be added for extra wow factor.

Images: Grape & Fig on Instagram

“So, where do I sign?”

The Grape & Fig website is super clear and transparent, and due to the amount of enquiries they receives daily, they are unable to hold dates. So if you are keen and want to book a table of grazer goodness for your wedding, get in touch with Toria and the team now!

Featured Image by Kelsie Low Photography

 

Dark & Stormy Feels in Brighton

Dark and stormy shoot, with a touch of sleek glamour; a different take on the bohemian trend

A different vibe for todays styled shoot…dark and stormy with a touch of sleek glamour, whilst still embracing some of the hallmarks of the bohemian trend; beautiful, abundant florals, gorgeous styling and oodles of special little touches.

Led by Emily Dall, a florist based in the UK, the shoot took place at the moody, emotive pub, The Pond in Brighton and incorporated a stellar lineup including the uber talented Bunston Bakes and Wed in The Wild favourites, Lo & Behold Bespoke.  We absolutely LOVE it!

Emily explains more…

“Our Dark & Stormy shoot is the achingly beautiful bohemian marriage of darkness with romance. A love which almost certainly began on a brooding autumn day and which is so overpowering that you could describe yourself as ‘utterly intoxicated’ with your partner.”

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Emily chose the rich colours of teal & burgundy to offer alternative autumnal hues and provide a contrast with both the fluttering candlelight & the stunning ivory Ossie Clark-inspired dress.

” As an autumn lover, I have always adored a brooding, dark colour palette and I thrive on cinematic styling & drama. As a result, I would say there was certainly a subtle combination of inspiration from the album The Bride by Bat for Lashes, my lifelong love of Wuthering Heights (the ultimate moody & windswept romance on the moors!) and the Instagram feed of Susie Bick, Nick Cave’s wife.

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Shooting an autumnal wedding in June wasn’t not easy but the team were ‘blessed’ with a moody weather forecast on the day which was ideal…no sunlight pouring through the windows to pull the tone away from the mood the team wanted to portray.

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As always, we love to ask about the submitter about their favourite aspect of the shoots and for Emily, it was a hard choice (and we can see why).

“The tablescape came together just as I hoped it would, with the huge peonies & wild roses perfectly interlacing the elegantly ornate brass candlesticks, but when Ami from Lo & Behold hung the hand-painted banner on the wall behind it was just the cherry on top! Receiving those images back from Paloma made my heart sing. Also, if I may mention one other aspect, Arabella went to the trouble of mixing a bespoke lip colour on the day of the shoot to match the rich burgundy colour of the peonies. This attention to detail is everything I adore in wedding design & styling.”

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Photographer | Photography By Paloma

Stationery & Styling | Lo & Behold Bespoke

Flowers | Emily Dall Flowers

Dress | Hope & Harlequin

Florist | Bear Claw Catering

Cake | Bunston Bakes

HMUA | Arabella Hewitt

Venue | The Pond

 

 

A Love Affair with Boho Styling

We chat to boho styling experts about their loves, loathes and what boho means to them.

Wed in The Wild was borne out of a pure, unadulterated love for wild and bohemian weddings, combined with a love for the great outdoors. From flowing dresses, grazing tables under the stars to breathtaking photography and of course, bohemian styling.

We’re lucky that we know some amazing wedding planners and stylists who absolutely adore bohemian styling too – great minds think alike, huh. We spoke to a few of our favourites to find out what boho means to them, and how they bring in their love for all things boho into the weddings they work on.

a boho couple has a free spirit and is up for just about everything. It is a whimsical lifestyle driven by nature, and authenticity”

Great words from Cindy who runs Peachy Keen Coordination out of Oregon, USA. She. believes that to be bohemian is to be driven BY love; bohemian couples allow you to feel their love in the energies they feed one another.

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Cindy finds that bohemian couples embellish their day with pieces that bring comfort, a bit of nostalgia, and are considerate of their organic surroundings. When done ‘right’, boho styling often looks effortless and even thrown together. This is easier said than done and for that reason, boho weddings are one of the more challenging designs styled for many to accomplish.

Likewise, Ami of Lo & Behold Bespoke (Hampshire, UK) adds that bohemian styling is the artform of making things look effortless and stylish but not too over styled; a celebration of beautiful things.

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A stylist who loves to utilise flickering candlelight wherever possible, Ami has a huge, ever growing collection of vintage brass and glass candlesticks and lanterns. Her stock is made up of a lot of unique pieces, with 90% of her collection being thrifted, second hand or handmade. Living in such a throw away culture, it’s important to use and reuse items. A fact which Laura from Rock The Day Styling (Essex, UK) ,

“It’s very important to us to use florists that can grow their own flowers, furniture suppliers who source vintage furniture to give these pieces a new lease of life, and thrift or make our own props.”

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From backdrop frames and hoops for florals, to macrame, Laura’s prop factory is a treasure trove of handmade, bespoke items and thrifted pieces. Laura loves to utilise her range of macrame, made by hand by business partner Alex, in order to style weddings. Including chair backs, table runners, wall hangings and every backdrops, their macrame pieces come in a range of patterns and add the perfect nod of boho to wedding breakfasts and ceremonies alike.

Amber from Rock & Stone (USA), is obsessed with using locally sourced and organic ingredients, whether an incredible wooden backdrop made by a local artist or decorating with pampas grass and greenery cut from a local garden. She loves the visual complexity of layering multiple natural textures like different shades of wood, crystals, florals, and plant died fabrics to create something unique and relevant to the location. For Amber, bohemian weddings are free spirited, personal, organic and a celebration of nature and the natural elements.

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She loves to see couples moving away from Pinterest staples like ‘welcome to our wedding’ signs in place of something that reflects them and the tone of their wedding. Speaking of which, we asked each off the suppliers which styling trend they wished would die a death…

“I’m sorry to say it but I’m really starting to hate the donut wall!” – Amber

“Rose gold is one! Rustic burlap and cheesy signage!” – Laura, Rock The Day

“One word: burlap (hessian). I’ll say no more.” – Cindy

“Chair covers…luckily I think they are dying a slow death” – Ami

“Chair covers and tablecloths!” Laura, The Rustic Dresser

Laura from The Rustic Dresser (Southwest, UK) uses a lot of wood in her styling, hence her dislike of old-fashioned table cloths and chair covers. She loves natural, organically dyed fabrics and cushions to drape and soften rather than covering beautiful furniture completely.

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“I love furniture. The bigger the better in my book!! And I wholeheartedly think that props are there to be enjoyed. To be touched, smelt, sat on, stood on and made the most out of. You want your styling to make guests feel as if they have no control over their actions, but that they just have to simply go over and interact with it.”

We are bowled over by the passion of these five exceptionally talented women, who each bring their own beautiful spin on boho styling to the table. From full styling plans, hire items, prop sourcing and bespoke prop creation, their creative know-all is a force to be reckoned with. So if you are struggling to empty your thoughts and marry (pun intended) a range of ideas and styles, then these women are up for the job!

Featured Image: Marnie Cornell

Real Wedding: Madison & Austin

Woodland vibes for this real wedding, featuring some really cool details and a wonderfully loved up couple!

All the feels for the sweetest couple on the blog this evening. Madison and Austin’s wedding features so many pretty little details, and was shot by the lovely and equally talented Brynna of Three Birds Photography

The couple had the most perfect, intimate wedding surrounded by close friends and family. When Madison contacted Brynna about photographing her wedding, she told her of her plans for a small backyard wedding. She also expressed an interest in wanting to shoot images of just her and Austin at a separate location in the woods. For Brynna, it was the perfect brief…

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Brynna explains more…

“Madison and Austin have such a loving and warm connection that shows in every picture. I loved every detail of their day! Madison’s dress, the flower details in her hair, the groom’s entire outfit, the flowers by Centre Floral – all of it. The most unique and beautiful part about the day was Madison’s tattoo of the moon phase of their wedding night. Their fun and relaxed personality made the day and the photographing experience so amazing and special. Madison and Austin’s day still inspires me when planning sessions and photographing other couples to this day – a wedding I’ll always treasure!”

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Brynna has actually known Madison since they were children, having grown up in the same county, but were never friends. However, Madison began following Brynna when she began her photography venture, and they began to form a bond. She shot their engagement photos in downtown Nacogdoches, TX in different abandoned spots. Madison’s unique personality really clicked with Brynna’s style and every detail of their wedding really spoke to her.

Match made in heaven, it sounds like!

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The wedding took place in Madison’s aunts backyard. It was a very short ceremony and Brynna and the couple left right after to take pictures in Sabine National Forest. When the pictures were taken, the wedding party convened in an old community house for the reception, where the food and decorations were made by family and friends. All so simple, but oh so perfect.

Brynna recalls that she “learned that it is better to just do what you want on your wedding day, because it is in fact YOUR day! Madison and Austin did exactly what they wanted, pictures, decorations, and all and it was perfect.”

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Question: Brynna, what does love mean to you?

“Love means being completely authentic and 100% yourself with your partner. Raw honesty is love. Acceptance of faults and flaws is love. Quality time is love. You don’t need expensive dates, cards, and money to show your love. You just need each other. Time spent watching a movie together, making cookies together, dancing to “your” song, or just being beside each other, not even having to say a word. Any day spent together.  That’s love to me.”

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Brynna provides photography in a style which shows authenticity and joy. She is East Texas based but is willing to travel both within the US and overseas, and she loves to shoot weddings, portraits, and lifestyle sessions. Her boyfriend partners with her for weddings as a second shooter and videographer.