A Wondrously Wild, Welsh Elopement

An airy take on a boho elopement, join us as we wander through the Ogwen Valley and up Mount Tryfan…

A billion times thrilled to be sharing this beautiful, light and graceful shoot with you. An airy take on a boho elopement, join us as we wander through the Ogwen Valley and up Mount Tryfan on a delicately wild adventure…

Submitted by photographer Laura-Jane Bennett, and featuring some top notch suppliers including Anthology Vintage Hire and Poppy’s Perspective, the styling and aesthetic is a welcome break from the darker edits we typically see for bohemian weddings and shoots.

Laura-Jane takes us on the teams journey, climbing up the Welsh mountains…

“Following hair and makeup, our first location led us climbing over cattle grids and walking down the side of Lake Ogwen; we had to shoot back towards the road because of the suns positioning in the sky. With the water slightly to our side and the sun bouncing off it, everything looked calm & blissful; the setting was complete with the mountains behind our models.” Laura-Jane

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

The teams first big challenge was to find suitable models for the shoot. The female had to be a size 8 to fit the dresses and had to have long flowing hair which could be curled into a bouncy boho style.

Laura-Jane tried online model agencies and local models, however the journey was either too far for them to travel, or the price was too expensive for the team to hire. However, their luck changed when Lily & Adam, a couple who were recently engaged, were happy to take the drive to Wales for the shoot. 

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

The fist location for the shoot included some really beautiful, quaint landmarks which the team totally took advantage of, including a small, natural mound the ‘vows’ were shot on, and a rustic metal hay dispenser which Laura-Jane had the models kick about and throw each other around in.

“The idea of the shoot was to show a wild elopement having fun and being adventurous. We just had to make the most of our surroundings.” Laura-Jane

The team tackled a climb up Mount Tryfan to get more of a view of the scene below. The mountain was no easy climb, but eventually evened out slightly with a beautiful mini waterfall and rock pool areas for the team to pose the models in and around. The lake, the mountain edge, the views and the soft marsh-type grass which covered the ground were perfect for the scenes the team were hoping for.

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

Not being from the area and having a good 5 hours to get there, the team were concerned about the models turning up; Laura-Jane and Helen had only ever conversed with them over the phone. Luckily, Lily & Adam were both really excited to be involved with the shoot and turned up on time for hair and make up before everyone set off to the chosen locations.

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

Another worry for Laura-Jane was the weather. Wales isnt particularly well-known for being bright and sunny, and being Springtime, she did panic about there being a downpour. However, as you can see from the beautiful images, they got so lucky, with beautiful clear skies and sunshine!

“We had beautiful sunshine, albeit maybe a tad too bright, but with the sun eventually setting, the shoot went perfectly for us!” Laura-Jane

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

We absolutely love the juxtaposition of the elegant dresses with the fedora and shearling jackets utilised in the latter part of the shoot. It completely modernises the look and brings a whole new personality to the overall tone.

The final set of images, set high on Mount Tryfan are a beautiful, dreamy combination of fine art photography and rugged, wild vibes…especially with the bridal models cowboy boots peeking through the cloud-like material of the dress.

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

Laura-Jane’s favourite aspect of the shoot was that it was set somewhere completely different compared to her local area.

“It was inspiring, as there is nowhere similar to Wales in Essex…so to be so high up in the mountains overlooking beautiful scenery, and shooting something we had pulled together in a couple of weeks was just amazing and so exciting!” Laura-Jane

Indeed, whilst it may look simple, so much planning goes into a styled shoot…not least bringing together a team of suppliers who in some instances, don’t know each other or you may not have worked with before. Everything is a gamble. But by and large, and definitely in this instance, the gambles and hard work pay off!

Laura Jane Photography

Laura Jane Photography

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Atop Black Balsam

Bridal shoot set atop Black Balsam, giving Wuthering Heights vibes for bride Kayla.

When I saw a couple of the images from this shoot on Instagram, I knew I had to reach out to the photographer, Alli, to feature them. They gave me a real Wuthering Heights moment, and since I grew up close to the moors that the Bronte’s wrote about in their books, this visually stunning shoot just had to grace Wed in The Wild. 

Shot in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains that border North and South Carolina the landscape is wild and natural, aside from the gravel footpath and the winding road in the distance which brought the team to their chosen location.

Alli’s love for nature is clear; her shots go beyond solely capturing the lovely model, Kayla, and capture the beauty of the landscape too.

“I had to stop and take in how beautiful the whole scenario was. The mountains. A gorgeous bride. The wind bringing life to all around it. The evergreens that give me the green I oh, so love for my pictures. Everything was just perfect.”

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With a simple bridal look, Kayla fits the essence of a natural, relaxed bride. We love understated styling here at Wed in The Wild, and the free flowing hair, natural makeup and simple flowers captivate against the stunning backdrop of Black Balsam point.

The dress, from Lulu’s only adds to the romanticism and the connotations of 18th century literature…with a flowing skirt, sweet ribbons, intrinsic lace sleeves and a beautiful belt. The open back thoroughly modernises the whole look.

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As with most outdoor shoots, set atop a mountain, the weather was a bit of an obstacle.

“It was absolutely freezing cold to the point to where I couldn’t feel my hands as I snapped each shot. The wind didn’t help either as it hit us with all of its might that it had that day. The hike is difficult, especially for someone in a dress, because some of the rocks are nearly a climb straight upward. We were hoping that it would be sunny for golden hour, but the cloud coverage was too thick.”

But with shots like this…how can you really be disappointed! While the wind was one of the challenges, each image has so much personality; each bluster giving life to the dress and to the models hair.

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Alli explained that the location is so unique in relation to where she lives, and as such, she loves to bring clients up to Black Balsam to shoot. And we can totally see why, with a landscape like that…

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