A Mind-Blowing, Cheeky Medora Shoot

A cheeky end to this visually stunning shoot set in the wilds of Medora.

When we saw this shoot kicking about on the incredible Blaine Finneseth’s Instagram, we knew we had to get it in the bag. Not only is it set in the most incredible landscape, but the hats and flowers had us at the proverbial ‘hello’.

Blaine is a North Dakota-based photographer, with a passion for capturing perfect moments. Specialising in weddings and graduating seniors, Blaine’s love getting to know people and utilising that familiarity to get the best out of client sessions.

Combining a killer team for this stunning shoot, Blaine captured not only raw emotion but lots and lots of fun with this dramatic conceptual project. And watch out for the cheeky shot at the end…

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We love that so many rules were broken with this shoot…because why should we to play by the rules when it comes to weddings? From the groom attire, the hats, the jewellery and the smoke bombs, every detail is deeply personal and visually showcases how far you can push your wedding day concept to align with your preferences as a couple.

We heart an unconventional wedding.

By far, out favourite aspect of Blaine’s concept is the colour palette; whilst we usually see red tones paired with plums, silvers and greens, we love that the team utilised oranges and yellows to pair with the rusty red of the grooms blazer and the silks of the bouquet. Such a perfect pairing with the surrounding landscape.

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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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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.

Wise_Hatter_Photo_Series1_2048x2048The Wise Hatter, by Zach Flash

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

Screen Shot 2018-11-07 at 16.49.48Photography: Heather Woolery

Courtesy of Chantel Lauren Designs