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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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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Wildly In Love at Lodge Farm

We’re loving the bohemian inspiration behind this gorgeous styled shoot.

As the evenings get lighter and the mornings get brighter, we’re looking ahead to the Spring and Summer. It has been a long,  cold winter, and so seeing warmer, golden tones shine through is a welcome interlude from the dark, wintry months.

Today’s shoot, incorporating lots of beautiful, warming tones, pink and peach hued florals and oodles of greenery is breathing fire into our souls. We’re loving the bohemian inspiration, and the real couple connection between Luke and Tyler. Shot by British Wedding Photographer of The Year 2018, Kelsie Low, at Lodge Farm Barns in Essex, this stunning bohemian behemoth of shoots is sure to win your heart.

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As a photographer, Kelsie had steered away form styled shoots for a while, as her style of work is very relaxed, carefree and fun, rather than the posed style we usually see from styled shoots. In planning this activity, Kelsie really wanted to utilise a real couple, so that real couples getting married could really connect with the imagery.

“For me it’s so important to capture the true connection between people and this is what I strive to do in all of the photographs I take” Kelsie

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Through the power of Instagram, Kelsie stumbled across Luke and Tyler of The Two Bohemians. A real couple based in Manchester, the pair exuded love and genuine emotion on the day, which made the shoot feel natural and honest, rather than staged.

Kelsie chose The Barns at Lodge Farm as the perfect setting for the shoot; a new, exclusive wedding and events venue, the barns are set in the beautiful Essex countryside, not far from London…but far enough away for you to feel solidly amongst nature.

The venue is a working farm, and has a variety of beautiful spaces to utilise; it really is the perfect venue for a dry-hire wedding – you can really make it your own!

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When it came to hair and make up, Kelsie was set on a natural, free-flowing look and sought suppliers she knew would make this happen. Hair So Boho worked on Tylers hair, creating volume and unstructured, beachy blonde waves; the perfect backdrop to the beautiful, minimal and eucalyptus filled flower crown created by Becca of Velvet Rose.

Makeup was kept simple, fresh and bohemian by Beauty by Zoe, who opted for super flawless skin and statement eyes to make Tylers features pop.

Tyler wore a dress by Lucy Can’t Dance kindly lent by Essex-boutique, Rock The Frock Bridal.

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Styling and furniture services were provided by Rock The Day and Anthology Vintage hire respectively. Anthology provided their unique reclaimed wood trestle tables, vintage chairs, furniture and props, all of which can be hired for weddings and events. In keeping with the tone, Kelsie and Amy (Anthology) opted for beautiful items which fit the palette of natural tones, including vintage green armchairs and sofa, and Persian rugs.

Laura, Alex and Magda from Rock The Day meticulously dressed the amazing tablescapes with crockery from Harriets Table and items from their own collection including macrame chair backs, table runners, dreamcatchers and their amazing macrame lanterns.

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Floral design was provided by the amazing Becca of Velvet Rose Floral Design; a self proclaimed romantic floral-story teller, with a penchant for breaking rules…Becca loves to create amazing florals with a difference, utilising textures and colours to wow with show-stopping blooms.

For this shoot, Becca was inspired by her love for 70s bohemia, and provided a combination of fresh and dried ingredients for the bouquet, flower crown, meadow-style installation and table runners.

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Additional styling came from the unique and eye-catching barrel grazer, created by the wondrous Grape & Fig; the UK’s first and finest provider of luxury Australasian-style grazing tables and installations. Toria played with height, and added candles and eucalyptus to her grazer, which was packed with meats, cheeses, fruits, breads and dips.

Lastly, Jenna of Wonderland Invites created beautiful stationery in keeping with the theme and colour palette of the shoot. Her invitation suite was paired with mossy green envelopes and foliage printed silk. The palette was kept neutral, with creamy florals and sage greens to evoke a real natural feel. The standout table plan was created utilising Jenna’s table plan cards, and Rock The Day’s perspex background and easel.

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The Foragers Tale

Foraged, seasonal beauty set in a secluded cabin

Today’s styled shoot is completely different to our usual posts…and we love it. As we all begin to evaluate our roles in the preservation of our world and our ecosystems, this shoot comes as a lesson on how we can all feel more connected to the environment.

Submitted by florist Sharon Pointen and including one of our faves, Mia Sylvia, the shoot is a beautiful take on being at one with nature, and observing the seasons.

“Imagine our nature loving bride and groom gathering a selection of delicious fruits, perhaps catching fish from the river and creating an intimate celebration of their love.” Sharon

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Autumn is a magical time of year with the abundance of fruits, seed pods and interesting flowers & foliages, including hops, fresh walnuts, blackberries, grapes, apples which are exciting little gems to be found when exploring and foraging.

“These eclectic textures and elements were key to creating the look. For the flowers, I wanted them to make you feel like you are cocooned within a blanket of seasonal colour and scent” Sharon

There is certainly an abundance about this shoot which has a real seasonal vibrancy about it. Lots of colour from the beautiful food, foliage and flowers. Sharon had wanted to make a double bouquet for a while, and pair it with an intricate statement head-dress, so this was the perfect opportunity.

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Indeed, honouring and respecting the seasons as a supplier and a couple is on the rise, and we love that so many couples are finding the time to understand growing cycles and sourcing things locally and from vintage fairs/markets.

“With each area, there were botanical influences,. The dress was created by Mia Sylvia using natural dyes, including avocado and roses” Sharon

Mia is well known in the East Anglia wedding community for her innovative take on silk and fabric dying. She forages and uses waste/thrown away items to create beautiful garments, dresses, headscarves and linens for tables, draping etc. Each piece is unique and injects a real unique flavour.

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The back drop was a delightful rustic cabin by a river; challenging due to it’s size but with a lovely array of details which could be utilised.

“It was important to use these without everything looking crammed together. I love the cabin; I had seen it a few years earlier and imagined the floral installations we could create there. Thankfully the owners were happy for us to put this photoshoot together” Sharon

Buns of Fun created the beautiful cake which continued the foraged theme. Hair and makeup on Cathy, the model, were kept loose and natural; adding to the whimsical, romantic air of the shoot. I don’t know about you, some of the photography by Big Phat Photos reminds us of a beautiful Renaissance painting!

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Orange Glow and Warming Vibes

With pops of red and orange, this wedding inspiration shoot is packed full of warming glow. 

We’re battling colds over here, but this styled shoot is warming our bones RIGHT up…with pops of fiery red and orange, and a warm sunset glow to die for, this gorgeous wedding inspiration shoot is packed full of warm and inviting glow. 

Conceptualised and submitted by photographer Koyahni Collins and coordinated by Kim Solecki of Borrowed & Blue Events, there are so many striking aspects of this shoot…from the florals by Bespoke Blossoms to the stunning pearl headpiece created by Emma Glover, and not forgetting the dress lent by Blush Bridal.

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“The wedding season begins to slow down in October here and yet the colours of fall are in their most vibrant glory. As an artist I felt drawn to capture the beauty of these colours as a wedding pallet; the sun against the moody tones of autumn combined with real romance. Leaves like sunset, skies crisp and clear, wild love. Let’s inspire more couples to get married here during autumn and even winter! A way to stay inspired myself after a busy summer season and refresh my creativity. With the help of an amazing group of creatives this cooler weathered, modern-bohemian, love story came to life.” Koyahni

And boy did it come to life.

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We’re not sure what our favourite part of this shoot was…it’s all so beautiful and visually entrancing. But quite possibly it’s the juxtaposition of the elaborate lace train of the dress, set against the rustic fields…who says you can’t have an all out glam dress and still be a rustic, knees up kinda bride!

And we have to show some love to the men too…the male model’s suit had just the right amount of boho running through it with the tweed waistcoat and the fedora hat. An awesome contrast to the brides super feminine look. But hey, it totally works!

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“I came up with the idea and the theme for this styled elopement in the early days of FallI designed each look and chose the location, story and style.” Kohayni

After reaching out to some fabulous suppliers she had already worked with, Koyanhi took on Kim Solecki to help coordinate the remaining vendors and to organise the details. We love Kim; she knows her stuff and can really bring a sense of industry knowledge and understanding to a shoot or a real wedding.

“Everyone seemed really on board with the vision and I appreciated that. I sent out a mood/inspo board to the team and everyone was inspired from there. I think I can speak for everyone in saying styled shoots are really just our chance to play and have some creative fun. However, coordinating these styled shoots is time consuming. The inspiration is the easy part! Kimberly was a great asset, with lots of connections.” Kohayni

Hear, hear…we know exactly how time consuming they can be!

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Kohayni and Kim managed to pull together a first class team who understood the brief perfectly. From the florist Bespoke Blossoms, to Emma Glover whose jewellery designs were utilised. Even down to the models…Kendra, the female model, is a friend of Kohayni’s and great to work with, so when the team reached out to her, she was down to be apart of the shoot. Kim led Kohanni to Justin the male model, someone she’d never worked with but who fit the look she was searching for.

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The shoot date shifted around a bit because of bad weather which was a challenge. However, in the end, it all came together though and everyone was very professional and played their role beautifully.

“We are all friends, and in this relatively small community it’s fun once in a while to get together and be creative for ourselves.” Kohayni

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