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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Supplier Love

Mustard Toned Greenhouse Shoot

We LOVE a greenhouse wedding. And we adore this beautiful greenhouse shoot from Cologne.

We LOVE a greenhouse shoot. Full stop. The shadows, the texture, the interesting nooks and crannies. So when Isabel Pogscheba got in touch which this super boho, mustard-toned shoot, we simply couldn’t say no.

What we love about our role here at Wed in The Wild is being able to share amazing the talents suppliers with our readers, whether they are in the UK, the US, Australia or Europe…like this incredible team from Cologne, Germany. And it’s always so interesting to see the similarities and differences in interpretation, especially with the boho trend. This shoot definitely hits ‘boho’ nail on head…with a beautiful gown, pretty macrame, abundant tablescape styling, feathers and a chill out area you could happily, well, chill for hours in!

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The old, overgrown greenhouse provided the perfect, green backdrop to Isabel’s concept, which involved, as the colour palette, lots of grey, green and mustard tones. What we see from the images is a really fresh, lush shoot with lots of amazing boho inspiration…from the bouquet, to the simple cake, to the gorgeous handmade macrame hangers…one in the perfect mustard shade.

The bouquet, although heavily green with oodles of eucalyptus, monstera and other palm leaves, popped with gorgeously soft yellow roses and other white and golden wildflowers. The bride also wore a matching flower crown, switching to a mossy green-grey hat halfway through the shoot, which perfectly matched the grooms suit.

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The team styled a gorgeous little table for two with macrame, napkins and gold accents to mirror those utilised in the flowers and the grooms suit. The couple perched on ivory, macrame poufs set on furs. We adore the skull decorated with succulents; it really adds to the character of the shoot.

The couples stationery included nods to the colour scheme but was kept quite modern and edgy. We love the fonts utilised and the curving, wisping foliage decorating the edges; a perfect fit for this greenhouse setup.

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The dress is special, with a gorgeous train, laced up details at the back and graceful trumpet sleeves. The lace is beautifully patterned and it just screams boho! We love it. The grooms style perfectly complements all the elements brought together for this shoot with a taupe-grey suit and mustard bow tie…we love a bow tie.

“The touches of lightness and the unconventional, combined with wild and romantic vibes was particularly important to us and the shoot screams ‘unique'” Isabel

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Supplier Love