Amber Tones on The Wild Coast

A gorgeous shoot taking inspiration from the cliffs of Ness Cove, Devon.

What a beaut shoot we have in store for you today, incorporating the creative talents of some literal behemoths of the UK wedding industry scene. And having followed the work of Devon-based Brummie, Nikki Sherriff (of styling and stationery powerhouse Knots & Kisses) for years now, we are so honoured that she chose to submit this perfectly curated, and unique session to Wed in The Wild.

Working with a gorgeous palette of tans, mustards and amber tones, juxtaposed with vibrant, luscious greens, this bridal inspiration is truly one of a kind; the coming together of exceptional creatives, masterminded by Nikki, and offering breathtaking results.

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“Living in Devon gives you the wonderful opportunity to explore its gorgeous coastline. I wanted to explore shooting in some of Devon’s wonderful outdoor landscapes and to take advantage of the gorgeous red cliffs in coves along the coast between Exeter and Torquay. Ness Cove proved the perfect spot … despite the many steps up and down to the beach with all our props!” Nikki

The inspiration came from the red and burnt orange colours within the landscape itself; Nikki wanted to create a coastal shoot which wasn’t the typical blue and green colour palette, but instead took inspiration from the cliffs and the natural landscape. And boy did that come together…

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We’re massive fans of Mia Sylvia’s work…and Nikki approached her to use dresses from her natural-dyed reclaimed collection. Tonally, they worked perfectly, and fit the colour palette to a tee. Nikki also chose to utilise dresses from Poppy Perspective; another independent designer who specialises in bohemian, free-flowing dresses.

“Using natural materials such as linens, weathered wood and feathers was really important” Nikki

We are also majorly swooning over the brown, tasseled jacket…

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Florsits, Brompton Buds really went there with the floral arrangements…mixing wild foliage textures and gorgeous florals to create the most stunning asymmetric floral arrangements, which worked perfectly on the triangular ceremony backdrop frame which is now available to hire from Knots & Kisses. The bridal bouquet combined the same textures, and loose buds and foliage were used to adorn a beautiful ring flatlay.

“We wanted to show how amazing an outdoor wedding in the UK could be. Devon is an amazing location and has some wonderful settings for a Humanist ceremony or vow renewal especially … and there are some gorgeous hotels and accommodation close by to spend your first evening as a married couple.” Nikki

Indeed, photographer Maxi Photography captured the stunning dramatic skies and coastline showcasing just how amazing an outdoor wedding could be.

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Are you gasping yet?

We did when we first saw the gallery…those feathers!

The look for the model, red haired of course to compliment the colour palette, was dramatic and bohemian. The team wanted to create a strong editorial look with dark eyes and make up, beautiful braids and incorporating the most stunning amber feather headdress created by the ever-talented Janie at The Lucky Sixpence. Emma Roberts, Giselle Michel-Gendre & Hair by Corinne worked together to create a dramatic look.

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The concept for the tablescape was to create a glamorous beach picnic with low tables and Moroccan style seating and rugs, hired from Virginias Vintage Hire.

“I wanted to keep an almost traditional style table setting with beautiful linens from Beyond Vintage, and tall tapered candles. I also utilised accessories from Keeping It Vintage, and included accents of natural agate and amber” Nikki

We absolutely adore the abundant tablescape, and love how Nikki used oodles of natural textures and elements to create it. So striking, and the colours are so reminiscent of the cliffside location of the shoot.

A cake inspired by feathers, and in a striking mustard tone, from Claire’s Sweet Temptations and beautiful hammered silver jewellery by Nikki Stark finished the look.

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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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