Wild & Free at Browning Bros

With a focus on sustainability, this wedding inspiration shoot is seriously beautiful!

What do insane floral installations, reclaimed wooden backdrops, tipis and bohemian styling all have in common? We love, love, love them! Thats what! So we’re unbelievably thrilled to be bringing this glorious wedding inspiration shoot to you today!

Conceptualised and coordinated by Wed in The Wild Editor, Jenna, the shoot combined creams, golds, whites, browns and greens in a neutral palette perfect for a bohemian wedding. The focus was also on sustainability – all styling and hire items were either repurposed, recycled or sourced from vintage shops, the hop wreaths utilised by the florist was used again after the shoot for a wedding, and all the gorgeous linens were all repurposed and dyed using natural, plant or recycled metal dyes.

“When dreaming up this shoot, I had no venue in mind other than Browning Brothers, and their Chalkney Water Meadow site. I love their tipi; the colour is perfect for the palette I had assigned to the shoot, and I knew it would also provide the necessary drama. Their site is brimming with beautiful little pockets of nature; including a beautiful lake and an open field where we shot the models running through the grasses. And luckily, their bell tents were available for the models to get ready in.” Jenna

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The shoot focused on three key installation areas, with a number of smaller setups interwoven throughout the day. Anthology Vintage Hire had just finalised their three part reclaimed wooden backdrop, which can be made longer or shorter based on requirement. We utilised all three panels for the tablescape and seating area, and it provided the perfect frame.

Mia Sylvia worked her fabrics into two beautiful swathed installations, whilst Emma Spowage created a bold and dramatic pampas and hop-filled foliage installation, littered with dainty little flowers. The Rock The Day team styled the tablescape utilising a rust-dyed runner from Mia Sylvia, a hand-worked hop garland by Emma Spowage and a gorgeous collection of vintage sourced brass candlesticks and deer. The bohemian nods were continued in the two other installations; the low grazing table and the gorgeous, abundant a-frame setup, which flanked The White Mules drinks trailer.

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“When I approached Emily from Maid of Gingerbread, I was so excited by her enthusiasm in creating a tipi out of gingerbread. I had admired her work for eons and I knew her unique creativity would provide an amazing statement creation which would be worlds apart from the naked cakes we see so often. The detailed macrame piping and the gorgeous matcha green tea infused piped grasses and flowers were mindblowingly pretty, and the whole confection just worked so well with the larger setup and styling. It was also yummy.” Jenna

Emma Spowage, in sheer determination the day before her biggest wedding of 2018, provided the most stunning corner piece for the wall setup alongside a gorgeous bridal bouquet which we trailed with silks by Mia Sylvia. Emma also created a really unique succulent inspired headdress for the models to wear, which included some of the hops she had foraged for the shoot too. The bouquet was abundant and utilised white florals, pops of yellow, oodles of foliage and green amaranthus.

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Two models were chosen for the shoot; Louise and Rachel, who both have completely different looks and personalities. For Louise, the team selected gorgeous Chantal Lauren and Otuduy dresses, which worked perfectly with her Texas-native cowboy boots and relaxed hair and makeup. Rachel rocked Rembo Styling and Francis Bridal gowns, which provided a beautiful contrast to her more structured, plaited hair. All dresses were supplied by Rock The Frock Bridal who were extremely accommodating and fabulous at recommending dresses to pair with the moodboard. Lisa Alger provided hair and makeup services.

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“I decided to use ASOS accessories as I hadn’t come across anything I similar elsewhere – I wanted a hat, and I also wanted to utilise a draping gold headpiece that I had come across on the website, which Rachel wore. On the day, we noticed that Louise already wore a gorgeous Texas state necklace, which we decided to use; Louise is a country singer and her boyfriend lives in the states, so it actually worked perfectly with the tone of the shoot. Lisa also worked in some beautiful gold clips into the girls hair. I had approached She’s Lost Control who sent us a gorgeous box of goodies to utilise as part of a number of styling setups, including crystals, candles and love sprays from their online collections. We also lent a couple of dried sage bundles which we ended burning to ward off the wasps on the day; however, the burning sage fit so well that we decided to include it in the images!” Jenna

For the stationery, Jenna decided to utilise succulents in order to tie in with the styling on the day, and also incorporate celestial nods in the shape of watercolour moon graphics. The stationery also included feathers, dreamcatchers and antler charms.

“I wanted to provide something different to the norm, so I created a bohemian lanyard style order of the day booklet, which included a who’s who of the wedding party, an order of service sheet, a poem and a drinks token page. I also decided to create a beautiful organic cotton printed banner, with a gorgeous quote. To this, I sewed in tassels to the corners for a textural feel”. Jenna

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The shoot was captured by British Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018, Kelsie Low, who’s direction, patience and willingness to contort herself into various positions to get the money shot is nothing short of inspiring!

“Working with Kelsie and the rest of the team was such a pleasure – each supplier went above and beyond, and the result was our magic.” Jenna

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Real Wedding: Lidia & Edward

A beautiful homage to the simple things in life; Lidia & Edward spent their day, their way.

What I love about today’s real wedding is two-fold…submitted by Kiss In Light Photography; a Bournemouth based duo, Lidia & Edwards wedding feels so warm and inviting, and it was, by and large, completely homespun.

Photographers Gabor and Szandra are experienced in eco-friendly, vegan and boho weddings and had an instant connection with the couple.

“A fellow photographer recommended us to the couple, and we met them personally the next week. We ended up having unlimited personal meetings; celebrating Halloween, spending birthdays together, pizza nights…what more can I say…we genuinely love each other!” Szandra

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Sometimes, it feels amazing just to go back to basics…and this is exactly how Lidia & Edward chose to celebrate their day. From preparing the flowers on the morning of the wedding to setting up their macrame backdrop for the woodland blessing, the couple genuinely made their day their own without compromising on their values.

“We loved the simplicity, the boho vibe, the vegan- and zero waste aspect, all their meaningful decisions…the relaxed and joyful atmosphere they created. This wedding was the first one which gave us personal inspiration. That’s a big thing for us! Szandra

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To get away from the crowds and just be alone, celebrating your love and the commitment you’ve just made must be a wonderful notion…Lidia and Edward did just that directly after their legal ceremony.

They took to the woods carrying their macrame a-frame backdrop and hiked along a trail to find the perfect spot for their blessing; Gabor and Sandra were on hand to capture the ensuing moments; providing the couple with beautiful documentation of their special day.

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We absolutely adore the couple portraits taken in the woods; Lidia’s flower crown and bouquet of wildflowers providing a pretty colour pop against the greenery of the surroundings, and Edward’s suit blending perfectly.

You can feel just how fun-loving and in love this couple are; unafraid to do their wedding their way and determined to enjoy it every step of the way, from the planning stages to the moment the sun set on their special, personal and nature-embracing day.

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A Boho, Beachy Dream

An earthy, raw and honest ode to love and to all things wild and bohemian.

I cannot explain to you how much I ADORE this shoot; I am so thrilled Wed in The Wild was chosen to publish it. It is the ultimate in boho, beauty vibes. There’s macrame, florals, a fedora and a gorgeous couple. If you are opting for an intimate wedding on the beach, or even some beach couple portraits, then you need to bookmark this one!

Submitted by the beautiful Cassidy Skye Photography (who modelled with her IRL hubster), and shot by Stephanie Barrett Photography, the shoot from start to finish is an earthy, raw and honest ode to love and to all things wild and bohemian…

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The shoot was conceptualised by Cassie, Stephanie and the florist…all had a hand in discussing the tone, the vibe and the palette. All lovers of the boho trend, they decided to stay true to their hearts and stick with a style they love.

As Cassie and Matt are a real, married couple, they bought honesty and chemistry to the set. Added to that, Cassie wore her actual wedding dress and they whispered vows to each other renewing their love and commitment. A joy to shoot, I can certainly imagine. And I’m so glad Cassie wore one of her many hats, adding to the boho vibes of the shoot.

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The shoot ran amazing, and as Cassie explains, everyone was so fun to work with…

“We laughed a ton and we all got along so well that it made it feel natural and easy. Jess (the florist) did her thing throughout the shoot. She even grabbed some sea weed when we were down by the water and tied it around the bouquet just to give it an extra magic touch. Stephanie (the photographer) gave great direction and posed Matt and I perfectly. Her editing is warm and glowy and it worked out great with the lighting and theme”.

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Playing on the moodiness of the weather is certainly something a good photographer will do. Magic can be woven…so don’t worry if your day is marred by overcast clouds or rain…

“The only challenge involved with this shoot was the weather. It was kind of cloudy and gloomy, but as you can see, the images turned out amazing. The cloudy sky created a vintage bohemian feel, which was exactly what we were going for.” Cassie

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For the last part of the shoot, Cassie & Matt changed out of their wedding attire and donned some relaxed, beachy clothing. Neither were afraid to get all the way into the water, and splash around and have fun. The waves were crashing, and Stephanie (the photographer) ventured out with them to get the perfect shot.

I absolutely love how relaxed and refined this shoot is…whilst it’s earthy, tonal and boho, there is still a delicacy and an elegance about it. All tied up with a ribbon of fun and playfulness. I urge all of our couples reading this to let go and have fun with your wedding portraits; after all, staying true to yourselves and showing your fun side always makes for some awesome memories to be captured.

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Festive Elopement Vibes at Big Bear

Warm your hearts with this Big Bear styled elopement

Merry Christmas Eve! Can you believe it’s Christmas Day tomorrow?! It’s come around so fast. We’re definitely feeling the Christmas spirit here at Wed in The Wild and are really enjoying the abundance of reds, greens and snowy vibes filling our Instagram feeds…

We’re massive fans of texture when it comes to weddings…from styling to multi-textured ensembles for the bridal party. So when Alyssa from AMA Designs got in touch with this styled shoot, we leapt at the chance to publish it.

From the super textural florals and the various macrame dreamcatchers hanging from tree branches, to the bridal ensemble with layers of lace, silk chiffon and fur, this shoot is a beautiful homage to the festive period set in the mountain forests of Big Bear, California.

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The flowing red skirt of the bridal gown is light and airy, and we love the vibrancy of the colour juxtaposed against the natural tones for the forest. It really sets the tone for the shoot, with the florals and the macrame working in perfect unison with the garment.

With her hair up in an elegant bun decorated with festive foliage and florals, the bridal model’s face was kept fresh and natural, with a gorgeous pop of colour on the lip.

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We’re completely digging the macrame hangings; huge fans anyway, we love the colours that have been utilised, as we’re so used to seeing the fabric in it’s natural tones. Used as a frame to stage shots, it’s great to see macrame being utilised as a prop beyond a table runner or a ceremony backdrop.

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Sometimes a simple shoot speaks volumes. Sometimes a few props are all you need to really leave an impression. We love how this team in particular have made full use of nature and the surrounding area to really sell the fantasy of a Christmas-themed elopement. Everything just works so beautifully, from the minimal, elegant stationery, to the beautiful fur stole worn by the bride.

To us, it’s Christmas vibes, nailed.

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Are your cockles being warmed as you flick through these images? They certainly warmed our hearts and made us feel all fuzzy inside!

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Moody Bohemia at Manchester Park

This modern, bohemian take on bridal styling is both achingly beautiful and heartwarmingly cosy.

If you are feeling the change in the weather and are reaching for another sip of that pumpkin spice latte whilst secretly jamming to Christmas tunes (its never too early right?), then this warming, deep-toned shoot will be right up your alley.

Featuring some incredible talent, including Marnie Cornell, Grace Loves Lace and one of our faves, Rock & Stone Weddings, this modern, bohemian take on bridal styling is both achingly beautiful and heartwarmingly cosy.

Amber, from Rock & Stone, explains that the team wanted to create an ethereal and organic bohemian vibe, amidst the cold, grey Washington winter earlier this year.

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The venue, Manchester Park, is famous for it’s red brick building: a former torpedo warehouse, with windowless arches and a weathered beamed ceiling. Along with the gorgeous stone fireplace, the venue has become a coveted wedding spot. The mood board was full of earthy and natural textures and deep reds and browns, and wouldn’t you agree the team hit the nail on the head! We’re loving the deep reds of the flowers, interspersed with cotton heads and feathers for a wonderful bohemian vibe.

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With stunning macrame and silks, oodles of candles and just the right amount of styling to retain an effortless air, the tablescape with added cake by Sift & Gather is easily one of our favourite aspect of the teams efforts…although the model in a stunning Grace Loves Lace gown comes in a close second; perfectly primped and preened by mega babes Pacific Brides.

And would you look at that gorgeous stationery by the super talented Ink & Sable…we’re loving how the powdery pink edges tie back to the cake and the napkins. Just perfection!

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Amber explains that the shoot had a couple of pressure points…

“The shoot was originally scheduled for February but we had to bring it forward after our stunning model was asked to fly to Milan for fashion week castings right after Christmas! She was leaving the following day so it made it extra special that she got to take farewell photos with her love.”

The bridal look is something we haven’t really seen before, so when Amber sent over the images, we were so excited by them. The turban, by Bridal Turban based in Italy, made for a gorgeous accompaniment to the gown and made a change from all the flower crowns we are used to seeing both as part of shoots and real weddings. Great to see something totally unique!

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Photography | Marnie Cornell

Design, Styling & Florals | Rock & Stone Weddings

Cake | Sift & Gather

Stationery | Ink & Sable

HMUA | Pacific Brides

Dress | Grace Loves Lace

Headpiece | Bridal Turban

A Love Affair with Boho Styling

We chat to boho styling experts about their loves, loathes and what boho means to them.

Wed in The Wild was borne out of a pure, unadulterated love for wild and bohemian weddings, combined with a love for the great outdoors. From flowing dresses, grazing tables under the stars to breathtaking photography and of course, bohemian styling.

We’re lucky that we know some amazing wedding planners and stylists who absolutely adore bohemian styling too – great minds think alike, huh. We spoke to a few of our favourites to find out what boho means to them, and how they bring in their love for all things boho into the weddings they work on.

a boho couple has a free spirit and is up for just about everything. It is a whimsical lifestyle driven by nature, and authenticity”

Great words from Cindy who runs Peachy Keen Coordination out of Oregon, USA. She. believes that to be bohemian is to be driven BY love; bohemian couples allow you to feel their love in the energies they feed one another.

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Cindy finds that bohemian couples embellish their day with pieces that bring comfort, a bit of nostalgia, and are considerate of their organic surroundings. When done ‘right’, boho styling often looks effortless and even thrown together. This is easier said than done and for that reason, boho weddings are one of the more challenging designs styled for many to accomplish.

Likewise, Ami of Lo & Behold Bespoke (Hampshire, UK) adds that bohemian styling is the artform of making things look effortless and stylish but not too over styled; a celebration of beautiful things.

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A stylist who loves to utilise flickering candlelight wherever possible, Ami has a huge, ever growing collection of vintage brass and glass candlesticks and lanterns. Her stock is made up of a lot of unique pieces, with 90% of her collection being thrifted, second hand or handmade. Living in such a throw away culture, it’s important to use and reuse items. A fact which Laura from Rock The Day Styling (Essex, UK) ,

“It’s very important to us to use florists that can grow their own flowers, furniture suppliers who source vintage furniture to give these pieces a new lease of life, and thrift or make our own props.”

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From backdrop frames and hoops for florals, to macrame, Laura’s prop factory is a treasure trove of handmade, bespoke items and thrifted pieces. Laura loves to utilise her range of macrame, made by hand by business partner Alex, in order to style weddings. Including chair backs, table runners, wall hangings and every backdrops, their macrame pieces come in a range of patterns and add the perfect nod of boho to wedding breakfasts and ceremonies alike.

Amber from Rock & Stone (USA), is obsessed with using locally sourced and organic ingredients, whether an incredible wooden backdrop made by a local artist or decorating with pampas grass and greenery cut from a local garden. She loves the visual complexity of layering multiple natural textures like different shades of wood, crystals, florals, and plant died fabrics to create something unique and relevant to the location. For Amber, bohemian weddings are free spirited, personal, organic and a celebration of nature and the natural elements.

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She loves to see couples moving away from Pinterest staples like ‘welcome to our wedding’ signs in place of something that reflects them and the tone of their wedding. Speaking of which, we asked each off the suppliers which styling trend they wished would die a death…

“I’m sorry to say it but I’m really starting to hate the donut wall!” – Amber

“Rose gold is one! Rustic burlap and cheesy signage!” – Laura, Rock The Day

“One word: burlap (hessian). I’ll say no more.” – Cindy

“Chair covers…luckily I think they are dying a slow death” – Ami

“Chair covers and tablecloths!” Laura, The Rustic Dresser

Laura from The Rustic Dresser (Southwest, UK) uses a lot of wood in her styling, hence her dislike of old-fashioned table cloths and chair covers. She loves natural, organically dyed fabrics and cushions to drape and soften rather than covering beautiful furniture completely.

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“I love furniture. The bigger the better in my book!! And I wholeheartedly think that props are there to be enjoyed. To be touched, smelt, sat on, stood on and made the most out of. You want your styling to make guests feel as if they have no control over their actions, but that they just have to simply go over and interact with it.”

We are bowled over by the passion of these five exceptionally talented women, who each bring their own beautiful spin on boho styling to the table. From full styling plans, hire items, prop sourcing and bespoke prop creation, their creative know-all is a force to be reckoned with. So if you are struggling to empty your thoughts and marry (pun intended) a range of ideas and styles, then these women are up for the job!

Featured Image: Marnie Cornell