The Runaways…

All the feels for Arizona, Route 66 and The Killers, in the middle of the Essex countryside.

We have an awesome shoot for you today, inspired by The Killers, Route 66 and Arizona…quite literally some of our favourite things! The colours, the detail and the models are all just completely stunning…and definitely bring a gorgeous tribute to the Arizona desert to Essex, UK.

Caroline, the photographer, explains her reasoning behind the shoot, and why it was important to utilise the references she did…

“A few years ago, driving through the Arizona desert on Route 66, a shoot idea began to form in my head. It was largely inspired by The Killer’s song ‘Runaways’: I pictured newly-weds driving out into the sunset across the desert, ready to start a new adventure together. I’ve always loved tribal and native American influences and these drove the style for the shoot. I really wanted to create a feeling of an exciting, nomadic fresh start and a couple ready for their next free spirited adventure.” Caroline

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The Venue

Caroline held the shoot at the Barns at Lodge Farm; a venue local to her in the Essex countryside. It’s rare you find somewhere local,  sustainable and so beautiful with all the rustic vibes and an awesome blank canvas to create exactly what you want…

“Obviously being in the UK and not the desert, we drew in some english influences from the location. With the combination of rustic barns, industrial style grain stores and hay stacks, Lodge Farm kept the original influences while adding an interesting range of backdrops.” Caroline

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Amy from Anthology Vintage Hire did an incredible job of bringing Caroline’s ideas to life. She sourced an amazing collection of tribal soft furnishings, a low dining table setup and beautiful ceremony area with a wooden arch and peacock chairs. Vanderhume and Bohotanical also added some finishing touches, such as the handmade hanging on the arch (Vanderhume) and a huge macrame hanging as a backdrop (Bohotanical).

Flowers

“For this shoot I really wanted to use sustainable suppliers and Bohotanical was the perfect choice. With her range of faux flowers we could create the perfect florals whilst not needing any new stock. We opted for dried flowers and pampas to add interesting texture. Pampas are so versatile and blended in with the colour palette in such a beautiful way.” Caroline

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Models & Hair/Makeup

Caroline had worked with Katie before and knew her look would be perfect for this shoot. Katie brought along her friend Claire to shoot with.

“I absolutely love when friends model together as it means you get real connection and joy in the photos. I am in love with the fierce, feminist vibes from our models.” Caroline

Lauren Siddons was on hand for hair & makeup – she was so enthusiastic about the shoot and came up with super creative looks for both the models. We absolutely adore the way she styled Claire’s hair with braids and hoops – it looks so fierce and unique. For Katie, Lauren opted for dark, smoky makeup to work alongside her hat and accessories, whereas Claire’s was a more subtle look to go with her eye catching hair and large earrings by Vanderhume. 

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Aneberry Bridal provided two incredible dresses for this shoot. Caroline opted for two different styles: Claire wore an effortless and elegant dress with a short train, while Katie wore a bohemian lace dress. We love the slit at the front and little lace details around the shoulders and chest.

Finishing Touches

Wonderland Invites was Caroline’s only choice for this shoot. Jenna created a bespoke suite of stationery with a rusty colour palette, tassels, dreamcatchers and tribal skulls, perfectly in keeping with the tone of the day.

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Keeping with the sustainable requirements, Cakes and Leaves provided a vegan three tier lemon and poppy seed cake which went down a treat with the team! We absolutely love the shots at the dining area cutting in to the cake – it’s a rarity to see.

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Caroline stumbled across Denim & Bone on Instagram a few months ago and approached the team there straight away about featuring a jacket. Inspired by her travels, Denim & Bone’s jackets stand out as boho treasures evoking a wild and fearless feeling. Her ‘Formally Wild’ leather sat so beautifully with the overall vibe of the shoot and complimented the other bridal accessories wonderfully.

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The Car

The whole premise of this shoot centered on a road trip. To add the English flare, Buttercup Bus took part with beautiful Pushka the Camper! The 1972 babe was the perfect colour fit and totally brought the adventurous and nomadic side to the concept.

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A Textural Dream at Sennowe Park

Today’s shoot focused on stunning florals, unique gowns and unparalleled bridal beauty.

There is so much I love about this shoot we have on the blog today; from the beautifully diverse models, to the layers and layers of pampas grass and wonderful floral installations. Also really crushing on how this team brought an air of boho plentifulness to the stately home setting of Sennowe Park. Not always an easy feat.

Through the use of texture, abundant blooms and festival-inspired hair, the suppliers banded together to bring a touch of the wild to the outside-in conservatory space at Sennowe; a stately home built for the now famous Thomas Cook family.

Led by Norfolk-based photographer, Sophie Cass, the shoot focused on stunning florals, unique gowns and unparalleled bridal beauty.

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The gorgeous Winter Garden and surrounding grounds of Sennowe Park were the backdrop to the autumnal floral arrangements by Amber’s Rose Florist, including a free-standing pampas grass hoop, suspended pampas grass table decorations, intricate bridal bouquets and flower crowns. We are loving how no expense was spared with the floristry on this shoot…each and every installation was jam packed full of blooms, grass and foliage to create stunning, abundant seasonal displays.

Setting the scene were Little Jem Weddings, who decorated the venue and created a tablescape filled with flowers, flowing fabrics, candles and rustic details such as vintage crockery and wooden boxes. Using two characteristic cakes by Love Weddings Cakes, which drew on the marble stonework of the venue in dusky pink hues, an upcycled dresser was placed outside and decorated with flowers and ribbons against the landscape of the venue’s sprawling grounds.

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Stationery, including invitations, menus and beautifully-adorned envelopes, was provided by Little Pea Designs and photographed upon the dining table and amid a flatlay inspired by the colours and flowers of the day.

The dresses, loaned by White Reflections Bridal in Norwich, were from designers Yolan Cris and Rembo Styling, and offered a combination of discerning grace and modern sophistication. From the boho-esque crocheting of Rembo Styling to the detailed lace embellishments and figure-hugging silhouettes of Yolan Cris, the gowns, modelled by Amber Burton and Bethany Tooke, were central to the contemporary yet traditional tones of the photoshoot.

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To tie the photoshoot together, Brooke Thompson of Boho Beauty Box in Norwich provided hair and make-up for the two models. The darker tones of Amber’s hair and skin tone were used to create a smoky bronze look with golden eyes and dark pink lips, while her long hair was styled into a graceful updo with twists and plaits. Bethany’s pale skin played host to more autumnal tones, with rose gold eyes and pale pink lips, and her flowing red hair was teased into a unique ponytail.

You can feel the love on this shoot. Sophie talks so fondly of all the suppliers who worked together to make this boho dream a reality…

“I absolutely loved every supplier that was involved in this shoot. I’d worked with a couple of people before, while others were totally new faces. It was so wonderful to have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented suppliers across Norfolk and Suffolk, bringing together everybody’s creativity. Sophie

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Wild Love at Deception Pass

Big love for this shoot, set amongst the landscape of Deception Pass State Park.

Big love for this Washington shoot, set amongst the gorgeous landscape of Deception Pass State Park. We reached out to Tatiana of Rosemary & Pine photography after seeing some beautiful shots from the shoot floating about on Insta. We instantly wanted to showcase it in all its wild and natural beauty.

There are so many things we love about this concept…from the surroundings, to the styling. The palette is so delicate set against the raw of the wilderness, with pops of peach and pink, and flashes of brighter reds and orange. It is, in a word, dreamy.

We also love that real bride Karaline left her beaut vintage glasses on. We love a strong glasses look.

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Catching up with Tatiana, the photographer, I wanted to understand more about what the day entailed…

“It was such a romantic day to venture out with Robert and Karaline as our models. Karaline wore a dress by Free People that she actually wore at her wedding reception, which her and Robert celebrated just the year before! 

So many amazing vendors played a key role in making this day as amazing and beautiful as it was. Al & Bloom created such beautiful floral pieces that complemented 3Eleven Event’s styling so well that I almost couldn’t get over how romantic and beachy the whole tablescape felt. Some of my favourite items used for styling were the beautiful brass candlesticks that brought so much romanticism and dimension to the tablescape. Al & Bloom’s cascading florals don’t fall fair behind though!”

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Sometimes a pared back styled shoot makes for the most impactful. A simple but beautifully constructed tablescape, a beautiful stationery flatlay and the cake styled to perfection. And then a programme of stunning couple shots.

That’s exactly what this team did. And nailed it.

“I loved how down to earth, romantic, and adventurous this entire day was. Elegance was intertwined through bits and pieces of the day, but still, it included so much texture and a touch of boho that made such a good connection to the location.” Tatiana

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The shoot location is so idyllic…we wish we could travel to all the amazing places our submissions come from. But we are especially loving the contrast between the golden grades, the sandy ground and the beautiful evergreens in the background. Such a gorgeous representation of nature.

And despite it being a cold day, we can feel the warmth between this sweet newlywed couple…

“I loved shooting with Robert and Karaline as newlyweds because their love for one another said it all. It feels so good when almost every aspect of a shoot comes together so flawlessly from the connection your couple has to vendor styles jiving better than you could dream of” Tatiana

From the sumptuous cake finished with edible gold leaf, to the rosy tones of the stunning stationery suite, each and every supplier captured the vibe and delivered such an array of incredible pieces to make this whole shoot run like a dream.

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One of our favourite aspects of this shoot is the fashion. The dress worn by Karaline, by the amazing Free People, is so beautifully bohemian and effortless…the scooped back, the winged sleeves…and not forgetting the button detailing! We lovvvvve that she chose to wear sandals as opposed to the typical bridal heel. Robert, incredibly dapper in his dark grey suit, chose the perfect brown shoes to complement the surrounding landscape.

And seriously, how can we forget that bouquet. So beautiful in its abundance, and perfectly rich and tonal.

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When asked about how the shoot went, Tatiana explains…

“I can’t say that I felt there were many challenges during this day. Everything, even the weather, felt so perfectly chosen that I could not have asked for a better creative experience.” Tatiana

Well, you can’t get much better than that, can you…

Well done to a fabulous team!

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Our Top Boho Trends for 2019

We have collated all of our favourite boho trends for 2019 into one insane list…

We personally cannot wait for 2019; with so many amazing trends which lend themselves so perfectly to bohemian dry-hire and outdoor weddings, couples will be quite literally spoilt for choice. And we cannot wait to see how some of these big-hitting trends fit into people’s special day.

Here at Wed in The Wild, we aim to bring only the best inspiration to you, which is why we have collated all of our favourite trends into one insane top trend list…

Australasian-Style Grazing

Fast becoming a show-stopping feature at weddings and events, Australasian-style grazing is set to grow even more in 2019. Gone are the days of afternoon tea and beige buffets, theses insane works of art add colour, texture and taste to your big day.

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And whether you want to include an iconic grazer instead of canapés, or have it replace your wedding breakfast or evening banquet, there is only really one company in the UK that you should be contacting…Grape & Fig.

Dried Flowers & Foliage

As much as we love flowers in any form, we are loving the textures that dried flowers bring to the table; especially big palms and grasses. Mix dried flowers with fresh flowers to create a gorgeous contrast, or go all out and utilise just dried flowers in your bouquet, ceremony arch or flower crown.

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Be sure to speak to your florist well in advance for the possibilities available to you for your wedding date.

 

Illustrated Stationery

Some say that stationery is a waste of money, but we beg to differ. It may be paper, but there is a world of opportunity available, especially if you opt for a bespoke design. Illustrated stationery is on the rise as more and more couples understand the importance of a good stationery suite, and how the right design can set the tone for your whole day.

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Why not ask your stationer to include an illustration personal to you, like your wedding venue, parts of your decor, a portrait of you both or even a map detailing your wedding day and all it’s little details.

Eco Weddings

In a world which is under threat from pollution and global warming, many couples are interested in how they can ensure their wedding is more eco-friendly and ethical.

There are so many ways you can help; from choosing to hire rather than buy, choosing second hand or reclaimed over new, utilising small businesses over mass-production large-scale companies, utilising bio-degradable cutlery and crockery, and of course, ensuring all waste is recycled at the end of your day.

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Anthology Vintage Hire has all the reclaimed/vintage furniture you need for your day.

Check out some more tips and tricks here.

Statement backdrops

OK, so backdrops aren’t anything new, but over the past couple of years we’ve seen a huge rise in big-ass statement backdrops in bohemian weddings. And this year has seen a sharp incline in wooden and multi-textural backdrops in particular…a trend we see continuing into 2019.

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From geometric and tribal patterns, to swathes of hand-dyed linens, tassels, macrame and beading,  make a statement backdrop part of your big day and give your guests an altar to really talk about!

Big Jewellery and Crowns

When we say big…we mean big. Gone are the days of flower crowns…there we said it…statement jewellery is set to be all the range for 2019 and beyond.

From earrings and rings to intricate, mind-blowing crowns, there are some amazing brands, like Verbena Madrid and Opal Milk, which are paving the way for beautiful statement bridal jewellery that is different to the usual stuff you see on ASOS.

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Top Tips For An Eco Wedding

You may think that a wedding plays only a small part, but there are so many ways you can work towards having a more eco-friendly wedding. 

Our planet is fragile. And the decisions we are now making as a global population on plastic consumption, clean energy and other recycling initiatives will impact generations to come. You may think that a wedding plays only a small part, but there are so many ways you can work towards having a more eco-friendly wedding. 

After all, every step along the way counts, no matter how big or small. And so, we spoke to some of our favourite suppliers about some of the ways you can be more conscious on your wedding day…

Support Small & Local

Important in so many ways, shopping small and local is one of the main ways you can be more conscious in the run up to your wedding; a point which Ellie from Rose & Dandy is keen to raise. Indeed, mass-produced items have a greater propensity for manufacturing errors (and wastage)  and you can’t always guarantee that what you are buying is ethically produced.

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Shopping small and local lends itself to a more personal product and you can, nine times out of ten, get to know the person who is crafting your product; whether it be on social media or face to face.

Hand in hand with this is buying second-hand or even renting your decor. There are so many amazing event stylists and decor/furniture hire companies out there who have huge catalogues of items they can utilise to furnish and style your big day. Anthology Vintage Hire based in Essex UK, for example, are committed to up-cycling, recycling and breathing new life into old furniture. Amy and her team have hundreds of vintage chairs, beautiful old furniture (sofas, dressers, suitcases) and trestle tables, coffee tables and bars hand-made with reclaimed wood by her husband and father.

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And if you do buy new, the girls from Bixby + Pine recommend that you only buy items that you can use again; either by yourselves at home/in your garden, or sell on to other brides or hire companies.

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Flowers

You may have thought that flowers were simple. They can be thrown away and they will decompose. But there are so many layers with flowers. And it all starts with choosing the right florist.

Kim from Borrowed & Blue Events is super passionate about flower waste, and again, it’s all about shopping small and local. And even better if your florist grows all or at least some of their own blooms; focusing on homegrown flowers and working to a seasonal pattern in growing and cutting. Having an appreciation for indigenous flowers and seasonal availability is key; your florist can help you understand what is available, and sustainable, for the time of year your wedding falls.

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And say no to florist foam; it doesn’t decompose! Floral foam is an open cell plastic and many hazardous substances including formaldehyde smoke, phenol, carbon oxides cresols, xylenols, and sulfur dioxide. For humans, it may irritate the eyes, skin and respiratory tract…so imagine what it can do to wildlife. Most good florists will be trained in using other materials to create bouquets and other pieces for your wedding, so ensure you ask.

After your big day…donate your flowers so that someone else can enjoy them. Whether it be to a family or friend, or even to a local cafe or old peoples home. Flowers can last a good amount of time when treated properly, so don’t just bin them the morning after.

Compostables/Recyclables 

When it comes to tableware, most styling/decor companies will hire all your tableware to you. Or if you prefer, you could collect mismatched items from local charity shops. Or, if you don’t want to use/hire ceramic/wooden/metal tableware, then utilise compostable plates, utensils and cups instead. Don’t choose plastic alternatives.

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When it comes to your invitations and other stationery, ensure you are using a small stationer who understands their supply chain, rather than using a mass produced outlet like Papier. Ask for their credentials…if they are focused on reducing waste, they’d be happy to tell you. For foiled stationery, be careful who you book with as not all foiled or metallic paper products can be recycled. The Golden Letter is a great example of a stationery studio who is focused on being as eco-friendly as possible – she utilises one of the only producers of recyclable foil available and uses a honeycomb packing system for all her invitations.

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As Ixchel Weddings explains, using small diamanté embellishments can further contribute to waste…those little blighters are made of plastic and as such, don’t decompose…and they are likely to be a choking hazard for small animals.

When it comes to papers, most are recyclable aside from some glitter card varieties, as they have a plastic substrate fixed to them to eliminate shedding. Even though they are more expensive opposed to normal envelopes and papers, seedable alternatives are beautiful and of course, decompose leaving pretty flowers in their place.

Some fast fire tips:

  1. No battery powered tealights – why? Because of their little batteries…easily ingestible and as they have a higher voltage than some other batteries, they can cause severe burns in the esophagus if swallowed! – Rose & Dandy
  2. When it comes to transport, if you are only a short walk from where you are getting ready to where you are getting married, walk. Save that five minute drive. And if it’s within your budget, hire a bus for your guests to go between venues/at the end of the day…it will save multiple cars on the road and eliminates drink driving risks! – Wed in The Wild
  3. Don’t waste money on favours that people wont use or forget about! We can’t count the amount of times that we’ve seen people leave favours which have been painstakingly made or sourced. – Ixchel Weddings
  4. Print/write your table plan and welcome sign on the same board – front and back. That way, you simply have to flip the board around when it comes to the wedding breakfast! – Wonderland Invites
  5. If you aren’t hiring your bridal party attire, ensure that your guys and gals feel their best in a dress/suit/outfit which they can wear again and again, even if they need altering after the wedding to be more suitable for other occasions. Not only will it reduce garment waste, but your bridal party will thank you if they love what they are wearing! – Wed in The Wild

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Bohotanical: Angelic, Boho Vibes

A stunning, fresh faced model, an Areca palm intertwined bouquet, and a Polynesian inspired flower crown.

When we received this shoot, we legit thought that it was set in woodlands somewhere way more tropical than Wakefield. Yes, you heard us correctly. Wakefield.

We don’t know if it’s the models stunning, fresh face, the Areca palm leaves intertwined into the lush green bouquet, or the flower crown which reminds us of an abundant Polynesian headdress. But this shoot is just stone-cold, drop-dead gorgeous, and could easily have been shot on a Hawaiian island. Thats just the magic of this talented creative team.

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Shot by Hannah of Anna Beth Photography, the vision for the shoot was to showcase a more carefree, boho vibe for bride, Savannah. Traditional went out the window for the dress and the team opted for an incredibly light and flowing dress from Jan Si Fashion.

Perfectly fitting, we’d say. The lightness of the fabric is a beautiful juxtaposition to the forest floor and roughage of the grasses. We are loving the v neckline and the peeking bikini element…something we’ve never seen before, and is absolutely perfect for a destination wedding somewhere warm.

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The team agreed on an all-green bouquet and flower crown, to match the surroundings of the woodland. Hannah was keen for Savannah to look at one in the wild! We love the use of greenery to make the bridal look pop and the mixture of ferns, palms and other greenery is really striking.

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The invites, created by Ever After Paperie, utilised hand torn black card with gorgeous, luxurious gold calligraphy, wax seals with a foliage design and hand torn silks in a beautiful shade of grey.

Hair and make up was kept natural but sleek for an editorial edge. Hannah explains that despite their model being carefree, wild and free-spirited, the team wanted her to look like a stunning goddess in the woodland. And she does, completely.

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Hannah explains that the shoot went off without a hitch, with the only challenge being the huge spiders webs in the forest; avoiding those was a bit of a hurdle! But, all the spider-dodging was worth it for the beautiful golden hour light which came streaming through the huge pine trees at the end of the day.

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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