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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Real Wedding: Aimee & Melba

Aimee and Melba’s elopement is just about everything we love…because, dogs.

Today’s real wedding comes all the way from the states. Submitted by the gorgeous Natasha Shipiro, Aimee and Melba’s elopement is just about everything we love…oodles of personal touches, dogs, family and friends, arms and hearts full of love, dogs, outdoor fun and more dogs.

Aimee and Melba decided to elope for their wedding day in a beautiful farmhouse in Cold Spring, NY. Pretty much every element imaginable was put together by friends and family. Melba’s sister made the beautiful flower arrangements, their friend Adam made a cake to be shared with friends, and they even made their own invitations. With their dogs as their bridal party and their closest friends around them, they had a weekend extravaganza of good homemade food, good wine, and lots of lounging in the hot tub.

Now, what could be more perfect than that? Get ready for all the feels…

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Now if you haven’t heard of Natasha, or seen her work, get on it. She’s a true sweetheart, and in her own words, she’s a dog petting, donut eating, outdoorsy wedding photographer. Natasha and her partner live and work part-time out of their 1977 Toyota Chinook camper, hitting the road when they can…and they are always on the hunt for the best tacos around.

Uhm…can we come live with you?

When Natasha got in touch with Aimee & Melba’s wedding, we knew there would be no way we’d say no, and after Natasha had explained more about them and their big day, we were hooked!

“Aimee, Melba and I had a really special bond right from the start. I had known Aimee since I was in high school, and when they asked me to photograph their elopement I just about cried. They are two really special people that have so much warmth and love in their hearts. Moms to a huge family of critters, they take in all sorts of 4 legged creatures in need and right now have 4 senior dogs, 1 cat, and even had a deaf ferret named Blanche at one point!” Natasha

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What we love most about this lovely couples big day is their dogs…only joking (but they are seriously cute, right?)! In all honesty, what we love is the raw emotion, the happy tears and the long, lingering hugs. We love that the couple were surrounded by their nearest and dearest in the most beautiful location, a wooded area in the Hudson Valley.

“Right from the very beginning they knew that they wanted their day to be just for them. They decided to elope in the woods of a quaint Airbnb in the Hudson Valley, with only their closest friends waiting at the farmhouse nearby. They said their vows in the company of only each other, their dogs, and myself, with their best friend to officiate. Two of their pups were their ring bearer and flower girl. With vows filled with about 100 references from The Office, lots of silly reminders of their favorite things about each other, and endless dog hair, by the time their ceremony was over all of us were in tears over just how touching it all was.” Natasha

Sounds so beautiful and personal.

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In a world where love and respect isn’t always the order of the day, this beautiful elopement warms our hearts; it’s important to remember and support love it all its beautiful forms. Love is taking care of each other, respecting each other, nurturing each other and ultimately being there for one another through all of life’s hurdles. We think it’s important to remember just how profound and life-altering love can be. And as Natasha explains…

“Love means knowing that you’ve found your person. Having that knowing, a deep knowing, that you’ve found home.”

All hail love.

Congratulations to Aimee, Melba and all of your fur babies!

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We’re Wildly In Love, Regardless…

Inclusive, diverse shoot showcasing four real couples and exquisite styling.

It feels very poignant to be posting this beautiful shoot. Each and every single day, across the world, people are struggling to live their lives in peace and harmony. There is a struggle occurring in every corner of this beautiful earth. Whether it be amongst people of colour or within the LGBTQ community, with those suffering with disabilities or those who don’t fit our outdated beauty standards; every day, people are fighting for the simplest of rights. The struggles are prevalent, real and strong.

Indeed, within the wedding industry, there is a huge disconnect. A disconnect between the typical bridal beauty standard which is quite literally everywhere in wedding media, and what actual, real live couples look like.

Here at Wed in The Wild, we show no prejudice. We want to show real people that they are catered for. We want to showcase diverse and inclusive weddings. Not just to tick a box to say, “yep, that’s covered’ but because real people need to feel inspired by people and models who don’t just appeal to one kind of bride.

When Amber from our beloved Rock & Stone Weddings got in touch this week, following the UK Bride fiasco, we knew we had to showcase this amazing display which celebrates diversity and showcases inclusivity. Amber explains the premise of the shoot:

“It all started back in April when I discovered that a local registry we’d paid to join, who claimed to help link people looking for a unique, modern and creative wedding, with vendors who match that aesthetic, had some dubious views about working with the LGBTQ+ community. In their words ‘we have members who choose not to and we completely respect that’. Not wanting to associate with a group who felt it was ok to respect that, I immediately left the directory and speaking about the experience on Instagram opened up a valuable discussion. Not just about the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community in the wedding industry, but also anyone who isn’t white and a size 0 with long flowing locks! It seemed that actually, there were a whole lot of people feeling frustrated about a lack of representation. So many photographers said that they wanted to be able to show more diversity in their portfolios but they just didn’t have a very diverse client base contacting them.” Amber

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Amber knew a lot of photographers and vendors who wanted to showcase diversity in their portfolios and so she began planning a mass shootout. She wanted to bring together an epic and beautiful shoot which would allow photographers to come and capture tonnes of great content in order to diversify their portfolio and help them attract more of their ideal clients.

When Amber got in touch, we squealed. We had seen a couple of the images from the shootout floating around on social media, but hadn’t connected that it was a large-scale project with the four sets of beautiful couples. It was perfect timing, as we had been speaking out a lot on out Instagram about diversity and inclusivity in the wedding industry.

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Ambers’ concept for the shoot was based on the Mediterranean; four distinct areas that all played homage to different areas of the Med, which were all cohesive enough to work together…each area and palette feeling like an evolution of the one before.

The shootout was attended by multiple photographers but the images you see here were captured by one of our absolute faves, Kendra K. Kendra has an amazing eye and creates beautiful, flowing magic with her style of shooting. The perfect choice for this romantic and multi-faceted project.

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All that was missing, in Amber’s eyes, was a male/male couple…”we really wanted to find a male couple too but just no volunteers“. So if you’re reading this and either are, or know someone that might be interested in the future, then feel free to contact Amber if you are based in the states!

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We’re absolutely bowled over by the creativity and romantic elegance of this beautiful shootout. From the styling of the couples, all paying homage to their personalities, to the abundance of gorgeous florals, decor and venue styling. We love the transition from the beginning of the shoot…the step up in colour and vibrancy as the shoot takes shape, and the sheer magic in the photography.

What an amazing concept and with a heartfelt, authentic meaning behind it. We hope that the incredible work of Amber, Kendra and the rest of the team gives every day people who are planning their weddings the courage and the assurance that there is change afoot and there are vendors out there who respect and want to work with all couples regardless of their gender, size, age, sexuality, race or religion.

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Wild & Edgy Engagement Shoot

Our hearts are aching from the sheer coolness of this engagement shoot!

Yesterday, we posted on our Instagram about diversity and inclusivity in the wedding industry. Following a recent upsetting post from another wedding blog/directory about pre-wedding diets, we felt compelled to make a stand. Our Editor, Jenna, took to both her Wonderland Invites and Wed in The Wild platforms to make statements about how damaging ill-thought out statements can be to peoples mental health.

Here at Wed in The Wild, we want to be inclusive. We want to be diverse. We want to showcase love in all of its forms. Whatever your size, colour, religion, sexuality, gender, age…love IS love and we are here to celebrate it.

We welcome shoots, real weddings, elopements, engagement shoots and guest posts from everyone…the only stipulation we have is that the styling must be bohemian and feature an outdoor element or portion to the photography. There are no conditions placed on size, colour, religion, sexuality, gender or age (providing the subjects are of a legal age to marry of course!).

Right…moving on now that the housekeeping is out of the way!

Allow us to introduce you to Leslie and Justin; a couple who are so rad, our hearts are aching from the sheer coolness of their engagement shoot with the fantastic Kendra K.

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One of our faves, Amber of Rock and Stone Weddings submitted this quirky, outdoors engagement shoot to us and we are living for it. It’s a full on theatrical-esque setup, and is jam-packed full of beautiful, intrinsic details, beautiful fashion and a lot of honest, raw emotion.

“Justine and Leslie are one of our 2019 couples… when we first met for coffee earlier in the summer they described their ideal wedding as moody, baroque and a little bit punk and we were sold!” Amber

We are beyond sold too!

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The cut of Leslie’s dress is just phenomenal; showing off her beautiful curves and really throwing up some amazing sparkle. And we love that it shows off all of her tattoos; we are here for a tattooed bride. Justin’s velvet blazer is giving us super cool, modern Elvis vibes, and we love the shirt her chose to complement the texture. We can’t wait to see what they wear for their wedding day!

“With the wedding being a little alternative, it was no surprise that these two were looking for something extra special for their engagement session too. We were so excited to team up with our fave vendors a year before the wedding to give guests a little peek into what to expect from the big day itself.” Amber

Amber and the team utilised the colour palette from the wedding day, paired with a forest setting to create a mystical woodland vibe, with lots of candles, crystals and stunning florals from Villanelle.

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You may recognise the cake, too…it has gone a little viral on social media. Created by cake gurus Sift & Gather, it screams baroque with its decadent colour palette and black lace skirt. We especially love the arrow element – something we’ve never seen on a cake before!

The tablescape styling is pure drama, and combined with the epic floral tree installation, it gives the shoot a sultry, romantic vibe. We’re big fans of crystals here and we’re so pleased that Amber chose to include an abundance of them in various setups for the shoot.

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Smoke bombs, smoke bombs and more smoke bombs. Will they ever get old? We think not. We love the extra dimension and added drama the various coloured smoke bombs add to this shoot…from greens and blues to the dramatic orange you will see towards the end of the shoot, the colour pops are used so creatively and are a great frame to the shots they are used in.

Justin designed all the stationery elements, with a little help from his friends; Jane who helped with the handwritten calligraphy & Andrew care of the printing. Kraft brown paired with black isn’t a combination we see very often but it works so well for this indie couple. Justin also designed the patch & pins for Leslie’s jacket and the banner which was hung from trees.

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As a surprise for Justin, Leslie had had one of his favorite songs recorded by a mutual friend which the team played especially at the engagement shoot for him. Alayna Erhart, who provided the videography for the shoot included the song in the final video cut which you can see here.

We love a creative couple and a team which can take a vision and truly knock it out of the park…well done all involved as this engagement shoot is truly a work of art! Can’t wait for the wedding!

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Real Wedding: Manny & Britt

This real wedding is everything elopement should be; cosy, intimate and full of love.

When the amazing Kortni Steltz, of Kortni Maria, got in touch with this elopement, our heads nearly popped off with complete and utter excitement. It’s everything an elopement should be; cosy, intimate, full of love and affection, and of course, those tiny details which make your heart sing.

Manny and Britt are a couple from Brooklyn, New York, and have been together for about 10 years. Never a fan of big weddings, they decided to elope to the Catskills in upstate New York. Britt had followed Kortni on Instagram and loved her style of photography. After their engagement shoot in Central Park with Kortni, Britt and Manny chose her to capture their November elopement.

“After their engagement session I knew that their elopement was going to be my favorite. Their love was so pure and real, and I knew that they were going to show that on their big day. Britt and I kept in touch though text and Instagram message until their elopement. We bonded over choosing pretty wedding details, and our mutual love of the podcast “My Favourite Murder”” Kortni

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Manny & Britt chose a secluded cabin in the Catskills, upstate New York, for their elopement…and boy are we glad they did. Such a sweet little house, with some perfect nooks and crannies. Kortni was able to capture some gorgeous shots of the couple on the porch in the late morning, alongside some chill out shots of them in the bedroom and kitchen…all just adding a little more wedding day flavour to this  unique day.

“I loved how slow we moved, like it didn’t feel all rushed like some bigger weddings can feel.” Kortni

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This chilled wedding was plain sailing for the couple and for Kortni, with the rain being the only challenge…and a very mild challenge at that, as Manny & Britt were completely happy to go outside with Kortni’s clear umbrella.

“Manny and Britt didn’t mind getting a little wet and muddy (like most of my awesome couples) so we braved the rain for an about an hour” Kortni

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From the dress and grooms suit, to the boots, the flower crown and the tablescape details, this creative couple pulled the entire look for their wedding together by themselves. Indeed, the day itself comprised of four people; the bride, the groom, the officiant and Kortni. Manny & Britt can so perfectly say that they did their wedding completely their own way.

For Kortni, she learned that the simpler the wedding the better:

“Manny and Britt made a choice to have their wedding day be just about them, even though it might upset some people. I know they wouldn’t change how they did things for the world though because it was so perfectly intimate and special.”

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In true Wed in The Wild style, we asked Kortni her views on the meaning of love…

“Love is a choice and it is unconditional. It means waking up every day next to your best friend and choosing them. Choosing to serve them, help them, encourage them, learn with them, and stay with them through thick and thin.”

I don’t think we could say it better ourselves. Congrats to Manny & Britt!

Real Wedding: Lindsay & Matt

Brisbane based couple, Lindsey & Matt chose to host their boho-inspired day at Riverwood Weddings on Australia’s Gold Coast.

We’ve been off the radar recently…our Editor, Jenna, has been squirrelling away on 2019 weddings as part of her stationery business, Wonderland Invites, which has meant Wed in The Wild has been a little on the quiet side. But what a wedding to bring us back online…Lindsey & Matt’s day is filled with beautiful styling, fashion and flowers and takes place at the most stunning Aussie venue…

A Brisbane based couple, Lindsey & Matt chose to host their big day at the gorgeous Riverwood Weddings on Australia’s Gold Coast earlier this year. With just under one year to plan their dream wedding, the couple incorporated some clever DIY elements to assist with staying within their budget. They well and truly managed to capture the relaxed boho look they desired. 

“I was aiming for a bohemian vibe. Hopefully it came out that way. I love everything outdoor, and nature, green fields and beautiful flowers. Being by the river and having the fire pit was magical, the whole feel of the day was relaxed and intimate. I think a lot of our friends had never been to a wedding like it and just loved it. I know I did” Lindsey, Bride

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Carmen, from Riverwood weddings had a genuine connection with the couple from the start, sharing easy going personalities.

“We were always in communication throughout the planning process to bounce ideas and suggestions around and point the couple in the right direction of suppliers. Lindsay is very thoughtful and put a lot of time and effort into planning her own wedding and incorporating some important DIY elements. She even braved making her own wedding cake as she has previously worked in a bakery, so I applauded her efforts as the wedding was beautifully styled and came together as she envisioned” Carmen, Riverwood Weddings

Lindsey and Matt love the great outdoors, so an outdoor venue made complete sense.

“As soon as we walked into Riverwood we both just looked at each other and said i think this is it!” Lindsey, Bride

Brimming with beautiful green trees, grass and pretty flowers, and with the plus of being right on a riverbank, Riverwood is a relaxed and perfectly kept outdoor oasis. With sprawling lawns and perfect spaces for ceremonies, meals, photographs and relaxing, it is a great choice for east coast weddings in Australia.

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This wedding combined so much attention to detail…from the wildflower bouquets that Lindsey created, the bridesmaids dresses (different for each of the ladies), to the various signage around the venue. Lindsey even made her own beautiful wedding cake.

“Lindsey came up with the concept and style of the reception; I just assisted her with putting it all together on the day how she had planned in her head. Because they had a budget to stick to, and being a blank canvas venue, Lindsay fine-tuned what was important to them style wise and chose the right suppliers to pull off the relaxed boho look she desired.” Carmen

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Lindsay chose a beautiful Grace Loves Lace dress to marry Matt, which incorporated a gorgeous scooping neckline, trumpet sleeves and incredible lace detail. Her hair and make up were work loose and natural, letting her natural beauty speak for itself. Matt and his groomsmen wore suites from Myer in a dusty blue and tan combination, complete with braces, bow ties and cute boutonnières.

The bridesmaid dresses, in shades of pink, blue and mustard perfectly suited each of the bridesmaids; although similar in style, each of the dresses allowed the ladies to shine in their own way. Complete with loosely styled, bohemian waves, Linsday’s bride tribe looked killer.

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Lindsey and Matt’s day was filled with love and light, and family and friends. When asked for her advice to couples getting married, Lindsays answer was simple…

“Just think about what you and your partner want for your day and what things means a lot to you , in regards to your style and the vibe you want.  Everything about our day was what we loved, down to the colourful bridesmaids dresses, which is so me. Also just try not to stress, Nothing could have ruined that day for me.” 

Never have truer words been spoken. When you think of your wedding day, you want to remember it as being truly reflective of you and your personalities. And most importantly…representative of your love.

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As a supplier in the wedding industry, Carmen has seen love in many forms…so we asked her what love means to her…

“Riverwood is my parent’s home, our family’s property for over 24 years, and to us love means family. We witness our couples families joining together as one and feel the love, devotion and happiness from these people sharing in their loved ones special day. Friends are family just as much as blood family these days and we see this in so many of our weddings. Each of our couples we welcome into our Riverwood Family and we get so much joy in hearing of their love, their family, growing if they are blessed to have children. Lindsay has actually only just told me that her and Matt are expecting a baby boy early next year and we are just so very thrilled for them and their family. That is love.”

Congratulations to Lindsey and Matt, and thank you Carmen for facilitating and submitting this beautiful wedding.

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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

Featured Image – Styled by Rose & Dandy, Photography by Lola Rose Photography

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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Supplier Love

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

Welcome

Bohemian (n.) Free spirit, wanderer.

A person who lives a free-spirited life, independent from the constraints of convention. They believe in truth, love and freedom.

Hello, and welcome to Bride in The Wild; a curated blog for the free-spirited bride (and groom!) Borne out of a passion for all things wedding, with an emphasis on everything dreamy and bohemian, we hope you’ll find bags of inspiration for your boho wedding as this little blog grows.

Borne out of a personal dream to run a blog separate from my business, I wanted to create a space where I could write about the things I am passionate about…which is basically, anything to do with weddings!

I hope that you will enjoy following me on this journey. So, welcome….

Featured Image: Leah Lombardi