Two Unique Wedding Looks Featuring Paper Flowers
One lovely Spring day…
It was Good Friday and the sun was shining. A group of talented local wedding suppliers met at a stunning garden in Felpham, West Sussex to create something special. A Boho Bride meets Garden Glamour Bridal Styled Shoot photographed by Charleigh Victoria Photography.
The Inspiration for Boho Bride and Garden Glamour…
The inspiration behind the bridal styled shoot was to showcase a range of local talented suppliers and their creative work. Most importantly we wanted the shoot to highlight the collaborative work of small local businesses coming together to create something beautiful.
During the shoot we wanted to show different styles that we are frequently asked for by brides. It led us to throw a different twist into the shoot to draw from alternative ideas whilst still keeping the theme of a beautiful day.
The location was an absolutely beautiful garden at the home of the photographer Charleigh Victoria Photography’s in-laws in Felpham; a lovely village within West Sussex. The garden was full of stunning plants and blossoming trees. Winding paths with contrasting colours and areas which we used to achieve the two different bridal styles. The beautiful but simple garden location was the perfect setting to showcase the different elements of the shoot. We wanted to show was what possible for a garden wedding setting, providing an intimate space to celebrate a couple’s special day.
We chose two dresses from the lovely collection at Bijoux Bridal Boutique, they took us in the direction of two different themes. A relaxed Boho bride, festival style with the beautiful detailing on the lace dress with low back. Contrasting with a more formal and glamorous theme inspired by the stunning beaded dress with sweet heart neckline.
I created the paper flowers that featured which added an alternative element to the shoot. I loved creating the paper flowers and foliage by hand providing the boho bride and her bridesmaid with bespoke, lasting flowers to treasure and then remember the day by.
Working with a blue and white colour palette for the boho bride theme I created a loose and relaxed feel that featured paper peonies, roses and love-in-a-mist. Combined with hand died silk ribbons and little paper roses for the boho bride’s hair. Completing the blue collection was a paper flower crown featuring paper roses and blossoms and a small bouquet for the bridesmaid, using the main flowers as seen in the boho bride’s bouquet.
The flowers I created for the garden glamour look worked beautifully with the deep red lipstick chosen by Kiri MUA. These showed a more structured and luxurious style. The flowers contained accents of gold detailing, deep burgundy paper dahlias. Combined with pale peach paper roses created in a more structured arrangement.
Having paper flowers on your wedding day is a great option if you are worried about the heat affecting your flowers on a warm summers day. Or for instance at a destination wedding.
It also allows you to keep your flowers after your special day and because there is no waste keep the flowers as a constant reminder of your lasting commitment to one another. And for the hay fever sufferers out there, no sneezing on your wedding day as a result!
If you choose to go for real flowers on your wedding day, don’t forget that I specialise in recreating bridal bouquets. These are a lovely gift for a first ‘paper’ wedding anniversary. Allowing you to forever remember your wedding flowers if you chose to have real flowers.
Hair, Make Up and Accessories…
On the day hair and makeup was beautifully created bringing the two looks alive. With the smoky eyes and deep red lip adding drama to the ‘garden glamour bride’ modeled by Charlotte. Created by Kiri MUA who worked effortlessly to enhance the natural beauty of the models.
Sam Orwell Bridal Hair created a stunning structured up-do for this look. It was finished off with a bespoke French beaded bridal headpiece hand made by Isabella Josie Millinery.
In contrast, for the second look, Kiri MUA created a natural, sun bronzed makeup for our boho bride model Daisy Tonge. Finally, Sam Orwell created a relaxed festival themed, multi braided hair style. Completed with a scattering of my paper roses made to match the paper wedding flowers.
The styling of the shoot made use of props from Love From Hollie. Hollie set up a stunning prosecco cart in a shady spot surrounded by wild forget –me- nots and grasses. Ready for the guests to ‘pimp their prosecco’. Dressed with hand painted perspex signage, blueberries and strawberries ready to add to the chilled fizz. Others ideas we had were to style the cart as a Gin bar or cream tea station. So many possibilities.
Hollie’s handcrafted balloon art added a photo opportunity for guests to create their own memories, capturing their image within the balloon heart. We used this area to capture the Bride and her Bridesmaid enjoying the day, celebrating together.
Mother of the Bride
Another key aspect of the photo shoot was to include the Mother of the Bride. Capturing the moments between a bride and her mother. First of all cutting the cake, celebrating with a glass of fizz. Taking a quiet moment together to reflect on the day, also to celebrate with one another. Often the Mother of the Bride is left out of the wedding day. While the Father of the Bride is traditionally given the special duties, such as walking the bride down the aisle and giving a speech. For that reason we wanted to highlight the Mother’s role and remind her she is not forgotten.
In our shoot the Mother of the Bride can be seen wearing a bespoke ivory cocktail hat with dusky pink roses and curled feathers, handcrafted by Isabella Josie Millinery.
Isabella creates a beautiful range of bespoke hats, fascinators and head wear and this piece completed the Mother of the Bride’s look working seamlessly between the two styles of the shoot.
The stunning garden and similarly the beautiful weather we had during the shoot really helped to bring the two styles together.
We wanted to show the versatility of the different themes being styled in the same location. Charleigh Victoria Photography skill of capturing natural light, colours and the styling, within the garden setting showed beautifully what can be achieved at the same time and place.
Two fabulous three-tiered cakes were created by Jen at Crafted Cakes and Bakes: a stunningly simple semi-naked cake with butter cream icing, delicately decorated with gold leaf and paper flowers by Petal & Bird.
In contrast, the structured white and gold iced cake with gold painted details and sugar flower work provided a sense of drama for the second cake.
Want to see more…
It was a honor to be involved in this shoot and great to work with such a talented team of local suppliers. As a result, we were really happy to have this shoot published on Girl Gets Wed Blog. So check out the link here to see more.
I’m really looking forward to working with this team again, so watch this space for more lovely collaborations soon!
To find out more about the team check out their links below.
Meet the Suppliers…
Photography- Charleigh Victoria Photography
Props- Hollie at Love from Hollie