I can’t tell you how much I have been looking forward to finally sharing the official images from our ‘Peace, Love and Macramé’ styled shoot with you, some of which have recently been featured in the latest issue of You and Your Wedding magazine!!! I coordinated and styled the shoot last summer and was lucky enough to work with some of the industry’s most creative talent (listed below), who all worked so hard to achieve these images. I’m so excited to share more unseen photos, captured by the amazing Heline Bekker, with you today.
Mood – Bohemian meets woodland vibes with a love-in of hippie-inspired macramé details
Colour palette – Magenta and turquoise with hints of yellow and white accents
Venue – The apple orchard at Browning Bros, a wedding and glamping location
I designed and styled five different areas for our shoot:
– A bohemian woodland picnic
– An ethereal wedding cake display
– A vibrant DIY grazing station
– A wedding table scape
– A macramé ceremony area
Inspiration behind the shoot
The reason our shoot is titled ‘Peace, Love & Macramé’ is because this is where my inspiration came from. I wanted to create a beautifully natural and colourful bohemian vibe featuring a fun-loving, free-spirited, stylish couple. Although boho wedding style has been popular for a little while now, I aimed to put my own spin on this style by creating a super colourful ‘summer of love’ feel (hence the peace & love name), including popular trends like flower crowns, semi-naked cakes, tee pees and wild flowers, all set against a backdrop of macramé elements.
Macramé is the fine art of string knotting to make decorative patterns (I’ve always loved and been amazed by how people can create such amazing decorations through knotting!) When I came across Australian macramé artist Hayley Gemma, I was totally inspired to create a shoot around macramé. Although we do have a stunning macramé backdrop (handcrafted by Dani of Vintage Party Arrangements), I wanted to also design something never seen before – I asked Hayley to make a macramé table runner and some bunting, too, both of which were amazing! The super creative Dani of Vintage Party Arrangements also handmade a cute macramé cake topper which matched Hayley’s bunting, as well as dream catchers and embroidery hoops, which we hung from trees. Because all of the macramé was white, the vibrant colours of our shoot (including magenta, turquoise and hints of yellow) looked stunning against it. I got hold of some dip dyed plant hangers which matched the shoot colours, and hung them from branches of trees so the colourful flower arrangements could dance in the breeze. Here are some photos of all of the macramé elements within our shoot…
A macramé curtain is a great alternative for a wedding ceremony backdrop and is so beautifully in keeping with boho wedding style. Adorn it with some wild and free floral arrangements, and you’re good to go! If you don’t fancy it as your ceremony backdrop, why not source a smaller version and use it to decorate your cake area?
I loved the attention to detail that Pinar, of Curious Me Design, had when reading my brief for the shoot – she even made a miniature macramé dream catcher to accompany her beautiful watercolour invitations! Amazing!
The dip dyed macramé plant hangers made even more beautiful with Rebecca’s, of Ivy Pip and Rose, gorgeous wild, unstructured flower arrangements. The flowers look amazing spilling out over the pot, giving a really natural feel.
The fantastic Hang A Hammock Collective kindly sent over one of their handmade, fringed hammocks all the way from Nicaragua! I hung it between two trees in the beautiful apple orchard at Browning Bros, a glamping and wedding location set on an Essex riverside meadow, where the shoot took place. The hammock made for some amazing photos of the barefoot couple relaxing, laughing and snuggling up in the woodlands. Hammocks make the perfect addition to your wedding lounge, somewhere for you and your guests to chill out and relaxed amid the dancing and drinking (throw in some low-level seating and some candles and it’s complete!)
Now, let’s talk bridal style!! The inspiration behind the bridal look was, of course, boho styling and a very natural look consisting of minimal make up, loose beach curls, barely any jewellery and a simple but stunning backless wedding dress, which Heart Aflutter Bridal kindly lent to me for the shoot. The dress is called “Dean” and it’s by Daughters Of Simone; I knew from the beginning that I wanted to include a Daughter’s Of Simone dress because I share their ethos that a bride should be able to wear whatever she wants on her wedding day – traditional or totally out of the box. Heart Aflutter Bridal have a fantastic selection of Daughter’s Of Simone dresses, which is where I found “Dean”, a delicately light and ethereal dress with a beautiful back, for those all-important “backless shots”!
The talented Jo, of Hair and Make Up Atelier, was in charge of making our models look beautiful and she did an fantastic job! Using neutral tones, she created a super natural look for our boho bride and styled her hair in loose, beach-y curls. Later she added little gold temporary tattoos behind the bride’s ear, on her lower back and shoulder, which added a touch of sparkle to her overall look. Jo added white henna to the back of her hand and the side of her foot, for a summer-y, boho bridal style.
Rebecca, of Ivy Pip and Rose, created some stunning flower displays which included the gorgeous bridal bouquet and matching flower crown, arrangements for the macramé plant hangers, centrepieces, fresh flowers for the semi-naked cake, teepee flowers and more! All the arrangements were just beautiful and totally complimented the bohemian style with the ‘just picked’ look. I also asked her to make the cutest fresh flower anklet, which looked amazing! The perfect accessory for a boho bride and definitely a must-have for a beach wedding! This would also make a lovely present for your bridesmaids to wear on the day.
The 3 tier semi-naked cake was designed and baked by super creative Clare of Little Bear Cakery and looked scrumptious!! She decorated the cake with magenta and yellow petals, as well as tying organic crochet ribbon (to compliment the macramé theme) around each tier, which looked lovely. Dani, of Vintage Party Arrangements, handcrafted a teeny macramé decoration which tops of the cake beautifully. Clare also made some delicious (yes, we did eat them post shoot!) macaroons, marshmallows and mini grapefruit bundt cakes, which, by the way, were the best I’ve ever tasted! I set up her cake on a wooden stand underneath a Turkish patterned rug; her accompanying sweets on eclectic trays in an area with Dani’s lovely brass candlesticks, gold terrariums and plenty of loose flowers and greenery to bring the whole look to life.
I met Pinar, of Curious Me Design, at A Most Curious Wedding Fair last year and fell in love with her work! She designs and handcrafts the most amazing wedding stationery and I was very excited to have her on board for our boho shoot. From hand-painted watercolour maps and calligraphy writing, Pinar specialises in hand drawn stationery and she made some beautiful pieces for this shoot. Her bright, vibrant watercolour invitations and place cards will definitely catch your attention for all the right reasons!
I’d like to say a special thank you to Dani, of Vintage Party Arrangements, who I worked closely with leading up to the shoot and she was brilliant! Dani was so committed to the shoot in sourcing suitable props and décor as well as handcrafting not only the macramé backdrop but she also built the tee pee on site using wooden poles and white fabric – it looked amazing and brought the whole bohemian picnic area to life. She’s super creative in her crafting, as well as styling, and put so much time into this shoot. You can hire almost all of the props and décor you see in our images from Dani. Check out some of her work for the shoot below (here she is below finishing off the teepee!)
Dani handmade these lovely embroidery hoops and dreamcatchers, which were hung from trees to make a beautiful photo backdrop.
It was so much fun setting up a DIY colourful grazing station and drinks display, which I hope will inspire you couples to be a little wild with your choice of food! I bought the food and drink from M&S and Dani and I set up this station ourselves using a mix of antipasti, salads and bowl foods in a range of textures, layers and colours to give the display real vibrancy. It’s best to buy or hire colourful bowls and crockery in varying sizes and pair the crockery with contrasting colours of food. For example, I had a turquoise bowl which I put beetroot salad in and this looked amazing because of how different the two colours were! For the cheese board, Dani bought a number of different cheeses and included vine tomatoes, a whole garlic and scattered dried fruit and nuts in and around the food for a more dynamic look. Use herbs and edible flowers to brighten up your salads, adding a touch of wild. It’s all about the details!
…And here’s me setting up the boho picnic area ready for close ups!
Each and everyone involved was a huge asset to this shoot, but we couldn’t, of course, have achieved these stunning images without Heline Bekker Photography, who captured every detail and moment perfectly. Heline was lots of fun to work alongside with her friendly and relaxed approach; her passion for all things photography and people shines through in her work and I feel very lucky to have worked with her.
The Dream Team:
Coordination, Design & Styling – Bochic Weddings and Events
Photography – Heline Bekker Photography
Prop & Décor Hire (and macramé) – Vintage Party Arrangements
Flowers – Ivy Pip & Rose
Venue – Browning Bros
Hair and MUA – Hair and Make Up Atelier
Cake and Sweets – Little Bear Cakery
Stationery – Curious Me Design
Dress – Heart Aflutter Bridal
Models – Ned Porteous and Hannah Wiklund
Macramé Artist – Hayley Gemma
Hammock – Hang A Hammock Collective
See more of my styling and work in my gallery.