Today we share with you a creative project to inspire all you alternative brides with a bohemian edge. We put together two beautifully elemental bridal shoots with minimal fuss – think botanical surroundings, light flowing frocks, toes on show and (of course!) flowers in her hair. By changing only the location and using nature and botany as our prime inspiration, we wanted to show how two totally different boho bridal looks can be brought to life!
Botanical Boho Bride
Showcasing statement floral crowns and soft bridal wear, the first shoot is set in the beautiful Lyde Gardens and draws from a summery colour palette of cantaloupe, rogue pink, natural green and white. The gorgeous green backdrop of the gardens provided an amazing contrast against the white bride and inspires a fun, natural and summery vibe. The dress was a soft, light and flowing design with crochet detail around the top and tie-up tassels on the back, giving a little festival feel to it. We love the tiers in the dress which allow it to drape down the bride , hanging in the most flattering of ways! The tones of the make-up were taken from the colours of the flowers and the styling of the overall shoot with natural pinks, bronze and lighter browns. Using these shades highlighted her light blue eyes, making them look even brighter, and opting for minimal make-up is a great way to keep the soft, natural look that compliments a spring boho wedding vibe. To finish off a relaxed, ‘less-is-more’ style image, the bride’s hair was relieved of hours of styling and was instead just rolled, tousled and unfussed! Loose, unstructured waves adorned with a flower crown is the go-to bohemian hairstyle. We love this understated bridal look! So there it is… a botanical, free-spirited, simple, summery boho bridal image captured in beautifully over-grown gardens. Perfect proof that your bridal image can be led by your chosen wedding location!
Wild Woodland Bride
The second shoot was photographed later on in the afternoon and into the evening sunset. We thought this time of day was perfect to capture the wildness of the bluebell wood, creating an ethereal and somewhat mysterious feel. This shoot took place deep in Dockey Woods, where the bluebells were in full bloom and provided the perfect setting for a wild woodland vibe complete with a simple, hand-tied bouquet and naturally adorned bride. With shades of violet and dashes of spring green, this shoot is ideal inspiration for Spring time brides looking to create a wedding with a wild, bohemian edge. The carpets of bluebells looked stunning against the contrast of the bright white dress, making the bare-foot bride stand out beautifully. The bouquet consisted of lavender limonium florals and was hand-tied together with white ribbon and organic crochet fabric to match the dress. Her hair was braided from the top of her head, twisted and wound round the back, all the way down her face into a long, fishtail braid. We styled it by entwining dainty purple flowers and small leaves into the plait, weaving them in and out of her braid. This added texture to an otherwise fairly ordinary hair style, creating the perfect finishing touch, by tying in nature with fashion. Again, our inspiration for the hair was led by our surroundings to create a style that was wild, ethereal and a little magical. In both of these bridal shoots, we were inspired by nature and simplicity, not to over do it with detail and accessories, but to work in harmony with the outdoor settings, as sometimes less is more. A stunning natural location can be the perfect backdrop just the way it is!
Photography and Styling: Bochic Weddings and Events
Model: Laura Mulford
Bouquet: The Flower Gallery
Flower Crowns: Handmade from Etsy
Signage and Ribbon: Hobbycraft
Dress: Designer Unknown
Locations: Lyde Gardens & Dockey Woods