Styled Shoot: A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, on Boho-Weddings

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I’ve been really excited to share these images and film from a shoot I styled and coordinated back in October. This shoot has recently been published on Boho Weddings Blog, which myself and the amazing team involved were all thrilled to see. Despite the (near enough) torrential rain and consequently boggy ground, Matthew of Matthew Bishop Photography and Hazel of Heartfelt Productions were both incredible in the way they captured the shoot. The photos are stunning (you’d never know it was raining so heavily!) and I love the super artsy way in which Hazel filmed the shoot (above). Thank you so much to the both of you for making everyone’s hard work and time worthwhile; we all have some fantastic images/film to show off our work.

I’d also like to say a special thank you to Faye of Woodland Weddings Ltd, the venue in which the shoot took place, who camped in the woodland venue for 6 nights prior to the shoot (that’s commitment)!! She spent the days, with her husband and little girl, setting up the major elements of the shoot, for example, she built wooden benches for the ceremony area, a giant wooden teepee frame, a willow arbour and entwined strings of festoon lights through the woodland trees. It looked so magical and we couldn’t have done it without her hard work, so thank you to you Faye. Just as a heads up, Woodland Weddings are having an open day on Saturday 16th April to officially launch their beautiful new teepee wedding venue, with an afternoon of music and food. Head down to Wick Lane, Hastoe, nr. Tring, HP23 6LU between 2pm – 11pm to see their gorgeous venue (ideal for a boho or festival style wedding!)

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The Brief
Mood – Magical Shakespearian vibe meets enchanted woodland with wild details from flora to fauna
Colour palette – Berry, fuchsia and mossy green with subtle hints of blush and gold
Venue – Woodland Weddings Ltd, a gorgeous location for a teepee or marquee wedding near Tring, Bucks

We had four different areas to our shoot:
– Willow arbour ceremony setting
– Mismatched vintage cake display
– Cute caravan turned bar
– Flora & fauna-filled wedding table

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Inspiration behind the shoot
A Shakespearian aura inspired by A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream was the main inspiration behind the shoot. Nature, flora and fauna were also a big inspiration as I wanted to incorporate the nature of the woodland into the styling.  I like the mismatched vibe, so not much of my styling for the shoot was symmetrical or matching – I think things look more beautiful when it appears as if they were naturally there or just ‘placed’ there. The Mid-Summer Night’s Dream inspiration was brought to life in the details. From stags and antlers to little gold-painted donkeys, there was an animalistic element to the styling which was, of course, inspired by the animals in A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. Mushrooms were carved out of wood and nestled between the tree stumps to add a wild, enchanted vibe. Plenty of lanterns, candles and flowers really added to the naturally romantic, woodland feel.

The colour palette was a mixture of berry tones and fuchsia hues, which worked really well in the woodland, brightening up the venue and adding colour lots of colour. I asked Joules of Willow and Thyme to include a light pink, blush colour within the flowers and plenty of greenery to add texture. Including little touches of gold here and there created an element of luxe within the table scape, cake design and stationery – this worked really well in creating a magical feel.

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In case you’re wondering where all of these beautiful props and decorations came from, some are from Woodland Weddings Ltd, who have a range of items available to hire for your wedding alongside their venue. The furniture, such as the wardrobe, table and chairs, as well as the vintage books and some other pieces, are from The Furniture Recycling Shop in Bourne End, Bucks. The Furniture Recycling Shop have an amazing range of vintage furniture and household items from tables and wardrobes to crockery and candlesticks, it’s definitely worth a visit! They can even chalk paint your old furniture to transform it into a completely different style.

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Joules, of Willow and Thyme, created incredible flower displays consisting of lavender, roses and succulents. The flowers totally brought the whole Mid-Summer Night’s Dream inspiration to life, with such a range of different sized flowers and subtle differences in colour, Joules really created something special. For the table scape, she designed the centrepiece so that the flowers looked ‘wild’ and unstructured, with them overflowing out of their container. The moss runner really added to the natural feel of the whole table scape and we placed animalistic elements, like antlers, little donkeys and wooden butterflies, together with loose fruit, in between flowers and candelabra.

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Goose and Berry were the creative talent behind both dishes featured in our shoot. The starter above was a Venison Carpaccio, wild sorrel, pomegranate, red amaranth and parmesan shards – doesn’t it look amazing?! It totally matches the colours of the flowers, which looked beautiful on the table scape. Emma, of Goose and Berry, also brought along a Chocolate Edible Forest dessert which was very in-keeping with the enchanted woodland vibe of the shoot. The dessert featured a little meringue mushroom, which was from Couture Treats (scroll down to see the dessert!) It’s always a pleasure to work with Emma, she’s super creative and organises some amazing shoots, so definitely take a look at her work.

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The cake which was hand painted by Nevie Pie Cakes, looked stunning and the detail on it was AMAZING. From hand painted flowers and trees to deer and sugar craft butterflies, it was filled with beautiful details. I love how the tiers are all different sizes and depths and that they aren’t placed in ascending order – this really compliments the whole mismatched feel of the shoot. I added vintage books, candles, moss and flowers to the cake table which brought a sense of wild romance to the overall look.

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Here’s the Chocolate Edible Forest by Goose and Berry. I love how it looks so earthy, with the meringue mushroom and edible flowers to add a pop of colour, it’s as if it’s part of the woodland itself. Totally gorgeous and I bet it tastes delicious!

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So not only did Faye, the owner of Woodland Weddings Ltd, camp out at her venue for 6 nights and step in as the model bride for the day, but she also handwrote all of the signage for our shoot, including this cool sign for Lila’s wood (the name of the woodland where the teepee wedding venue is located)!! The bar menu and mossy letters were also handmade by her.

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Faye of Woodland Weddings Ltd also made this swing and attached it to one of the trees, which is something that can be made possible for real weddings at this venue. Joules of Willow and Thyme decorated it beautifully with fresh flower garland wrapped around the handles, while Matthew of Matthew Bishop Photography got some fun shots of the flower girl being sprinkled with confetti!

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Faye has two campervans that she bought and refurbished ready for the opening of her new wedding venue this April. These gorgeous vintage campers can be transformed into a bar to serve your guests in style!

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To go with the campervan bar, myself and Faye made some herb and fruit infused drinks, which would be perfect for a warm summer wedding! Why not create a small drinks station where guests can help themselves to soft drinks, like lavender infused lemonade? Creating a signature cocktail and serving them in these beauties is also a nice touch for the drinks reception.

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Chantal, of Chantal Mallett Bridal Couture, specialises in making bespoke wedding gowns featuring body sculpting corsetry. She also handcrafts unique bridal crowns, like this stunning crown featured in the photo above (this is the ‘Ever After’ crown). As soon as I came across her crowns, I knew they would be ideal for our Mid-Summer Night’s Dream style and they were! They looked beautiful on both the bride and flower girl and added a touch of magic and enchantment.

We returned to the woodland a couple of days following the shoot to get some final images of the venue and models, for which Chantal kindly offered her skills in hair and make up to recreate both looks for the bride and flower girl, who both looked amazing!

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Pete of Big Day Designs created a mismatched set of invitations which really suited the style of our shoot. I love the use of twine as it compliments the natural elements of the shoot. My favourite, though, was the little canvas tea bag favours that read “Let love brew!” – what a lovely idea.

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The talented hair stylist, Emma Elle Martin, designed and created bohemian inspired hair styles for the bride, flower girl and groom, sticking to a naturally beautiful look. The bride’s hair was loosely curled and pinned back, one piece at a time, eventually entwining into a long braid which fell over her shoulder. Emma wove dainty, fresh flowers into the plait for ultimate boho chic style. For the flower girl, she twisted the hair around her face, bringing it back into an up do, which was finished off with a floral circlet by Little Bevan. If you want a boho hair style for your wedding, Emma’s your girl! Find her at Tramps Hair Salon in Aylesbury, Bucks.

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Shropshire Petals provided all of the confetti, which worked wonders in the photos. We used the Candy Floss natural petal confetti, which is a mixture of Delphinium and Wildflower in a dusky pink colour. We all had lots of fun attempting to time the throwing of the petals with Matt’s photographing of the shot! The confetti got everyone laughing and created some truly magical moments of Faye and Lila in the woods.

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Laura, of LC Make Up & Hair, was in charge of beautifying our models using her make up artistry skills. She created a gorgeous bridal look using natural tones and colours, that would sit well with a lush, oversized flower crown by Willow and Thyme. The subtle pink colours in the make up reflected the colours of the flowers, and she created a truly bohemian bridal style.

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All of the attire was inspired by bohemian style – lightweight, delicate bridal wear by Katya Katya Shehurina and a stunning oversized flower crown by Willow and Thyme complimented the ethereal, boho bridal style. The white of the dress and lush bouquet against the darkness of the woods looked so beautiful! The dress worn by the bride here is the “Liliana” dress and Katya Katya Shehurina gave us a gorgeous nude slip to go underneath. They have a range of coloured slips, each one makes the dress look completely unique and you can match the slip colour to suit your individual wedding.

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Nicholas Illingworth was our model groom for the day and despite the heavy rain, he was great! His look really suited the vibe of our shoot, being a little alternative and quirky. He dressed in smart black jeans, boots, a white, unbuttoned shirt and maroon tweet blazer, opting for smart/casual boho style.

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Our flower girl wore super cute dresses by Little Bevan which were featured on Brides The Show catwalk in 2015 and they really suited the boho vibe (especially the purple ombre dress above – beautiful!) The other dress was a white one with blush coloured flowers, each individually handmade. Little Bevan dresses are all hand crafted and feel so soft and delicate. They also lent us ballet pumps and a floral circlet, seen above.

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The shot above is one of my absolute favourites! I’d like to say a huge thank you to Matt, of Matthew Bishop Photography, for both inviting me to coordinate and style the shoot and for getting some incredible photos, despite the ongoing rain and eventual darkness (shooting in the dark with spotlights – literally! – which is how Matt and Hazel, of Heartfelt Productions, captured the stunning final shots).

The talented team who made this happen:



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