The darling buds styled shoot
Where to being?
There was so much love that went into this shoot, from so many people.
I’ve worked with Peaktipis on numerous projects (see here ) and this spring I was honoured to be asked to help out again. We were super keen to revisit a back to basics style to reflect the stunning natural setting at Beehive Farm, a stunning collection of fishery lakes just out side Burton.
So we decide to go for a colourful spring styled festival vibe, and really played up the colours and the floral elements.
After I gathered an initial colour palette, I discussed a spring florals style stationary suite with the babe that is Hannah from Yellowstone Paperworks. Hannah is a whizz at water colours, and a whizz at flowers so she was excited by the brief even when I threw her a curve ball and asked if she’d be prepared to design personalised place mat setting for each guest. She agreed but whoaaaaaaa I did not expect the beauty she created and let out an audible squeak when she sent me the proof to view. That girl got skills!!!
I was also keen to get Hannah’s help decorating a huge welcome board I requested and the capable boys at Peaktipis made. I had a vision of huge florals gracing an old school style blackboard, ready to welcome the guests to the tipi entrance. Between Hannah’s chalk, my blooms and the teams carpentry I’d say we pulled it off!
Another key player was Hannah from Bake Ashbourne, a baker extraordinaire, who despite being fully booked, and actually attending a wedding the day of the shoot, still managed to knock up two of the most fancy cakes I every did see. She managed to replicate hannah’s water colour stationary on one of the cakes, and finished each with hand made guided bee’s – a nod to the venues name. Sweet!
Flowers and Styling
I decided to keep the table flowers pretty simple this time round, and filled literally hundreds of bottles with single stems. It’s pretty much been my rule since I started flowering to not use gerbs in my work, they just don’t float my boat. BUT I spied some crazy-ass double gerbs at market and knew they’d be best friend with the even crazier-ass Houdini roses I’d ordered specially for the weekend. I created a focal hoop for the peak of one of the tipis and a floating arch to sit behind the head table and the happy couple! these both featured the same blooms we’d used on the tables and were an instant hit over the whole weekend.
I love a balloon and we opted for hundreds of multi coloured ones to add an extra pop (!) of colour to the table decor. Lynne from Tickety Boo Bunting helped finish the look with swathes of in keeping bunting, and Festival Flags helped create drama at the entrance with their stunning dragon tail flags.
Behind the lens
For the shoot part of the day Kim, from The Gribbons Photography, kept a calm and gentle vibe going on while he quietly and thoughtfully captured the breathtaking and etherial images you see here. Seriously, he is a delight to be around.
Claire Lowe make up artist was a dream as always, and indulged me by creating two looks for our bride. I totally was in love with the festival style make up for that later chill out part of the day. And our groom rocked his dreads and piercing but was just so sweet.
Something I was really keen to use for our bride was a two part bridal combination. Lorraine from Lori G very kindly sourced us the two piece gown from True Bride and I absolutely LOVED it.
All in all it felt like we pulled this out the bag, and really realised the brief.
Special thanks to Kim C and Dani who co-ordinated the weekend in spectacular style.