Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Wedding Inspiration
You’ve probably heard the tradition of carrying “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” on your big day. If you’re looking for ways to add a modern twist to this wedding tradition, check out this blue wedding inspiration captured by Laura Jane Photography.
Aside from being aesthetically gorgeous, this styled shoot features the idea of practicing eco-consciousness in the wedding industry. From recycled stationery by Leigh Calligraphy to the vegan hair products used by Bridal Hair by Jennie, this editorial is perfect for eco-friendly brides!
The Style – Blue Wedding Inspiration
As joint coordinators, Jennie and Laura came up with the concept for the shoot.
“We wanted to inspire couples who plan to have timeless weddings while adding some contemporary elements and statement décor to make their big day unique. Besides, we understand that couples nowadays are keen to find ways to achieve their dream wedding while being conscious and trying to reduce waste. Therefore, we showed how we could make simple steps towards making conscious decisions when planning a wedding.
Held at Apton Hall in Essex, the concept for the shoot evolved as we began to include the wedding suppliers. First, we started with the idea of sourcing the most ethical fashion pieces and beauty services. Then, we sourced the stationery and other wedding props while still considering their environmental impact. To give you an idea, here are some specific elements of this blue wedding inspiration shoot..
Laura photographed the day with her usual light and airy look while aiming to portray a romantic-luxe and floaty- boho style. Radiating the beauty of natural light, her images appeal to brides who like the mix of elegance and laidback nature.
To show the genuine emotions of a wedding, we encouraged our models to portray the ‘fun of their big day.’ Therefore, we exerted some efforts to make our couple laugh and enjoy the experience. We also encouraged them to savor each wedding elements such as cake cutting and walking together.
2. Bridal Wear
We found Indie Bride, a local wedding dress designer, who creates eco-friendly dresses by practicing zero waste cutting techniques. With individuality as a priority, Mina tailors high-quality wedding dresses and separates for brides.
3. Hair and Makeup
As for the hair and makeup, the team put together a beauty kit filled ‘clean’ cruelty-free products.
Due to higher demand from brides, Bridal Hair by Jennie showed that it is possible to use products that are vegan and ethically sourced. For instance, some of the vegan products included in the kit were from Design Me Hair and Bumble & Bumble.
About the makeup, Katie Poole MUA created a DIY cheek stain by infusing red berry tea with coconut oil! Considering the model’s eyes and skin, Katie ensured that the makeup look would accentuate their features. She used cool grey, blue, and brown shades for the eyes while she coloured the lips with the berry stain that she created.
5. Groom’s Suit
Our local formal wear company, Dapper Chaps, stepped in to complete the groom’s look with a lounge suit from their current collection. The tweed waistcoat was spot-on for our modern country-barn venue, and the navy suit blended with the rest of the day.
Sarah from Smoke & Ash added the perfect finish to the eco-friendly wedding looks with her handmade jewelry. Inspired by her rural surroundings, Sarah’s environmental-friendly pieces incorporate all types of finery that couples can choose from.
The wedding stationery was created by Heather of Leigh Calligraphy. These invitations were made from handmade recycled paper and finished with handmade wax seals. Perfect for this blue wedding inspiration!
Our floral design team, Raynor and Harriet from Stock Florist, designed a portable wedding arch that could be moved from ceremony to reception. We used this arch as a ceremony backdrop and a statement focal point for the reception.
In addition to this, we asked the floral design team to create a multipurpose bouquet that could work throughout the day. Their foam-free design involved seasonal flowers such as ranunculus, eryngium thistle, delphinium, wax flowers, and eucalyptus.
As for the cake, we asked Lauren from The Honeybee Wedding Cake Company to create a saccharine piece that can serve as wedding décor. With aesthetic and vegan ingredients in mind, she made a lovely geometric-shaped cake covered with watercolor-style fondant.
To complete the set-up, Victoria from Party Squared styled the cake table with hand-dyed and textured fabrics. She also added some décor items that were repurposed from existing collections.
10. Reception Tables
Victoria dressed the table with soft linens, gold-rimmed chargers, jewel-toned glassware, and luxurious cutlery. The spring bridal bouquet was repurposed as a centerpiece when placed in a bronze urn.
I love light and airy imagery, so we used pastel pink and pale blue as inspiration. To add depth to the design details, we combined these primary colours with deeper tones such as classic blue and navy.
Heather from Leigh Calligraphy applied the palette into her stationery suite while Victoria added flattering elements through her table décor and wedding props. Besides, Victoria suggested the importance of utilizing various tones and hues when using a bold colour like classic blue. “It is significant to mix both warm and cool tones in a palette while keeping things complementary,” she advised.
The lovely spring bouquet by Stock Florist was a combination of roses, ranunculus, eryngium thistles, and wax flowers. This bridal bouquet was designed to be repurposed as table décor and cake design.
1. Talk to all your suppliers about your vision. Let them know the things and elements that are most important to you.
2. Introduce your suppliers to each other so they can plan together and create something unique for you.
3. Use a combination of décor pieces you love. This décor could be pieces from home or an item from a local rental company. To add a touch of luxury to your tables, you could also pick lavish items such as charger plates and gold cutlery. If you want to make a customised celebration, you could add some handmade and personalised stuff that bears significance to you and your partner.
4. Choose a colour palette and inspiration that includes a complementing variety of tones and texture elements.”
- Photography: Laura Jane Photography
- Hair Style: Bridal Hair by Jennie
- Venue: Apton Hall
- Event Style: Party Squared
- Flowers: Stock Florist
- Makeup: Katie Poole MUA
- Cake: The Honey Bee Wedding Cake Co.
- Stationery: Leigh Calligraphy
- Bridal Dress: Indie Bride London
- Bridal Veil: Sash & Veil
- Jewelry: Smoke & Ash
- Hair Accessories: Hey Jules
- Groom's Suit and Shoes: Dapper Chaps Formal Wear
- Videography: Pursey Productions
- Bride: Megan Vickers
- Groom: Gareth Edwards