It’s no secret how much we love styled shoots here at BLOVED, but it’s not often we get to see inspiration for the whole day – ceremony included (we’ve totally fallen in love with Things by Laura’s paper ceremony flowers!) The rustic woodland setting provides the perfect backdrop to a marsala-toned celebration, created by BLOVED Contributors Jeni at Vanilla Rose Weddings, Daria from Plenty to Declare Photography and props from The Little Lending Company. I love the use of rich, jewel-like colours mixed with lighter shades for a softer, summery look. Stylist Jeni explains more below…
When I first started designing a concept board for this styled shoot, I had the Pantone Colour of the Year 2015, marsala, at the forefront of my mind as it’s such a beautiful and unusual colour for a wedding. However, I was also keen to create some very real inspiration and ideas for couples to re-create for their own wedding design and less is always more in my eyes! Brightwell Vineyard in Oxfordshire provided the perfect backdrop, and set the scene with their romantic woodlands and lake. To bring an enchanted forest style to this shoot, I combined elements of romance and elegance to bring light and life to the perfect rustic setting. Marsala may be a perfect autumnal colour, but it also lends itself well for a spring or summer palette, with the addition of softer colours such as blush pink and luscious greens, and even a hint of gold to give it a richer texture.
One of my favourite parts of creating a design concept for my clients is inspiration for their ceremony décor, so for this styled shoot I wanted to be creative and design something a little different for an outdoor woodland ceremony. The wooden arbour from The Little Lending Company suited this look perfectly, and with added foliage from Green & Gorgeous and giant heavenly paper flowers created by Things by Laura, the arbour made for a super dreamy ceremony backdrop. We added a selection of Persian style rugs to create a colourful and textured aisle runner, and the stunning chair backs brought the whole look together.
Another favourite aspect of my job is creating beautiful place settings, although it’s important to remember that they need to be practical too – after all, they’re designed for dining! We introduced some height and texture for this styled shoot with crockery, cutlery and linen to create this look, and added highlights of beautiful flowers and stationery to complete the setting.
The most incredible group of suppliers collaborated to help bring my vision to life, and the images by Plenty to Declare Photography capture the concept perfectly.