Today I am thrilled to share Confetti Fields ~ stunning outdoor wedding inspiration with a boho edge.
Outdoor weddings take a bit more planning than the more traditional indoor options, but there is no denying that a beautiful outdoor wedding, held in a stunning and meaningful location will be worth every bit of extra effort you put in!
Images were captured by Hannah of Photography by HR alongside a fabulous collaborative team.
Julieann Bird says of the shoot…
With warmer summers and an expanding choice in wedding locations, couples are increasingly opting to have an outdoor wedding.
Maybe you are dreaming of making your wedding vows to each other amongst the beauty of nature; in a place that is special to you both.
Perhaps you’re planning to celebrate and dance the night away under summer skies.
If an outdoor wedding is for you then this shoot, captured by photographer Hannah Ray, is packed with ideas to help you look and feel your best with your wedding surroundings being picture perfect.
The breath-taking confetti fields of Shropshire Petals in high summer are truly a wonderful sight to see.
Grown on the family farm set amongst the picturesque rolling countryside; the biodegradable and eco-friendly petal confetti available in a myriad of shades is carefully handpicked, dried and stored ready for throwing over the newlyweds on their wedding day.
Bursting with colourful blooms and the air heavy with their floral scent; the glorious confetti flowers and wheat fields gave us the inspiration and perfect backdrop for our photoshoot.
Two dresses were selected for the shoot by Suzanne Heavens; owner of Heavenly Brides and Belles.
The first was a strapless mermaid style gown called “Ariel” by Verise bridal (new for 2019) featuring lace appliques over tulle in ivory.
With a lace-up back, sweetheart neckline and chapel length train; the exquisite trailing floral pattern of the lace echoed the flowers of the confetti fields around us.
The second dress “hyacynt” by Bianco Evento was an extremely elegant ivory A-line chiffon gown with a strapless lace covered bodice and finished with a chic, simple plain belt.
Soft and floaty, this dress was not only practical for the outdoors but offered a romantic feel; the chiffon skirt rippling in the light breeze.
A natural look with soft tumbling curls reflected the country feel of our surroundings.
The reliability of the British weather is sometimes a concern for brides-to-be. Despite it being the hottest summer on record we had a few rain showers on the day of the shoot.
The humidity caused the models’ hair to revert to their natural beautiful wavy style giving a more relaxed Boho look.
Make-up artist Helena Restall created two elegant looks.
On model Danni she went for an English Rose finish to complement the floral aspect of the shoot.
She used MAC lipstick in ‘Modesty’ which is one of her favourite colours for brides as it works for all skin tones & photographs beautifully.
Helena was also one of our lovely models and on herself she used earthy taupe browns with a nude lip.
Four very different bridal headpieces were selected by accessories designer Julieann Bird who took inspiration from the flowers in the confetti fields along with the design of the two beautiful dresses.
She chose headpieces that would link all these elements to give elegant seamless styling in harmony with the gorgeous surroundings.
A soft ribbon tied ‘Julia’ lace headband and matching cuff bracelet, embellished with freshwater pearls and clusters of dainty ivory chiffon flowers mirrored the floral pattern of the Verise lace wedding dress.
A glittering ‘Felicity’ headband with a sparkling floral side feature provided a second look that shimmered in the summer sunshine.
The romantic chiffon skirted Bianco Evento dress was teamed first with a statement ‘Collette’ pearl tiara which has a medley of freshwater pearl flowers including unusual stick pearls and sprays of Swarovski crystals.
The second bespoke tiara was created just a few days before the shoot. Botanically hand-dyed silk ribbons were gathered and hand sewn into a variety of flowers in shades to match the stationery and bridal bouquet.
Statement earrings and bridal bracelets in a variety of designs were carefully selected to match the stunning hair accessories and complete the styling.
A romantic flowery suite of wedding stationery called ‘Pastel Petals’ was created especially by designer Anna Thomas from Evelyn and Elliot.
In soft pastel colours to match the flowers of the confetti fields, some items were edged in sky blue to accentuate the pretty floral design.
These romantic settings and backdrops offered focal points and features for the photographs.
White vintage step ladders nestled amongst the pink cornflowers.
These framed the display of the beautiful stationery, silk floral tiara and basket of confetti cones as well as offering a perfect place to rest the stunning bouquet of summer country garden flowers
. A vintage butcher’s bike, decorated with the Bride and Groom’s names gave a wonderful countrified personal touch.
The wicker basket on the front, complete with a pretty wheat and dried flower wreath from Shropshire Petals was full of blooms from the confetti field.
The rustic wagon was used to display the stunning 5-tier wedding cake.
Milk churns and vintage watering cans with galvanized containers of scented lavender, cottage garden flowers and wheat brought the English country garden surroundings of the flower fields into the scene.
A large framed blackboard with a handwritten message and large white helium balloons welcomed the guests too.
The statement wedding cake created by Sharon Stinton Boutique Cakes offered a modern twist on a popular vintage design.
Plain tiers in subtle shades of pink and white with one wrapped in exquisite lace icing were offset with lots of beautiful hand crafted sugar-flowers including roses, peonies, blossoms, buds and berries.
Instead of formal seating and laid tables we chose to create a traditional country garden picnic with vintage blankets and comfy cushions.
These offered an ideal place to relax and enjoy the excitement of the day.
The wedding breakfast was delivered in wicker picnic hampers, afternoon tea served on vintage china with confetti Pimms in champagne saucers.
A dramatic moongate arch dressed with moss, flowing chiffon drapes and floral arrangements, including Delphiniums freshly picked from the field, offered a highimpact backdrop in the sun ripened wheat field.
With the clouds racing across the summer sky; this moongate provided a staggering focal point for close up photos of the ‘bride’ but would equally have been perfect as a backdrop for the ceremony.
Aren’t these ideas lovely!
A plan B is absolutely essential however when planning any outdoor wedding, because the weather can never be relied on.
This is where the extra planning comes in as you need to make sure that in the event of bad weather, you have prepared a flawless fall back plan you are 100% happy with and everyone can get undercover and carry on the celebrations.
But rain or shine these lovely decorations will make a beautiful impact.
Photography: Photography by HR
Venue and Confetti: Shropshire Petals
Dress Supplier: Heavenly Brides and Belles
Headpieces and Jewellery: Julieann Bird
Make-Up: Helena Restall
Stationery: Evelyn and Elliot
Flowers: Ginger Lily Florist
Props: Ginger Moon Hire