Today I am excited to share this stunning autumnal bohemian wedding styled shoot set in a beautiful forest setting with gorgeous seasonal colour and a veil of atmospheric mist.
Gwenda of Bohotanical says of this incredible bohemian wedding shoot…
Autumn is the end of my wedding season, so it’s a great time to get my industry friends together for an epic collaborative shoot, and see it out with a bang!
Traditionally, it’s also the time of year where fire has played a key role in various cultural celebrations, as has food and feasting, so we drew on these for the concept and colour scheme behind the shoot.
I had a particular desire to maintain strong eco-ethical credentials, and chose collaborators who also uphold this ethos, which includes sourcing locally and seasonally; being eco-friendly and cruelty-free; and bringing new life to old things, reusing them through hiring them out (which is also easier on a couple’s budget than buying!).
The setting of Longton Wood couldn’t have been better, complete with atmospheric mist that stayed all day, allowing the colours, which Heline captured so beautifully, to positively glow.
In styling terms, against such a vast backdrop means going big, and the clearings provided a fabulous canvas upon which the Locate to Create team set to work.
They constructed a striking ladder and trestle backdrop for the ceremony area; a low, boho-style seating area around the wonderful ‘Pushka’, a 1972 VW camper from Buttercup Bus Vintage Campers; a cocktail-style arrangement of peacock chairs beside Bumper Bars fabulously converted 1976 Citroen van; and a dreamcatcher photo booth backdrop.
Boxed create centrepieces of bespoke wooden crates, filled with delicious, seasonal home-cooked local produce.
They created a vegan box for us, which sat beautifully on the low seating arrangement, as well as on one of Locate to Create’s trestle tables, for which Harriet’s Table provided some of their exceptional vintage cutlery, crockery, and glassware.
Made by Rae’s bespoke stationery, printed on recycled cardstock, pulled all the colours of the day together in its lovely watercolour designs.
Using triangles, the ancient symbol of fire, she then layered rich hues of peach, coral and red to create a multi-faceted design and teamed this with strong boho fonts to stand out as the sun went down. Don’t miss the Bruce Lee quote on vellum!
I provided floral arrangements in glass bottles, which are my favourites for decorating venues in an eco-friendly, and budget-friendly, manner.
I also made a statement bouquet (which makes the best impact in a woodland setting), and a floral crown for our ‘bride’, Tyler, and a buttonhole for her ‘groom’, Luke.
Tylers hair and make-up was beautifully styled by Gilly, who uses only vegan products.
Karen Dornellie made a bespoke ivory dress – the low back was perfect for celebrating the return of macrame to wedding styling!
She also made a matching ‘pleather’ jacket, using the opportunity to add to her collection of mix and match designs, due next Spring.
She then customised both dress and jacket with some gold, hand-stencilled patterns.
The veil was kept simple, just gold organza with an ivory satin edge, but very long to add a soft touch of drama.
The day finished with sparklers and a campfire – woodland bohemian wedding perfection!
Photography: Heline Bekker Photography
Venue: Longton Wood
Flowers/ Table Styling & Confetti: Bohotanical
Dress & Ceremony Jacket: Karen Dornellie
Evening Jacket: Scritto
Hair and Make Up: Gilly Church
Crystal Crown: SnowStorm Designs
Favours: Gilded Fern
Food Box: Boxed Wedding
Furniture and Props: Locate to Create
Stationery: Made By Rae Designs
Vintage China & Glasses: Harriet’s Table
Campervan: Buttercup Bus Vintage Campers
Drinks Van: Bumper Bars
Models: Two Bohemians