This shoot was all about sustainable, ethical products from a dream team of local wedding businesses that all had a distinctive ethos behind their beautiful work. The photographer, Rachel Thomas, and I wanted to create a classic English wedding vibe with contemporary twists. We are super happy with the results!
We shot on location at The Royal Agricultural Uni in Cirencester which has fantastic rooms and grounds for a wedding with bags of character. The dreamy dress was ‘Lyra’ by designer Jessica Turner and is available exclusively from Willoughby and Wolf in Marlborough.
I created these boho floral designs with white ranunculus, pink tulips, scented lilacs, white ‘Avalanche’ roses, mini pineapples and lots of Nicoli eucalyptus to give the designs lots of movement.
For the table setting we combine contemporary flowers with vintage silver rose bowls filled with fresh herbs to evoke a botanical gin garden, inspired by the glorious pink of new season rhubarb and a rather tasty Rhubarb and Ginger gin. Illuminated gin bottle kindly provided by Ellis Illuminations.
Lydia, of LovefromLydiaalice, the stationer on this shoot, loves to maximise the use of recycled paper for her stationery as the textures of Khadi paper compliment her designs and unique calligraphy fonts. Khadi paper is made from 100% cotton rag, recycled from t-shirts. There is no impact on forests and by using rainwater, khaki papers use 75% less water than standard papers. Overall, they are acid free, avoid dyes, use 50% less energy and reduce pollution.
The lace boots and shoes were by House of Elliot Collection. Owner, Nicole, took time to build an ethical base for her online footwear business and works with small-scale independent businesses to ensure that her boots will stand the test of time as much as their design has. From sourcing the vintage lace patterns to the sumptuous satin ribbon that is threaded through them at the finishing stage, each pair of House of Elliot boots is handcrafted by artisans to ensure brides feel confident and comfortable on their wedding day
Hair and Make-up artist Polly Morton created the perfect Boho bridal look for our beautiful Swedish model Emelie Kelman. Floral crown and headband by Corky and Prince.
The wedding rings, gemstone engagement ring and pearl bracelet are by Wiltshire-based jeweller Tom McDanielson of The Middle Green who uses reclaimed gold and diamonds to craft his timeless pieces.
This stunning cake was provided by local cake-baker Kimmi’s Cakes.