Oh have I got a beauty of a photo shoot to share with you today! Inspired by the fabulous Bloom Floral separates collection by Rowan Joy, I have a sneaking suspicion you’re going to love it just as much as I do.
“The idea for the shoot came about when dress designer extraordinaire Rowan Joy posted an image of her latest creation on her Instagram and I dropped EVERYTHING and told her that I MUST do a shoot with her!” said photographer Caro Weiss. “The concept was for all things botanical and nature inspired so flora, fauna, butterflies and more were all thrown in the mix and we roped in flowery wizard Di from Myrtle and Bracken who created an incredible vertical garden and natural and wild bouquets and Janet from Rene Walrus who went wild with real taxidermy butterflies combined with her incredible accessories.”
Rach and Tim’s DIY wedding took place on the bride’s family farm in New Zealand. It had a 1950s rockabilly theme. “It was important to us that we had a fun and relaxed atmosphere”, said Rach. “We learnt how to do a rockabilly dance as our first dance!”
“Our ceremony was funny and sweet. The celebrant asked us what we loved about each other and then put that in to her speech at the wedding. My nephew read He’s Not Perfect by Bob Marley.”
Rachel & Jamie by Camera Hannah (full wedding featured in issue 11, on sale September 1st!)
A quick Google search for ‘alternative bouquet ideas’ gives you a plethora of non-floral options of everything from brooches and buttons, paper roses, felt and even candy! There are so many ideas out there for brides that want something different for their bouquet other than flowers.
But what if you still want something unique, but you still like flowers? Well fret not, I am here to help!
Succulents are a great flower to use in a bouquet. They’re sturdy, look super cool and can even be re-potted and kept afterwards!
Rainbow roses are some of my favourites. Of course they’re not naturally these colours (they’re dyed) but they make for a completely spectacular bouquet which is perfect for a colour-loving bride to carry down the aisle.
Julie and Bryce’s San Francisco wedding took place at The Log Cabin in Presidio Park. “Tucked behind the Golden Gate Bridge in a giant city park called the Presidio resides a very little known (even to locals) log cabin in the woods”, explained Julie. “Here, we married, figuratively and literally, the idea of our big city love with our absolute happy place, which is Tahoe. The perfect blend of Truckee cabin and city skyline, it was the perfect crossroads of everything we love.”
“Being San Francisco natives (a very rare thing), it was very important that we kept things traditional to our roots while combining our biggest loves and inspirations: travel, design, cookies, family, and our dog. In the spirit of Tahoe, we created a s’more bar outside and a fireplace setting in front of the Log Cabin’s indoor fireplace. We also didn’t have any cake, we served milk and cookies instead!”
Lorenzo and Jodie met on a dating website. Their first date lasted 48 hours and they’ve been inseparable ever since! For their September wedding they wanted something to reflect their own style, so that meant something was relaxed, alternative and vintage inspired.
“We both wanted the wedding to be about our guests in a relaxed atmosphere but with a vintage theme (there was lots of browsing on Pinterest!)”, said the bride. “We wanted to express our personality throughout the day, which included little quirky props and all tattoos on show!”
“Our ceremony was very relaxed with a fantastic, friendly registrar. We didn’t have any personal vows but even without them, it was very emotional.”
Hector and Clarisse had a rainbow wedding in Huston, Texas. “Our rainbow wedding theme was vibrant and lively, like the fun, colourful journey we have had over the years”, said the bride. “I have loved rainbows and colour for a very long time. The weather was dreary the week of our big day, but that Saturday morning, the sun came through for us!”
Her dress was vintage and she added the rainbow train and made her own veil. She carried a rainbow rose bouquet and even had rainbow-inspired eye make up! “We loved the vintage feel and intimacy of St. Joseph, where we had our ceremony. It has gorgeous stained glass. Getting a traditional Catholic church on board with our rainbow wedding was tricky, since there are wardrobe requirements, decor restrictions, etc. We asked all our guests to come in bright colours for their attire and opted not to do any decor aside from the flowers we offered. Our bridal party was dressed in one colour each to create the rainbow effect when standing together at the altar and for photos.”