As soon as I saw Sara’s incredible rainbow dress I just knew I had to feature this wedding. I mean, goodness, any bride that rocks a dress like that is guaranteed to have an amazing wedding. I wasn’t wrong! The day was held at Camp Kinkora in Montreal where the bride used to go to summer camp as a kid.
“Besides the general thought that our wedding should be a fantastical amalgamation of things we both love, things that inspire us and things that represent our relationship with each other, there was no theme per se”, began the bride. “Although the location dictated what was possible. We wanted to respect the simple natural beauty of the camp and not have too much to take down afterwards! So we put all kinds of important things in the wedding pot (so to speak), and stirred it around some.”
“For example, I love bunnies, and we have three house rabbits, so it was natural for me to stick rabbits everywhere possible. Rabbit shoes, rabbit hair clip, rabbit pictures, rabbit napkins… Joe grew up playing Nintendo and watching Star Wars, so 1 up mushrooms, coin blocks and light sabres it was. The only part that that was deliberately considered was the colour scheme. People asked me what colours we had chosen, to which I responded ‘All of them!’.”
Abigail and Lisa’s wedding was eco, natural and laid back. Held at Wise Wedding Venue in Kent they did the majority of the décor themselves, or at the very least put their own personal spin on everything. Both girls opted for non-traditional wedding day outfits, and wore two suits each throughout the celebrations. To fit with the natural and eco wedding idea they had wooden rings made from paddock wood by Simply Wood Rings based in Chicago.
The theme continued with their tree stump cake (made by a friend), their hand picked flowers and the DIY hand stitched invitations. “All the reception décor inside the marquee was made from old books, these included heart bunting and flowers”, explained Abigail. “The tables had log style birch candle holders, paper flowers and personalised homemade matches. Outside the marquee, on the field, we had a homemade sweet stall and a seafood stall also made by us and my super mum. My mum also made a Moroccan-looking area out of two gazebos, which was a chilled out shisha pipe area. We wanted a Moroccan corner as I proposed to Lisa while we were there. We even had a snuff bar which went down a storm!”
This two-day wedding in a forest in The Netherlands is sure to take your breath away… if it doesn’t then I’m really not sure what else I can do for you! Celebrations like Eva and Jean’s make me feel so ecstatic that my job is sharing such gorgeousness with the world. I just know you’re going to love this one.
They kicked off the weekend with a their legal ceremony on the first day – a low key affair with their closest family and friends. But it was day two when the real magic happened. The ceremony was held at a ruined chapel in the woods, called St. Walrick in Overasselt, the Netherlands. The bride explained, “A long time ago this spot was a popular hide out for criminals but today there’s a wishing tree where everybody can hang a ribbon in the tree to make a wish (which we all did of course). We all camped at a tree lined field in the nearby scouting area.”
How do you fancy getting married in a woodland? Well this shoot from Jade Langton-Evans Photography is sure to give you some inspiration in the right direction! I’m loving the pretty, rustic details and Nicola’s gorgeous flower crown. In fact I don’t think I’ll every get bored of brides in flower crowns!
The couple wanted to get back to nature with this post-wedding shoot. The flowers and hair were designed to be very free and natural which fit with the forest location perfectly. Nicola loves vintage cameras and tea so these were also incorporated. “We wanted a very earthy, simple and beautiful shoot focusing mainly on the couple”, wrote Jade, “but we also wanted to show their love for these things within the set.”
Terri and Brad had a woodland themed wedding in – surprisingly – a woodland! The venue for both their ceremony and reception was the Pecanwood Estate. “We wanted our wedding to be casual and symbolise the reason for celebrating the day, which was our love for each other”, explained Terri. “Our budget was small and we wanted to utilise things that we already had or things that we could make out of wood or paper to keep it simple.”
“The theme was based around swallows because they symbolise our love for each other. The day before Brad proposed to me we were at a tattoo convention in Cape Town and he suggested we get matching swallow tattoos. Swallows choose a mate for life, and will only nest with that bird and no other, we had them placed on his hand and my wrist as if they were flying into each other.”
To me, the thing that makes a really great editorial shoot isn’t all the pretty details (although they help), the beautiful model or the amazing backdrop – it’s the narrative and the story that the images tell. As soon as I saw this shoot sent over by wedding photographer James Melia I instantly started wondering what this girl’s story was and what the photographer and stylist wanted to tell us.
But luckily for me I could just ask them! As James explains, “The inspiration for this shoot came from a really simple idea of just a girl, and the beauty of the everyday. Using our model Jemima as our inspiration. each of the contributors added our own elements while working with a colour palette of peacock blues and moss greens. We thought it would look really striking against her delicate translucent skin and white blue cropped hair.”