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mesmerising macrame. a woodland boho wedding styled shoot in the north west

September 26th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Woodland Boho Styled Shoot (c) Bobtale Photography (11)

For the boho wedding styled shoot that’s gracing our pretty pages this morning, we’re unravelling the art of macramé. Conceived by Lucy White from Little White Attic – who specialises in providing a modern twist on a traditional macramé technique – the shoot features an ice cool palette with a laid-back boho feel.

We never knew macramé could look so beautiful – and be so versatile too, with the skilfully tied knots intertwined into everything from the chair covers to the bouquets. Vintage books, candlesticks and quaint ink pots complement the macramé on show, injecting a whole lot of originality and creativity in to the set up.

Bringing on board a host of local suppliers, Lucy managed to bring her vision – of inspiring brides to channel their inner bohemian vibe – to life, and we simply adore the finished look. We’ll now hand the blog over to Lucy, as she talks us through the shoot and the evolution of this gorgeous bridal trend.

With images by Bobtale Photography.

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lucy says: It is hard to pinpoint exactly when my macramé crush first started to develop, but I do have fond childhood memories of making thousands of friendship bracelets so I guess I could start there. Fast-forward to the age of social media, and together with my obsession with all things handmade, I started to rediscover the art of macramé online and soon got the sense that a huge revival was on its way.

You only have to throw the words “macramé wedding” into any search engine and the web is full of amazing makes and inspiration. The macramé wedding trend hit Australia in a big way in 2016 and the rustic boho vibe was fast appearing everywhere. I took my inspiration from their rustic outdoor woodland settings, vivid oversized flowers and the minimalist boho beach weddings all framed with some amazingly detailed backdrops and accessories – and used this as the basis for this shoot.

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Hours and hours were spent knotting and unknotting until the backdrop and accessories for this styled shoot were complete, and so the next step for me was to team up with some extremely talented ladies who were already carving out fantastic careers in the wedding industry, to pull everything together.

I was lucky enough to be surrounded by some supportive and inspiring ladies, who after only one conversation, were as excited about the shoot as I was and immediately the beginnings of a styled photo shoot were born.

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The talented Robyn at Bobtale Photography captured the shoot. She is a reportage style photographer who loves nothing more than sharing a wedding day ‘tale’ through the moments she captures. With a keen eye for even the smallest elements of the setup, she immediately sprang into action capturing the most exquisitely, beautiful detailed shots.

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Love & Lace is a bespoke wedding styling company that also has an extensive range of vintage china and prop hire collection. Following my ‘woodland boho’ brief, Emma from Love & Lace, provided a variety of props and decorations to complement the overall style of the shoot and for more detailed focus shots. Vintage suitcases were used to create height for a focal floral display alongside some vintage books and brass candlesticks. She opted for grey tapered candlesticks to complement the deepness of the flowers in the brass vase. Rustic ladders were used for more detailed shots of single stems in vintage bottles and stone ink pots. A small styled display with the ladders, an apple crate and a vintage suitcase was also created and allowed Emma to add in more details to shots. One of Emma’s chairs from her collection was accessorised with Lucy’s beautiful macramé chair back and White & Wood’s wooden bride sign.

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White & Wood, specialises in rustic chic wooden wedding décor, signs and ‘shelfies’ with a scandi boho vibe. Vanessa, the owner of White and Wood décor, provided some wonderfully handcrafted accessories, which complimented the shoot’s theme beautifully.

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Kerry from Wild Flowers in Standish, Wigan, provided a gorgeous array of flowers and accessories which, when coupled with my macramé, appeared to just belong together as any perfect bride and groom should. Wild Flowers’ choice of flowers was all about the texture and muted colours to complement the natural boho vibe. Kerry loves flowing foliage with movement in the flowers, opting for stunning vintage style amnesia roses, astrantia, nigella, allium bullets, antique green hydrangea and heady scented sweetpeas. These were teamed with foliage such as asparagus and umbellatus ferns with funky, furry setaria and soft senecio.

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To add small but glam touches to the bridal wear, Kerry decorated wooden bangles with blushing bride mini protea and a sneaky yet sexy matching ribboned anklet. Cinching in Ellie’s dress with a glittering bang-on-trend bronze ribbon belt decorated with velvety grey senecio leaves, lilac rose and astrantia blooms. A simple ivy floral crown adorned with two “magic avalanche” just highlighted how beautiful a good quality rose can be and finished off Ellie’s look. Kerry’s new favourite container, a battered looking, hammered bronze urn had a loose and natural arrangement that just begged for long-trailing, deep red, tactile, amaranthus. Kerry also brought along Ellie our gorgeous model for the day who did a fantastic job.

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The days leading up to the shoot where typical of the British summer, grey and wet. But our prayers were answered on the morning of the shoot and the sun made a welcome appearance. We couldn’t have asked for more!

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Alexis Forsyth
Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...

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