Styled Shoot

Boho beauty. A styled bridal shoot at Eaves Hall

17th May 2019 | Alexis Forsyth

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Bohemian vibes meet glamour big style in this styled shoot, set in the fabulous surroundings of Eaves Hall in Lancashire – a venue brim full of character and heritage for a striking big day setting.

Rachel Peers from La Beau Fleurs Floral Design crafted the vision for this shoot and decided to feature what she pips as the next big thing in wedding trends – macramé, which she perfectly describes as romantic masterpieces. And we have to agree – these creations are ever so pretty and provide such wonderful focal points within the shoot’s epic styling and décor. Nothing was too much trouble for the team, with accessories even imported all the way from India.

And when it comes to the bride and groom, there’s a rebellious edge to their attire and overall bridal day look, which we absolutely love! Denim jackets, extravagant accessories and top hats all bring the uber cool factor by the bucket-load.

With images by Teresa C Photography

Inspiration

Rachel says: This elegant boho styled shoot took place at Eaves Hall in Clitheroe, Lancashire which is part of the prestigious wedding venue group James’ Places.

Eaves Hall is a majestic yet homely, exclusive wedding venue which is thought to be 250 years old. Couples have exclusive use of the whole venue including its extensive grounds for their wedding day and the opulent bedrooms house their guests at the end of their celebrations. This magnificent building created the perfect backdrop for the shoot and their exquisite gardens were the ideal place to create the romantic setting for this bohemian yet elegant shoot.

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Theme

The elegant boho concept was an elegant take on the modern and popular boho styling. I wanted to show that brides who are looking for a bohemian look can also inject some glamour into their day, by way of venue, dress, styling and accessories.

In order to capture the right look the shoot needed a photographer with a proven history of capturing and creating romantic, natural photos that allow the personalities of the couples to shine through and so it had to be Teresa C Photography. Teresa worked tirelessly throughout the day amid the challenges of weather and lighting, moving from set to set with ease! We literally couldn’t have pulled this off without her!

Styling

I wanted the focal design element throughout the whole shoot to be the increasingly popular macrame! Could this be the next big wedding trend for 2020? I really do hope so, such skill and precision goes into creating these romantic masterpieces and those featured within the shoot were designed and made uniquely for us by Sarah Pearson, owner and founder of Libby and Will.

This dreamy and romantic look was supported by a range of props provided by Janet Quick of Eweneek Interiors who specialises in set design. Liaising with Sarah and the rest of the team, Janet created handmade cushions which were used along with additional macrame accessories imported from India to create a magical set with drama and elegance.

Adding to the set design was the cake created exclusively for the shoot by Jay Jay Reilly of Confetti and crumbs. A simple yet elegant cake adorned with flowers and feathers was finished with a macrame trim and housed perfectly in a macrame swing created by Sarah for the day.

The florals needed to reflect the overall theme, however I wanted them to be a contrast to the otherwise subtle colour palette, so I created two wild and vibrant bouquets full of depth and texture, which were finished with hand-dyed silk ribbon.

In addition to the bouquets, I wanted to extend the look to our special guest and star of the show Birdie the pink camper van and design a garland which ran along the dashboard and a spray of flowers which was attached to the front of Birdie!

Camper vans are synonymous with a relaxed bohemian themed wedding – but couple this with elegant dresses, hair, makeup and florals – and Birdie has shown she can fit in at any style of wedding!

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Attire

The models were chosen to represent a young, vibrant, modern couple who are independent and know what they want; successful but not arrogant, rebellious yet compassionate. In order to continue this vision, the dresses, hair and makeup really had to reflect this.

The stunning dresses provided by Tina of Romancia Bridal fitted the bill perfectly and the two show stoppers were Lavender by Blue by Enzoani in ivory beige and Jessie from the Victoria Jayne collection by Ronald Joyce in ivory nude.

To complete the looks, we had customized accessories by Tamsin at The Emerald Fox and bridal charms by Save the Date by Lily.

Beauty

Ann from the Hair Script and Makeup by Andrea created dramatic yet romantic looks for each of the models. Their hair was loose and natural with pinned curls and cheeky little plaits. The makeup was romantic yet vibrant with a nod to their rebellious nature but keeping a natural and pretty base and eyes.

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Results

The team – which also included videographer Neil from Authentic Wedding Films – worked so hard to bring everything together perfectly on the day. The team were so talented and intuitive, really understanding the brief and working together to make my vision a reality. This is true of a real-life wedding, by picking reputable suppliers who understand your vision and can collaborate with your other service providers – every couple can have their perfect wedding day brought to life!

We look forward to creating many more shoots in the coming months with lots more ideas bubbling away – it would be a shame not to!

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