Sam of Fantail Designer Florist and cut garden, has whipped up a styled shoot and a half for your viewing pleasure, and we’re just loving the laid back, beachy style reminiscent of those endless summer days.
Fantail and all of their fresh florals are based on the edge of the Peak District and have just moved to an exciting new, bigger location with more space to grow – yes, literally! As well as providing for weddings and events, they’ve now expanded to become a mini flower farm, promoting British grown and British made. Fantail are opening up seasonal variety for their couples and are proud to be a multi award-winning florist with a keen focus on the environment.
In this shoot we’re seeing a wild and undone vibe, with a totally unexpected and oversized bouquet to contrast with the understated bridal look of a mini length dress and sandals, just perfect for a boho, beachy bride. With the florals taking such a maximalist approach, the stationery, place settings and favours have all been paired back, kept simple to allow the natural locations and relaxed feel to come into its own. We just know you’re going to love it!
With images by Fox Moon Photography
Sam says: The inspiration came alongside Covid, when many couples were still looking to proceed with their weddings but on a much smaller scale. Now we’re coming out of the other side of the pandemic, couples still haven’t shied away from the idea of scaling down.
This isn’t a new trend – couples elope all the time and some want to keep it intimate by only inviting immediate family and friends – but, having just moved and made the decision to start our very own cut garden, we wanted to make use of having the perfect setting for the shoot. Not only is it an excellent space to create, but other couples can take inspiration to access their outdoor space and create a little garden party of their own, while hiring an outside catering company.
The balmy weather during spring was crazy. While the reservoir was low, certain areas can look a little beachy. Wild Wedding Days hire wood boats to couples for their wedding days, which is a great idea to keep the kids occupied and this was the starting point to our mini shoot; summery, beachy, boat-inspired.
Damflask Reservoir is on the edge of the Peak District and is one of many reservoirs in the Bradfield area. I chose this not only because it’s a minute’s drive from our cut garden but because the circular walkway is beautifully lined with trees and has many access points from the road. It also has a few secret photography hot spots that worked perfectly as the backdrop for the shoot.
The cut garden was an obvious choice, not only because it’s so close to the reservoir and centrally placed for all the suppliers, but because we really wanted to promote our new space and hopefully inspire what could possibly be recreated in the family gardens of our brides and grooms.
The stationery was rustic with a delicate feel. Featuring a subtle circular watercolour wash in pale blue and crescent shaped floral detail, it was inspired by the summer waterside setting and bouquet shape. Modern, minimal typography featured a handwritten font bringing an effortless, relaxed and romantic vibe. The suite was finished with a transparent vellum wrap and grey marbled wax seals with a wreath design.
The circular theme was carried throughout the wedding day stationery. Round menus took centre stage on layered-up place settings and were accompanied by crescent shaped place name cards finished with grey tassels – all with the same delicate watercolour and floral detailing.
Keetley Creative is a graphic design studio that specialises in creative and contemporary wedding stationery for modern and alternative couples. Founded by Leanne Keeley, all designs are created from their studio located in the Kelham Island area of Sheffield. Although they create for couples that are mainly based in Yorkshire, they also design for weddings as far away as Jersey.
The Snowdrop Cakery made a beautifully modern cake with a splash of colour but taking elements from the flowing water. Using a flowing fabric fondant style wrapping around the cake gave the look Ange wanted to complement the environment, with wafer paper hydrangea following the flow of the cake and a pinky purple watercolour to add a colour and texture element, matching the colours of the flowers. It has always been of extreme importance to Angela that her product is of the highest class, developing different recipes and flavours.
For the table setting we added some very whimsical fabric tree plate hangings filled with luscious gooey chocolate brownies and fresh fruits, all ready for the guests to nibble on!
Favours took a retro turn for this shoot as we decided to use traditional sugared almonds. Traditionally five sugared almonds are presented to guests to represent health, wealth, happiness, fertility and a long life!
For the flowers we wanted a bit of a wild look, bringing in pastel blue tones, through Hydrangeas and Delphinium. The bouquet we created was a crescent shaped design to flow below the short playsuit. The option to create something small and petite was expected so we wanted to go to the other side of the scale and design something quite over the top but which would still work with the overall look of the shoot. Flowers we included were Protea, Scabiosa, Teasel, Amaranthus, Ammi and Norma Jean Roses which filled the air with scent as the day got hotter.
Kelly from KMR Bespoke Bridal supplied our garments for the shoot. The ‘Ciara’ playsuit is made from a light ivory crepe and trimmed with a beautiful scallop lace trim. The playsuit features delicate cap sleeves, a scooped front neckline and low V neckline to the waist. It is fastened at the back with covered buttons and is a perfect alternative to a traditional wedding dress.
The ‘Viola’ lace jacket is a perfect cover up for brides on their wedding day. Made with an embroidered Broderie Anglaise lace, it can be styled with a variety of bridal looks and is perfect for a boho bride. The jacket can even be worn after the big day, making it a perfect capsule bridal piece. Styled with the playsuit is the ‘Callie’ veil which is made with soft ivory tulle. This two-tier drop veil creates a statement headpiece with the embellished beaded lace motif dramatically framing the back of the head. The veil details continue around the front of the head with an ivory beaded trim which complements the lace detailing at the back.
KMR Bespoke Bridal is a contemporary bridalwear company that designs and handmakes wedding dresses to fit your specifications. Kelly allows each client to be part of the design process creating a one-off bespoke gown that is made to measure.
We wanted a soft natural look for Emma, but we also wanted her makeup to be seen so a strong lip colour was applied. So that the veil could sit nicely on Emma’s hair, we wanted a simple style, so we could really show this off and soft waves were styled.
Based on the outskirts of Sheffield, Georgina Gleed provides a professional make-up service specialising in weddings, she will cater to any occasion and travel throughout Yorkshire.
Emma is a gorgeous bride and we think sometimes less is best. Complementing the style of the shoot, we think the boho bride or beach bride would particularly suit this look.
Because we all knew each other and had mostly worked together on previous shoots and weddings. I think the ‘gel’ was already there. The highlight must be the weather we were blessed with on the day. It was a wonderfully sunny day and one of the hottest we had, which fitted perfectly for the look we wanted to achieve.
Fox Moon Photography captured our shoot perfectly. Meg and Scott created Fox Moon Photography after deciding that they both wanted to make a living from something that they are passionate about. Both specialised in documentary photography while at university and this definitely impacts on the style.
They said of the shoot: “We wanted to approach this styled shoot like we would any wedding day, keeping it as natural as possible and having lots of fun which resulted in some great photos that represent these beautiful creations from each supplier in an authentic way. From Emma splashing through the water, to letting the chickens out to get involved at the end, we wanted to allow all the elements of the shoot to have a spontaneous and natural feel to them. With the shots by the reservoir capturing the full set up, showing off the epic display of the boat, flowers and dress, to the close ups in the garden, we really wanted to draw attention to the beautiful tones and textures of all the pieces. We loved all the aspects of this shoot and had so much fun being involved!”