Last autumn I got the most exciting message in my inbox from talented florist and stylist Gwenda of Bohotanical. Gwenda asked me if I would take part in a styled shoot she was putting together involving a really cool old rusty Chevrolet and gorgeous boho dresses – who could resist?! Fast forward a few months this Americana inspired shoot is now published on Festival Brides and we couldn’t be happier 🖤
Summer turns to Autumn
We shot this just as the seasons were changing, and there was that bittersweet end of summer, autumnal sweetness hanging in the air. The leaves had started to turn brown and the sun was lower down in the sky. I have a thing for sensing change in the air and it’s a feeling like no other.
Gwenda put together an informal but stunning picnic area on the back of the truck featuring bleached tones built around the rusty look of the Chevrolet. She used only dried flowers and grasses for the bouquet, hair garland, button holes and decorative bottle arrangements. Dried florals are a huge trend this year and one I absolutely adore. It’s a great way of keeping sustainability in mind as well as the costs low at a wedding.
Boho Top Knot and Mega Braid with Golden Smokey Eyes
Kate from Hero Hairstylist showed us her magical hairstyling skills by creating two styles for the day. She first used Evie’s blunt bob with a beachy wave through and a top knot, with added micro braids through the lengths to give extra texture and interest. The second look featured a clever blend of different colour extensions to give us a longer length and then used them to create an awesome side braid. Both looks were kept very soft and natural. Emma Lily Curran created a golden glowing makeover using cruelty free products which were blended out to create a beautiful soft golden cat eye.
The gorgeous boho dresses provided by Poppy Perspective featured plenty of tassels and texture, with soft creamy colours adding to the autumnal vibe. I just love the lace detail in the train and the movement in the dresses.
The Made By Rae stationery suite made use of rustic wreaths in natural autumnal tones and watercolour foliage illustrations. Everything was printed on eco-friendly recycled papers. The cake was a REAL! (so yummy) two tier, rustic-styled naked cake; the first was a dark chocolate and cherry sponge, and the second was chocolate and salted caramel sponge. The whole was drizzled with caramel, and finished with a small bundle of dried flowers and grasses.
The reason I get involved in shoots like this is not only to create gorgeous, unique imagery with talented, like-minded people but to also provide inspiration for couples who’d like to do things differently.
If you’re planning a crazy cool wedding I’d love to join you on your adventure! Drop me a line at email@example.com with your ideas!
And can we just take a second to swoon over this INCREDIBLE video made by Context Films? I must have watched this about 50 times now, I am simply in love with it!
Looking for more inspiration? Check out this Wild Elopement Shoot at Devil’s Dyke, Sussex. More wedding tips and ideas on my blog here.
The talented Team:
Photography – Elena Popa Photography; Videography: Context Weddings; Dresses: Poppy Perspective; Veil: Karen Dornellie; Hair: Hero Hairstylist; Make Up: Emma Lily Curran – Makeup Artist; Flowers & Styling: Bohotanical;Cake – Ever After Wedding Cakes; Stationery – Made by Rae Designs; Lighting: Lighting With Intent; Model – Evie Wray