When Kerry of Angel’s Kitchen asked if I wanted to be Creative Designer and Stylist for a Wedding Photoshoot to showcase her incredible work along with some super talented wedding professionals at Coombe Lodge Blagdon, I DID A LITTLE DANCE INSIDE!
I simply couldn’t say no and whilst our work is being shared to wedding publications in the conventional way, I thought I’d post a ‘behind the scenes‘ scoop at our Boho Wedding Shoot as it wouldn’t be true to Oh So Kel if I didn’t share the DIYs and design details now would it?! I’ve shared the thought process that led to our design choices and what I learnt which I hope helps if you’re planning a wedding or photoshoot of your own…
The idea was to create a beautiful Boho Chic look to inspire trend-loving brides and grooms who want a unique relaxed vibe to their day, using hues from Pantone Colour of the Year ‘Living Coral’ mixed with aztec patterns and pampas grass. This trend has graced my Pinterest boards across interior decor and destination weddings across the globe and I have a big soft spot for the boho vibe (check out my Boho Fiesta Garden Party) so it was rather exciting when the dream team were just as excited about the concept too!
Coombe Lodge is a knockout venue with the most beautiful window which we wanted to work with by creating a floral frame backdrop with exposed copper piping where you could see through to the beautiful grounds, giving a nod to the nature and freedom-loving theme by creating the impression of the outside being in. This was the perfect setting to showcase the Angel’s Kitchen cake and The Secret Garden Somerset flowers, surrounded by aztec rugs, bohemian style accessories and pampas grass.
The magnificent four tier ombre effect cake had to be a real showstopper for this Boho Wedding Shoot to fill the space underneath the floral frame display, and a showstopper it was. We decided it couldn’t be all white because it may get lost but it also couldn’t be too heavily patterned because it may clash with the aztec rug and accessories, so the ombre effect coral icing adorned with wreath made entirely of sugar flowers and leaves offered the perfect combination. Elevating the cake on an oak and white marble cake stand (from the Homesense clearance section) gave it an air of sophistication and allowed the flowers to peep through the space underneath.
Orange lace used at our Day of the Dead Halloween Party added an eclectic vintage touch, offering a real sense of free movement and connectivity between the table and floor displays, along with the use of pampas grass throughout. The unstructured approach to the floor display where the elements appear ‘random’ along with the foundation built on aztec rugs is what really pulls this scheme together. A seemingly effortless mix of eclectic pieces, romantic blooms, vintage lace and ethnic aztec patterns come together harmoniously, epitomising the bohemian style.
For Cost Savvy Brides and Grooms
The idea was that the beautiful vignette could also double up as a Registrar Table for the Wedding Ceremony and the cake be added later for the Reception to provide inspiration for budget savvy brides and grooms.
The wonderful thing about this trend is being able to introduce props and accessories that aren’t ordinarily associated with weddings and what I love is the sentimental (and cost-saving) idea that they can be used in the couple’s home afterwards; a permanent reminder of their special day after the suits have been returned and the dress packed away.
Behind the Scenes
This was my first wedding-related photoshoot and the first one on location, so to settle my nerves and give me a bit of confidence in my own abilities I roughly mocked up the vision at home…spot the Christmas sprout cake! It was really useful for my own purposes but also for Jess and Kerry creating the flowers and cake as it helped them to visualise it too.
If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I obtained the pampas grass by asking on our local Facebook page if anyone would be willing to share some from their garden, which also led to multiple smutty comments about me being a swinger?! Yup, a swinger! It was worth the effort (and embarrassment) though; don’t you agree that the grass adds a different dimension and depth when mixed with the flowers? I also love how beautifully chic it is on its own too. To prevent the fluffy bits going everywhere Jess from The Secret Garden Florist gave THE best advice – spray it with hairspray! Genius!
The large aztec rug used on the floor was from Etsy and usually belongs in our family room as featured in my Festive Boho Bonanza with Baylis and Harding. The smaller one on the table was from Homesense at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol.
I’d seen beautiful copper piping frames but didn’t have the budget for one so instead I spray painted my black photography backdrop frame using ‘Copper Rose‘ from Craig and Rose Paints. It worked a treat and now I know it works I can spray it different colours for other shoots too!
What I Learnt
- It’s worth planning ahead so you have time to pull your perfect props together and discuss the best solutions with other partners/suppliers
- Take extra of everything, including lots of fabrics of varying colours and textures
- Having a ‘set up kit’ consisting of items like scissors, sellotape, clear fishing wire and all-purpose glue can save lots of time
- If you’re pushed for time, place your whole set up on a large rug. We found out by accident that you can easily drag it along a wooden floor to photograph it in a different location!!
- Working with a top class cake creator is always a good idea, because they tend to bring ‘samples‘ for the team 😉
- Have confidence in yourself and your abilities. You’ve been asked to do this for a reason!
The Dream Team
Venue: Coombe Lodge Blagdon, Bristol, Somerset
Creative Designer and Stylist: Oh So Kel
Cake Designer: Angel’s Kitchen
Florist: The Secret Garden Florist, Somerset
Photographer: Rebecca Faith Photo
Videographer: Fire & Diamond Films
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What do you think?
I hope you’ve enjoyed our Boho Wedding Shoot?
I’m pretty convinced the bohemian trend will continue to be a huge hit with brides and grooms in 2019 and beyond, as well as throughout the home. Let me know in the comments below what you think of the trend, if you’re having a boho wedding or if you’re planning your first photoshoot. I’d love to hear all about it!
I’d also love to see the results, so please tag me on Instagram and use #OSKinspired so I can enjoy your work.
Until next time,
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