I’m a huge fan of the non traditional wedding! the idea of going to the beat of your own drum, celebrating your love how and where best suits you is one that I really believe in.
I always find myself leaning towards Bohemian vibes, and that was the style inspiration for this shoot. lots of warmer tones, vintage and retro throwbacks, rustic, organic florals for the visuals, and making sure it was DIY Bride and Groom suitable, relatable and not out of anyone’s budget was also an important focus to me for this shoot!
I had seen so much inspiration online from amazing weddings taking place in huge studio industrial spaces. Norfolk is full of some of the most amazingly beautiful venues and spaces for all kinds of weddings, and I am so spoilt for choice when it comes to styled shoots. However, finding the warehouse aesthetic that had motivated me proved to be slightly more difficult, until I found the Fire Pit Camp, run by super lovely sisters Rachel and Sarah. The Fire Pit Camp is mostly made up by a beautiful campsite, and on the site they have the most epic warehouse space that was perfect for our shoot. I was really blown away when I arrived to see the vast amount of indoor space there, with beaten corrugated walls and steel structured beams it was perfect! Rachel is also a stylist and helped us massively on the day to set everything up and perfect the finishing touches to the incredible venue.
I had 3 areas I concentrated on planning and on the day dressed for this shoot, the main Ceremony area, a snug area, and the area around the welcome board.
For our Ceremony setup, We used The Fire Pits own Willow Arbour and Had Sarah From Oops a Daisy add her own touch with beautiful flowers. Plus a Persian rug from my home and macrame hanger from The Fire Pits own prop warehouse.
I used my own DIY Blackboard, Black board paint and pens are an obvious must for this. So easy to do! I chose an Art Deco font and drew Honeycomb doodles around them. Sarah finished dressing the area using flowers and a lovely drape.
I basically brought half my living room with me, including my own rugs, fur throw and cushions to create a cosy snug area on the floor. Candles, holders and blue bottles were all Thrift shop finds. For D.I.Y savvy Brides and Grooms looking to accessory shop – Magdalen street charity shops are great for a quick rummage around.
Our fashion stylist Sophie put together two really amazing looks! She wanted to keep away from generic wedding outfits, without completely leaving behind the dress and suit combination. Sophie chose a silver/grey Dress from Prima Dona Bridal, which had a mesh overlay and a metallic underlay which shone through and caught the light! Funky shoes with gorgeous floral and twine textile design from Topshop added a current fun twist. We added a Topshop Jacket for the evening which added some nightclub cool. The suit was really essential as Sophie feels it’s key that mens fashion is contemporary and just as important as the Brides! Choosing a tweed & burgundy suit from the Leadenhall Suit Company which complimented the warmer tones in the props and location
Sarah from Oops a Daisy used a variety of spring flowers such as anenome, hyacinths, ranunculus and an abundance of different foliages and salix (pussy willow) lots of natural organic styling with soft neutral tones and deep jewelled colours, Sarah always takes inspiration from nature and likes to keep things neutral in the environment that she dresses. The brief of a natural, bohemian aesthetic was embodied perfectly, and everything was very relaxed and free flowing.
HAIR + MAKE UP
Sheree used a barrel waver to create textured beachy waves for a natural and volumised look on or our Bride. Adding accessories such as a floral head crown (ours by Sarah from Oops a Daisy) is perfect for a relaxed summer bridal look. For our ‘evening images’ Sheree did a quick transformation taking the waves from day to night, adding a fishtail plait. Our Groom rocks an amazing head of dreadlocks which were on point on his arrival, so we decided to leave au natural!
Meriel created a gorgeous modern smokey eye on our bride. Gone is the traditional black smoky eye, this upgraded version features a touch of copper shimmer is perfect for brown eyed girls. Dewy skin with minimal makeup looks healthy and chic. I loved Meriels use of highlighting, unlike contouring which has a more obvious look, highlighting is great for emphasising the points of your face where the light hits in a more subtle & softer way. For the ‘Evening’ part of our shoot Meriel added a plum ‘just bitten’ look to the lips.