Wedding trends

A boho luxe bridal shoot in Australia

08 May 2017

Heading overseas for wedding inspiration, this styled shoot offers boho luxe bridal ideas that are bursting with colour and captivation

Elegant and enchanting, this boho luxe bridal theme is captured in all the wedding touch-points - from cakes and stationery, to dresses and flowers. Here, the team of Australian suppliers share their secrets to creating this spectacular shoot. 

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

As most brides will find with their own wedding day, a theme will usually develop organically and naturally as the inspiration and design process continues to evolve. Can you believe that this particular editorial actually stemmed from a dark brooding forest setting with Vampira coloured lips? The head stylist behind this shoot and creative director of Adorn Invitations collected inspirational pieces such as artwork, fabrics and colours. As the moodboard continued to grow, it naturally took a turn to a more ethereal, romantic, whimsical and vibrant theme. Dark plums evolved into vibrant purples and gothic undertones were replaced with bohemian and Moroccan vibes. Once we discovered the enchanting lavender fields of Sault Daylesford in Victoria, we knew that the setting would be a central inspirational point.

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Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen.

Apart from the electric look of the lavender, one of the main reasons we settled on Sault was due to the location's versatility. Every hour of the day and evening is lit up in a completely vibrant and different lighting, giving way to endless possibilities. This aspect really appealed to us as we had so many different settings and stories when shooting the day – from the couples frolicking in the lavender to the night time informal dining table setting.

The location also has a stunning indoor restaurant and its limestone walls and rustic wooden tables complemented our natural aesthetic and bohemian décor beautifully.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

Our florists were given a basic brief in terms of flowers and were granted access to our huge moodboard – but sometimes you really have to trust your team members and let their creativity take free reign. They are professionals after all. As a result, the girls at Babylon Flowers compiled several centrepieces and accessories with the main focus being on lush wild greenery – a staple for any bohemian inspired day. We combined this greenery with wild flowers and roses in several shades of blush and lilac to really portray that romantic and whimsical feeling.

The use of succulents was also really important to bring the shoot into modern day and to complement our amethysts and pink quartz crystals that were used in the décor.

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What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom?

The bride and groom in this shoot were free spirited travellers who could see beauty in all facets of life. They adored each other and all life around them, and as such we wanted carefree looks for both the bride and groom.

We had three stunning gowns for our bride Jasmine, from Nicole Spose and Maggie Sottero. We had a combination between more figure hugging and loose fitting styles to adhere to our bohemian yet elegant inspiration. Make-up was kept soft and fresh with dewy skin and rose gold coloured eyes (a huge trend in 2017). A matte lip in deep mauve was also applied to balance out the shimmer in the rest of the base. Hair was also kept loose and long.

Our groom wore a grey textured suite to complement all of the lavender tones and wore a white linen shirt to suit the natural surroundings.

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What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?

Our décor was largely inspired by Moroccan elements with a more modern-boho vibe and undertones of elegant romanticism. One of the biggest objectives for the team when producing this shoot was to create something that was easily accessible to a number of brides. We wanted our final result to appeal to suit all types of personal styles. A boho bride could take away ideas from our cow skull motif and an elegant bride could take away inspiration from our sleek gold décor. We wanted to find a harmony between several styles and we achieved this through the use of colours and décor.

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What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?

Shaggy fur rugs were brought into an elegant modern day with gleaming gold seating, organic agate stones and amethysts were contrasted against art deco inspired vases and lush wild flowers were paired with modern succulents. The use of purple satin ribbons were also used throughout the invitations and bouquet for a more romantic and luxurious touch. Our invitations were also covered with state of the art laser cut designs in luxe gold foiling, finished off with a lavish wax seal.

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The team:

Styling & Invitations: Adorn Invitations, www.adorninvitations.com
Dresses: Raffaele Ciuca, www.raffaeleciuca.com.au
Headpiece and jewellery: www.loveonjewellery.com.au
Photography: Sephory Photography, http://sephoryphotography.com.au
Flowers: Babylon Flowers
Food: Mary Eats Cake, www.maryeatscake.com.au
Models: Caity Caarels and Carl Zvekan