A Floridian botanics styled wedding shoot

16 Jul 2018

Planning a botanical or greenery-themed wedding? Take inspiration from this gorgeous styled shoot

Featuring stunning stationery, succulent-inspired florals and bold make-up, this styled wedding shoot combined the talents of Dorset-based wedding professionals. Photographer Richard Goodrum-Ward, of RGW Photos, takes us behind the scenes.

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What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

When I think of botanics as a theme for a wedding, it makes me think of spring and all that comes with it. Spring is the season of renewal and growth/rebirth so, to me, the season and the botanics theme are a match made in heaven. I always like to use a colour palette combining three complementary tones, and naturally green was going to be the main feature accompanied with gold and aubergine.

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

It had to be The Plantation in Poole. The venue is decorated with a slight colonial style; windows with shutters, cast iron lamp shades hanging from the ceiling, wallpaper with palm motifs on it, and the pièce de résistance: the amazing tiled flooring in the conservatory. As if that wasn’t enough, there is the most fabulous corrugated shed outside in the garden, which has a fantastic palm mural adorning it.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

Flowers really add something special to a shoot in my mind, so for this it had to be in-keeping with the theme, but I also wanted to try something that may not have been seen yet. Natasha from With Love From Floristry works wonders with a combination of both silk and natural florals, but I also wanted to incorporate succulents, which are so on trend right now. She made a fantastic heart shaped arrangement for the bride, filled with succulents and deep green foliage tying it all together. She also made another alternative to the traditional bouquet; one filled with ferns, deep aubergine leaves and topped with more succulents. For the table, it was kept simple using orchids, herbs and even more succulents. 

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

Our model, Lilija, has the most amazing Scandinavian look, so I wanted the make-up to be simple and stunning, with a hint of bold green for the eyes and a beautiful nude lip with a hint of gloss. Her hair was simple and elegant, tied back in a loose chignon and finished with a succulent hair piece made by Natasha.

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She wore three dresses, to show that there are more options available to brides wanting this look. The first was a beautiful floaty dress by Tres Chic which had a slight Grecian/Boho feel to it; the second was a figure hugging Kenneth Winston dress, which again had a slight Boho/woodland feel about it. Both of these bridal dresses were from Exclusively Yours Bridal Boutique - and trust me, Kayleigh really knows her stuff when it comes to helping a bride choose her dress.

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We also had an evening/cocktail look for the third part of the shoot, where the dress came from Mojgan Bridal Couture. It was a stunning sequinned flapper dress, which perfectly rounded out the shoot and complemented the vintage cocktail hour we created.

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

I wanted it to feel lush, relaxed, informal but totally beautiful, so I called upon the expertise of both Rachel from Love By Design Wedding and Events and Gemma from Fifteas Pop-up Vintage Tea Parties and Events.

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Rachel styled the day, using a mixture or coloured glassware and crockery to dress the table with, and finishing it beautifully with log slices, gold sequinned table runners, tea lights and so much more. Gemma brought the vintage china and other beautiful elements we see in the evening cocktail hour look.

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

There were so many beautiful elements dressing and finishing the whole look. From the glassware in gold, green and aubergine, the stationery from Jellicoe Creative Stationery, all of the perfectly suited vintage china, the doughnut wall from The Sweet Suite - Artisan Cakery; it all just worked together to bring a beautiful twist on the typical view of a botanical wedding. I wanted it to be different, so the extra colour elements really help lift it and give it a pseudo-Floridian feel.

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Get the look:

Photography: RGW Photos
Venue: The Plantation
Styling: Love By Design Weddings and Events
Flowers: With Love From Floristry
Dresses: Exclusively Yours Bridal Boutique & Mojgan Bridal Couture
Bridal Hair: Brideshair
Make-up: Holly Kate Make-up
Props: Fifteas Vintage Pop Up Tea Parties and Events
Cake: The Sweet Suite - Artisan Cakery
Stationery: Jellicoe Creative Stationery

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