Taking the boho trend one step further, this wedding shoot in Dorset offers colourful fun with a luxe edge
Sayma Khan of Photography by Sayma allows us exclusive insight into this 'Glam Boho' shoot which serves to showcase the talents of some of Dorset's finest wedding suppliers.
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
The inspiration for the theme came from the venue and its interior décor, which perfectly blends relaxed and laid back comfort with luxury finishings. We felt a theme of a ‘Glam Boho’ wedding best suited this venue and it was one that could be incorporated throughout all elements of the shoot.
Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen
The Old Vicarage is a beautiful family-run wedding venue located in Hinton in Dorset. It comprises a six-bedroom country house, a permanent marquee, cricket outhouse, and a summer house perfect for outdoor ceremonies, all set within 10 acres of gardens and woodland. I fell in love with the venue as soon as I saw it and Laura, one of the owners, was so welcoming and friendly. When she mentioned that bluebells were planted in the woodland area I knew I wanted to do the shoot in springtime to capture the bluebells. Sadly due to the snow at the start of the year the bluebells had not emerged when the shoot took place, although the cherry trees blossoming in beautiful pinks more than made up for it.
What did you choose for the flower arrangements?
Flowers were used in the bridal bouquet, hair crown, groom's buttonhole, table centrepieces, sweetheart top table arrangement, table plan stand, place settings and chair backs. We used: ranunculus, wax flower, antirrinum, carnations, black bacarra roses, black pearl lissianthus, astilbe, alstroemeria, larkspur, chrysanthemum blooms and nigella. Foliages included: rosemary, asparagus ferns, mixed variety eucalyptus, hosta leaves, and dracena. We also used peperomia.
Flowers were in relaxed, unstructured designs focusing on a colour palette of deep purples and dark greens.
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom?
The bride's outfits were provided by Anna Bridal Couture in Ringwood, and three Suzanne Neville creations were selected by Anna each showcasing different elements of the ‘Glam Boho’ theme. Our models, Kes Neale and David Bearddall, looked great in all three looks the team created for them.
Look 1 – Theia by Suzanne Neville
This stunning gown is famous for its intricate detail and features bespoke lace adorned with sparkle. This was worn with a beautiful cathedral length veil by british designer Helen Martin who custom-makes each veil by hand for each bride.
Look 2 – Constance by Suzanne Neville
One of the most flattering gowns in the collection, loved for its exquisite cut and soft draping of the silk crepe. It is soft and light, making it perfect for weddings abroad and has a touch of sparkle for that added glamour.
Look 3 – Athena by Suzanne Neville
A classic fishtail gown with a soft dipped sweetheart neckline. The beauty of this dress is the lace detail all over the back. The gown is backed with duchesse satin adding lustre and depth to this special dress. Anna teamed this dress with a white feather shrug, and a golden flower hair vine by Ivory and Co.
Hair and make-up artist, Nikki Mullard, created three different looks to complement each dress. She began with a sleek low ponytail tied with ribbons and natural make-up, moving onto a floral crown with flowing curls, and ending with a soft up-do with make-up that featured soft gold pigments and carefully applied strobe highlights.
Bartlett and Butcher provided three outfits for the groom, starting with an ‘airforce blue’ suit before moving onto a classic grey morning suit and ending in a white tuxedo for that element of glamour.
What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?
We wanted a simple colour palette that could be carried throughout the décor and chose deep purple and dark green with gold accents as our main colours as this all looked very luxurious together. Lauren from Concept Flowers suggested also adding an element of ribbons to the theme, to create a fun boho vibe – an idea which we all loved. Lauren and Rachel spent nearly half a day carefully draping a canopy and backdrop in the Orangery room at The Old Vicarage with ribbons. The ribbon theme was also carried on outside by decorating the swing area with the same ribbons.
We wanted an overall look that worked well with both a boho-themed wedding as well as a ‘Luxe and Glam’ wedding.
What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?
As well as the ribbons, Lauren and Rachel also used gold glass bowls and gold pots as their containers for the flowers and plants – this helped link the accents of gold in the cutlery and dinnerware. The mixed colour hues of the florals also complemented the ribbon canopy.
Alaina from Pattycakes provided an elegant white and gold tiered cake which was topped with fresh flowers to complement the rest of the décor.
Stationery designed by the talented Vashali from Ananya Cards beautifully complemented the whole theme by providing the invitations, menu, name cards and seating plan for this shoot.
The beautiful gold and white crockery and crystal stemware was generously provided by Mandy from Swingletree Vintage who helped out at the last moment. Her contribution finished off the whole table styling to perfection.
Get the look:
Photography: Photography By Sayma, www.photographybysayma.co.uk
Venue and food: The Old Vicarage, www.vicaragecountryhouse.co.uk
Flowers: Concept Flowers, https://conceptflowers.co.uk
Venue styling: Love By Design Weddings, www.lovebydesignweddings.co.uk
Crockery: Swingletree Vintage, www.swingletreevintage.co.uk
Hair and make-up: Nikki Mullard, www.nikkimullard.com
Bridal outfits: Anna Bridal, www.annabridal.co.uk
Menswear: Bartlett & Butcher, www.bartlett-butcher.co.uk
Stationery: Vaishali Shah, www.ananyacards.com
Cake: Alaina Salsbury, www.instagram.com/pattycakesuk
Model: Kes Neale, www.instagram.com/kes_neale
Model: David Beardall, www.instagram.com/david_beardall
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