An autumnal bohemian wedding shoot in Dorset

27 Nov 2018

A deep, rich and warm colour palette took centre stage in this autumn inspired wedding shoot, which served to showcase the beauty of the season

Charlotte Courage Pike, owner of Lily & Lottie Wedding Stationery and Lily & Lottie Wedding Shows, used esteemed wedding show exhibitors and industry friends to create her take on an autumnal bohemian wedding.

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

This shoot started due to a little peer pressure from my industry friends, but we don’t do things by halves at Lily & Lottie so figured we’d make a whole styled shoot out of the outpouring of support received from my peers. Over 56 weeks, I lost 6st 7lbs (41.2 kg) with Slimming World (Milborne Port Group) and as a result, looked nothing like I used to, which sparked many requests from industry friends that I should get a new ‘profile picture’. This turned to modelling, which in turn, became a photo shoot.

After a very long and hot summer, we felt ready to welcome the autumnal colours into the wedding world and chose a palette to reflect this. We opted for rich, warm marsala accents with ivory and peach neutrals and ample foliage to soften and reflect the changing colours of the season. We chose a luxe boho theme to showcase everyone’s talents which was carried through to the décor and attire equally.

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

Shillingstone House is an especially important place to me as it’s where my husband and I held our wedding reception back in May 2012. The owners, Michael and Caroline, once more allowed us to occupy their beautiful home for the shoot where we were able to utilise very special areas of their home and garden, not usually accessible for commercial use.

Shillingstone House lends itself beautifully to outdoor and marquee weddings but on this particular day, we suffered an absolute downpour and so had the opportunity to use more of the beautiful interior and secluded areas of the garden. This included a beautiful sheltered spot, among the bamboo and under one of the most beautiful trees in Dorset.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

With our shoots, we like to give artistic guidance in our brief but we use wedding professionals that we absolutely know will nail the look. David, of Born To Bloom, did just that.

Born To Bloom created the most beautiful loose structure bridal bouquet, table arrangement, groom’s buttonhole and an incredibly lavish arch. David used trailing amaranths, garden style roses, dahlias, artemisia, ammi majus, eucalyptus, panicum grass and fern to create the breathtaking blooms.

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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?

Wendy of Sapphire Styling Bridal Hair & Makeup expertly crafted an opulent take on a natural bridal look, using the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk palette, long fluttery lashes and Arbonne Lotus lip colour to create a glamorous nude look to the make-up. A single, clip-in hair extension was also used to enable us to create the loose, bohemian half-up hairstyle, beautifully accentuated by a bespoke, colour co-ordinated hair vine by Tiaras By Becky.

The dress, supplied by the award-winning Exclusively Yours Bridal Boutique was a Watters Wtoo Pippin gown. It worked so perfectly for this shoot with the modern take on a vintage lace look. The chapel train and covered buttons all hint to the classic, vintage look but the underlying rose colour and body flattering geometric style of the lace enhances the curves of any modern bride.

The groom was dressed in a fabulously on-trend Wilvorst, a blue classic jacket and trousers, white shirt and tan shoes provided by another award-winning salon, Wedding Time Bridal Salon and Men's Formalwear. This was paired with a marsala coloured bow tie and pocket square and of course, a beautiful buttonhole to complete the look.

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

I wanted to create a very natural looking, yet high-end bohemian style for the décor, and, unable to find quite the right look, I opted to make the table myself using beautiful native timber from Hazelbury Timber Supplies.

The cake, which was not only beautiful but absolutely delicious, was expertly created by Angela of Mon Bel Amour Cake Craft. Angela decorated the cake with fondant for the base tier, subtly adorned with a slim gold ribbon, a semi-naked top tier was placed between exquisitely crafted sugar flowers. The rustic looking top tier meeting the luxuriously smooth bottom tier, all tied together with realistic looking edible sugar flowers.

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Being an award-winning wedding stationer myself, I wanted to create something a bit different for the stationery for this shoot. Using a new floral inspired design, ‘Marsala Blooms’, I set about created a macramé inspired decoration for a hoop table plan and for the invitation suite I used a metallic gold pocketfold inside a marsala laser-cut sleeve to echo the layers of the dress.

The tablescape was further enhanced by the gorgeous mis-matched vintage china from Vicky at Granny’s China Cupboard who happens to be another award-winning Dorset wedding business. Vicky picked out stunning pieces from her extensive collection to complement the colour palette perfectly including teacups, saucers, side plates, teapots and cake stands to match the theme.

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Get the look

Photography: Thomas Whild Photography, www.thomaswhild.com 
Venue: Shillingstone House, www.shillingstonehouse.co.uk
Hair & make-up: Sapphire Styling Bridal Hair & Makeup, www.sapphirestyling.co.uk       
Stationery: Lily & Lottie Wedding Stationery, www.lilyandlottieweddingstationery.co.uk 
Vintage china: Granny’s China Cupboard, www.grannyschinacupboard.co.uk
Flowers: Born To Bloom, www.borntobloom.co.uk
Dress: Exclusively Yours Bridal Boutique, www.exclusivelyyoursbridalboutique.co.uk
Groomswear: Wedding Time Bridal Salon and Men's Formalwear, www.wedding-time.com
Cake: Mon Bel Amour Cake Craft, www.facebook.com/monbelamourcc
Hair vine: Tiaras By Becky, www.tiarasbybecky.co.uk          
Timber: Hazelbury Timber Supplies, www.facebook.com/hazelburytimbersupplies
Models: Kevin Griffin and Charlotte Courage Pike

For more Dorset wedding inspiration, pick up the latest issue of Dorset, Wiltshire & Hampshire Bride magazine

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