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Today’s styled shoot was submitted by Karen from Stand Out Ceremonies. Karen is a wedding celebrant based in central England, creating bespoke ceremonies for couples that want to break free from the restrictions and fixed format of a civil ceremony. Karen works with couples to write and deliver personalised ceremonies that are ‘completely them’ and become the memorable, fun, heart of the big day; rather than the part some couples (and guests!) might dread!
The shoot was organised for the launch of Karen’s new, unique concept in micro-weddings and elopements; the ‘Wed Wild’ package. The ultimate in breaking with convention this package gives adventurous couples a complete luxury micro-wedding package (including everything from transport to dining), set against the stunning backdrop of the Peak District National Park; completely at one with the elements, but without a formal venue.
This shoot encapsulates the Wed Wild concept; showing a free-spirited bride and groom having fun doing things their own way in a Peak District micro-wedding, without any compromise on how special the best day of their lives should be.
The shoot will inspire couples in how using outdoor spaces and open air micro-ceremonies creates a unique experience where you are completely focused on each other and at one with the earth. And just because you want to focus on each other rather than the guest experience doesn’t mean you have to scale back the luxury; you can still have a meaningful ceremony; stunning photography by a pro; gorgeous florals and styling; top-class catering; a beautiful cake; fun & quirky chauffeured transport; all set in a breath-taking location.
Karen from Stand Out Ceremonies summed up the shoot: “Even this shoot breaks with convention; There isn’t masses of styling…realistic to a micro-wedding. The intention was to work with the stunning natural features of the National Park; just using one really statement piece of large format, handcrafted macramé to create an intimate and special ceremony space.
The trick with this shoot was to work with suppliers that were excited by the concept of wild micro-weddings and the relaxed, elopement vibe. They then reflected this anti-convention attitude through each of their own areas of styling.
I hope this gorgeous photography demonstrates to couples considering an adventure micro-wedding or elopement that there is a way to do it that makes absolutely no compromise on quality, luxury or the impact of the day, the focus is simply shifted from thinking about your guests’ perspective to yours and your partner’s experience together. The only things scaled back are the guest list, the months of stress, and the cost!”
The styling reflects the wild and free-spirited nature of outdoor micro-weddings; the colour scheme was nature in autumn; burnt umbers, yellows and gold but also incorporating sky/water blue through the florals and dress. Fiona Elizabeth Couture designed a blue lace and tulle bridal (two-piece) separates for brides that want to sway from tradition and feel completely themselves, incorporating colours and styles that can even be worn again as separates after the big day. The wild look was completed with boots and leather jacket hand-painted to fit the theme and colour scheme by Shoodle Shoes. MUA Glam by Becky gave the bride a subtle smokey-eye with a pop of blue to complement the dress.
A woodland bohemian ceremony area was created using leaves, rugs and a unique hand-crafted macramé by Amber & Boheme, the perfect boho backdrop for a personalised humanist ceremony incorporating a native-american blanket ritual.
The Vanda Vase designed a wild bouquet, flower crown and rustic jars in the ‘colours of nature’ theme using autumnal textures and a mix of fresh and dried flowers to create depth. These were also used in a floral spray on the rustic semi-naked buttercream cake along with brushed edible lustre and eye-catching gold leaf, created by Bakezillas. This created a statement cake that fitted the autumn woodland backdrop perfectly.
The couple dined on a luxury cold banquet by 24 carrot catering, including platters of red velvet king prawns, duck and orange pate crostini and hoisin vegetable wraps followed by Sicilian lemon tarts and chocolate brownies.
Transport throughout the experience was provided by Blue Bay Wedding cars’ 1970s bay-window VW blue campervan where the couple kicked back and relaxed as they were chauffeured to their ceremony under the rocks, woodland dining and finally dancing on a map of the stars.
Holly Jo Whitehall’s style was the perfect fit to capture the relaxed vibe of an outdoor micro-wedding; bright and natural photography focussed on capturing the fun intimacy of a couple breaking with tradition.
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