festival (ˈfɛstɪv(ə)l/) noun 1. a day or period of celebration |
bride (brʌɪd/) noun 1. a woman on her wedding day or just before/after the event.
When I launched Lo & Behold back in November 2017 I could only dream where it might take me. I knew I wanted to create beautiful things and wanted to be able to help and inspire others. I had aspirations of working alongside incredible talented people and suppliers who I admired. But 6 months in, to be asked by one of the Uk's leading alternative bridal blogs to style one of their shoots was just the biggest honour and a real pinch me moment.
I had met one third of The Festival Brides at MCWF back in March and Clare ensured me, 'Laura will just love what you do'.
A month later and they featured our first styled shoot and raved about what we did <3
Another month passed and Laura asked if we'd like to get involved and style an exclusive shoot to promote a brand new and exclusive Festival Brides wedding venue, the stunning Secluded Woodland, Meadow and Camping Field in Hawkhurst, Kent.
Of course we jumped at the chance and it was such an incredible experience working with Laura and interpreting her ideas into a vision we could create! When Laura elaborated on the team involved it was just the icing on the cake.
Laura described the venue; a hidden gem, nestled away in an area of outstanding natural beauty, completely surrounded by ancient woodland and wild flower meadows. An overall theme of bohemian romance and a soft colour palette of pastel pinks, blues and oranges, the shoot was all about complimenting the natural beauty of the venue. Our sketches above show early ideas for a bespoke ceremony arch and den area...
So back on 15 June we headed off to Kent, the van loaded with our props and we had the most fun working together. Laura had compiled an incredible team of suppliers and end results, expertly captured by the gorgeous Lovaine and her handsome husband Jon are just everything I hoped they'd be... so enough of me chatting away... let me share them with you... Don'f forget to head to Festival Brides to read the full feature (and the blooming lovely words they said about us!) <3 As always I'll comment throughout but will link all the suppliers at the end...
Let's start with the ceremony set up... Can you imagine a more beautiful place to say your I do's!?! The Wild Meadow really is a beautiful place for a wedding!! We designed and created this bespoke backdrop featuring hand carved 6ft wooden buffalo horns and beautiful bohemain macrame and drapery. Florals from Bohotanical added the perfect finishing touches.
If you're interested in hiring this backdrop you can for £300 plus delivery, Just get in touch to discuss your wedding date and check it's availability!
Can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous Katrina looks? Katrina's hair and makeup was done by the lovely Jo from Love Hair & Co she looks stunning in the Harlowe fringed top and Rae skirt from Shikoba Bride and jewllery by Carrie Elizabeth.
As you venture from the wild meadows into the ancient woodland there is a beautiful wooden bridge... We dressed the bridge to showcase how you can really make an entrance to your ceremony for your guests / bridal party...
This is the first of two sweet heart tables we created on the day... Gwenda from Bohotanical created a lush cascading floral design on the table which we accompanied with wild grass hand tied napkins, place settings from Wonderland Invites, candles from Evermore London and crystals from She Lost Control London... The end result was delicate, romantic and beautiful.
I adore this look!! With fabric braided into her hair and a tasselled cape Katrina looks every inch the festival bride! I'm particularly in love with the delicate jewellery by Carrie Elizabeth and the stunning Velvet Johnstone jumpsuit and crystal cape by Velvet Johnstone for Florence & Dot <3
The lovely Jenna from Wonderland Invites designed and created the most perfect complimentary stationery for the shoot! The sat along side the soft hues of the florals, candles and crystals just beautifully.
Shoots also allow us to show off our new props, like this stunning Macramé backdrop... get in touch with us if you're interested in hiring it for your wedding / event!
This was one of the most fun areas we created, deep in wild woodland, next to a babbling stream was a huge fallen tree, beneath the branches we created hidden den and then decorated it with colourful lengths of chiffon making a stunning backdrop / chill out space <3
In this look Katrina looks effortlessly gorgeous in a stunning Chantel Lauran Mae from Rock The Frock Bridal with more gorgeous jewellery from Carrie Elizabeth and a wild bouquet from Bohotanical.
For our second table set up we stripped back all the flowers and created a laid bare spiritual table adorned with vintage amber glass, healing crystals and warm candlelights... The layered plates and mismatched vintage furniture created an eclectic vibe yet still soft and feminine <3 Quite different from a traditional wedding table but I love it, I hope you do too!
So there you have it... amazing huh?! A huge thank you again to Laura for asking us to be a part of this shoot... we enjoyed every moment! Check out the full supplier list below and make sure you read the full feature on Festival Brides now.
Full Credits and Instagram Links:
Concept & Creative Direction: Laura of Festival Brides || @festivalbrides
Photography & Film: The Wild Bride || @the_wild_bride
Styling, Decor & Props: Lo and Behold Bespoke || @loandbeholdbspk
Venue: Secluded Woodland, Meadow & Camping || @thewildmeadowkent
Flowers & Props: Bohotanical || @bohotanical
Hair & Makeup: Love Hair & Co || @joloveshair
Stationery: Wonderland Invites || @wonderland_invites
Blue Dress: Chantel Lauren Mae via Rock The Frock Bridal || @rockthefrockbridal
Harlowe Fringed Top & Rae Skirt: Shikoba Bride || @shikobabride
Jumpsuit: Velvet Johnstone || @velvet_hearts
Crystal Cape: Velvet Johnstone for Florence & Dot || @florenceanddot
Jewellery: Carrie Elizabeth || @carrie_elizabeth_jewellery
Crystals: She Lost Control London || @slc_london
Candles: Evermore London || @evermore_london
Flat Tassel Sandals: Zara || @zara
Model: Katrina via BAME Models || @bamemodels