Oh what a cup of coffee and a catch up can create…
I remember sitting in a café (inside with no social distancing or face masks, remember these times?) with Charlie of Bristol Contemporary Photography and discussing the desire to create something different, creative and stylish in a local venue and that we could use to showcase independent local wedding businesses.
Lots of ideas were bounced around and the final vibe we decided we wanted to go for was a mix of relaxed chic boho, with the contrast of edgy inner city, industrial, Bristol.
We knew we wanted to find a venue that was in the centre, that was unique and had key features we could highlight. The Radnor Rooms just behind St Nicholas Market in the centre, was perfect.
Rich jewel colours and earthy muted tones were a starting point for the colour palette. We then combined these with softer shades and the rough brick walls of The Radnor Rooms setting to allow for a subtle industrial edge on the common boho style. Their interior design lent itself to the boho vibe with an outdoor area terrace, which has stylish furniture, outdoor lighting and a twist on vintage living. These elements captured the boho festival vibes and were enhanced by garlands, lanterns and metallic decorations, provided by me, Hunter Gatherings.
I created stationery with a modern feel using the muted tones combined with black sans serif text for contrast. I wanted the stationery to feel contemporary but not to harsh, I still wanted the romance of a wedding, but with a twist for an urban venue.
When planning your invites, make sure to link them to your personal style and include all the details you need – see my 5 top invite details blog post for inspiration.
Becci Bakes creates exceptional cakes and she used the stationery colour palette to mimic plaster like qualities on to the cake, which captured a sense of minimalism in a contemporary textural way. Wedding cakes don’t have to have tiers, the can be one large pillar made up of multiple layers of sponge and filling. Or you can have a range of styled smaller cakes, which are arranged in a creative way on a cake table with contemporary cake stands.
Large amounts of foliage, tropical flowers with pinks and purples brought the outdoors indoors adding to the relaxed, modern wedding shoot, these arrangements and stunning bouquets were selected and created by Natalie Lauraine Floral design.
If planning a boho or more contemporary wedding think outside the box when it comes to your wedding flowers. You don’t have to use traditional styles, but can mix it up with tropical larger statement pieces, potted plants and plants you can keep in your home after the day to reduce wastage. Think about scale, quantity and colour and be playful with how you use it across your venue.
Emma Dee creates stunning bespoke pieces, which incorporated the boho style with unique two piece outfits, in off whites and muted pink. We wanted to reflect the ability to be different and the free flowing skirt and crop top add a touch of spirit and individuality to the Brides style. The world is your oyster when it comes to wedding these days and I think your guests like to see the unexpected so wear what you feel comfortable and beautiful in. I also love that a 2 piece can be worn again and not just put in a gown bag and hung at the back of your wardrobe.
Planning a wedding can be daunting but these styled shoots are a great way to see how ideas and inspiration can come alive and also make you see how a space or supplier can be utilised in real life.
Let me know what you think of this shoot and if there are any other themes or styles you’d like to know about, comment on this blog or send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Love Fran xxx
Shoot details and suppliers list:
Venue The Radnor Rooms
Photographer: Bristol Contemporary Photography
Dresses and accessories(boutique) Emma Dee
Hair and make-up: Lousie Jane Make Up Artist
Suits (store) Models own
Wedding cake: Becci Bakes
Flowers: Natalie Lauraine Floral Design
Stationery and Styling: Hunter Gatherings