Who else adores peonies? I bought more than I could carry home from my calligraphy workshop last week, and they’re still blooming fabulously on my mantelpiece! So to share the peony love, I have this stunning shoot for you today from our lovely friend Gwenda at Bohotanical and photographer Heline Bekker. Get your Pinterest face ready and prepare to fall HEAD OVER HEELS….!
Gwenda explains how the shoot came about…
“The premise of this shoot was to find beauty in simplicity, exploring how a restrained colour palette and minimal detail can be anything but bland! That Amazing Place is a fabulous space – something of a blank canvas, but filled with character, so just perfect for the aesthetic of this shoot. I’ve always loved ribbons, and although tying a decent bow drives me to distraction, my first thought was to use them as the key motif. As we were shooting in June, peonies were the obvious choice; I hadn’t ever just used them on their own, without foliage or other blooms, so this seemed like as good a time as any to do so. I picked them all from a local flower farm, and chose an array of pinks, mostly soft but with both brighter and deeper touches for interest, and various petal formations for texture. All the varieties came together in the bouquet, which had trailing ribbons in coordinating pinks; then on the table, single stems were placed in small vases to each could shine by itself.
Lou from Beyond Vintage interspersed candles amongst these vases, and they all sat on a tulle runner. Ribbon curls adorned the plates, and ribbons were also used to decorate the chair backs. She also created two different drink displays – sophisticated champagne cocktails with sugar swizzles from The Sweet Party Shop, and fun mason jar long drinks, complete with bows. Bows were the dominant feature of Rania’s spectacular cake, proving beautifully that a somewhat minimalistic design requires perfect execution. The final styling element was the stationery; I designed a suite with watercolour elements, depicting pink peonies set against a subtle chevron background, with a modern calligraphic typeface.
Our lovely model, Bailey, wore two of Jessica Turner’s gowns – the first a more modern, minimalistic silhouette with a short underskirt and a statement bow, and the second a more vintage-inspired style with visible ribbon-tied back. To complement each look, Lynette first styled Bailey’s hair with soft boho braiding, and Debbie gave her a natural, youthful, rosy glow; then Lynette wove ribbon and lace into the plait and created a soft up-do, while Debbie gave the make-up a duskier, smokier feel. Marsha Hall made some bespoke double-bow shoe clips from a beautiful ivory duchess satin as a means of tying a simple shoe in with the theme.
The whole was photographed, beautifully as always, by Heline Bekker Photography, whose natural and romantic style was just perfect for reflecting the aesthetic of the shoot, and for capturing the beauty of the venue itself. (www.helinebekker.co.uk)
That Amazing Place wedding suppliers for you to bookmark
Photography: Heline Bekker Photography (www.helinebekker.co.uk)
Flowers & Styling: Gwenda of Bohotanical (www.bohotanical.co.uk)
Stationery: The Gilded Fern (www.gildedfern.co.uk)
Tablescape & Props: Lou of Beyond Vintage (www.beyondvintage.co.uk)
Cake: Rania – The Custom Cake Boutique (www.thecustomcakeboutique.com)
Sugar Swizzles: The Sweet Party Shop (www.thesweetpartyshop.co.uk)
Dresses: Jessica Turner (www.jessicaturnerdesigns.com)
Shoe Clips: Marsha Hall Handmade Shoes (https://www.facebook.com/MarshaHallHandmadeShoes/)
Hair: Lynnette Chasmer Bridal Hair Stylist (http://www.lynnettechasmer.co.uk)
Make-Up: Debbie Lloyd Make-up Artist (www.debbielloyd.co.uk)
Model: Bailey Frances)
Venue: That Amazing Place (www.thatamazingplace.co.uk)