Under the magical canopy of Underpine Woods, an intimate fairy tale woodland wedding shoot took place. Shakespeare eat your heart out. This is the perfect setting for Titania’s Midsummers Night Dream.
Indulge your inner queen of the fairies by walking bare footed through the trees on your wedding day. Then feast under festoon lit trees with no noise but the chatter of the birds and rustle of the breeze through the trees. Whilst the stream quietly murmurs as it flows on its way.
In these times of Covid, micro weddings and elopements are getting increasingly more popular. But it’s not just Covid that is driving their popularity. As they offer an incredible opportunity to walk away from all of the usual wedding rules. So that you can create something completely bespoke and meaningful to you. No matter how many guests you are able to have.
Beth and Sam are the lucky owners of Underpine Woods, just outside Bude. They have transformed the wood into a magical space. With its babbling brook, steep hills, wonderfully straight rows of thousands of towering coniferous trees, dotted with some broadleaf giants. You could be mistaken for landing in a woodland fairy tale. Especially when the trees rustle seductively in the breeze. Even a sudden downpour can’t put a dampener on proceedings
The very talented Sara from Peony and Lace Weddings was inspired by the natural beauty of this woodland retreat. To enhance this magical space she used a colour palette of bottle green, metallic gold and white. Mixing festoon lighting, candles and macramé pieces, the team styled the woodland to create a rustic, bohemian fairy tale. Just Genius
Read on if you are bride looking for those special details to create your dream woodland wedding.
Nixie James Scott of Unique Ceremonies, provided a hand fasting ceremony for the shoot. She co-creates with the couple a ceremony which wholly reflects their personalities and beliefs. Our ceremony was such a beautiful and moving affair that it led our model Bekki to cry tears of pure joy and happiness
Evolved Bridal supplied the wedding dress. It just embodied their ethos of ‘Nothing Ordinary’. Their dresses are handpicked for their trendy, alternative styles that embrace individuality and represent the modern bride.
The dress was wonderfully romantic, modern boho with simple lines. A wonderfully plunging deep V front and back and thigh high split to the front of the skirt.
To finish the brides look Rebecca Anne Designs provided one of her beautiful veil. The embroidered wildflowers perfectly suited the wilderness of the surroundings and the locally grown flowers used for the wedding shoot.
For a free spirited, boho hairstyle, Toni Gogola Wedding Hair was spoilt with Bekki most gloriously striking lilac. Soft waves with a twisted top section were perfect. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions that were in place, we were unable to have a MUA apply makeup. So Bekki did her makeup whilst being talked through different tips by Toni
And our stunning couple beautifully played their part and just looked fabulous.
As soon as the dress was secured, it was straight over to me at Bish Bosh Becca for the jewellery. It’s always a pleasure to work with Sara and when she mentioned a magical woodland shoot I was hooked. I am at my most creative when designing jewellery for shoots, just like a real wedding I have to be aware of the theme and the dress.
For this shoot I created a Y drop wedding necklace in gold chain with white pearls. The dress had a wonderful deep v back and front so I added a back drop attachment to the necklace, This I teamed with some matching long pearl chain earrings from Bish Bosh Becca’s new Stella range. The finishing touch was a real statement pearl and gold bridal cuff bracelet that snaked up and round our beautiful bride’s wrist.
As the woodland is an eco-friendly wedding venue, who better to partner up with than Eco Wood Rings for the wedding bands. Bekki’s ring was oak with an inlay of white gold shavings and diamond dust. For the groom’s band, a strong and simplistic band of oak was supplied.
The other details to inspire you to create your perfect woodland elopement wedding are:
Beth also runs Boo Lou Lew Design. She created stationary inspired by the idea that any couple can create something completely unique, beautiful and sustainable whilst supporting local artists and having fun too!
Beth carved a custom stamp and combined it with an online calligraphy course and beginners set from the wonderful Langham Calligraphy. She added a choice of beautiful ethical papers from Torn Edge Paper. Delicate, hand crafted gold edging adorned the invites.
Claires Sweet Temptations cakes never fail to delight. The mood board inspiration was a mixture of cakes iced with green and gold, but to incorporate flowers given the ‘nature’ feel to the shoot. She definately fulfilled that brief and more!
Macramé details were a must for this wedding. Knot Again Jill rose to the challenge. Her ‘Crystal’ macramé hanging on a copper arch created a stunning ceremony’ backdrop.
Bude Blooms provided the flowers. They are based in the field next to Underpine Woods. All the flowers used for the shoot were grown locally by Cassie and the greenery was a mix of the foliage grown in Cassie’s fields and the foliage found in the wood.
The florals reflected the calm and pure nature of the woodland setting. Whilst they also also stood out from the back drop due to using beautiful white flowers as a base colour. They glowed even on a rainy day. The glorious mix of roses, gladioli, nigella and zinnia worked beautifully with the seasonal flowers and foliage. A perfect mix for end of summer.”
Bude Blooms also made a floral crown. The white flowers popping against Bekki’s fabulous lilac hair.
Lucy at Moon Gazey Hare’s photography style was exactly the right feel for shooting in nature. Her eye for detail and for crafting the perfect shot ensured we created magic in the woodlands. She really made the most of the natural light,
Katherine of Katherine and Her Camera was the videographer for the shoot. Her playful yet natural style fitted in with the team and the concept of the shoot. It was important to the team to have the shoot on video to capture the movement within the woodland. Her video was absolutely stunning and showed all the details to perfection.
Sophie of The Little Details by Sophie, was the shoot assistant, She provided planning and styling assistance to Sara. Sophie’s attention to detail enabled Sara ensure the day ran smoothly and all elements of the shoot were captured.
The other wonderful suppliers for this shoot are:
Planner and stylist www.peonyandlaceweddings.com
Shoot assistant www.thelittledetailsbysophie.com