Ethereal, enchanted woodland wedding inspiration

Good morning all. Today I’m thrilled to share this gem of a styled shoot. I love a bit of whimsy and magic – and this shoot has it in handfuls (of gold fairy dust, that is!). Submitted and styled by Nicola of Eve Lily, the shoot perfectly captures that woodland wonder that makes up a dream-like bohemian wedding (and makes me long for summer again). Also, check it out – chair covers I’m actually in love with! I hope you all enjoy reading as much as I’ve enjoyed featuring this. I’ll hand over to Nicola to tell you all about the concept behind the shoot – and which ideas you can use yourself.

What was the concept behind the shoot?

The concept was very simple for the shoot. I wanted to find a woodland space, make it come alive and show it as an enchanted place where you can dream. Having worked closely with Hothorpe Hall Wedding Venue in Leicestershire, I knew it was the perfect place for the shoot to be located as it is set in just the most beautiful grounds with some amazing woodland space.

I have worked with Nigel for a while now and we knew that we wanted to achieve some fabulous photos of the woodland with the sun shining through the trees and onto our beautiful models to really achieve the enchanted forest look.

Weddings can be influenced by many different styles these days and whilst nature does inspire some, it can be used so much more that it is already.

Was there a story that you followed?

There wasn’t so much of a story that we followed, more of a thought process from when I was planning the shoot. I wanted to achieve a bridal shoot using the inspiration of fairy enchanted woodland stories.

My vision was beautiful princess bride in the woods through to a glitter fairy, there were three overall looks throughout the shoot, a soft almost fairy tale look, vintage inspired style and then the glitter fairy towards the end.

Which décor ideas can brides apply to their own wedding?

There are lots of elements that can be used for wedding decoration, from the woodland inspiration with textural influences such as the tree’s and the moss used on our table styling, through to the more glamorous finish of the pearl napkin decoration, bronze glass charger plates and luxurious linen.

Using different finishes show that so much can be achieved by being brave with both textures and colours and makes everything stand out in such a romantic way.

I loved using the flowers in a natural style as it fits in with the setting and shows how pretty and natural designs can be, yet still striking in their finished look.

The textures works amazingly well and people shouldn’t be afraid to use their senses when planning their wedding style, everyone likes to touch, smell and taste, so why not use that to enhance the look.

What fashion / style ideas can brides apply to their own wedding?

The styling of this shoot is so versatile when it comes to weddings and brides being able to incorporate it into their look. Something as simple as extra detailing when it comes to make up rather than keeping it simple or going for hair that is more in keeping with the theme rather than keeping them separate really would add to the overall theme, wowing their guests.

I love the softness of the make up and hair throughout and then the glitter elements to the make up with the extra styling of the hair towards the end of the shoot, brides could think about adding a little more make up with glitter detail and style there hair slightly differently towards the end of their day which would help them really feel like a princess and add more depth to their style for the day.

What was your personal favourite idea for the shoot?

I loved our final stage of the shoot making the most of the sunlight through the tree’s. We used more detailed make up and hair to give a fairy like look, the make up was gold leaf and glitter with stone detail, the hair was thick with texture and the dresses were detailed with sequins and beads whilst using soft snow berries and blossom for the flowers.

The look showed that you can take a style and exaggerate it with detail to achieve more, whilst still looking like a beautiful bride.

What was the most fun to shoot?

We had the best fun when we were attempting to complete the petals and glitter shots. I wanted the petals to be blown from Katia’s hands in a way that was enchanting and romantic, and the glitter to look magical against the sunshine and darkness throughout the shoot.

Watching Katia attempt to blow from her hands a few times before we achieved the right look was funny as something that seems so simple is quite the opposite, lots of fun though as when you get the shot, its smiles all round!

The photo shoot was an amazing day at work, having a great team to work with really helped us achieve a beautifully styled shoot which will hopefully inspire couples to push the boundaries when it comes to wedding styling and design.

Images © Nigel Ord-Smith Photography

Shoot Styling, Floral Design and Prop Supply – Eve Lily (07808 736281)

Photography – Nigel Ord-Smith Photography (01858 461770)

Hair Design – Tina Donovan, TP Hair Company (0116 2510471)

Make Up Artist – Beth Lacey, Bettie Lottie Make Up (07971 125786)

Wedding Dresses – Bradgate Brides (0116 2365599)

Venue Location – Hothorpe Hall (01858 881500)

Models – The beautiful Rebecca and Katia

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