| EVERLASTING BEAUTY | With Frond & Bloom

Everlasting beauty; dried flowers are currently having quite a moment in the wedding world! Always one to be bang on-trend, Charlotte from Frond and Bloom has launched a brand new “Eternal Bridal” range focused on this firm favourite for 2021 and beyond. Charlotte and a dream-team of local suppliers created this utterly gorgeous shoot to showcase these dried delights, here she tells us more about the range and her inspiration.

“I wanted to celebrate the launch of Frond & Bloom’s Eternal Bridal Range and I couldn’t think of a better way of doing this then getting some of my favourite suppliers together to do a styled shoot.  Frond & Bloom’s Eternal Bridal Range is for brides who want luxury handmade florals that will not only look beautiful on their wedding day but can be treasured long after, reminding you of that magical day for many months to come.

The dried flowers were the inspiration behind the colour scheme and style, earthy tones were paired with pops of rust and sage to bring the whole look together.  The shoot had a prairie feel that was brought to life by the venue and every supplier involved, a fresh take on the much loved boho style.

I was so pleased to have Ellie from E K R Pictures as the photographer on the shoot: “When Charlotte told me about her idea, I was instantly on board. She pulled together an amazing team of local ladies and I was honoured to work amongst so much talent. I photographed two different looks on the models and it was like nothing I’ve ever photographed before. Charlotte’s dried floral range was stunning! I’m so pleased with how the photos turned out, some of my favourite shots I’ve taken!”

Styling and props were provided by Two Eight One who created the most stunning table scape that complimented the florals perfectly: “We used a base of neutrals, layering cheesecloth and linen napkins for an extra luxe feel. As the place settings were quite elaborate, we kept additional décor to a minimum, with clear glass candlesticks and small brushed gold tealight holders, which matched the cutlery, to tie everything together. The beautiful slim Ester & Erik taper candles in sage and plaster tones worked perfectly with the palette of the dried blooms. As intimate weddings become more popular, table design should become more considered, to really create something special for your chosen guests.”

Faye from Wild Calligraphy created a couple of magical stationery looks. “With intimate weddings becoming huge – it’s a great opportunity for couples to go all out with your table scapes and really wow your guests with lots of dreamy details. I created  two stationery looks for this shoot: one eco friendly look and one more modern. For the eco look I used large cotton rag place cards which are sustainable statement pieces with a grey ink that I love! For the minimal look I used the dreamiest custom pistachio green card stock.

Coco Bridal Boutique, who are entirely focussed on ethically made British bridalwear, provided two perfect looks for the shoot. “I wanted to show two ways of wearing beautiful lacework; the Flowerdeep dress is constructed entirely from beautiful cotton lace for a true boho vibe and and a lightweight veil whilst the Rhia and Thea separates have a more modern feel, with the top constructed from fine Chantilly lace coupled with balloon sleeves, and the 100% silk skirt a slinky fit to flare number.

Both looks were styled with a statement dried flower crown fit for a modern boho queen.” Ruby J Beauty created a stunning natural bridal look taking elements and inspiration from the dried flowers. While Sarah from Rock n Roller Hair produced two amazing hair styles, Mermaid waves and a bohemian halo braid. A total match made in heaven, perfectly incorporating the style of the florals into the models’ two looks. Caroline from Cake by Caroline Debonnaire produced the most wonderful cake. “This cake was a lovely challenge to create, dried flowers made entirely out of sugar with proteas being the main focus on this simple tiered textured layered buttercream cake.”

The location for the shoot was Swancar Farm Country House which made for the perfect backdrop with its stunning beams, exposed brick work and its glorious location surrounded by fields that look so magical at this time of year. I could not be happier with how it all came together and loved working with all the suppliers so much. The East Midlands has some great talent in the wedding industry!”


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