I chose the Deer Park for the venue as I felt it perfectly suited the theme of the shoot – a romantic, vintage Safari wedding
I wanted it to feel like you could be having a destination or elopement wedding in Africa, out in the wilderness surrounded by the wild beauty. I based the shoot on my own experience of holidaying in Kenya as I loved being on a safari; the early morning starts, the sumptuous lunches and dinners in evenings, where you can hear the guttural roar of Lions echoing in the night from a mile away. It has such a romantic feel to it. I also stayed in treehouse style lodging, which was great fun! As Deer Park have their own tree house accommodation it was perfect.
Most people think of Safaris and instantly they imagine bold Zebra and Leopard print, but I wanted to show a softer side. For the colour palette I took inspiration from a couple of my favourite old movies; Out of Africa and King Solomon’s Mines. They’re quite old and dated now, but I love the simple clean look of the crisp cream and beige linens that were worn to keep cool. It’s a somewhat vintage look now, but for me it signifies the look of the time and has such a romantic feel to it. Pale pink was introduced to the flowers to complement the soft and romantic feel of the shoot.
Our bride wore a beautiful vintage style ivory dress from Isabelle Montagu, with a drop waist sash, drop back and lace detailing across the neckline and shoulders. The Groom wore a light cotton shirt, stone coloured trousers, brown waistcoat, stone coloured jacket and Panama style hat from Monsieur Mojo. The amazing, Natalie Nichols, swept our bride’s locks into an elegant up-do to show off her beautiful dress. Her make-up, was created by Jai Prettejohn, who kept it simple, but elegantly stunning.
An old trestle table from Virginias Vintage Hire was used for the tablescape, with chairs and wicker table from The Prop Factory. The wicker table was used to hold the cake that was designed by Claire Makes Cakes. She drew her inspiration from the texture and design of the wicker furniture. The large wicker chairs, trunks and Soda Cypher were from Keeping It Vintage and were used for the couple to sit for the evening sundowners after a day’s safari. I also teamed their stunning ratten chargers with simple but elegant white Jasper Conran plates, Marks & Spencer Loire Crystal glasses and Zara wooden Cutlery to give a luxurious but modern feel to the tablescape. The napkins were an amazing find from an Etsy company called Lighthouse Interiors who make them bespoke. The gorgeous wooden African animals found were brought back from my trip to Kenya with a couple of others purchased from Ebay to add to the Safari feel. The stationery was designed by Hiphip Hooray to fit in the with the theme. Sophie Millington created the amazing and beautiful flowers for us. She interpreted the brief and the theme beautifully, using white stocks, waxflower, protea, eucalyptus, white scabiosa and cream spray roses that mirrored the colours of the shoot.
I am so in love with this shoot and it was everything I had hoped it would be and more and i really cannot thank the lovely dream team of creatives enough for helping me achieve and bring this little idea to fruition. Everyone did such an incredible job.
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