Southwestern in the South East - a bohemian wedding indulgence

25th July 2018


Writen by Gwenda Jeffs, florist and venue stylist at Bohotanical.

As a child, I visited America many times with my family. Ever since, I have loved the warm Southwestern desert style, characterised by handcrafted items, cacti, tassels, crochet/macrame, geometric patterns, cowboy boots, cow skulls, weathered wood, and heaps of copper and brass details. My home is filled with such items - not to mention my husband who hails for Arizona - my ultimate Southwestern accessory! My new styling prop hire venture is focussed on this earthy refined boho style - filled with natural materials and lots of textures, all with a neutral colour palette to complement all wedding schemes. Being eco-friendly and ethical are very important to me both personally and professionally, so I am always keen to work with a like-minded suppliers.

Wedding bouquet

I have had the pleasure of working at The Winding House several times. Its glowing white interior is something of a blank canvas, but filled with character, allowing the styling to take centre stage. For the bouquet, ceremony space and table arrangement, I used leucospermum, roses, amaranthus, ranunculus, eucalyptus, dracaena, phoenix palm, cotton, pampas grass and spanish moss. 

The warm reds, oranges and yellows of the fresh flowers were picked up by local cake designer Millie-Ann in her sugar flowers decorating the two cakes she created for us (which feature Fair Trade and organic ingredients), one of which was accented with our key metallic, copper.

Cake by Millie -Ann

Rachel also kept the colour game strong with her watercolour-effect stationery, complete with boho skull and geometric motifs, and printed on recycled card. 

The Conscious Bride

The wedding dresses were sourced from Hannah at The Conscious Bride, an eco-friendly boutique that specialises in gowns from ethical businesses; these include the gorgeous Celia Grace dresses we featured. The flowergirl’s dress was made by Hannah herself, and modelled beautifully by Isabelle, daughter of Paul and Vicki who own the venue.

Table Decorations

I’m a little obsessed with the Coachella festival, so couldn’t resist asking the Queen of epic hair, Tina, to go crazy! Using, cruelty-free styling products, she created a multi-textured statement boho look, employing various methods to prep the hair, including crimping, beach waves and zigzag waves.

Chloe’s hair is a beautiful colour and quite long, however Tina added mixed-colour extensions, and then used various braiding techniques and tying with string to add even more texture.

Textured natural looking hair.

The desert style is synonymous with cowboy boots, cacti, tassels, and not to leave out cow skulls, copper and brass and weathered timber.

Props and interiors The glowing bridal look was completed by Sjaniel, who is an holistic make up artist, using only cruelty-free, organic brands.

The whole was photographed, beautifully as always, by Heline, whose naturally warm style complemented the aesthetic of the shoot whilst also making the most of the natural light of the venue.

CONTRIBUTORS
Concept, Coordination, Flowers, Props & Styling: Gwenda of Bohotanical (www.bohotanical.co.uk)

Photography: Heline Bekker Photography (www.helinebekker.co.uk)
Stationery: Rachel at Made By Rae (www.facebook.com/madebyraedesigns)
Cake: Millie-Ann at Ever After Wedding Cakes (www.everafterweddingcakes.co.uk)

Dresses: The Conscious Bride (www.theconsciousbride.co.uk)
Hair: Tina at Beautiful Hair (www.beautifulhair4weddings.co.uk)

Make-Up: Sjaniel at Chemistry of Wellness (www.chemistryofwellness.com)
Model: Chloe Papworth (www.facebook.com/chloepapworthmodelling)


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