INSPIRATION - 'Living Coral by the Lake', Captured by Martin Dabek, Featuring GREEN UNION Partners Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone Hair

22nd July 2019


Today's inspiration comes courtesy of not just one, but two of our Partners, Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone Hair. Alongside a fanatastic group of eco-conscious vendors, they created this Living Coral-themed shoot, which honours not just Pantone's 'Colour of the Year', but also the crisis facing marine life. Linda tells us more about the concept of the shoot and how each vendor encapulated its ethos.

Living Coral wedding inspiration, captured by Martin Dabek, featuring Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone HairI met with a group ofother ethical wedding creatives for this photoshoot to celebrate Pantone Living Coral. To connect with both the living and coral aspect of this colour and how it ties in with us treading lightly on both the Earth and the Water and the Nature that we’re part of. With living coral as our theme, we wanted a local venue with water in the grounds, so the Manor by the Lake in Cheltenham seemed a natural choice. The Victorian manor house, with hugely varying, lavish backdrops is lovingly restored, full of character and made the perfect backdrop for our shoot.  

Styling and crockery alongside the cake formed the initial part of the concept. Delight Vintage approached the Pantone Coral brief with a vision for fresh, elegant and classic Cotswold charm. The tablescape was created using simple (non-chintzy) vintage china, whites and silver with cut glass for elegance. Pops of coral interspersed the settings with coral glassware, stunning seasonal florals & ribbons hand dyed with plant based dyes. The deeper coral hand dipped candles created a depth of colour, suiting the rich regal Manor by the Lake backdrop. Delicate, antique napkins encased in classic silver napkin rings with cryptomeria japonica added the final graceful, light touch. Simple yet stately. Ethical, elegant styling for a romantic, on trend Cotswold wedding.

Living Coral wedding inspiration, captured by Martin Dabek, featuring Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone HairLiving Coral wedding inspiration, captured by Martin Dabek, featuring Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone HairHampton Cakes took the Living Coral theme quite literally, and was inspired by sea life and the beautiful coralcolours in sea fans. Keeping with a more contemporary and clean lined look, Shani chose to make the cake linear by using soaring rectangular towers for each tier and sculpt two large chocolate fish to swim up and down the main facade. Fans made of edible wafer paper and coloured in the Living Coral shades were attached to the side elevations to add some abstract movement and the vibrant pop of this year’s key colour. The Manor by the Lake provided a fabulous backdrop against which to photograph, with its Arts and Crafts carved panels and tall windows letting in light that accented the clean faces. Clean, modern elegance, timelessness and planet kind is achievable for your special day.

Living Coral wedding inspiration, captured by Martin Dabek, featuring Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone HairEarly Spring British flowers that we dream of through dark winter days in bouquets and a simple table centrepiece, were created by Wildly Beautiful Flowers in her relaxed and natural style. The longing for colour is rewarded in Spring by these beautiful coral and peach ranunculus, the soft lemony tulips enhancing them, together with the joyous early blossom and foliage. The colour, Living Coral, shown two ways, deep and rich with foliage that has tinges of coral or soft and gentle with the silver grey cineraria and eucalyptus. A few road miles for these flowers but definitely no air miles!

Living Coral wedding inspiration, captured by Martin Dabek, featuring Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone HairLiving Coral wedding inspiration, captured by Martin Dabek, featuring Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone HairFor someone who doesn’t particularly follow trends, I was inspired by ‘Living Coral’. This title more than any other colour name I can think of seems to be a celebration and a warning at the same time. The vibrancy and incredible colour of living coral compared with the grey/white of bleached or dead coral. As an Earth Citizen I want to inspire change through my work as well as through my personal life and I wanted to incorporate this colour into my designs. I really liked the contrast of the bright white against the coral. Working with upcycled silk, I hunted for fabrics of the right colour and added in the element of handmade vintage white lace. Both of our models are curvaceous, and I wanted to reflect elements that brides have asked for before in terms of necklines and sleeve shape. There was unanimous opinion that strapless bras or going without a bra was not a comfortable option for either of these women and I wanted to design around what celebrated their shapes but was also practical and felt comfortable. Uta’s white dress has a removable lace panel so that she could change how high her neckline was throughout the day. Jacqui’s dress in Living Coral celebrated her fun side with a handfelted charcoal and pink panel (matching her hair) stitched with organic cotton and a floating silk cape element.

Living Coral wedding inspiration, captured by Martin Dabek, featuring Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone HairLiving Coral wedding inspiration, captured by Martin Dabek, featuring Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone HairGemma Sangwine created the millinery inspired by the living coral theme to create a bridal headdress that reflected the organic shape of coral whilst being feminine, tactile and sculptural. I gave Gemma some of the hand made vintage lace I had left over from the dress and she picked apart sections, stiffening, shaping and layering them like waves, into a piece that is asymmetric and perfectly balanced. To compliment it there are also small hair grips topped with tiny lace stars and seed beads. For the coral dress, Gemma wanted to keep the accessory simple, so went for a classic combination of coral colour feathers and cabochon motif on a hair comb, all made with upcycled materials.  

Annie of Honeystone hair wanted to produce simple, clear lines around the hairline, whilst mirroring the fluidity, motion and ‘liquid’ quality of the silk bridal dresses. Softness around Uta, the brides face accentuated her fresh and feminine qualities. Gemma’s delicate lace topped hairgrips were positioned to accentuate the twist detail at the back of the bride’s hair. For Jacqui’s fabulous pink hair, Annie created an unfussy, shape contrasting with a wave effect to frame Gemma’s charming living coral feathered creation. Annie used a sustainably produced volumising spray on Uta’s hair, along with a vegan humidity protection to keep it smooth- it was a particularly humid day. Non- aerosol hairspray was used duringstyling: it was applied withinthe style, to maintain the natural look and feel of the hair. 

Living Coral wedding inspiration, captured by Martin Dabek, featuring Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone HairWe chose Julia Thompson for the jewellery as her pieces are funky, luxurious and ethical. Jacqui wore a Quartz Nest Ring stack as we liked the edgy style that worked well with her finger tattoo. The eye catching crystals twinkle from within these striking storm grey drusies, in contrast with the clarity and facets of the clear crystal quartz. Set within strong silver claws onto finely textured double banded ring shanks with highly polished interiors, these standalone cocktail rings were stacked bringing out the treasure seeking magpies in us all.

Uta wears the silver magpie quartz drop necklace. This illustrates a line from the folkloric fortune telling rhyme of the magpie, the necklace depicts the iconic “two for joy” birds soaring upwards with their swag in tow, a faceted quartz drop. Suspended from a long adjustable silver chain, the secure clasp is complete with the added detail of a caged Herkimer diamond and small silver key.

Living Coral wedding inspiration, captured by Martin Dabek, featuring Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone HairLiving Coral wedding inspiration, captured by Martin Dabek, featuring Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone HairSometimes photoshoots are like real weddings and things don’t go quite to plan but you make it work anyway. Our talented eco make up artist had a poorly child so couldn't make it on the day, so Linda brought along her supply of eco cosmetics and assisted the models to do their own make-up with a flattering and natural look.      

The whole shoot was captured by Martin Dabek. We chose Martin because of his relaxed documentary style photography combined with his back catalogue of immensely stylish dramatic images. The weather on the day was heavy rain so we didn’t quite get the opportunity to pose by the lake as we’d planned but Martin was super flexible and worked with any quick sun breaks!"

Living Coral wedding inspiration, captured by Martin Dabek, featuring Linda Thomas Eco Design and Honeystone Hair

Credits

Photography: Martin Dabek

Venue: Manor by the Lake

Styling and Crockey: Delight Vintage Tea Set Hire

Cake Designer: Hampton Cakes

Floristry: Wildly Beautiful

Wedding Dress Designer: Linda Thomas Eco Design

Hair Accessories: Gemma Sangwine

Hair Styling: Honeystone Hair

Jewellery: Julia Thompson

Models: Uta and Jacqui


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