INSPIRATION - A Luxe Eco-Friendly Vegan Woodland Wedding Editorial With Spectacular Sanyukta Shrestha Gowns
10th April 2020
Award-winning eco-luxury bridal designer, Sanyukta Shrestha, has once again teamed up with her favourite local wedding suppliers, creating an eco-friendly, vegan wedding editorial with a 'woodland chic' theme. Capturing the true love between a real-life couple in the enchanting Lincolnshire countryside, this editorial is dedicated to future eco-conscious brides, seeking inspiration for the sustainable wedding of their dreams.
The shoot was conceived and styled by Sanyukta Shrestha and the team behind the brand, who were truly passionate about finding like-minded ethical creatives and to showcasing some of Lincolnshire’s most talented wedding professionals:
“The idea behind this shoot was to create a wedding atmosphere that would feel cosy and personal, a concept that would give freedom to the brides-to-be, to dream and envision its own wedding while staying true to their ethics and personality. We knew that many brides have a stereotypical image in their minds when it comes to sustainable weddings, thus we wanted to provide inspirational styling ideas that might spark their creativity for their wedding day. We wanted to create a magical atmosphere that could prove that you do not have to walk away for your wishes in order to have an eco, vegan-friendly wedding; You just need to find the right people that would make your dream come true.”
The wedding editorial was produced with sustainable vegan-friendly wedding dresses, eco-friendly floral installation, cruelty-free beauty products, vintage pieces of furniture, a vintage car, a vegan wedding cake, sustainable upcycled table decoration, and an overall eco-friendly wedding setting and planning.
The wealth of wildlife and the natural golden fallen leaves inspired London-based designer, Sanyukta Shrestha, to move with her family in the enchanting woodland of Lincolnshire. The atmospheric backdrop of natural tranquility and romanticism of the designer's own home created the ideal atmosphere for this shoot. The Seto Mahal, a Georgian manor house surrounded by acres of gardens and woodlands, and uninterrupted views of the rolling landscape.
With a background as a Wedding Planner, Claire kept the set design very effortless by naturally combining all eco-friendly suppliers, and orchestrating the perfect woodland wedding reception. Because of her professional experience, she was very efficient in working on the eco-friendly and yet luxe requirements the team asked for.
"When I first met Sanyukta and discovered she was a wedding dress designer with an eco ethos I was in awe! So when Sanyukta approached me to collaborate I jumped at the chance! I just love nature and all things natural! Sanyukta was a dream to work with, she is professional and inspirational I didn’t want the shoot to end! I had a truly wonderful experience."
Besides incorporating all vintage and upcycled suppliers found locally, Claire made use of all unused crates transform them to an upcycling project for an effortless woodland chic table setting, decorated with all-natural twigs, eucalyptus and leaves found in the grounds, perfect for brides looking for minimal waste and maximum sustainability on their wedding day.
Sanyukta wanted to create a natural and honest wedding editorial, thus Kat seemed to be the ideal photographer for creating the 'perfectly imperfect' look that the creative team was aiming for.
“Working with Sanyukta and her team was so refreshing and inspiring. In an industry as large as the wedding one, it is important that we think about the environmental impact we are making. Sanyukta’s gowns are absolutely stunning, one of a kind and eco-friendly, so they tick all the boxes. It was a real pleasure to work with Sanyukta and all the other suppliers involved in the project.”
The ability of Kat to capture the natural expressions and emotions between the couple, created magic on set, while everyone in attendance felt like they were witnessing a real wedding. The icing on the cake was the real-life, newly-married couple, Charlotte and Jack; a local village couple who both work at Lincoln Hospital, they were the perfect authentic match for the shoot.
The look that the creative team was aiming for needed to be a natural, timeless and classic, using sustainable makeup products. Apart from being a top professional in her field, we wanted to collaborate with Tina for the amazing skill she has in transforming the 'next door girl' into a true movie star. When Tina met our lovely Charlotte, she was inspired by her natural beauty and so just easily enhanced it, so she still looked like herself. Tina was very excited to make use of sustainable makeup ranges and her vegan makeup brushes.
We sourced the Stunning Vintage car we used in our editorial shoot from Ian Griffin, a local villager who owns this amazing 1933 Morris 10, a stunning antique that has a 100 years of history behind it. The perfect addition to our luxe woodland shoot, this car was the ideal piece to surround an old-fashioned love affair and give a cinematic feel to the shoot.
With a late October date for the photoshoot, seasonal flowers were limited. However, Fran was able to source the last of the season’s pom pom dahlias from a local grower, so passionate that he went out every night to cover them with frost netting to make sure they were perfect for the shoot. The stunning scented garden roses, fair trade imported from Kenya and the most gorgeous ranunculus from Cornwall. This clean white colour palette was combined with lots of fresh eucalyptus from Ireland, flowing twisty jasmine trails from another local grower just 10 miles from the photoshoot and all the stunning autumn foliage from the grounds. “When Sanyukta asked me to be part of the photoshoot for her new collection I was over the moon. Here was someone with the same principles as me, just down the road from me and also looking to support local Lincolnshire suppliers” - Fran highlighted.
When it comes to the cake, Trudy really worked her magic and created an Instagram-worthy vegan cake, using local and organic high-quality ingredients, while drawing inspiration from enchanting surroundings. Her love for texture created a rustic feeling that Fran completed with dried elements. “These dried seed heads were grown and dried just 29 miles from me. I love how they added another unique touch to the designs giving it a real ‘wow’, lifting and blending with the white colour palette”, Fran added.
Sanyukta created a curated edit of bespoke, sustainable, vegan-friendly wedding dresses, exclusively featured in this editorial.
"My brides are my muses, a constant source of inspiration for my designs. The idea behind this first Eco-Luxe Bespoke Edit, is to create an intimate fantasy for brides that are looking for an exclusive experience, specially designed for their taste and personal needs. This photoshoot is the first introduction of the much anticipated Sustainable Bespoke Edit by Sanyukta Shrestha, with the second one following soon, exploring different concepts around the construction and philosophy behind the wedding gown."
Reinventing the traditional white wedding dress, Sanyukta’s luxurious wedding gowns are made with organic Fair Trade fabrics that are produced by artisan communities in her home country of Nepal. “When a Bride visits our Boutique, we see the beauty of the silhouette, but most importantly we explore her unique personality” says Sanyukta; “When the dress makes her feel the best version of herself, then yes, she has found the one!" she concludes.Charlotte's youthful spirit and effortless beauty were the perfect canvas for her elegant designs with a contemporary twist!
“We specialise in bespoke services, and with this first option, we wanted to showcase that everything is possible design-wise. The mix and match philosophy is relatively unexplored when it comes to Bridalwear, with brides often sacrificing their ideal wedding gown because of it. Bespoke service is the answer to this dilemma, offering endless combinations of all these elements that will not only fulfill the dreams of our Brides, but also highlight her best assets in the strongest way possible.”
Charlotte looked stunning in their beautiful bespoke hempsilk Abelia separates set, perfectly balancing the traditional silhouette of a full skirt gown, with the unexpected pairing of a slightly cropped top.
The second bespoke wedding gown, Laelia, is made from bamboo and organic silk, and it is a tribute to Nepalese craftsmanship. The detailed work of the skirt was completed by one of their talented artisans; indeed, everything was done by hand, from creating the fabric, forming the structure of the dress, and the embroidery.
The Cyra vegan wedding gown, made from raw golden embroidered linen and certified organic cotton, had a completely different feel. With its rustic feel and minimal detailing, it is all about highlighting the silhouette of the Bride. They wanted to feature this design particularly for its warm tone and for brides who are looking for a less typical wedding dress, but for an eco-friendly gown that will match their relaxed reception.
Their final piece, the Valeria bespoke vegan gown, made from soft fluid vegan satin and bamboo, is a breathtaking wedding gown for the brides who love an autumnal or winter wedding. They consider this piece one to be one of their signatures for its traditional embroidery and distinctive Nepalese expertise.
My thanks to Sanyukta Shrestha and all the team for sharing this beautiful inspiration with GREEN UNION.