This week I’m so proud to share images and behind the camera secrets of my Midsummer Circus shoot which has been featured in Brides Magazine and on US blog Wedding Chicks.
The inspiration for this shoot came about when I was attempting a fresh take on an outdoor wedding; something different to the usual boho/countryside/farm-style ceremony. The aesthetic of the circus has always appealed to me and I wanted to pair it with the whimsical nature of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all the while keeping it modern, elegant and luxurious.
Pink was a prevalent colour and carried through on the stationary, vintage plates, flowers, balloons, furniture, bouquet… Despite it being a seemingly girly colour, it’s pulled back to a comfort zone for the groom with the addition of muted antique books, neutral coloured and fine crafted furniture, elements of taxidermy and a VW camper van photo booth.
My goal was also to make the setting pet friendly and inclusive of your special companion, such as here, with custom floral dog collars. Speaking of animals, I wanted to include a quintessential circus animal into the cake and the elephant, seemed like a clear choice, especially as supporting features of the top tiers, which showcase a fondant unicorn. The unicorn continues the theme of whimsy that I embraced and I went so far as to create a unicorn, complete with pink mane and alicorn. This is also a non-traditional way for a bride and groom to include their beloved horse on their special day.
The materials used throughout were all luxurious, with a vintage twist: velvets, laces, silks, porcelains, etc. which didn’t necessarily all match. Their tones and styles worked together, as opposed to all being from the same collections. Always make sure that your décor isn’t always perfectly matching: mix metallics, colours, shapes and textures. You have a broad enough spectrum to play around with.
The outfits here were a real treat, whether it is the children’s or the brides. I chose to keep the groom looking quite traditional, with a pink accent in his tie, but I didn’t want him to look like he was in fancy dress. The little girls however, pull off their Pierrot inspired outfits thanks to the quality of the fabric and the streamlined tailoring. They look different but still subdued, as they’re not in a full Harlequin print from head to toe.
For the bride, I opted for an elegant gown balancing both a princess aesthetic and a sexy, elegant and sheer jewelled top, bringing in the importance of flowers and the rounded shapes of all the props and décor. The long sleeves and high neck still manage to guarantee a degree of demureness and luxury.
I loved creating this vision, and I know that this theme will make each guest, young and old, widen their eyes in wonderment and delight and truly make your wedding a magical occasion.
Styling & coordination by @lafeteweddingsevents
Photography by @robertafacchiniphotography
Floral design by @rickypaulflowers
Cake & deserts by @enchanting_cake
Photo booth by @boho_booth
Bridal couture by @ruthmilliamcouture
Hair & make-up by @bumblebee_bridal
Flower girl outfits by @littlebevanlondon
Balloons by @3bubblegumgirls
Floral chairs by @couturechairs
Stationery by @dewintonpaperco
Tableware by @classiccrockery
Videography by @gione.silva
Floral dog collars by @cupidcollars
Lollipops & donutpops by @thelittlelollipopshop
Furniture by @vintagestylehire
Female model – Lili Pennington
Male model – Owain Pennington
Taxidermy – Animatronic Animals