Hestré and Johan chose the beautiful Natte Valleij Estate in South Africa for their wedding. With its magnificent mature gardens of ancient trees, pergolas and ponds, surrounded by the whitewashed walls of the house, it’s clear to see why. It was the perfect setting for their relaxed outdoor wedding.
The couple had a beautiful ceremony under the shade of the trees, surrounded by their family and friends. They were also surrounded by chickens and horses, which made it into some of the pictures!
Bridal Party Style
Hestré wore a sophisticated fitted wedding dress with sexy deep plunging lace neckline with illusion panel that really accentuated her figure. Johan chose a cool burgundy groom’s suit with matching bow tie, which worked well with the groomsmen’s attire of casual beige trousers, white shirts and bow ties.
I love a wedding with lots of bridesmaids, and Hestré had three stunning maids who each wore a long, floaty, pale taupe dress, and five cute flower girls in beautiful white dresses with ribbons to match the bridesmaid dresses. I adore the cute eucalyptus floral crowns the flower girls wore too.
Today I’m taking you to the beach. I’d like to help you escape this bitterly cold weather, and think of summer. I’m not talking about the beach of a tropical island though; oh no. We’re going to a beautiful beach at Daymer Bay in Cornwall, the perfect setting for this beach wedding inspiration shoot.
When I first saw these pictures I fell in love. Not only with Cornwall, one of my favourite places in the UK, but also the styling ideas the creative team worked so hard on. Blue and gold were the perfect colour choice for the styling, and the concept of creating a Mediterranean wedding right here in the UK.
The blue and gold colour palette looks great against the sea, sand and rocks. The styling has a rustic edge, especially the alluring tablescape. This is styled with fabulous patterned table runner, napkins, and plates, complemented with beautiful blue glassware, gold cutlery and candle holders and simple sprigs of flowers in small gold vases.
I adore the choice of flowers too, all white and blue. The air plants and succulents really bring the Mediterranean vibe out.
And what about the two sensational wedding cakes? The first is a two tier, blue and gold hand-painted square cake, and the other a four tier navy blue cake with delicately hand-painted flowers. They are both amazing.
The team used two brides to show different bridal styles; both are really beautiful. I can’t forget the groom’s outfit either – I really love his style, with his subtle patterned suit jacket and bow tie.
I hope these beautiful pictures by Michelle Cordner Photography really inspire your beach wedding ideas.
Wedding On the UK Coast
“This workshop, run by Liberty Pearl Photography and styled by Elle from inspire hire, was set at the St Moritz hotel, which is a stroll from the stunning Daymer Bay beach in Cornwall.
“The idea was to create inspiration for a Mediterranean/ocean themed shoot. With blue and gold complementing the sands and sea, Elle used stunning accessories to re-create the feeling of a Mediterranean wedding, on the UK coast!
“The couple (who are a real life couple and actually got engaged the night before the workshop) were great to capture. The genuine love and laughter between them made photographing them great fun.
“With so many beautiful details, from the ocean themed stationery, to the gorgeous aqua-cake, I think this styling will inspire any beach-bound brides!” – Michelle, Michelle Cordner Photography
The thing I love most about Kelsey and Matt’s wedding is the simplicity of the day. No bridal party, no suits, no seating plan, no cake or fancy accessories; just the two of them and their loved ones in one spectacular location.
Kelsey and Matt tied the knot at Jalbrook Estate in Australia, a charming alpaca farm, and it was the perfect setting for their laid-back festival wedding. They said their vows under a beautiful tree with a macramé ceremony backdrop.
Kelsey wore a stunning boho bridal two-piece, Tillie top and the Natasha skirt by Karen Willis Holmes, and Matt kept things casual in trousers, shirt and pumps. Their outfits really reflect the relaxed, festival style of their wedding. They wanted their wedding to feel more like a party than a wedding, and it sure has that vibe.
The couple and their guests enjoyed drinks served from a really cool caravan bar, and ate delicious traditional paella.
These pictures taken by CJ Williams Photography really show how relaxed the day was. Enjoy!
Unromantic but Perfect
“Matt proposed on February 11th on Great Barrier Island off New Zealand. Matt bought us tickets for the trip as a Christmas present and it was just magic. We had a cosy little chalet on top of a hill overlooking the ocean.
“One day Matt suggested that we go for a bush walk, but he pretended to forget his lighter so he could run back up and set up the ring/proposal. When we got back we were both sweaty and hot, and when I saw the box on the table Matt said “Shall we get married?”. It was so unromantic yet so perfect.”
We love the calmness that this styled shoot portrays. The natural elements of the beautiful woodland set the scene for this wonderful ‘Still Nature’ wedding inspiration.
With the simply yet chic styling One Stylish Day has shown that having an outdoor wedding can be calm, relaxing and ‘with nature’, and doesn’t have to include lots of props and styling details. Louise used natural elements that complemented that surroundings, minimal embellishments for the tablescape and an abundance of candles to give a warming, cosy feel in the forest.
Nicola Dixon Photography captured the beauty of this Still Nature wedding inspiration styled shoot and we are delighted to share the incredible pictures.
Natural Elements and Textures
“This shoot is a fresh take on an outdoor wedding, inspired by simple Scandi living. There’s a sense of oneness with the wild, and a calm, comfortable appreciation of nature.
“The woodland setting is undisturbed by a tablescape that feels like it belongs, and natural elements and textures add a quiet vitality to the scene. An undone quality runs through this scheme; dripping candles, casually laid linens and twiggy floral arrangements.”
Dramatic, Natural Backdrop
“Collections of logs and tree stumps work to create an outdoor ‘room’, and pillar candles of differing sizes provide the ambience. Garlands creep around trees as if they are growing there, and the repetition of vertical tree trunks into the distance creates a dramatic, natural backdrop.
“White stationery has hewn edges and perfectly placed black serif typography.”
“Spring has yet to reach the forest, and the colour palette reflects this stillness. White and warm grey reflects a sunless sky, and soft, dull metallic finishes reflect the surroundings. Soft pinks and deep reds lift the dark forest green, woody browns and bronzes.”
This Mexican themed wedding in the Arizona desert is totally amazing and unique! Incredibly, Reagan and Ryan planned their fabulous wedding at Tohono Chul Park in just six months. We haven’t featured a wedding in the desert before, but it’s such a spectacular, natural backdrop and really sets the scene for this Mexican inspired wedding.
We love all the colourful handmade details and pretty little Mexican touches that add to the beautiful styling of the day – and wait until you see their wedding cake…
A big thank you to Plain Jane Photography for sending us this incredible wedding.
Natural Beauty and Charm
“We wanted to get married in the desert. Like, IN the desert. We were originally planning a backyard wedding at my mom’s where the ceremony would be in the gorgeous natural desert near their house. However, the logistics of throwing a party that large at their home started to get overwhelming. Then I remembered visiting Tohono Chul as a child, and I’d read so many testimonials on how beautiful the park is now. The natural beauty and charm was exactly what we were looking for.”