Today’s inspirational shoot is like something out of a fairytale, a laid-back modern fairytale but a fairytale woodland wedding nonetheless. Think little red riding hood, with a touch of Hansel and Gretel and a whole dose of an intimate love story to rival any Snow White or Sleeping Beauty.
Set in a secluded forest, this stunning Austrian shoot provides an abundance of autumnal and winter wedding inspiration, with gorgeous shades of green, berry and cream, incredible fashion and a to-die-for candlelit first-dance.
Here’s the film from the shoot to give you a little taster of just how beautiful it is:
Stefanie who created the shoot told us: “Summer might be a classical time for a wedding but in autumn, when it’s cooler outside, a wedding can be equally beautiful. With furs, blankets, candles and fire bowls the wedding party can easily spend unforgettable hours outside. Natural materials, homemade cakes and other sweets turn the party in something unique and personal.”
Stefanie of Mademoiselle Fee explains the dreamy vision behind the shoot: “Our idea was to accompany a newly wed couple on a romantic walk through an autumnal forest. The two have just exchanged vows, maybe in a chapel close by.
What we wanted to show was a couple, close to nature and grounded, spending this most beautiful day where their hearts are drawing them – to the forest with a little secluded house.”
Whether at home or your wedding, I think lighting plays an important role in creating atmosphere. I love low, soft, romantic lighting – flickering candles, warm glowing lamps, or a crackling fire. This project from Wild Olive for creating a starry candle wrap is simple to recreate and would be fun for either your home or wedding – I can just imagine a cluster of these casting a pretty glow.
I told you I had some beautiful finds and inspiration to share with you – just think I’ve been keeping these things to myself all this time! Aren’t I terrible? When I spotted these stunning handmade jelly mould tealights it was love at first sight and I will be most definitely treating myself to a couple in the near future.
They are handmade in clay by potter Tom Gloster in his workshop garden shed in Wales, where he also runs a charming looking coffee and craft shop called Pethau Melys with textile designer Myfanwy Griffiths. When I saw them I instantly got in touch with Tom to find out more about these endearing little tealights.
Tom told me how the jelly mould tealights came about. “I like to find things that have one use and change the use by making them out of clay. The jelly molds are a line of work that have been inspired from vintage metal jelly moulds, which I found when helping my mum.
Welcome to my second New Wives Club post! Today’s idea for reusing wedding finds in your home is my own idea, rather than one I’ve found online and recreated at home. I have a soft spot for collecting vintage jelly moulds, the metal kind – I think it is something about the soft shapes and the worn brushed silver colour. Anyway, just before Christmas I realised I’d got rather a lot and they were looking forlorn piled up in a corner of my office. Somehow I decided I would use them over Christmas, upturned and filled with tealights – the glow they cast is so pretty and I was delighted with the result.
Obviously, this won’t work with the rabbit shaped moulds I have as they aren’t stable upturned, but any that sit flat when turned upside down are perfect. One day I dream that I’ll have a large space on a dresser to display them all (and dread the day I have to dust them all), but until then I will be using mine to bring a pretty glow in the evenings to our home.
There are some truly wonderful and, in my opinion, sheer genius, ideas out there – these candles that have been shaped to look like a variety of old bottles and jars are one of those genius ideas. Made from beeswax to give that golden yellow honey colour (and an equally beautiful smell when lit), I think they would be a beautiful alternative to floral table centrepieces, especially on long tables where you could arrange them with their varying heights.
The downside? They don’t seem to be available to buy anymore! They are created by Anthropologie (creators of many a beautiful, and expensive, item) but I they don’t appear on the website any longer. It is a travesty. I hope someone else starts making and selling something similar, preferably in the UK please!
Natural French countryside wedding (part two)
If you missed part one of Mariette and Benjamin’s natural French countryside wedding yesterday, get over there now and immerse yourself in an utterly gorgeous wedding. Today it’s the second part with some gorgeous photos in woodland and around the stone villa, and their fun reception and rustic decorations.
What a happy looking couple – and those gorgeous lace sleeves and floral headband. Everything is just so fitting about this wedding, nothing seems out of place or contrived – just simple, natural and beautiful.
It always helps to have a beautiful rustic backdrop to create romantic wedding photographs, like an old French villa with mint green shutters and a rambling rose (oh France how I miss you!)…
Etsy is a treasure-trove of wonderful goodies, I can’t tell you how much I love it. I spotted these tiny floating candles, made from beeswax filled acorn caps, and just thought they would be beautiful for an autumn wedding.
In bowls of water, perhaps like below with addition of colourful autumn leaves, they would look simply stunning on your reception tables. What a genius idea they are – what do you think? They’d go really well with this idea for place cards made from oak leaves.
They are available from Etsy seller Green Baboon Designs.