It is hard to pinpoint exactly when my Macramé crush first started to develop, but I do have fond childhood memories of making thousands of friendship bracelets, so I guess I could start there.
Fast forward to age of social media and together with my obsession with all things handmade I started to rediscover the art of Macramé online and soon got the sense that a huge revival was on its way.
I got married in the beautiful Cala Carbo in Ibiza in 2010, and like any enthusiastic bride I eagerly signed up to every available blog and bridal subscription I could find, however years after my wedding and I am still avidly reading up on the latest wedding crazes and fantasizing about how I would it all again.
It seemed natural that I should encompass my love of Macramé with my love for weddings and, so I started to design my first wedding collection. I wanted to create something unique, romantic and whimsical but with that it needed to be alternative and bespoke.
I also wanted the collection to encourage people planning a wedding to think outside the box a little and to not be afraid of channeling their inner bohemian vibe.
You only have to throw the words Macramé wedding into any search engine and the web is full of amazing makes and inspiration. The Macramé wedding trend had hit Australia in a big way in in 2016 and the Rustic Boho vibe was fast appearing everywhere.
I took my inspiration from their rustic outdoor woodland settings, vivid oversized flowers and the minimalist boho beach weddings all framed with some amazingly detailed back drops and accessories.
Hours and hours were spent knotting and unknotting until the backdrop and accessories were complete and so the next step for me was to team up with some extremely talented ladies who were already craving out fantastic careers in the wedding industry, to pull everything together in this styled shoot.
I was lucky enough to be surrounded by some supportive and inspiring ladies, who after only one conversation were as excited about the shoot as I was and immediately the beginnings of a styled photo shoot were born.
The talented Robyn at Bobtale Photography captured the shoot. She is a reportage style photographer who loves nothing more than sharing a wedding day ‘tale’ through the moments she captures. With a keen eye for even the smallest elements of the setup, she immediately sprang into action capturing the most exquisitely, beautiful detailed shots.
Love & Lace is a bespoke wedding styling company that also has an extensive range of vintage china and prop hire collection. Following my ‘woodland boho’ brief, Emma from Love & Lace, provided a variety of props and decorations to complement the overall style of the shoot and for more detailed focus shots. Vintage suitcases were used to create height for a focal floral display alongside some vintage books and brass candlesticks. She opted for grey tapered candlesticks to complement the deepness of the flowers in the brass vase. Rustic ladders were used for more detailed shots of single stems in vintage bottles and stone ink pots. A small styled display with the ladders, an apple crate and a vintage suitcase was also created and allowed Emma to add in more details to shots. One of Emma’s chairs from her collection was accessorised with my macramé chair back and White & Wood’s wooden bride sign.
White & Wood, specializes in rustic chic wooden wedding décor, signs and ‘shelfies’ with a scandi boho vibe. Vanessa, the owner of White and Wood décor, provided some wonderfully handcrafted accessories, which complimented the shoot’s theme beautifully.
Kerry from Wild Flowers in Standish, Wigan, provided a gorgeous array of flowers and accessories which, when coupled with my macramé, appeared to just belong together as any perfect bride and groom should. Wild Flowers’ choice of flowers was all about the texture and muted colours to complement the natural boho vibe. Kerry loves flowing foliage with movement in the flowers, opting for stunning vintage style amnesia roses, astrantia, nigella, allium bullets, antique green hydrangea and heady scented sweetpeas. These were teamed with foliage such as asparagus and umbellatus ferns with funky, furry setaria and soft senecio.
The days leading up to the shoot where typical of the British summer, grey and wet. But our prayers were answered and on the morning of the shoot and the sun had decided to make an appearance. We couldn't have asked for more.