Louise Hughes of One Stylish Day shared her tips for recreating this woodland wedding scene.
What is the concept?
I wanted to take a fresh approach to the outdoor wedding, avoiding the Summer wedding clichés. This look doesn’t rely on bright sunshine to make it work. I was inspired by simple Scandi living and the hygge trend for finding beauty outdoors whatever the season. There’s a sense of oneness with the wild and a calm, comfortable appreciation of nature in this scheme.
It was important that the woodland setting felt undisturbed by the tablescape, instead it feels like it belongs. By using natural elements and textures we created harmony and added a quiet vitality to the scene. An undone quality runs through this scheme; dripping candles, casually laid linens and twiggy floral arrangements. As with nature, there is beauty in imperfection.
Which colours should I use?
The colour palette reflects this stillness of the forest and has a bleached out quality. Although green is big news this year, avoid Pantone’s zingy Greenery colour for this look, and opt for softer silver or darker leaf greens. Pantone has produced a complimentary palette for Greenery called Forest Floor, and these calming grey greens and mauves work perfectly. We used metallic bronze and pewter in moderation for highlights and added warmth with woody browns, soft pinks and deep reds.
What goes on the table?
Clean lines and minimal embellishments are key to this tablescape, with white being the predominant backdrop. We played with layers and textures of white linen and off-white ceramics, which were glazed to subtly reflect light. Disrupted table cloths and dripping candles add to the un-done quality, and black rod-handled cutlery has a hand-forged look.
How about flowers?
The floral arrangements are absolutely key to this natural look. Flower arrangements should be loose, oversized and unstructured. The dried elements of twigs, seedheads and bracken have the feel of being swept from the forest floor and the evergreen foliage give the arrangements a sense of longevity. The florist who worked on this shoot, Lucy McNichol, sourced quicksand roses in the most incredible beige nude tones, blousy striking anemones and rich toned ranunculus and Hellebores. We wanted the floral arrangements to reflect the dark and enchanting nature of the forest during the autumn and winter months.
We made good use of the trees around us, by added creeping garlands which looked as if they were growing there, and the repetition of vertical tree trunks into the distance created a dramatic natural backdrop.
What other touches can I add?
Collections of irregular logs and tree stumps work to create an outdoor ‘room’ whatever your setting, and can help divide spaces or create pathways. Add pillar candles of differing sizes to light the area and provide the ambience.
Carry the natural, undone theme through to your stationery by choosing soft handmade cotton rag paper with deckled edges for invitations, menus, place cards and so on.
The purity of a single tier white cake reflects the stillness and simplicity of the outdoors. Dried flowers or seedheads make wonderful natural embellishments, as beautiful as any intricate icing.
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