Bohemian Beach Bridal Shoot

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Boho as a trend lends itself to having creative freedom, lots of textures, tassels… and sometimes teepee’s. We love this! We created a boho shoot on the beach which was casual and fun with pops of flower colour. Engagement shoots have been increasingly popular, and are such a lovely way to get used to one’s photographer and have beautiful images for Save That Date cards or guest signing albums, and so we wanted to create a shoot that gave fresh ideas for engagement shoots and could also make an exquisite theme for beach weddings.

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This shoot was an epic adventure! We chose a beautiful secluded little beach beyond Thompson’s Bay in Ballito because of its rare beauty.   However, we had a few adventures along the way in order to capture these gorgeous images and scenes! To get to it, one has to walk through a stone tunnel and along a rocky cliff pathway, which is an adventure in itself!

Firstly, it was heading into high tide when we were starting to shoot, so if we thought getting there was a challenge, we had no idea the challenge in store for us in getting back. After an incredibly quick setup, and getting the flowers onto the teepee while the Andie Carrie (videography) and I were shooting the couple on the other side of the beach, the creative team had only a few moments before the waves started coming into the teepee setup, and the team rushed to save our gorgeous items of decor and delicious food.  Getting back was a complete laugh to say the least.  About half our team got totally drenched from head to toe from the waves crashing into the cliff face where we had to try and safely run along the rocky path to get back through the tunnel!!

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The food details were gorgeous! The couple had a boxes of snacks and drinks; each food item was designed to be different, tasty and full of unique ingredients. Katheryn Stone from To Your Taste crafted the most delicious combination of snacks, including fig & parma ham pizza, beetroot and sweet potato crisps, Macaroons, pecan nut puffs and fresh fruit for something sweet. A Rosemary and honey cordial in a jar complemented the feast. A cheese board and champagne made for an elegant post meal celebration.

We created the setting with a tepee, lots of textured crochet cushions and crochet throws with lanterns. All the decor was light to give a clean and classy look with lots of interest, including a themed Save the Date by the talented Laurie Lee Design. The dress was designed by Brit & Bride to have a soft flow, and the beaded camisole was designed for the shoot to be a beautiful warm option for the evening. The bride modelled two different flower crowns, the first one being lush with bright blooms at the back of the crown, giving a whimsical, bohemian feel. The second crown, inspired by the ocean, was laced with blushing bride and urchin shells, perfectly embodying this beach look.

The gorgeous bright blooms were designed by Pippa Sharp of Wildeflower, giving a happy and celebratory feel to the shoot. She achieved this vibrant look using delphiniums, pomponella roses, sea holly, blushing bride, sweet peas and beautiful pink peonies to name a few.   These beautiful blooms romantically cascaded from the teepee and made up a striking sideways bouquet for the bride.

Jeanne’s hair and makeup, done by Katie Clo, was perfect for this beach, bohemian style. A soft and natural plait with a down hair style, smoky eyes and her bare feet, Jeanne looked liked she belonged on the beach with Christian at her side.

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