Olive-Inspired Forest Bridal Shoot

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This shoot was inspired quite spontaneously one afternoon by a full, lush olive tree that grows in my neighbours garden. The pretty leaves, dark on the top side and silver underneath, seemed to wink in the sunlight and play as they fluttered in the breeze. I thought then that it would make the perfect foliage for a wedding theme, and I set about looking for a floral designer that could take this inspiration and bring t to life… and then I found Pippa!!

Pippa Sarp of Wildeflower Studio immediately understood my vision, and then she took it to a whole new, incredible level!! Using olive branches to give a pure and elegant beauty, she suggested taking the shoot into the lush indigenous forest, and BOOM! Look what happened!! An entire bridal creative shoot, entirely in the astounding beauty of Mother Nature.

Many brides want a gorgeous, lush wedding, but with the cost of flowers being so high, this isn’t always possible when realistically looking at budgets. However, the simple beauty of foliage, and especially olive, is breathtaking. This shoot, set in the forest, was a classic natural meets elegant.

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Food is vital at a wedding. It always leaves a great taste in the mouth for everyone. Thus, it was important for us to have incredibly beautiful food, gorgeously plated and equally delicious, as inspiration for brides and couples.

Crumbed and baked goats cheese on wild rocket with pomegranate rubies, tomato chili jam and a drizzle of olive oil were just the starter!!  Katheryn Stone of To Your Taste put on the most incredible spread for this bridal couple, food that was as beautiful as it was tasty.  And the cake! Oh, the CAKE!!!

Details from the stationery by Laurie Lee Design to the dress, which was especially designed by Brit & Bride (@britandbride) for the shoot to be natural and flowing, were thought out carefully.  The colours were neutral, due to us wanting the inspiration of the forest and olive to stand out.  However the colour of periwinkle blue in the sea holly and fabric table runner gave a soft and romantic feel, with the juxtaposition of the simple deep red rose on the plate, as well as red pomegranate seeds and herbs in the starter giving just the right amount of colour burst to add interest.

Katie Clo’s hair and makeup perfectly complemented the look as Jeanne, barefoot and beautiful, adorned with a simple olive floral crown, walked through the forest of the Waterberry Café in Ballito with Christian at her side. In all, the morning was any bride’s dream, and the sunlight streaming through the canopy of trees seemed to be the most perfect element of all.  The motion picture of this incredible, dreamy morning was captured in the most beautiful way by Andie Carrie of All I See Videography.  You actually NEED to go and have a watch here!! :) :)

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On the day we did the shoot, the forest captured us as soon as we set foot into it’s damp, green lushness! We weren’t sure what lighting to expect due to expected cloud cover, but we were utterly mesmerized by the exquisite sunlight streaming in through the green canopy! It was soft, and almost surreal in where the rays of light touched, often where the couple was just about to stand, almost as if the forest and nature itself was getting involved in our endeavours to create beauty.

It was actually the most incredible timing, as we had scheduled the shoot for a week later, but as it happened, a few of the team had other things come up, and could not make that date. We decided to move the shoot up a week, had the most perfect weather, and at the end of the shoot a storm rolled in, lasting 4 days, flooding most of KZN! The forest was a marsh for days afterwards! We’d never have been able to capture these perfect scenes if we had done the shoot any later!!

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