A Romantic and Bohemian Inspired Picnic Elopement Scene with Caroline Arthur Bridal

Hello lovelies, it’s such a pleasure to share these beautiful images with you this evening. They capture a gorgeous sense of romance and escapism, I can picture a couple having just eloped, taking a seat around that gorgeously styled grass level picnic table and sharing the most wonderfully intimate of moments as they reflect on their special day.

Such a huge pleasure too to be able to showcase Surrey based bridal fashion designer Caroline Arthur’s gowns with you today too. We’re huge fans of this lovely lady who has an enormous heart and passion for dressing brides. Let me first of all however formally introduce you to the very talened Harriet Jones of Fairly Vintage whose sent in these images and whose words are below. Harriet conceived of and styled this shoot beautifully, we love her work.

“Reigate Hill and Gatton Park is described by the National Trust as ‘A spectacular escarpment with sweeping views across the Weald’ and it is, just that. As you walk through a long, shady pathway with frequent glimpses of the staggeringly beautiful North Downs, you will, eventually, encounter the Inglis Memorial. As our photographer Meghan Lorna described it, ‘it is like something from a Jane Austen novel’. It was on one of my many rambles here, so much so, that I decided ‘this needs to be photographed!’ And who better than the amazing Meghan Lorna to do it. I think the photographs speak for themselves.”

Photography by Meghan Lorna

“We wanted to create a relaxed and natural feel with the florals in this shoot. Lynsey from Some Enchanted Floral Design used  flowers of deep violet and creamy soloman’s seal to sit nestled amongst trails of scented jasmine, fresh mint and an abundance of greenery.  These overflowing textures, understated blooms and the most delicate of flower crowns, all came together to create the untamed, boho vibe we were looking for.”

“The bridal separates in our shoot were from the CoutureKit collection by British wedding dress designer Caroline Arthur. The simple ‘Assisi’ V necked bodice with straps, and very long ‘Julietta’ circle skirt with train, were both made in a soft ivory crepe that is incredibly elegant fabric.”

“The nature of Caroline’s collection is that you can mix and match different components and fabrics to create the silhouette and style you’re looking for. So for some of the shots, we used a corded lace “Modena” over layer for the bodice, and a very soft tulle layer on the skirt. This created more of an ethereal, bohemian look.”

“I worked to create a natural but elegant tablescape design, using a picnic table and cushions with a luxurious feel. I kept the same purple and silver tones throughout and added the beautiful stone place settings by Just Joy Designs – who also supplied us with their botanical wedding stationery, perfect for our foliage heavy shoot!”

“Nicola from The Wild Blackberry created a contemporary extra tall single tiered wedding cake. She finished it with rustic buttercream, decorated it with silver leaf detail and real flowers to coordinate with the rest of the shoot. Rachel of Makeup in Orangeries wanted an old romantic feel with monocromatic warm tones on eyes lips and cheeks.”

“The eyes were softly smoked out at the lashline with lots of mascara and she kept the skin sheer and semi-matte. We featured a Macrame backdrop in some of the shots, beautifully handmade by Absolutely Knot Décor.”

Credits & Thanks


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Annabel is the founder of Love My Dress. She has a passion for photography, walking, yoga, nature, and loves to support talented artists and creative businesses. In 2013, she became a published author. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters Eska and Leanora and menagerie of furry hounds. Annabel supports Philip in the running of the family flower farm at at Moonwind Flowers. She is also co-founder of What About Weddings.

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