A Feminine, Floral & Friendship Inspired Styled Shoot
Hello, loves! We’re overjoyed that you have popped by the blog this breezy Wednesday afternoon, as we have a truly beautiful styled shoot to showcase.
When the lovely Lorna of Lorna Boyer Design got in contact via #weddinghour about an exciting venture, we just couldn’t resist. At our excitement, Lorna revealed that the shoot was to be about the friendship between a bride and her maid of honour, showcasing the closeness of this unique bond in a feminine, and top-to-toe pretty in pink styled shoot.
So, without further adu we’ll pass it over to Lorna to tell us a little more about her, and the teams oh-so beautiful vision… (we definitely recommend you grab a steaming cuppa’ and sit comfy with this one, it’s an absolute dream!)
Hi, Lorna! Please could you tell us a little about yourself and your business, ‘Lorna Boyer Design’? How did you develop your love for Wedding stationery
“Hi! Of course, I’ve always been into art and design, ever since I was little and helping my mum colour and cut out lots of little snowmen for a display at the library!
I studied graphic design, art and photography at A level and then went straight into a junior graphic design job. I’ve always loved the way you can tell so much through a choice of colour or font and that every design I create can be completely personal to the individual. I started creating wedding stationery when a friend saw some of my watercolour illustrations on Instagram and asked if I could create some watercolour wedding invites for them. From there, word spread and I started creating more and more stationery, branching out into table plans, chalk boards, favour stickers and more! I love the romanticism of weddings and the fact that every new project is totally unique.”
Is there a story to this styled shoot – perhaps something that you have taken inspiration from?
“The story I wanted to convey through this styled shoot, is the love between a bride and her Maid of Honour. I know Maid of Honours get a bit of a bad rep for being divas and there’s lots of stories about brides falling out with their Maid of Honour, but we rarely hear about the ones that are amazing.
There are so many wonderful sisters, best friends, cousins, even co-workers out there who offer the bride so much love and support, not only on their big day but also throughout the whole planning process and even afterwards, that I felt like they needed a bit of a shout out!
There’s definitely a feminine undertone in the shoot, with a pink colour scheme and lots of flowers.”
Is there anything that you wish to achieve with this shoot?
“I really wanted to showcase some of the more unconventional suppliers out there. There’s so many people offering something a bit different and they are wonderful to work with. I also wanted to inspire people with a really fun, bright shoot that incorporated a bold colour choice. Very muted, dusky tones are a big trend at the moment, so I wanted to focus on something a bit different to encourage people to have their wedding their own way.”
How did you choose the people that you worked with – do they all have a similar vision/style to your own work?
“All of the suppliers I worked with were fantastic and really went the extra mile to pull off a great shoot. I chose suppliers who understood my vision and really liked the story behind the shoot, willing to do something slightly different. I created the stationery and chalk board and everyone tied their pieces into them perfectly.
The venue, Ladywood Estate in Oakham, were so welcoming and its one of the most beautiful locations I’ve ever been to. Its based in rural Oakham with incredible views over fields and lakes and the grounds offer so many places to get amazing photos.”
“The photographers, Emma from Purple Rose Photography and Rich and James, from Birches and Pine Wedding Photography, were completely on the same page and worked tirelessly, experimenting with lighting and angles, to get some beautiful shots.
Mel from Bridal Reloved in Leicester provided the stunning wedding dresses and was there on the day making sure they looked their best in every shot. (Oh, and to make the dress even more amazing, it has pockets!)”
Sara from Amara Cake Boutique created a cake that completely stunned us all! I completely trusted her to create something that I didn’t see until the day and it was definitely the right decision as the intricate florals and marbled bottom tiers fit perfectly with the theme. Kate of BrambleSky, created the lovely ‘forever by my side’ circle sign, which was a great finishing touch, and gave me lots of brilliant advice.”
“As always with shoots, there were some hiccups towards the date! Due to a last minute cancellation, Leanne of Leanne Fitches Make Up Artist, stepped in just days before the shoot and did a fantastic job with so little time to plan anything, we were so grateful to her for coming to our rescue! And when the florist had to cancel for personal reasons, Charlotte of Charlotte Laurie Designs, created the bouquets, headbands and flower girl wand and left us all speechless at how quickly she managed to turn around the two gorgeous bouquets. Her work is beautiful, and I definitely recommend checking out her page if you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional, fresh bouquet.”
“I can’t thank the wonderful suppliers on this shoot enough. Every one of them really pushed the boat out on what was possible and I think all of their hard work is evident in the photographs. Every supplier I worked with obviously loves what they do and that really shows in the fantastic stuff they create.”
Do you have a particular theme or style of wedding that you love personally, is this shown in your own designs?
“Personally, I’m not particularly drawn to any individual theme or style as I like to work with a wide variety of clients, although I would say watercolours or hand crafted textures like the marbling are prevalent in most of my work. I’ve always loved working with mixed media, so I try to incorporate painted and hand drawn pieces wherever I can. I love working with couples to create something bespoke, so I will often try and include watercolour florals that match their wedding flowers or a new texture created completely in their colour scheme.”
Are you planning any more exciting styled shoots in the near future?
“I’d love organise another styled shoot and I have a list of dream suppliers to work with, finding a date everyone can work with is always the tricky part! I have a few designs in the works for other styled shoots coming up too. They’re great to contribute to as people’s visions are so different and it allows me to experiment a lot with colours and textures. I’m not sure yet what the future holds but it’s looking very exciting!”
The Full Story…
The Team Behind the Talent…
Stationery & Organiser: Lorna Boyer Design Venue: Ladywood Estate, Oakham Photography: Purple Rose Photography Photography: Birches & Pine Wedding Photography Dresses: Bridal Reloved Leicester Hair & Makeup: Leanne Fitches Makeup Artist Bouquets, Headbands, Flowergirl wand: Charlotte Laurie Designs Cake: Amara Cake Boutique Bracelets: Sam Ryde Jewellery Jackets: Ophelia Rose Handpainted Circle Forever By My Side Sign: BrambleSky