Waves eco friendly styled wedding shoot
I had the privilege of being invited to and creating some custom gowns for an eco styled shoot by Clara Cooper Photography earlier this year. When she shared her mood board I just had to get on board! Her ideas were classy and elegant and embraced the minimalist trend.
For over a year now I have been taking small steps within my personal and business life to reduce my impact on this beautiful planet. I have made numerous changes which have dramatically reduced my waste, plastic consumption, and my product miles by supporting local companies as opposed to large conglomerates. This felt like a positive and fantastic start but, I couldn’t help the feeling I could do more. From here an idea began to form – I wanted to help encourage as many people as I could to start taking small steps to a more eco-friendly/ethical future. But more important than this, I wanted to show everyone how easy it can be!!
My love for the ocean and beaches is what spurred this gradual change in my attitude towards reducing plastic, waste and the ethical repercussions of many products which we use daily. So I realised that combining these two things, the beauty of the ocean and my tenacity for waste reduction I had at my fingertips an idea which, to my knowledge has never before been approached by a photographer in the wedding industry to this level.
I wanted to create a completely eco-friendly, ethical, plastic free, styled bridal shoot inspired by our beautiful oceans.
And that’s precisely what I did!
I had a particular vision for my shoot; I wanted to encapsulate minimal Japanese styling with a high fashion edge. I am using only recycled/recyclable products. I spent months and months, plotting, researching and scouring social media and google for the very best eco-friendly suppliers I could find.
The bridal look
I created pieces for this shoot inspired by nature. All the fabrics are natural and organic silks or plant fibers like bamboo and cotton. Inspired by the flowing movements of the sea I wanted the dresses to move and feel very comfortable on. The dress and top below is 100% eco friendly. Made from uk organic peace silk and sewn together using sustainable electricity and organic cotton thread. The skirt is a classic a-line with a twist. It is closely fitted to the waist and hips and closes at the hip with buttons instead of a zip. The blouse is a simple wrap blouse with bold sleeves, we are recreating this blouse to launch soon!
My main piece of advice if you are hoping to create a minimal, eco-friendly style for your wedding is to reduce, reuse, recycle. Lots of the items within my shoot all came from my home or the homes of my suppliers, like the vases, the wooden bowls and the dried flowers etc. If you don’t have this stuff at home, there are lots of amazing companies out there who offer rentals for stoneware, cutlery, vases and more all for reasonable prices. You just have to stay true to your minimalist dream and pick your key pieces wisely and carefully. For me, this shoot was all about creating the feel of a beach while remaining true to my love of Japanese styling.
The fashion, however, is a different story. I always advise that you choose items which are timeless, elegant and simple, but with a modern twist. Something that will stand the test of time, but still gives you that wow factor. Eco-friendly fashion is something that needs to come from a reputable source, so do your research and make sure you find someone who offers an ethically made garment in the style you love.
For a simple, modern, minimalist style always remind yourself that ‘less is more’, and you can never go wrong.
It wouldn’t be a waves styled shoot without the waves! So even indoors we created (with some effort!) waves!
Lastly if you still have time since I added so many images watch the video. Lucy is truly talented and it is fabulous!
Photography, Videography, Styling + Planning
Clara Cooper Photography
Five Four Studios (Emma Stamp)
Instagram – @cammy_carterx
The Conscious Bride (Hannah Vincent)
Instagram – @theconsciousbride
Hannah Carson MUA
Instagram – @hcarson_mua
Bridal Hair by Lindsey
Instagram – @bridalhairbylindsey
Michelle Anne Floristry
Instagram – @michelleannefloristry
Rock Paper Nib (Jenny)
Instagram – @rockpapernib
Marie Antoinette Cakes
Instagram – @marieantoinettecakes_uk
Stoneware & Cutlery
Pot Kettle White
Instagram – @potkettlewhite