Essex Wedding Photographer: Boho Cacti Inspired Shoot at the Old Parish Rooms

Bride wearing nude make up and with a loose boho updo

Inspired by the current ‘botanical pick me up’ trends, and having always had a love for cacti, I’ve always wanted to do a styled shoot featuring them. Whilst succulents have been in the wedding spotlight for a while, I thought their spiky cousins deserved to be included in the action. This shoot happened back in March, but we were waiting for it to be published on Bride & Tonic before we could share anything. 

Bride looking out of a gothic styled window at Church

Pink engagment ring resting on a cactus

I wanted a modern and bright venue for the shoot – my first choice was the Old Parish Rooms, a gorgeous intimate venue in Rayleigh. The airy white surroundings made it the perfect blank canvas for a modern shoot focused on details and striking decor. Against the white walls, I added a strong contrast of colour – greenery from the plants, and a vibrant peach to bring the palette to life.

Styling was provided by Rock the Day, who created a stunning wedding banquet set up with a peach dip dyed tablerunner as a centrepiece, topped with black potted cacti and a hanging floral hoop above.

Wide shot of a wedding top table with a coral table runner and cacti decor

4 tier vegan wedding cake with cacti toppers and decoration

I absolutely loved their dream catcher inspired chairbacks, which added a whole new feel to the bohemian furniture supplied by Anthology Vintage Hire. Stationery was provided by Knots and Kisses, who I’ve wanted to work with for a long time. 

Wide shot of wedding venue with Bride and Groom top table seats

A large hanging foliage hoop with pink and purple flowers

To add a bit of fun to the shoot, Fable and Moon brought along their kids tepee corner, specially filled with cacti activities, a photobooth and miniature cacti inspired sweet treats by Tiny Sarah’s Cakes. Having gone vegan myself a few months ago, I wanted to use a cake supplier with the same ethics for this shoot. Alongside the bitesize treats, Sarah also created a three tiered vegan cake, complete with adorable Mr & Mrs Cacti toppers.

Children's tepee and play area at a wedding

Our final setup was a ceremony area with a large hoop, expertly decorated with florals provided by Bohotanical. Using eucalyptus as a stunning base, there were pops of colour provided by Carnations, Roses and Clea Veronica. This hoop really added a luxe and stylish backdrop for an eye catching ceremony. You also can’t beat a peacock chair, so of course Rock the Day included one for the day 🙂 

Beautiful bride stood in front of floral hoop and holding wild large bouquet

Zuzanna was dressed in bespoke vintage inspired gowns by Poppy Perspective. We chose two contrasting gowns – one with an incredible lace cape, for a soft, carefree look, and a second, gold sequined dress to provide a more luxe, stylized feel. Knot Your Average Bride completed the contrasting looks with a loose up do and nude make up, followed by catwalk worthy slick backed hair and deep lips to perfectly match the colours within the florals. The gold dress and deep lips really look perfect for a festive wedding, don’t you think? 

Bride in gold dress sat on bohemian peacock chair

To add that extra sense of boho luxe, Zanna wore lace ankle boots from House of Elliot and handmade, unique jewellery from Aimee Winstone. Together, they added the beautiful final touches! 

Lace bridal shoes in a vintage green dresser

Pink engagment ring resting on a cactus

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For more ideas on how to use cacti and succulents in weddings, follow my Pinterest board. Caroline x

Rock The Day Styling Guest Blog: How To Plan The Boho Wedding Of Your Dreams

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Hey guys! One of my new year resolutions was to feature guest blogs from some of my fellow wedding suppliers. Collaboration is the new competition! First up are wonderful Rock The Day Styling, who create insanely gorgeous wedding decor. Over to them.. 

Free spirited, laid back and romantic. Bohemian style weddings – a trend that started a few years ago and became a classic. What is the bohemian style and how do we plan the boho wedding of your dreams?
The great thing about the Bohemian style is that it is very versatile. You can pick
either a Boho vintage, Beachy Boho, Boho Chic, Wanderlust or Woodland themes according to what suits your personality best. Are you a flower crown lover and a garden setting? Do you dream of sunny beaches and waves crashing behind you? A reception outdoors under the stars with a campfire and big tepee tent? Or are you leaning towards vivid Moroccan style?
Think outdoor celebrations and festival flair combined with sunshine and happiness. Getting the look has never been easier. Here are a few ideas you can use to make it perfect:

  1. Wooden ceremony arches with macramé decor and gorgeous florals

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Create an aisle,  adding some plinths and candles with florals matching your colour theme. Beautiful candles are always the winner!

2.  Giant naked tepee ceremony area

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A giant naked tepee ceremony area styled using a big handmade dreamcatcher backdrop and foliage – is there anything more Bohemian? Add candles to create an aisle and hay bales to sit your guests.

Summer wedding dream!

3. Vivid Moroccan style: ribbon backdrop for a ceremony, with perfect addition of snug/chillout area for tired guests

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4. Dreamcatchers everywhere!
They always look beautiful, no matter what way you’re going to use them. Create perfect boho style backdrop putting few of these beauties together or just hang them from tree branches and let them dance with the wind.

5. Giant Hoop Backdrops 

These make a wondrous backdrop for ceremonies or photography of your big day. The best bit is they can be completely tailored to match your colour scheme and preferred florals.

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A huge thank you to Alex and Magda for contributing to the blog this month! Go visit them at their website or follow them on Instagram. Let me know your thoughts below!

Caroline x

Venues featured: Houchins, Country Tipis & Wild Woodland Weddings

Dresses: Naomi Neoh, Lucy Can’t Dance, Lucky Sixpence Bridal

Florals: A Vintage Wedding, The Urban Flower Farmer & The Country Garden Flower Company

Styling and Hire: Vintage Garden Weddings / Rock The Day