I feel very blessed to know and work alongside some fantastic people; local wedding suppliers who get me and my aesthetic. It's one of the things I love most about my job.
This week we brought to life a Scandinavian/Hygge inspired wedding shoot at the East Cliff Cottage Hotel in Bournemouth (you may have seen my first attempt at a Facebook live video). It's a lovely little place, tucked just behind the main east cliff road, perfectly suited to this style of shoot, and would be an ideal location for an intimate wedding reception.
A few years ago, Rob and I took a holiday in Copenhagen and instantly fell in love with the city, the people, their immense style and their way of life. Last month, we flew out to Stockholm to continue our new found Scandinavian obsession, and the same feelings came flooding back. It was clear what I wanted to do with out next collaborative shoot, and I knew just the right people to be involved in it.
I delved into my copy of 'The Little Book of Hygge' and read up on the Hygge manifesto. It has ten points, which cover the basics to what Hygge is all about.
- Atmosphere - Turn down the lights.
- Presence - Be here now. Turn of the phones.
- Pleasure - Coffee, chocolate, cookies, cakes, candy. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
- Equality - 'We' over 'me'. Share the tasks and the airtime.
- Gratitude - Take it in. This might be as good as it gets.
- Harmony - It's not a competition. We already like you. There is no need to brag about your achievements.
- Comfort - Get comfy. Take a break. It's all about relaxation.
- Truce - No drama. Let's discuss politics another day.
- Togetherness - Build relationships and narratives. 'Do you remember the time we...?'
- Shelter - This is your tribe. This is a place of peace and security.
I'm pretty sure these points can be applied to literally every aspect of your life, including your wedding. My hope from this post is that you can take some inspiration from our combined effort, and apply it to your autumn/winter weddings, wherever you have them. We also wanted to show you that there is so much more scope out there for styling your autumn/winter wedding - it doesn't all have to be about red, silver and white.
There is so much choice out there and available to us nowadays, it's so easy to forget or look passed the things we already have.
Incorporate items you have at home.
Most of this shoot was pieced together using things we all had in our own homes, and they came together perfectly. You don't need to spend thousands of pounds on things you will never use again. Why be wasteful when you already have everything you need. Or at least buy something you will re-use or keep for the future.
None of your guests will care an iota about the money you've spent/not spent on your wedding day - it's your wedding, not theirs! What they will care about is how much love you've put into it and how much fun everyone else is having, the atmosphere on the day, the general feeling of love and togetherness everyone has on the day. Believe me, I've been at weddings where I've felt part of the family and I've been at those where you feel very isolated. You don't want it to be the latter.
Okay, that's enough from me for now.
Here's some suppliers you might want to be a part of your day.
- For perfect venue decor and styling - http://www.lovebydesignweddings.co.uk
- For stunning floral arragements - http://www.with-love-from.co.uk
- For beautiful wedding cakes - http://www.thesweetsuitedorset.co.uk
- And for modern and relaxed wedding photography - ME!! ;)
Until next time,