Elopements don’t have to be just the two of you – they can also include a small group of your most loved friends and family to be part of the experience too. So, speaking of small groups of amazing people… I was thrilled to be asked by Julie McLaren to collaborate on this bohemian elopement shoot, to showcase that elopements can be just as stylish and modern as bigger weddings too!
Scottish beach elopement inspiration
Julie McLaren is the florist behind Ceremony Flowers and a stylist at 40 Something Stylist, so i knew she was going to bring super stylish brilliance. The look we were going for was a modern bohemian wedding style, with vintage influences – and I think it turned out SO gorgeously (if I do say so myself!) We shot the ceremony in an abandoned warehouse in Ayrshire, which was only a stones’ throw away from a secluded beach area. This was perfect for some outdoors portraits (one of the many reasons I love Scottish elopements so much is just how diverse and gorgeous the scenery is, right on our doorstep).
Julie had worked her floral magic on some geometric moongate backdrops, using dried flowers and stems to create boho focal points in a creamy 70s colour palette. Inside the warehouse, she created huge explosive floral clouds using dried flowers and foliage, and matching arrangements to line the aisle in a way that looked like mother nature was bursting through the industrial flooring herself. Our bride Zoe carried a bouquet to match, made from long, corn-like stems, which Julie made in both a taller and shorter version. James carried a Celtic sunwheel in his hands, which is an offering to the goddess on your wedding day… Why should brides always get to carry something, but grooms miss out?
Bold vintage elopement styling
Zoe wore a couple of high-necked, ruffled Edwardian-style wedding dresses which perfectly suited the modern bohemian vibe – despite being vintage pieces. Inside, James wore a soft pale grey suit, whereas outside he wore casual denim and a vintage Western shirt. Our bridesmaid, Becky, wore a cream puff-sleeved floral dress, which showcased perfectly how your bridesmaids can wear similar colours to you and still look complimentary, rather than steal the show. Timpany Makeup Artist and Mcknight Hair Lounge were responsible for Zoe’s gorgeous long red waves and warm, rosy makeup. We also had a gaggle of gorgeous flower girls dressed in short flowery dresses, who did steal the show a bit with how cute they were!