One Love Elopement / Micro-Wedding Shoot
Updated: Sep 20
image via @lexflemingphoto
Description / Vision: Intimate, fun, urban-boho elopement
In the middle of a global pandemic, I really wanted our elopement shoot to show that love is love, and whether you’re getting married in a grand manor hotel or the back garden that the results are the same; a couple who tied the knot! I believe that elopements and intimate weddings could be the future of the wedding industry, and I think more couples will be choosing to have a mini celebration just the two of them leaving the proper knees up with all their loved ones for a later date.
The name One Love was inspired by the amazing ‘Coral Heart’ street art created by @louismasai which use to be on the graffiti wall by Tooting Market. The ‘Coral Heart’ was a part of his ‘save the coral reef’ series, still present on the walls of many countries. He signs all his artwork with ‘One Love’. The Hullabaloo Collective passionately stands for love for all, regardless of background, gender, ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation, so it only seemed appropriate to give this shoot the same name. Celebrating diversity means everything to me. After all, I live in diversely rich South London that I love so much.
I wanted to show that Boho doesn’t necessarily have to be whimsical or festival/barn in style but can fit right in within an urban setting. Featuring a beautiful sequin bridal gown as well as a two-piece balloon sleeve blouse with wide palazzo pants by the one and only Poppy Perspective, and beautiful headpieces by The Lucky 6 Pence, the styling reflects the cool modern boho.
The bridal shoes were from ASOS and the groom’s shoes from Ted Baker. The groom wore his own suit. I also made sure that the shoot represented the times it took place in and had facemasks specially made; bridal masks by Poppy Perspective and grooms mask by Bombini Studio.
The retro colour pallet of blush pinks, oranges, yellows, and baby blues was reflected in the florals, table dressing, Hattie’s stationery with my favourite 70s groovy font, and bridal shoes.
Catherine’s style matched what I had envisioned and the floral cloud above the sweetheart table pulled the courtyard look into a really stylish concept.
The simple buttercream wedding cake for two, adorned with edible flowers was a perfect addition to this elopement. Not only did Bronya’s cake look exceptional, but it was a real cake that the couple got to cut!
I wanted to create an intimate courtyard celebration for two at the Goldfinch, my little local cocktail bar in Tooting. All the props were mine or apart from the bar’s tables. A true DYI style, for the true impromptu elopement celebration for two. I created a sweetheart table with a couple of peacock chairs, retro rya rugs, a vintage fringed tablecloth, retro glassware, and crockery, underneath a suspended floral installation. It was meant to be simple, intimate, and cute yet stylish.
We also took some great shots along Tooting High Street, giving the shoot that urban feel.
Photography and Film:
I wanted these to reflect the spur of the moment fun elopement. Capturing little details of the day, the true love for adventure, showing that it doesn’t matter where you tie the knot as long as it has meaning and memories dear to you both – like the little cocktail bar where you had your first date. Jay & Lex are fellow Wedding Breakfast Club members and it was so nice to work with creatives who feel the same way about smaller weddings and the future of our industry.
Shoot published @the_un_wedding
Planning, styling & concept @the_hullabaloo_collective
Bridal outfits & masks @poppyperspective
Grooms face mask @bombinistudio
Bridal headpieces @thelucky6pence
Hair & Makeup @makeup_in_orangeries
Models @paigepbear & @callme_ishmail
Grazing table @mothernaturegrazingcompany