Strong, feminine and mysterious were the key words stylist The Wedding Spark used when putting together today’s gorgeous Nordic inspired shoot captured at the stunning Abney Park Cemetery and Nature reserve in London. It is full of all the markings of the on trend Scandi theme of Hygge, with it’s gorgeous Nordic patterns and faux fur throws, but with a much more darker and wild approach. In fact, this shoot could be a scene fresh out of a grimms brother fairy tale with it’s dark undertones and atmospheric location.
Captured by Maria Assia Photography and featuring the work of some wonderful UK suppliers such as Maid of Gingerbread (who made the amazing cake) Cass Rizzuto (who is responsible for the very cool and edgy hair styles) and The Flower Bird whose oversized bouquet has had me swooning all day, this is a shoot whose line up you will definitely want to note down.
The Lovely Jen from The Wedding Spark talks us through this fabulous shoot and how it all came together….
Strong, Feminine and Mysterious…..
We worked with Maria Assia Photography to put together this shoot and our key words for the look and feel we wanted to create were ‘strong, feminine and mysterious’.
Abney Park cemetery and nature reserve in London provided the perfect backdrop for this – rambling wildflowers, a Gothic chapel, secluded paths among the tombstones and oodles of atmosphere.
As the planning for the shoot developed, we found ourselves drawn more and more to Norse inspired influences. This is a little wilder than the on-trend Scandi concept of Hygge, and more whimsical than the minimalism that comes to mind when you think Nordic.
By choosing Norse over Nordic we allowed ourselves to go a tiny bit darker, while still keeping things bridal. As soon as we saw Catherine Deane’s ‘Ariel’ top, we fell a little bit in love with it. It reminded us of a delicate suit of armour and fitted our brief like a glove. We paired it with the equally gorgeous ‘Darla’ bodice and ‘Danielle’ skirt also from Catherine Deane. Cass Rizzuto created a modern (and seriously fierce) braided hairstyle on our lovely model Rebecca, which was complemented with soft yet smoky bridal makeup by Harvy Raino.
Sarah from The Flower Bird provided stunning florals for the shoot, including a luscious loose bouquet and a white floral arch. We loved the inclusion of foxgloves in the bouquet – they gave height and a touch of drama.
We considered various accessories for our bride, but Curious Fair’s white feather fox mask was exactly the mix of bold, boho, whimsy and mystery that we were after. I cannot speak highly enough of the craftsmanship of this mask – it is exquisite. While certainly non-traditional, for those with a wild streak it’s totally bridal. Seeing the shots on the back of Maria’s camera of Rebecca in the chapel wearing the mask and holding the bouquet gave us all goosebumps!
The table was styled with rustic plates, goblets and a faux fur throw from Classic Crockery, and we used moss and twigs to form a natural and textured table runner down the centre. We wanted it to feel like part of the surroundings, as if it had sprung up among the cow parsley and bluebells almost of its own accord.
We knew we wanted something a little bit different for the cake – something that would stand out while still fitting the theme we were working to. A traditional Norwegian Kransekake was the answer. Emily from Maid of Gingerbread created the most gorgeous Kransekake (which literally means ‘wreath cake’), decorated with delicate silver piping.
Last but certainly not least was the beautiful stationery suite designed by Zoe from The Golden Letter. She worked with a palette of sage green and white, and included love notes written in Norse runes on the invitation and envelope liner. Such a fabulously romantic touch and a really striking design – we loved it!
It was a joy to work with such a talented team on this shoot, and we hope it inspires you to add a little bit of Norse magic to a wild or woodland wedding.
The Line Up
Photography: Maria Assia
Co-ordination & Styling: The Wedding Spark
Venue: Abney Park Cemetery
Dress: Catherine Deane
Flowers: The Flower Bird
Cake: Maid of Gingerbread
Stationery: The Golden Letter
Hair Styling: Cass Rizzuto
MUA: Harvy Raino
Fox Mask: Curious Fair
Crockery & Tableware: Classic Crockery
Model: Rebecca White