I’m looking out the window this morning, and I’m not gonna lie to you, all I see is grey.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Spring in the UK, but April undeniably maintains more than its fair share of dull grey moments, no?
HOWEVER. It is Thursday, tomorrow is a bank holiday, and so we are calling today Little Friday and gettin’ those holiday weekend vibes a-rolling with this slice of sunshine: our Desert Wanderer moodboard.
So, kick back, relax and let me take you someplace the sun always shines, and inspire you to be anything but grey on your wedding day!
No, not from the scorching heat and lack of water, but from the sheer gorgeousness of this moodboard!
Incorporating a desert vibe into your wedding day can mean so many different things: for starters you’ll notice that as we walk through this barren landscape, we’re gonna also progress through a seriously beautiful range of colour.
Let’s begin with those crisp whites against the deep greens of tall cacti, enriched with hints of warm orange sands. Look to dark natural wood furniture, paired with sleek whites for your tableware and your cake, add depth with the luscious greens of succulents and warm through with warm terracotta pots.
This palette is all about the earthy tones of the desert, it spells warmth.
Plus, um hello? How amazing is this watercolour print by The Aestate? You definitely need to work that in to your styling…
Are you kiddin’ me? Perfect desert vibes.
And can we even MENTION that cactus light?! So. Dang. Cool.
Now – aahhh I love this bit – now I’m gonna take you to the Oasis. A haven in those dusty sands, the oasis is life-giving, restoring and hella beautiful.
We just love this love letter. She speaks of their entwinement, the sustaining nature of her loved one, their beautiful dependancy…
Major vow inspiration right here, guys and girls! Who wouldn’t wanna hear this?!
This colour palette works a contrast of shimming golden tones, against a crisp pop of blue.
It’s bright, it’s dreamy and it’s so freakin’ gorgeous you’re gonna wanna dive right on in.
And how do you bring the oasis to your British wedding?
OH lemme tell yah!
You take heavy, textured fabrics in the golden sandy tones: vintage velour arm chairs, antique Persian rugs, you add a glimmer of metallic gold to evoke the sparkling magic of water found in the desert: a dusting of glitter on your stationary, a series of metal rimmed glass planters as your centre piece and you finish with the brightest Kapow (yes, that’s a word) of Aegean blue: a painted caravan repurposed as a photobooth, a vintage decorator’s ladder to display your (vast) array of desserts upon… Whatever you feel needs a kick of colour, go for that Aegean blue.
And if you’re really lucky, the gods might bless you with a blue sky too…
Crocheted pieces are massive, worked with a hat (if you dare) and a collection of seriously boho jewels: bodychains, coined anklets, big turquoise rings… Yep, the lot!
Pair all this with windswept locks (not quite sandstorm locks, but you know the drill, a little mess is where’s its at!) bronzed skin, golden highlighting and a smudged out eye look for Desert Wanderer perfection.
Desert vibes aren’t all richness and brights. Muted nudes, paired with a light dose of sparkle and softer, slightly warmer whites make for a beautiful presentation of the magical twilight of the desert.
Wash out the any blues (Chambray would work beautifully), employ a base colour of pale, greyed sand and add warmth with bridesmaid dresses in dusky mauves and muted heather…
You’ll find yourself transported to the cool, calm evening light of the dessert; evoking all the magic of that most beautiful sunset.
Uh. I don’t know about you, but I’m swooning over here.
Side note: can we talk about the look on that child’s face? She is simply divine.
Desert Goddess is like, an UNDERSTATEMENT.
And while we’re talking about further inspo, let me fill you in on a couple of my other favourite slices of desert-cool: this shoot and this shoot by our long-time-love, Spell and the Gypsy collective and THIS vow renewal video (omgsh, you’re gonna lose yourselves!) by Central Studios
SO RADICULOUS. I can’t even!
Whether you go for colours of the rich sands, the blue oasis or that shimmering evening light…
Look to the desert for a truly stunning colour palette.
Have a beautiful Easter weekend full of family, love and (duh!) copious amounts of chocolate and we’ll catch you on the flip side.
Peace + Love