Minimalistic Rustic Intimate Styled Shoot

Monday, March 1, 2021

Inspired by microweddings, this gorgeous styled shoot is the perfect intimate affair with a romantic candlelit table set up for two. The minimalistic styling with dried flowers and neutral tones gives the space such a luxe feel. An elopement or small micro wedding can still have all the special elements of a big wedding like a cake cutting. Shoot organiser, Aimee Laoise Photography, tells us all about each aspect of the shoot and its inspiration.


My inspiration for the shoot came from my colour choices. The colour scheme is all about the pastels and blush tones. I wanted the shoot to exude romance and felt that using traditional bridal colours would help give it that intimate feel. I wanted to keep things incredibly simple, from the small 2 person table setting to the limited props and simplistic modern stationary. 


2020 was a year where I think we all had to embrace a smaller, more intimate social scene. And weddings weren’t exempt from that. Elopements and micro weddings have always had a special place in my heart, I just adore the intimacy they have. My original plan for this shoot was for it to be a ‘Pastel Beach Elopement’. However I failed to plan for the fact that the English weather is unpredictable on the best of days and managed to arrange it on a weekend where the South West was 100% rain and storms.


Abbie Worton designed our stationery. She managed to match the colours almost perfectly to the grooms suit and created the most stunningly modern pieces. The simplistic design leant itself to our minimalistic theme and the fonts gave them a high-end, luxe feel, whilst the ripped edges of the envelopes sent a little nod to the rustic style of the venue. 


I wanted this shoot to be all about our couple. Donna, our hair and makeup artist, kept Darina’s look classic and light. Her hair was styled long and in light waves combined with simple makeup that complimented our colour scheme. The minimalistic styling let them take the spotlight and truly showcase all the wonderful pieces our suppliers contributed to the shoot. We utilised an intimate 2 person table setting, with chapel candles, dried fruit and flowers placed delicately around a runner of tulle. 


I reached out last minute to a wonderful venue - The Forge in Bristol - and they graciously let us use their space for the day. I couldn’t have asked for a better venue for us. The large, long windows and incredible light let me play with cinematic style lighting and composition. It is truly a unique space and although I had to change my vision slightly, I really think it was meant to be. The rustic design contrasted perfectly with the light and airy tones of our colour palette. 


One thing I wanted to include was a cake cutting scene. Our cake maker Gemma specialises in the most delicious vegan cakes and baked us some divine pieces. We went for a two tier semi-naked cake in the end, and let me tell you it went down an absolute storm in both taste and looks. 


Issy, our incredibly talented florist, created the most dreamy bouquet, flower crowns and buttonhole using a mixture of dried and fresh flowers. They were the perfect mix of classic meets boho. I loved that Issy made flower crowns for both the bride and groom. We brought a floral aspect to every part of the day by including them on the cake as well, which were courtesy of Liz from The Floral Adventure. 

The Dress

The dress was designed and made by Rose Savage who is a bespoke bridal dressmaker. It was part of Rose’s first original collection and named the Quartz dress. It was perfect in every way, with beautiful sheer straps and a layered skirt with incredible movement. Minimalistic, classic and absolutely divine. 


I love working with people local to me whose ethics align with mine. I was lucky enough to have worked with some of the suppliers on previous shoots and they are all an absolute dream to work alongside. I believe it’s important that everyone in a shoot gets on well and that the day feels as effortless as possible. 


Florist: @wizzandwild

Photographer: @aimeelaoisephotography 

Styling and concept: @aimeelaoisephotography

Wedding dress: @byrosesavage 

Stationery: @abbiewortondesign 

Cakes: @littlegemsbris 

Models: @modelcouple_d.s_

MUA + Hair: @beautyangelshairandmakeup 

Flowers on cakes: @thefloraladventure 

Venue: @theforgebristol  

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