I recently paired up with Ellice from Willow & Blossom Floral Design to photograph a few of her products in a ‘boho chic’ style. I’ll admit, I didn’t know a great deal about this wedding genre at the time and thought it was just another quirky Instagram term for a laid back wedding – which it is, but there’s much more to it than that. I wanted to help Ellice create a series of photographs that showed her gorgeous floral wedding designs in the best possible light, so I began looking into this style, reading about its origins and creating moodboards for inspiration on the day.
So what is a boho wedding and why is it becoming so popular?
Boho is short for Behemian, a term that was given to Roma gypsies, commonly believed by the French to have originated in Bohemia, in central Europe. That term has now become rather widespread, whilst a ‘bohemian’ can now be defined as a “socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts”. This is where we start seeing the connection to wedding styles and fashion, so if you’re looking to create a wedding that is unconventional, perhaps very relaxed with a mix of different eras, styles and tastes, then a Bohemian theme may be something you should explore. Whether you’re looking to get married on a beach in the South of France, on a hill in the Cornish countryside or beneath the trees near Bedford’s beautiful River Ouse, you too can create a personal and unique boho chic theme.
If you were to look at boho wedding photographs on the likes of Instagram, Pinterest and Google, you’ll come across barefooted brides, floral headbands, pastel colours, light fabrics, dream captures, white bunting, cream painted wedding furniture and grooms in chinos and braces, but you can also get a sense of the boho style by checking out a selection of my photographs from the location shoot below.
I decided Chicksands woods would be the perfect place for the shoot because bohemian weddings are often outdoors and connected to nature, whilst the model’s wedding gown was simple and effortless, so what better location than an area of woodland with nothing but grass, fresh air and tall trees? Some of my favourite shots were those where we (myself and Kim) had the model positioned in front of the wooden hexagon archway with the macramé hanging in the background. Not only did the cream macramé soften the light and work as a diffuser, it added some contrasting texture to the grains in the wood from the arch and trees in the background.
As a wedding photographer in Bedfordshire, I’ve been blessed to have captured so many unique wedding styles, and its true that no two are ever the same, but this is truer with the boho theme because of how unconventional it is. It’s open to interpretation so you can always add your own unique stamp! On reflection, we feel our wedding photography style is rather ‘boho’ in many respects, as myself and Kim are at our best when we’re capturing candid moments, allowing the day to unfold naturally.