Not only did Elisha Clarke Photography capture this beautiful Autumnal inspiration shoot, wait until you hear how resourceful she was getting it all together! Nearly everything you see below she made herself, or sourced on a very pocket friendly budget, pretty impressive right?
Basing her colour palette on shades of mint green, pink and ivory, she tells us a little bit more about the inspiration for bringing it together in all it’s loveliness!
“I wanted to do some sort of bridal shoot for a while now. I’m not married, but I like the idea of having a small non traditional wedding some day incorporating as much borrowed and DIY details as I possibly can. So I saw this as an opportunity to practice some of the ideas I had in mind. As well as being a photographer, I love most aspects of creativity including crafting”.
You may have seen the lovely DIY bunting post on Bride and Joy a few weeks ago? Well Elisha gave it a go and using some pretty napkins, created the beautiful decoration you see below!
I love that she focused on a simple garden setting and transformed a humble picnic table into a wedding wonderland! Did you spot the gorgeous lace table cloth above? I couldn’t believe it when I heard it’s actually plastic! Practical and pretty, but the best bit? It only cost two euro!
I think often there is pressure on couples to pay more for their wedding decor and accessories, for fear it won’t look right or be the best quality if they source or make it themselves. Now I know DIY isn’t for everyone, and it certainly isn’t a quick fix, but I think the images above are testament to the fact that thinking outside the box and trying things yourself is well worth the risk! The gorgeous bouquet? Cheap and cheerful, created with beautiful blooms from Lidl! Elisha is also putting me to shame with more craftiness, and handmade the gorgeous birdcage veil!
“I love birdcage veils, so I looked up a few tutorials on youtube after buying some tulle in Hickeys Dun Laoghaire and a used old flower hair clip from Forever 21, a needle and thread and voila!”
That’s not to say there aren’t certain things worth splashing out on, and it was clearly well worth enlisting Bake My Cake to rustle up those stunning cakes! They look so gorgeous it would almost be a pity to eat them, but according to Elisha they taste just as good as they look!
No one has a limitless budget (or if you do lucky you!) so work out your ‘must haves’ and allocate funds accordingly. Are you a cakeaholic? Then splash out on a ‘to die for confection’ that will have amazing visual impact as well as tasting great! Or if a great band is all you need for your party spend a little more on that, and enlist family and friends to give a hand with other elements.
If you’re looking for something a little different in the wedding dress department, it’s becoming more popular to have a dress custom made, and it’s often a much more affordable option than you might imagine. The gorgeous dress above was created by Irish designer Claire Garvey.
Family and friends can be a huge source of help and resources for your big day! If you like the vintage afternoon tea look, raid your relatives cupboards and you never know what gems you might discover! The lovely car for the shoot was also very kindly loaned for the day, so if you know anyone with a fab car, why not consider asking them could it be your wedding car, rather than splashing out on a rented one?
So, if you’re in the midst of wedding planning madness and euro signs are your sworn enemy, take heart and inspiration from Elisha’s creativity! I hope it’s clear you don’t have to sacrifice style and personality to avoid having a day that costs the earth!
Thanks for sharing Elisha!
Photography & Styling: Elisha Clarke Photography | Second shooting: Horizon You Photography | Model: Sophie Merry | Birdcage veil: Handmade with Russian Tulle from Hickeys and clip from Forever 21 | Ribbons: A. Rubenesque | Bouquet: flowers from Lidl | Heart Charm on Bouquet: Pilgrim | Straw white Heart & Button Hole: Unique Flowers | China cups & candles: borrowed | Plastic lace table cloth and favour bags Book station | Tree decorations & Love circle sign: Airfield gift shop| Cakes: Bake my Cake | Eggless cookies: Sarah Jane Nally | Wedding Dresses : Claire Garvey & BCBG MAXAZRIA | Makeup: Ana Oh La Belle Makeup | Hair: Hair by Sabrina | Cake stand: borrowed | Flower umbrella: Penneys