By Daniela Degrassi
Capturing the true love between real life couple Charlotte and Jack in the enchanting autumnal nature of Lincolnshire, this editorial is dedicated to future eco-friendly and vegan brides, seeking inspiration for the sustainable wedding of their dreams. Award winning Eco Luxury Bridal Designer, Sanyukta Shrestha teams up with some of the best eco wedding suppliers for a “woodland chic” theme wedding editorial.
“The idea behind this shoot was to create a wedding atmosphere that would feel cosy and personal, a concept that would give the freedom to the brides-to-be, to dream and envision its own wedding while staying true to their ethics and personality. We knew that many brides have a stereotypical image in their minds when it comes to sustainable weddings, thus we wanted to provide inspirational styling ideas that might spark their creativity for their wedding day. We wanted to create a magical atmosphere that could prove that you do not have to walk away for your wishes in order to have an eco – vegan friendly wedding; You just need to find the right people that would make your dream come true.” – Sanyukta Shrestha
This editorial was conceived and styled by Sanyukta Shrestha and the team behind the brand, truly passionate about finding like-minded ethical creatives to showcase some of Lincolnshire’s most talented wedding professionals. Capturing the poetic aura of the Contemporary Sanyukta Shrestha Weddings designs, the photoshoot follows their bride Charlotte, a youthful spirit celebrating love. The wedding editorial was produced with sustainable vegan friendly wedding dresses, eco friendly floral installation, cruelty-free beauty products, a vegan wedding cake, sustainably up-cycled table decoration and overall eco friendly wedding setting and planning.
THE VENUE. The Seto Mahal, a Georgian estate 200 years old and designer’s own sanctuary, provided the stunning background for this editorial. The estate features its own coach house surrounded by acres of gardens & woods and uninterrupted views of rolling landscape WOLDS (Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty) providing endless creative scenarios for the editorial, where Sanyukta’s creativity sparks each day creating most beautiful eco friendly wedding dresses.
THE DRESSES: Sanyukta Shrestha created a Curated Edit of Bespoke Sustainable Vegan friendly Wedding Dresses – exclusively featured on this editorial – drawing inspiration from real bride Charlotte and her kind personality. Charlotte’s youthful spirit and effortless beauty, were the perfect canvas for elegant designs, with a contemporary twist. She looked stunning in Sanyukta’s beautiful bespoke Hempsilk Abelia set, perfectly balancing between the traditional silhouette of a full skirt gown, with an unexpected pairing.
The Cyra Vegan wedding gown is made from raw golden embroidered linen & certified organic cotton had a completely different feel. With its rustic feel and minimal detailing, it is all about highlighting Charlotte’s silhouette. Here’s a design of warm tones for brides that are not looking for a typical wedding dress, but for an eco-friendly gown that will match their relaxed reception.
The Valeria bespoke Vegan gown made from soft fluid vegan satin and bamboo is a breathtaking wedding gown, for the brides who love an autumnal or winter wedding, one of Sanyukta’s signatures for its traditional embroidery and distinctive Nepalese expertise.
The Flowers: Fran Smith of Limewood Flowers assembled stunning scented garden roses, fair trade imported from Kenya and the most gorgeous ranunculus from Cornwall. This clean white colour palette was combined with lots of fresh eucalyptus from Ireland, flowing twisty jasmine trails from another local grower just 10 miles from the photoshoot and all the stunning autumn foliage from the grounds.
The Cake: When it comes to the cake, Trudy of The Iced Vegan really worked her magic and created an instagram worthy vegan cake, using local and organic high quality ingredients while drawing inspiration from enchanting surroundings. Her love for texture created a rustic feeling that Fran Smith completed with dried elements as the final icing on the cake. “ These dried seed heads were grown and dried just 29 miles from me. I love how they added another unique touch to the designs giving it a real ‘wow’, lifting and blending with the white color palette” Fran added.
Make Up: As far as the makeup look, the creative team was aiming needed to be a natural, timeless and classic makeup, using sustainable makeup products. When Tina Brocklebank met lovely Charlotte, she was inspired by her natural beauty and so just easily enhanced it, so she still looked like herself, but a more naturally the best version. Tina was very excited to make use of sustainable make range and her newly launched vegan makeup brushes.
Set Design: With a background as a Wedding Planner, Claire Plumb kept the set design very effortless by naturally combining all eco friendly suppliers, and orchestrating the perfect woodland wedding reception. Beside incorporating all vintage and up-cycled suppliers found locally, Claire made use of all unused crates and transformed them to an upcycling project for an effortless woodland chic table setting, decorated with all natural twigs, eucalyptus and leaves found in the grounds, perfect for brides looking for minimal waste and maximizing sustainability on their weddings.
PHOTOS – KMGS Photography
VINTAGE CAR – Ian Griffin
VINTAGE PROPS- The Big Chair Company & The Prop Shop
CREATIVE DIRECTION – Sanyukta Shrestha Team
An incurable enthusiast and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California. Currently splitting her time between SF Bay Area and her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.