It isn’t often we feature inspiration shoots, but when we saw this Inspired By Narnia shoot, we just couldn’t resist.
I will let the artists explain the reasoning why they chose the Narnia theme.
Our memories from childhood are funny things. A movie or story, so important in childhood, can at once be forgotten as an adult and yet somehow, still inspire. The influence can be direct, from images and others ideas or arouse a reinterpretation of old memories.
The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of books by C.S. Lewis, seems like a strange place to begin a themed shoot for a wedding. But for each of us, Narnia was the perfect starting off point to embrace the mystery and wonder the Pevensie family found and create something ethereal and decadent.
Captured by photographer Reid Lambshead of When He Found Her, the pictures are a stunning use of natural light and repurposed spaces. His style is approachable and arresting.
The table scape designed by Laura Olsen Events was the beginning of the story on this shoot. The details in the place setting hint at Narnia with miniature Ice Queen crowns, lions and wardrobes being placed on top of the beautiful china, provided by Vintage China Hire. All complimented by the handmade cherry blossom tree for the centerpiece and surrounded by birdcages and candles.
The landscape and magic of the woods was captured perfectly by Botany Floral Studio. They created table settings featuring moss, eucalyptus and white roses in wood log vases, recreating a secret forest transported into the converted Berkeley Church and Field House.
Sugarbelle Cakes ran with the rich colours used in the florals and created literal interpretations of the novels with figs, gorgeous Turkish delight and hot chocolate. The cakes embraced current trends of watercolor ombre and hints of gold.
The brides styling all came together on the day of the shoot with rings from Barry’s Jewellers and Headpieces from Headmistress. The bridal gown, from MRS. Bridal Boutique, was a nod to the era the books were written in and perfect pairing of textures between the pearls, lace and vintage fur. Two Birds Bridesmaid Canada provided the dress for our junior bridesmaid. GotStyle Menswear kept the groom looking like a stylish woodsman.
Ashley Readings Hair and Makeup created an accessible and wearable look for contemporary brides. The brides effortless up-do and elegant makeup kept the focus on the bride herself and beauty around her. Note: text provided by artist.
Photographer: When He Found Her
Planning and Styling: Laura Olsen Events
Venue: Berkeley Church Field House
Cakes and sweets: Sugarbelle Cakes
Florals: Botany Floral Studio
China Rentals: Vintage China Hire
Invitations: Have and Hold Design
Hair and Makeup: Ashley Readings Hair and Makeup
Bride’s Dress: MRS. Bridal Boutique
Bride’s Headwear: Headmistress
Bride’s Ring: Barry’s Jewellers
Groom’s Attire: GotStyle Menswear
Jr. Bridesmaid Dress: Two Birds Bridesmaid