I can’t deny it feels strange to sit down and write a blog post while around me the world is battling a global pandemic. With many couples forced to postpone their weddings and those of us in the industry facing an uncertain future, I believe there’s still a need for creativity, beauty and inspiration. This too shall pass, and when it does the celebrations that bring us together will mean even more. For now, I’d like to offer you a little escapism…
Contemporary, Minimalist Moroccan Wedding Inspiration
I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with a talented team of female wedding suppliers, bringing to life a concept I was bursting to create.
My vision for this styled shoot was a contemporary take on a minimal Moroccan look featuring a soft, muted colour palette and a bridal gown by Suzanne Neville. I wanted to celebrate the modern bride, a free-spirited, sophisticated woman who oozes elegance. She’s confident in her own skin and she knows her personal style.
Concept & Location
Shooting within London’s iconic Loft Studios, the creative concept was inspired by two distinct styles – the simplicity of Scandi design and a stripped back nod to Moroccan chic. Together they represent a fresh, minimalist take on boho-luxe.
Dress & Accessories
Renowned for her contemporary couture wedding dresses, award-winning British fashion designer Suzanne Neville’s River dress from the 2020 Flores Collection was a perfect fit for our theme. The simple spaghetti straps paired with pockets creates a relaxed, romantic feel.
I’m a sucker for a statement headpiece and I love supporting independent, unique designers. I’ve been a little obsessed with Verbena Madrid for a while now. The Spanish brand creates distinctive, original handmade accessories inspired by traditional techniques. Paired with soft waves through the hair and bold, editorial brows, these accessories bring the Moroccan feel to the forefront while complementing the simplicity of the gown.
Styling, Design & Details
Cream, white and soft pink hues dominate the colour palette and bold black tones can be seen scattered subtly throughout the stationery and flowers created by Nat’s Paper Studio and Hazel Gardiner Design respectively.
Our choice of furniture from Hire It was inspired by the natural rattan/wicker interior trend. To reflect my modern, minimalist vision, I kept the layout relaxed and unfussy. Instead of using real blooms, we opted for a selection of dried flowers in neutral shades. Together they elevate every touchpoint of the shoot, especially the table styling where they help to create a bold, modern vibe.
For the place settings, I layered white crockery with rattan placemats, gold cutlery and dark pink linen napkins. Taking inspiration from the popular hanging flower clouds, we put a new spin on the trend by attaching dried flowers to the inside of a Moroccan lightshade.
Finally, the incredible abstract wedding cake created by 27th Baking Co. features visibly imperfect icing and a Moroccan design etched into the lower two tiers. Styled with dried sun spears and candlelight, it has some serious edge.
For more on creating a truly individual look for your big day read How to Nail the Biggest Wedding Trend of 2020.
Stay safe and look after yourselves,
Creative Concept, Styling and Coordination – Sophie Warren Weddings | Location – Loft Studios | Photographer – Nina Wernicke | Florist – Hazel Gardiner Design | Gown – Suzanne Neville | Gown Stylist – Katy Hards | Crown & Earrings – Verbena Madrid | Hair & Makeup – Tamara Tott | Model – Oliva Dunn | Cake designer – 27th Baking Co | Stationery – Nat’s Paper Studio | Furniture – Hire It Event Furniture