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The words ‘rainbow’ and ‘wedding’ in the same sentence always make me sit up and pay attention. Add in ‘May Day’ and ‘hand fasting’ and ‘maypole’ and it’s a done deal.

This here is a beautiful styled shoot with so much to take away and incorporate into your own spring wedding, particularly the maypole dance using a tree. There’s something so sweet, so simple but effective, about your wedding kids dancing a rainbow of ribbons into a colourful pattern to celebrate your marriage.

Gwenda Jeffs of the Vintage Floral Design Co. told me the story behind this romantic shoot steeped in spring traditions…

“The concept grew out of a conversation with photographer Kat Forsyth about The Wizard of Oz, evolving through Somewhere Over the Rainbow to technicolour bridesmaids!


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“I chose a different type of flower to represent each colour – red tulips, orange roses, yellow sunflowers, green carnations, blue hydrangeas, indigo delphiniums, and violet stocks. A small posy of each bloom was provided for each bridesmaid and a buttonhole for the pageboy, and the whole spectrum was represented in the trailing bridal bouquet. I adore using colour in a suitable vintage theme, and this shoot, which had something of a ’70s hippy vibe about it, was the perfect opportunity to indulge!

“The people at Riverhill Gardens kindly permitted us to use their beautiful venue. Hayley did a wonderful job of Olaya’s hair and make-up, creating a soft, natural look befitting her youth. I have previously worked with Liam, our male model, and I knew that he would be great for the role in this shoot. On the day, both of their lovely personalities combined into a natural chemistry that conveyed the precise sense of exuberant young love that I was hoping for.

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“Charlotte of Wilden Bride brought along two of her gorgeous dresses, including a re-worked vintage lace piece (her mother’s own wedding dress, no less!). To complete each bridal ensemble, we added fabulous veils by Dornellie and exquisite jewellery and hair accessories by Rosie Weisencrantz Vintage Creations.


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“Sarah created the most wonderful silk outfits for our bride’s attendants, bringing our rainbow-clad entourage to life. Our child models did a valiant job of remaining thoroughly professional, despite being barefoot on the sort of day that they would rather have been wrapped up with scarves, hats and gloves!

“Renza, from Delicieux Cakes, outdid herself, creating the most colourful and fun sweet treats ever! We styled Jenny’s bright and cheerful stationery amongst it all, because you can never have too much colour going on, right?!


“I adore the way Kat captures both intimate and fleeting moments. While there was an inescapable chill in the air, Kat’s images exude such an undeniable warmth, which was certainly present in spirit if not in meteorological terms!”


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Isn’t this full of lovely spring ideas?! Would you have a maypole? Are you having any rainbow details? Let me know!

Photography – Kat Forsyth Photography
Flowers & styling – The Vintage Floral Design Company
Venue – Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
Bridal gowns – Wilden Bride
Veils – Dornellie
Bridesmaid dresses – Little Bevan
Hair & make-up – Flair Beauty
Jewellery – Rosie Weisencrantz Vintage Jewellery
Cakes – Delicieux Cakes
Stationery – Little Jem Wedding Stationery
Bride & groom – Olaya & Liam
Bridesmaids & page boy – Nadia, Zoe, Skyla, Elizabeth, Abigail, Tilly & JR