Boho Wedding Inspiration with Rachel Movitz Photography
This week we catch up with Rachel of Rachel Movitz Photography who talks us through her fantastic wedding shoot at The Oxford Yurt. Rachel will be giving us some super tips, sharing some beautiful photography and recommending some awesome suppliers that can help you turn your boho wedding ideas into a reality!
Why did you decide to do the shoot?
There are so many great local independent businesses and it’s great to get to know each other and collaborate, so we decided to get a group of wedding related vendors in Oxford together for a shoot. Brides are always asking me for recommended suppliers and it’s great to be able to suggest people that I know and have personally worked with.
Tell me about the theme of the shoot?
The shoot was a bohemian yurt/tipi wedding theme. Many of my wedding couples want a more relaxed indie wedding vibe and I wanted to do a totally unique and laid back wedding shoot so I was thrilled when I found The Oxford Yurt. It had the exact look I was hoping for.
Tell us more about the businesses you collaborated with on the shoot.
Sarah at The Oxford Yurt has created a truly magical setting with several yurts and a tipi, lovely vegetarian food and great atmosphere. It’s located just a few miles from one of my favourite places, White Horse Hill. Sarah hires out the space for hen parties and special events.
Maud at Maudika Bridal supplied the handmade dresses for our beautiful models.
We had two different looks for the shoot- Ale Manning, also known as Yoga Squirrell, who runs wonderful yoga classes throughout Oxfordshire wore the Elise dress in crepe, French lace and polka dot tulle and had a soft pastel bouquet and a flower crown by Willow and Fern Oxford.
Elise and Toby are a real couple and were brilliant on the shoot because they are so in love and I think it really showed. They both have independent businesses in Oxford- Elise runs yoga classes and retreats, woman’s events and cacao ceremonies and Toby is a carpenter specialising in one off reclaimed wooden pieces.
Elise got to show off her tribal tattoos in a couple of dresses by Maudika Bridal and Toby wore an outfit by Burrows and Hare, a menswear store located in the Westgate Oxford.
Lucy of Willow and Fern Oxford was absolutely brilliant. She brought along a cart full of flowers and was able to whip up several bouquets and flower crowns for our models. I can’t recommend her highly enough, in fact I’ve already started to refer my wedding couples to her.
Barefoot Oxford made a delicious 3 tiered cake. If you haven’t visited their shops in Woodstock and Jericho you must as their cakes are just divine!
Finally Clare Moroney is a make up artist based in Oxfordshire and she was great at creating different looks for our models.
Why do you think indie wedding suppliers make a wedding day better?
Small businesses really care about each couple and their wedding journey. As a wedding photographer, I take on a limited number of bookings each year so I can focus on each couple to bring out the best imagery on their special day. I get to know each couple before the wedding and become an ally in the planning process leading up to the wedding. I offer pre wedding shoots to get to know the couple better and I think this makes their photography so personal and special. I don’t think larger businesses could offer that level of care and support and I truly believe that for something as personal as a wedding it’s much better to hire an independent.