I’ve found THE most adorable Hobbit themed wedding shoot. Remember, a wedding shoot is a collaboration of photographers, florists, and other wedding vendors who come together to create a mini wedding scene to showcase their talents. Sadly, this is not a real wedding, but rather a jumping off point for people to get inspiration and see exactly what vendors can do, and they did it.
The whole shoot was styled by wedding planner Amy McArthur and shot by Kemper Mills Fant photography at Sundara in Virginia, in late October 2012. The best part in my opinion is that they had A PONY! IT’S BILL!
No, his name is actually Warrior, but still, A PONY.
Amy talks about how she originally came up with the shoot idea
“I’ve wanted to design a Hobbit inspired wedding for years now. Growing up, I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series, by J.R.R. Tolkien, and fell in love with Hobbits. My love for them and the world they live in was only amplified exponentially when the movies by Peter Jackson came out. Even though it is a Hobbit inspired wedding, we wanted it to feel like an old, English garden wedding, which is very much what The Shire embodies.”
The…set-up was like the entrance to the wedding. We had a small washstand with a marble top that we filled with different plants like mums, ivy, kale and cabbage. I loved how it looked like plants that were picked from a garden. I also made the quintessential ‘No admittance except on party business’ sign to go on the table.”
We had four different set-ups. The first was the sweetheart table. I wanted it to look every organic and as if you could find all of these items around your house. I loved the idea of stitching together different doilies and using them as a tablecloth so that you could see the amazing table underneath. I also love bunting so I made a string of it to go around the front of the table and the colors tied into our overall feel. Since Hobbits love to smoke and drink, it was important to me to represent that by including tobacco tins filled with flowers, tobacco pipes at each place setting and a horn-shaped beer mug.
I wanted our bride to look very natural. The overall feel of the shoot was homemade, organic, natural, simple yet beautiful so I wanted our bride to look the same. She was also barefoot like any good Hobbit would be!
The flowers were probably my favorite part of this whole shoot. There were so many different flowers, herbs, vegetables, etc. used in this shoot that made it really unique. When Mark (of Creative Occasions) and I were collaborating about flowers, I told him I wanted the flowers to look as if they picked them fresh from the garden the morning of the wedding. I didn’t want anything to look too contrived or planned out. And I let Mark be as creative as he wanted to be and that he did!
Here’s something cool, the cake says “Beorn’s honey nut cake”, hah!
Head on over to Kemper Mills Fant photography’s original shoot page for more photos of this beautiful day, or to Burnett’s Boards for more info from the wedding planner, Amy.
Here’s the vendor info
Photography by Kemper Mills Fant. Planner and coordinator – Amy McArthur. Location – Sundara. Hair and make-up – Les Cheveux Salon and Day Spa. Flowers – Creative Occasions. Dress – AmRheins. Warrior the pony – Healing Strides of VA. Decor and props – Charlotte’s Web Antique Mall and Primitive Gatherings. Model – Abby Broughton.
That’s all folks!