When it comes to celebrating a month-long focus on The Nature Issue,  we wanted to make sure, every idea we put in front of you! Embraced everything Mother Earth has gifted us.

Enter the amazing, the stunning, the incredible spot of Watagans National Park in Cooranbong on the Central Coast of New South Wales. It is really easy to see when looking through today’s shoot, why forests have become the hottest locale for elopements and wedding vows. Today’s editorial? It has all the beautiful ideas to inspire you.

With photographer Zac Graham Photography, wedding stylist (and the double whammy of also being the floral designer for today’s editorial) Studio Tallou wanted to create a styled shoot that was “A cozy and intimate escape from the real world, nestled up in the mountains, with rambling wildflowers and ornate and eclectic treasures sprinkled throughout.” The beautiful, intimate space of the forest (especially with that golden dappled light). We all have a natural gravitation towards the beauty and mystery of the forests, and in particularly pine forests, so shooting at Watagans Pine Picnic area was a no brainer for our intimate elopement shoot.”

The table, set in the middle of trees that created their own sacred space, topped in taupe and rust-brown linens, festoon lighting hanging overhead. “We took inspiration from the dark and moody environment, and the solitude of the forest, combined with the real chemistry of our friends who were recently engaged, allowed us to tell a story of wild and adventurous love.”  The table topped with brass and clear glass vessels holding greenery, foliage and special blooms that embraced the setting’s earthy tones. The tones evident through the lush bouquet, the bride’s fresh floral crown, and the fresh blooms, each really embracing that raw, earthy vibe that was so evident throughout the shoot.

Our real-life couple (the bride dressed in a stunner of a gown from Tree of Life) celebrating their elopement with a feast for two (or three, if you count their accompanying four-legged guest) before a (controlled, always controlled and safe) bonfire as the sun set. Share the team “We were inspired by the need to adapt the traditional large, grand weddings, to much more intimate elopements and micro weddings, due to the impact that the pandemic had on the wedding industry. We wanted to show that scaling back your wedding doesn’t mean you lose the magic of it all, in fact, we found you can create some of the most romantic, adventurous and whimsical weddings this way.” I dare say, once you scroll on? You’ll agree.