This eclectic wedding in Constanta, Romania is full of dark and dreamy details with African jungle vibes. Complete with a beautiful bespoke wedding dress and uber-cool groom details, it’s laid back, wild and free! Moon Events was the creator behind the shoot and we catch up with her and her team to find out all about this eclectic wedding inspiration…
“I am a huge fan of themed events and celebrations that offer me the opportunity and joy to get inspired by visual bits that end up in a whole coherent styling. This African Jungle Inspiration Shoot started from the image of a bridal style that combined both femininity and attitude, un untamed beauty in the wilderness. For matching this exclusive bride look I portrayed a groom opting for a casual look accessorised with a cool shirt, leather jacket and an iconic feathery hat.”
“Starting from the eccentric couple, piece by piece the mood-board was completed by various African motives and accents of bold colours, from the table setup to the cake artistry and to the stationery design. The shoot is dedicated to the couples and brides-to-be that want to embrace an out-of-the-box style, that dare to create a beautiful wedding story through originality and creativity and it is perfect for intimate events and elopements that define the current wedding trend.”
“One of the most important aspects when deciding on a wedding design is making sure it fits the couple’s taste and style, the budget and the location. Working with the right stylist that implements the concept is also a key element since there are many details to set in place and various aspects where professional expertise is valuable. No matter the theme, a well-implemented wedding style has unity, where all details are matching the colour palette and the style opted for, from the dress and looks of the bride to the cake, stationery, flowers, rentals and decorations.”
“Finding the right indoor venue was a bit of a challenge. I needed the perfect background for the setup, the perfect light for the atmosphere and the perfect vibe for the shoot. I envisaged two different locations that complimented each other: an indoor venue with a luxuriant decor reminding us of an African deluxe bungalow contrasting with a wild, simpler landscape on the hills that transposes us into the Savannah. I instantly clicked when I heard a former old house was renovated and transformed into a hip coffee shop with dark accents, black and grey shades mixed with a floral decor that integrated a lot of big plants and made you feel like in a jungle. The outdoor venue was simple, more specific to an African Savannah, with tall yellow grass bending by the wind. I really wanted a small, intimate picnic area with the couple sitting on the pillows, which was sprinkled with some themed decorations while the handwritten canvas declaration symbolised the staple of the lovers’ relationship.”
Photographer – Radu Benjamin
“This was a chance to bring a piece of that culture and vibe to my eclectic wedding audience. The indoor setup both inspired me and captivated me with every angle and corner discovered through the lens.
The couples exclusive look and real chemistry was hard to ignore. After indulging in the sweetest, most romantic intimate captures of the couple’s interaction, our entire team headed for the outdoor setup shoot. I really wanted to catch nature doing its magic on this lovely couple. Their smiles and happiness stood out while the sun was setting, giving me the perfect occasion to catch natural glimpses of their love story. I recommend all couples to be faithful to their preferences and style and opt for things that represent them because this is how they can keep their interaction as natural as possible.”
Stylist – Moon Events
“The colour palette I visualised for this eclectic wedding shoot comprised of dominant basic shades of brown and rich green combined with accents of white, red and black that added mystery and elegance in the same time. The sweetheart table I constructed seemed like it was surrounded by nature as if the couple was transposed into the Jungle having an intimate dinner in the middle of the wilderness.
The table setup was thought around the combination of African motive vases and statues, wildlife stationery patterns, coconuts and wild animal figurines all surrounded by paintings and hanging linen canopies that instantly make you feel like being inside a luxurious African lodge. Big plants contrasting with smaller decor elements created the perfect volumetric effect while the dramatic, dim light poured over enigmatic romance and painterly vibes.
Flowers – Alex Apostol
“The floral “pièce de résistance” was the asymmetric arch behind the sweetheart table that made the whole design seem integrated into a painting frame. It created a lot of intimacy and an undomesticated mood, whereas the white anthurium flowers brought the perfect elegant wedding vibes. For the table the design was a small, irregular corner arrangement created starting from a piece of wood. The design was completed by using bigger vases with flowers and plants as a front table decoration. The contrast effect was the desired one since a natural jungle look is deconstructed and uneven. The variety of plants integrated into the concept and their aspect played a part. Some were smooth, shiny with a wax kind of look whereas other flowers were thorny or rough looking. The same visual coordinates were kept for the bridal bouquet as well. Small but impressive, varying from bulk looking flowers to delicate shapes, wrapped up with a silky African motive ribbon. It perfectly matched the personality of the bride!”
The Dress – Quantum Clothing Design
“When I and my team got the proposal to design a custom dress for this shoot not only did I feel honoured but it was also a beautiful challenge to manage to evoke through it all the symbolism that came into my mind thinking of the African inspiration. I am still swooning over those feathery details, that warm peachy colour and the silky flowing sleeves! Don’t you? We chose an earthy colour that would paint a warm background for the mesmerising couple, for the intricate textures of the tribal-inspired decor and for the fascinating curls of the bride. The feathers were hand-sewn on the dress, to bring both symbolism and textures to the entire setting. In Mayan, Aztec, African and many other civilisations the feathers associated with the growth of vegetation, being a counterpart of hair, grass and rain. We have goosebumps only by remembering how close to nature we felt on the meadow, at twilight, while feathers moved gently in the grass infused. We chose to complement this beautiful gown with one of the most unexpected accessories – a feather earring that simply made the entire look wow! It was the final stroke of paint set on the canvas of what came to be a magnetic, captivating sight.”
Hair and Makeup – Garderobe Studio
“Bridal Makeup and Hairstyle are our passion among everything else. Every face, every love story, every dress inspires us to create beauty. For this particular project, it was important to give elegance and romantic feminine touches through our beauty details. For the make-up I opted for luminous skin with lots of highlights and contouring, soft peach shades accentuating the blue eyes of the bride and balancing everything with a natural lip colour. The combo between hair and make-up plays a major role in the overall look so for the hair we went for a side curly braided ponytail, voluminous and texturised, accompanied by the feather earring, highlighting the refinement and uniqueness.”
Cake – Sophie Patisserie
“The Savannah piece-of-art cake caught everybody’s eye. Two white layers of different dimensions were hand-painted with elements from the African landscape whereas the symbolic giraffe represented a different approach for a cake topper. The special cake table was decorated with statues, flowers and a sweet, love message dedicated to the bride, making the cake stand out majestically.”
Stationery – Charmink Calligraphy
“The gorgeous shimmery eclectic wedding stationery brought a touch of glam to the escaped decor, abounding in wild animal patterns, nuances of rusty red, blush and black. The place cards were a combo of irregular shapes reminding animal paws, tamed by beautiful white calligraphy names handwritten over. The rest of the suite comprising of invitations, menus and key messages had softer nuances contrasted by various wilderness patterns playfully integrated in the general theme.”
Videography – Filip Cerchia Films
“I took immense pleasure filming and capturing all little details and corners trying to surprise as much as possible. And when I finally got filming the couple, I discovered a lot of energy and cooperation that inspired me throughout the day. When we got to the outdoor setup, despite being already very cold, they managed to remain as natural and genuine as possible and I was able to surprise even more beautiful interaction between them. I realised it is very important to invest in decor and outfits if you want a standout wedding theme since visual memories last forever.”
The Team – Constanta, Romania
Photographer: Radu Benjamin @radubenjamin
Concept, Planning & Styling: Moon Events @moonevents.eu / Videographer: Filip Cerchia Films @filipcerchiafilms / Indoor Venue: Botanica @botanica_coffee_bar / Flowers: Alex Apostol – Botanica @alex_botanica / Dress: Quantum Clothing Design @quantum_clothingdesign / Hair & Makeup: Garderobe Studio @garderobestudio / Cake: Sophie Patisserie @sophiepatisserie / Groom Hat: Amizade @amizade.ro / Stationery: Charmink Calligraphy @charmink.calligraphy / Rentals: Orz Rentals @orzrentals / Couple: Cristina Ionescu @cristinaionescuu & Ștefan Enache
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