Tolkien fans – hold on to your rings because today’s Hobbit themed wedding inspiration shoot from Kemper Mills Fant Photography has all the trappings of a Shire wedding!
I nearly fell out of my office chair when this shoot landed in my inbox. I’m that nerd who is front and center at the movie theatre dressed like Galadriel and can quote the books. So in my LOTR fan girl opinion – Amy McArthur of Amy Kristina Weddings did an absolutely fabulous job bringing the lighthearted side of Middle Earth to life!
From Amy - “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.”
More from Amy - “We had four different set-ups. The first was the sweetheart table. I wanted it to look very 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.
The second 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.”
From Amy - “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 the 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!”
Photography: Kemper Mills Fant // Design & Coordination: Amy McArthur of Amy Kristina Weddings, LLC // Floral Design: Creative Occasions Events Flowers and Gifts // Model: Abby Broughton // Dress: AmRhein’s Brides and Formals // Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon and Day Spa // Venue & Props: Sundara, Virginia // Props: Charlotte’s Web Antique Mall and Primitive Gatherings // Pony: Warrior from Healing Strides of Virginia.