Macramé, popular in the 1970s, has been a hot wedding styling trend for a while now and I’m loving it! Although it’s not a combination you may immediately think of, using tropical wedding styling with macramé elements creates something incredible, as you’ll see in this fabulous shoot.

Styled by the very talented Fringe and Fray, this concept gives a modern nod to bohemian style. An abundance of lush palm leaves, including the popular Split Leaf Philodendron, add an amazing sense of the topics, and the incredible macramé backdrop bordered with leaves is a wonderful focal point for the styling.

Bold pops of blue, pink and mauve, together with the tropical oversized palm leaves, look great against the natural stone walls of the venue, and the eclectic mix of styling props including rugs, cushions, candles, vases and demijohns create a cosy vibe.

Bride sitting on chair in front of macramé wedding backdrop

For me though, the macramé pieces really are the stars of the show; from the magnificent backdrop to the macramé tied bouquet, macramé covered jars to the macramé doilies and table runner. Talking of the table, this looks great with the macramé touches, vases of tropical palm leaves, candles, and place settings with handmade dyed napkins. The most wonderful tie-dyed circular backdrop also features which, suspended from the ceiling, looks almost tipi-like.

Throw in some vintage style wedding dresses and this tropical wedding styling with macramé elements is really unique and beautiful. Camilla Andrea Photography has really brought the concept to life with these awesome pictures…

Bohemian ’70s Vibe

“Taking inspiration from all things ’70s and laid-back, we pushed ourselves to come up with an eclectic mix of elements that we all loved.

“For this wedding shoot our key points of inspiration came firstly in the shape of the awesome macramé pieces. Hugely popular in the ’70s, macramé has seen a resurgence in the past couple of years. Fibre artist Jenny Collier from Fringe & Fray wanted to create a bohemian ’70s vibe using her macramé pieces, which was our main starting point. Other talented artists, including textile artist Mia Sylvia, created handmade and naturally dyed ethical fabrics and fashions. Tie-dye effects on the fabrics gave a nod to our ’70s vibe.

Macramé wedding backdrop in The Crypt at The Halls Norwich

Macramé wedding backdrop

Detail of macramé wedding backdrop

Tropical palm leaves around macramé wedding backdrop

Tassels at bottom of macramé wedding backdrop

Tropical palm leaves in bottles

Bottle on top of macramé mat

Tropical palm leaves in bottles and vases

Patterned cushions

Bride pulling back macramé wedding backdrop

Bride holding tropical wedding foliage bouquet

Macramé tied around bouquet

“Our location, The Crypt at The Halls Norwich, is a great little secret venue. The outside finds its way into the medieval ruins topped with a glass roof, with lots of ivy and brambles cascading down the crumbly walls. We wanted to show couples their wedding venue shouldn’t restrict their theme; just because we had a medieval venue didn’t mean we had to go along the lines of a rustic vintage theme. You can think outside of the box.

Bride standing in front of macramé wedding backdrop

Tropical leaves on back of green chair

Bride sitting on green chair

Bride sitting on green chair holding tropical wedding foliage bouquet

Bouquet with purple flowers and tropical foliage on chair

Purple flowers and tropical foliage wedding bouquet

Bride leaning back in chair in front of macramé wedding backdrop

Bride wearing peach wedding dress

Bride with headband smelling tropical wedding foliage bouquet

Bride in peach dress standing in front of macramé wedding backdrop

Bride with frizzy hairstyle and headband

Bride in peach dress holding tropical wedding bouquet

Bride holding tropical leaf

“We were keen to use bold pops of colour to go with a tropical theme and the oversized palm leaves were a must, giving the feel of some place much warmer. On the day we couldn’t stop laughing that we had picked the day of England’s freeze over. The snow was never ending and making its way inside the building, a massive contrast to our tropical plans!”

Small wooden wedding table with tropical styling

Large palm leaves on back of wedding chairs

Wedding table with tropical and macramé styling

Purple flower and tropical leaves in pot

Macramé wedding table runner

Macramé wedding table runner and tropical leaf

Wedding place setting with tropical leaf

Vase, candles and jar wrapped in macramé

Jars wrapped in macramé

Bride sitting at small wedding table with tropical styling

Bride standing in front of wall with hands behind her head

Bride with frizzy hair and purple headband

Bride holding large tropical palm leaf

Purple headscarf on bride's back

Tie-dyed backdrop suspended from hoop surrounded by tropical leaves and props

Hoop suspended from ceiling

Tropical leaves and props

Tropical leaves in pots

Jar wrapped in macramé

Bride standing in front of tie-dyed backdrop

Bride sitting on stool in front of tie-dyed backdrop

Detail on bottom of bride's lace dress

Bride standing in front of tie-dyed backdrop

Creative Team

Photography: Camilla Andrea Photography

Concept, Styling and Macramé: Fringe & Fray

Flowers: Oops! a Daisy Floral Design

Textiles: Mia Sylvia

Shoot Location: The Crypt, The Halls Norwich, Norfolk

Furniture Rentals: Rustic Hire

Ivory Dresses: Big C

Peach Dress: Attik & Seller

Make-Up: Meriel Garland

Model: Annabella King @ Sandra Reynolds