Here come the girls, girls, girls, girls, here come the girls…… sorry but i just cannot help but want to sing that song when i see these fantastic girls. The fabulous Abbie aka Tattybojangles, is in fact a dear friend from twitter of mine, and i am sooo excited to share her amazing hen do with you all today.
Abbie wanted something memorable, with a fun twist and she certainly created that. How stunning does Abbie look in her vintage style dress and her amazing hair and make up, not to mention her gorgeous friends. I think this is a fabulous idea for a hen do with a difference and for some gorgoeus images of you and your girlfriends before you embark into the world of marriage.
Since we started planning the wedding the hen party was the bit I was least enthusiastic about and the idea of pink cowboy hats, L-plates and feather boas filled me with dread. Many brides find themselves in the position that a lot of the stuff they end up doing for their wedding is for someone else and this is how I felt about my hen do. There was nothing I could connect to about the whole idea of the hen do, I had my crazy party days in my early twenties and these days I much prefer nights in with friends with good food and wine rather than stumbling drunk down the high street in shoes that just seem to hate me.
So I decided in my true rebel fashion to take the power back and do something that was based around those things I loved. I had been inspired originally by a photo shoot done by Kat Williams (The Rock n’ Roll bride) and Emma Case earlier this year. The shoot itself looked like so much fun but so did the creative process and I decided I wanted a pie of that pie. I approached my friends with a couple of ideas and we all settled very quickly on a fifties theme and found a company locally that did vintage make-overs from any era from the 1920s-1970s, Le Kuex Events. I contacted Lynsey who runs it and she was great, giving me ideas and tips on how we could achieve the look we were going for.
The next task was to find a photographer and as usual I turned to my favourite wedding planning tool, Twitter. I tweeted that I was looking for a Birmingham based photographer and Lee Allen got back to me saying he would be interested (and not at all scared) in shooting my hen party.
After my lack of prop success at my own engagement shoot I was determined to do better this time, even if it was very tongue in cheek. I have often taken the mick out of the same of props that are trotted out for shoot cupcakes, balloons and chalk boards so I thought we would take some of these ideas and have a bit of fun. I met Lee a couple of weeks before the shoot and we went round the industrial heart of Birmingham, Digbeth. It’s not exactly what you would call scenic but we wanted to create this fifties glamour meets 21st century grime look. After a couple of hours we had found some great locations and we were all set to go in a few weeks.
When the day arrived I had a stinking cold and look pretty haggard on 2 hours sleep, I’m telling you this just so you can tell just how good the make-up people and the photographer were. I had my beautiful Vivien of Holloway dress and my girls who scrub up quite well as it turns out and had an amazing day (if not a bit freaking cold). My friends were great in front of the camera, I was surprised at how relaxed they were and how quickly they got into it. We managed to get into a garage with some stretched hummers (this was my nod to a traditional hen party) with some quite shocked looking blokes, I don’t think they quite knew what to make of us.
I would so recommend this to anyone else but my advice would be to make sure you know what you want and come prepared. You will have some great memories to take back with you and not just a hangover.
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