At the end of last year, i ventured into St Albans for a wonderful wedding fair organised by one of my lovely collugues. St Albans is a short distance from me so it was not only a great opportunity to network, but to meet some of my local wedding suppliers.
One of the wonderful ladies i met was the gorgeous Emma from Beau Buttons, who creates the most spectacular button bouquets for brides and their maids. Having seen and held them in the flesh i can shout about how equisite they are, and when i saw these images from Emma’s inspiration shoot i just had to share them with you.
Thanks so much to the brilliant Haywood Jones Photography for sharing her gorgeous images today here is what she had to say about the shoot;
“Somewhere in deepest, darkest Hertfordshire sits a little brick building with a tiny concrete car park in front of it. It doesn’t give much indication to what lies behind the flakey painted doors but that is part of it’s charm! Somehow, I stumbled across a little outdoor swimming pool built in 1911. Although it is in a bit of a state, the changing rooms have seen waaaaaay better days and the tin roof is quite leaky to the main building, this little slice of history is still very much loved and used with life breathed into it from a small band of dedicated locals. As soon as I saw the pool, I knew I wanted to organise a shoot there and so started to make a plan with Emma Ball of Beaubuttons. There was something so beautiful about the muted colours of the pool and the buildings around it, I just fell in love with it.
Emma has recently started up her business making button bouquets and to be honest, she is a real inspiration to what you can do if you put your mind to it! She has started her buisness as she means to go on and has had amazing success and feedback in such a short space of time (all this while juggling being a mum to two small children and planning her own wedding in December!). She is a real inspiration.
I borrowed a couple of vintage dresses one from The Vintage Emporium on Hatfield Road, St Albans and one from my next door neighbour. She had heard about my style of photography and lent me her original 50s wedding dress (the one with the full skirt in the photos) and it fitted the shoot perfectly.
I’m lucky enough to be shooting Emmas wedding later this year and can’t tell you how excited I am about it (although can’t possibly spill any details as her hubby to be might be near by tee hee).
Thanks to everyone who helped with the shoot though and huge thanks to Lou for featuring it :)”
Here is what Emma from Beau Buttons had to say about her shoot;
“On first impressions, the old, run down, outside pool Bethan (Haywood Jones Photography) met me at appears an odd choice for a wedding inspired shoot. Once we stepped through the doors and were faced with the pool though, Bethans excitement seemed to grow, she could see how the ramshackle swim huts, overgrown ivy and murky greeny blue water were going to lend themselves beautifully to the bridal shoot.
With a selection of vintage wedding dresses and my collection of button bouquets Bethan got started capturing those moments that only a talented photographer has an eye to see. I was so happy with the outcome of the photographs. My bouquets looked stunning set against the turquoise colours of the water.
Coming from a background in dance performance I also specialised in costume construction and have always had a slight obsession with buttons, brooches and ribbons! I love playing around with textures and colours and creating my button bouquets has become a huge passion for me. I just adore the array of vintage buttons that are out there and I am constantly sourcing them. My customers say to me that it is the everlasting quality of a button bouquet that they love, especially when sentimental jewellry is worked into their bouquets. The bouquets become these little bundles of treasure that you get to keep forever, as a memory of your wedding day. I also think the symbolism of buttons being a fastening or joining together is pretty cool given the scenario of a wedding day!
I just adore working from home and find this compliments motherhood wonderfully. I am really excited to see what the next year holds for Beau Buttons as I steadily grow the company and work on new designs, including a range of flower girl and bridesmaid jewellry.”
Aren’t those aqua tones incredible!? Not to mention those bouquets…. swoon… thanks so much girls!! xoxo
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