I just adore this Edwardian inspired bridal shoot, with lilac colours and mid century details.
Thanks so much to Fig Photography for allowing me to share their images this afternoon.
“The shoot was photographed by Krystina of Fig Photography and styled by Kate of Lavender & Linen at Elmore Court in Gloucestershire in September, prior to the venue’s launch a few weeks ago. It was very loosely inspired by the Edwardian era, but used elements from throughout the early to mid-20th century, including the vintage wallpaper backdrop and glassware.
The beautifully detailed Charlotte Balbier dress (‘Cache’ from her new collection) was loaned by The Bridal Room, Broadway and really lent the timeless elegant touch to the whole day. The hair and make up (styled by Sandie Tozer and perfectly applied by Katie Bolton) were again inspired by Edwardian styles but updated to give a fresh modern touch that would appeal to brides looking to incorporate vintage elements. The gorgeous Rachel Simpson shoes (‘Ginger’ in silver) added the finishing touch to the whole bride’s look.
Elmore Court provided the picture-perfect setting for the shoot, as well as several of the historic pieces such as the oak chest and marble table. Both the interior and exterior of the house provide endless photographic opportunities, including all the beautiful flowers under the tree on the front lawn that carpeted the ground for us.
The exquisite jewellery, including the hairpieces, was designed and made by Jayne’s Vintage Paradise – reworking old pieces (a great way to incorporate heirloom pieces that maybe aren’t quite your style).
I love a big floral element in any wedding, and Stephanie Saunder’s designs were an intrinsic part of the vision for the whole day – the backdrop really came to life with the gorgeous flowers which included Amnesia and Majolica roses, Anemones, Hydrangeas, Stocks, Eustoma, Viburnham berries, beautiful soft green foliage and of course luscious bunches of red grapes.
The backdrop provided a focal point for the stunning dessert table by Cake sweet Cake which included not only a magnificently simple yet striking wedding cake, but chocolate cake pops, cameo shortbread biscuits, vanilla cupcakes with crystallised flowers, and Viennese whirls with blackberry jam filling.
The stationery range from Little Bird Weddings perfectly picked up the details of the rest of the shoot – with delicate lace and jute string touches. The vintage gold frame (from Lavender & Linen) really set off the table plan on the backdrop (the base of which was designed and built by prop-builder specialist Laurent Spiegelhalter, with vintage wallpaper designs by Kate of Lavender & Linen).
The vintage props from Lavender & Linen included vintage crystal and cut glass decanters, and crystal amethyst wine glasses – all shining elegantly as the sun set in the rough grass at the front of the house.
The Austin 6 vintage car from Richard Thorne Classic Cars looked rather fabulous parked up outside Elmore Court – and even had enough space inside for the incredible train on the dress (expertly modelled by Emily Iles). Instead of traditional ribboning we thought the car deserved a bouquet of her own!”
Tags: Bella Bridal Hair, Bridal Shoot, Cake Sweet Cake, Charlotte Balbier Wedding Dress, Elmore Court, Fig Photography, Katie Bolton, Lavender & Linen, Little Bird Weddings, Purple Wedding Ideas, Rachel Simpson, Richard Thorne Classic Cars, Stephanie Saunders Flowers, The Bridal Room, Vintage Paradise
With the party season almost upon us, it’s time to up the glamour stakes. Whether you are looking for a little inspiration for your evening wedding party or perhaps a Christmas get together you are hosting in the next few weeks, you are in the right place. Jenny Sinclair from Bellaboo and Beau got in touch to share the result of a wonderful styled wedding shoot she styled.
Think disco, glitter, neons, lights, snow, lush blooms and pretty touches. Not to mention the most stylish attire. Glitz and glamour here we come. Thanks so much to Rebecca Douglas for sharing her photography with us today.
“The idea was born from our mutual love of bold colours and the glamour and sparkle that comes with dark nights and twinkling lights moving into winter. We wanted to rock up the pastel vintage trend and throw in a more modern era so teamed bold neons, gold for an ’80s feel with a real deco 20s glamour injection with the dresses, hair and make up. We certainly feel that it has bought together some exciting ideas to inspire couples planning their day.”
Tags: Bellaboo and Beau, Blush Makeup, Bridal Shoot, Froufrou Bridal Boutique, Joanne Truby Floral Design, Rebecca Douglas Photography, The Bell, Vintage Rose Cupcakes
If I was to be a bride, I’d want to look like one of these girls.
Donning ethereal dresses from the Fable and Promise 2014 collection, dramatic berry hued make up and natural hair this bridal editorial feels like autumn is tangible. I so love the dresses from the Fable and Promise Legend collection, with unusual cuts and pretty fabrics, they are just perfect for the stylish bride.
Thanks so much to Charis Talbot for sharing her images with us today, here is what she had to say about the shoot;
“My name is Charis Talbot, I’m a photographer based in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. Recently I did a Bridal editorial. I’m new to Bridal fashion and wedding photography but I knew I wanted to retain the elements I used in my fashion and fine art photography; mainly the evocative use of sunlight and dreamy touches woven with a bit of fairytale magic.
I was approached by Fable and Promise through my facebook and was immediately excited by their website and enthusiasm via email. I contacted make-up artist Kitty Kerry and Tony Arts the hair stylist, both of whom I have worked with before. I knew that this styling team would produce something wonderful and be able to communicate well with me. I sent mood boards off to everyone involved and did a casting call for models. The two models are Sophie Natrass and Jennifer Brown both with Tyne Tees models.
The collection I photographed was part of Fable and Promise’s Legend collection for S/S 2014 which is based on Legends and myths. The dresses worn by the models are part of the Sidhe collection. a type of fairy gentry or royalty who move between worlds through overgrown and forgotten doorways. I thought the local overgrown graveyard would be perfect for he concept of the dresses. I really wanted to use the autumn leaves and sunshine for the shoot which worked well but alas the sun went in earlier than expected and it began to rain so we didn’t get to shoot as much as we had hoped.
The models had two looks, one traditional and feminine then the other slightly dramatic catering for the more alternative customer. We also incorporated headpieces into the images. I wanted the models to be younger because I wanted to a fresh aspect to the images almost as if one was recalling a scene read in a book set at the beginning of the 20th century when brides were younger and weddings were more a rite of passage between girlhood and womanhood. I felt this fitted in with the Autumnal theme, the ending of summer frolics and the focus on the bigger picture and also the slight pagan and fairy theme.
I think editorial photography should always be about escapism- the same way book worms feel about books.”
Having a hen do is the perfect chance to have a little fun and relax with your favourite friends before the wedding. Deciding what to do, for something memorable and personal isn’t always easy.
Luckily for bride Angie, her hen do was in safe hands with bridesmaid Louise, who organised a vintage make over and photo shoot for the day. The girls looked like they had a fabulous time getting glammed up with scrummy treats on hand at The Keeper & The Dell.
Thanks so much to Eliza Boo Photography for sharing her lovely images with us this afternoon, here is what bridesmaid Louise had to say about the day;
“ I had known Becky Hoh-Hale for some time, as she wrote several articles for me in my role as Managing Editor at a small publishing company, and when my friend Angela asked me to be her bridesmaid and I took on the task of planning her hen do, I instantly remembered A Most Curious Party and knew it would be absolutely perfect for her. Not only is Angela a fan of all things vintage, I knew she would want something unusual and memorable, but also tasteful – with no embarrassing surprises!
I was able to organise the whole event with Becky, including food, drinks, props, make up, hair styling and professional photographer (Eliza Boo Photography), and followed up on her suggestion of a beautiful new wedding and hen party venue in the Norfolk countryside – The Keeper and the Dell. When I visited the site I knew that, too, would be perfect – away from the hubbub of the city (but not too far), and a peaceful, tranquil and almost magical environment that was ours to relax in for the afternoon.
The chosen date turned out to be a glorious summer day. After a tasty afternoon tea, we each had our hair and make up done in a 40s/50s style, and donned the dresses we had purchased in advance (the only detail known by the bride-to-be!). Having sought a venue with an indoor area in case of rain, I actually ended up being glad of the airy, rustic barn in order for us to stay cool and prevent our make up from melting!
Boo photographed all of the proceedings, and once the makeovers were complete, arranged us for plenty of group shots. The results were absolutely amazing and perfectly captured the mood of the day, as well as the enchanting venue.
We then had the barn and dell area to ourselves for a few hours, reclining on the couches, sipping Champagne, and venturing out to the swing in the dell area – all with plenty of fun and laughter”.
Continuing on with the simplicity theme on WWW today, I bring to you one gorgeous bridal editorial.
Inspiring, dreamy and emotive images. Stylish dresses, incredible florals, beautiful make up looks and whimsical hair dos. But this shoot isn’t all about the styling, it’s about the feeling a bride holds, her hopes and the love she feels. Amazing.
“Our ideas for these images grew from an early morning walk. A leaf caught in the sunshine, it’s delicate veins illuminated in the soft light streaming through the trees.
We all came together to create this through a love for the real person inside every bride. Her hopes and dreams shining in her excited eyes as she plans her wedding day.
We wanted to make this about Hannah, nothing much more. Concentrating on her natural beauty, we wanted to just focus on her, the light on her face, the look in her eyes and her smile, and help her to feel the most beautiful she has ever felt.
It was really important that everything was spontaneously created, with a lightness and love for each of our contributions.
We started out in a very cold April, trying to imagine Fiona’s incredible informal cottage garden in bloom in the summer, finding Hannah and then just all doing something we love!”
Tags: Bespoke Bridesmaid, Bridal Shoot, Charisma Bridal Hair, Firenza Floral Design, Flower Crown, James Melia Photography, Jo Bilham Makeup