By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
We’re exploring the concept of a wedding first look today, thanks to this dreamy wedding inspiration editorial shoot. My husband and I actually were pretty unconventional ourselves, in that we got ready together before heading to our legal ceremony. If I was up to having our photographer along I would have, as I’d love to have had that moment captured forever. It’s a really lovely idea to consider if you are perhaps a nervous couple, want to break from tradition or simply want incredible imagery at the perfect time.
We’re being totally treated with these stunning shots by Anna Morgan Photography, which I know you will love. Why? Because the portraits of the bride and groom are effortless and natural, not to mention utterly beautiful. I mean what’s not to love about flowing dresses, bow ties and joy filled moments? Then there were the darling details created by the fabulous team of suppliers, from luxe silks to whimsical large floral arrangements and a striking outdoor cake table. There was also stunning bridal looks courtesy of the hair and make up artists and the prettiest paper goods. All in all a really wonderful and inspiring set of wedding ideas.
Anna tells us all about the shoot throughout the feature;
“First Look is a current wedding trend that we are seeing more and more coming over from America. The benefits of doing a first look are overwhelming. It is such a magical and emotional moment when the couple see’s each other for the first time on their wedding day and often over far too fast with the tradition of walking down the aisle. This doesn’t replace the moment of walking down the aisle only compliments it as a separate experience.
A first look gives a couple time, everyone will tell you their wedding day went too fast. This gives such a wonderful opportunity to have a few moments to yourself on a day where everyone with the best intentions will want your attention. It adds another element of excitement to the day freeing you up to spend more time drinking your champagne and spending time with your guests! I love wedding traditions and know this challenges a little superstition and may disappoint one of two of your guests but why not make some newer wedding traditions and make more special moments from your day! I know from personal experience the moment I saw my husband waiting for me will be deeply engrained into my memory as one of the strongest memories from the day.”
“Great reasons for a first look:
Any pre wedding stress, fears, jitters or nerves will be gone before the ceremony starts and if you need a little cry more time to freshen up before making your big entrance!
You’ll be calmer during your ceremony, many couples adrenaline kicks in and the ceremony goes by in a jiffy!
You’ll have had some couple shots with your photographer looking at your best and so will leave more time for family and friends during your drinks reception.
A moment that is about the two of you, a rare thing on a busy wedding day.
Cherish the moment together.
You can choose the location for your first look, outside on a pretty staircase.
If you have a winter wedding planned, it gets dark EARLY! This is a wonderful opportunity to make the most of the daylight.”
“I was so excited to be asked to be a part of this lovely team of wedding suppliers. The highly trained team were on hand throughout the shoot and really brought the whole thing together. We’ve all worked closely as a team and embraced the concept, something that is so important to have on your wedding day from your trusted team. The models had a lovely relaxed, fun attitude and together with the styling/venue simply made this shoot a dream to photograph. I love working alongside like-minded creatives and had a blast on this shoot.”
“With a starting colour palette of soft blue, grey and mauve with hints of gold set around the English garden estate, Tara and I set about finding talented wedding suppliers to enable us to bring the shoot together. Each wedding supplier was added to our initial inspiration board and from there contributed their own ideas for the shoot giving each collaborator free creative rein to showcase their work.
The source of inspiration behind the colour scheme, as well as the entire shoot itself, was the estate itself. Deans Court lies on the edge of the ancient market town Wimborne Minster. An 18th Century beautiful private house and garden run by William and Ali Hanham. The estate is filled with history and created the most beautiful backdrop to the shoot. The garden of 13 acres consists of a semi-wild wooded area, walled kitchen garden, apriary, herb garden, lake and lawns.
The colour choices for the shoot reflected the planting around the estate and some of the garden flowers were used in the designs. Everything that was used was seasonal and natural. Reflecting the seasons and making the easy transition between garden and the bridal shoot.
The tablescape was created by Joey from The Wild Fox ethical & beautiful flowers and styling using a range of hand dyed soft silk runners and napkins from Kate Cullen on a rustic wooden table. Each place setting comprised of gold cutlery, hand dyed silk soft grey napkins and painted dinner plates. The beautiful floral styling was natural and simplistic to mirror the beautiful walled gardens. Everything that was used was seasonal and natural filling three vases set around the cake centre piece. The whole look was set adorned with rustic bread, grapes, nuts and delicate wild bird eggs.”
“Cake Luxe, made an artistic masterpiece for the shoot! A stunning hand painted cake using edible paints and powders against a blue fondant canvas, we love it’s delicate design mixed with the big and bold statement it gave and were delighted to have both a “faux” cake but also generously a delicious chocolate cake for our couple to cut and eat as a real couple would!”
Cake Luxe; “I wanted to create a cake that would fit in with the beautiful romantic surroundings of the gardens, whilst still being on trend incorporating the metallic element with silver leaf”.
“Make-up artist, Tara Sanger, created gorgeous soft romantic make up for our two looks. I was so excited to have Tara as co-organiser and knew that she would bring the whole look together and was full of ideas for the shoot.”
Tara Sanger; “I loved that inspiration behind the shoot was soft romantic and quite dreamy, to reflect this I chose mauve hues on the eyes to really make the brides eyes pop and the colours looked great against the colour scheme”
“Exquisite Bridal have a fantastic range of dresses designed by Catherine Deane. Both dress designs Harlow & Laverne complimented the fusion of old and new wedding traditions we were trying to capture in the shoot. We love her contemporary feminine design elements taking inspiration from vintage textiles. Simple elegance.”
“Kimberley Stone designs created a wonderful set of bow tie and braces to compliment our garden theme brining in the natural floral tones of the Easter to the grooms attire and adding some fun and subtle colour to his simple but stylist outfit.”
“Victoria Blum’s, stationery represented the elegant but modern twist with a lovely mix of traditional and modern wedding trends. Menus were created for each place setting on navy with a rich inca gold ink. The remainder of stationery was created to be intentionally dissimilar from one another, continuing to be elegant but with a view of keeping things a bit more fluid and dissembled.”
“Hair design was by Laura MacKenzie, she created a romantic up do softly pinned so that the hair did not compromise the neck line of the dress. Using seasonal fresh flowers.”
Laura MacKenzie; “For the half up half down hairstyle, always a timeless classic. I wanted to keep the hair casual and free flowing to suit the style of the venue and dresses.”
“Harry’s Wedding Films were part of our supplier family as a behind the scenes video capturing the fun from the shoot. Harry is part of a production business, Plato Video his wedding films are experts made with energy, colour and style.”
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Anna Morgan Photography
Videographer | Harry’s Wedding Films
Make up | Tara Sanger Make Up Artist
Hair | Laura Mackenzie Hair Design
Florist | The Wild Fox
Venue | Deans Court Wimborne
Décor/styling | Table design by The Wild Fox & Hand dyed Silks and Ribbon from Kate Cullen
Cake Maker | Cake Luxe Design
Bow tie & Braces | Kimberley Stone Design
Stationery | Victoria Blum Calligraphy
Models | Holly Drinkwater & Oliver Reed
Oh wow, what a divine set of inspirational images. I hope that leaves you with some food for thought and has you considering a first look.
Many thanks to the team above for sharing the shoot here at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings xo Lou
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