When some of my favourite wedding suppliers get together for a shoot at one of my favourite locations (we shot the Crown and Glory headpieces in the same studio) I get very excited indeed… and even more so when they ask if I’d like to feature the results afterwards! Wedding photographer Lisa Jane explains, “Elbie posted a picture on twitter one day, asking if anyone wanted to get involved in an inspiration shoot inspired by it and I took one look and jumped at the chance to collaborate with her. Within minutes we also had the lovely Jo from The Couture Company offering to design us a dress for it and Abby From Cherished Vintage offering headpieces. It was amazing to be able to get creative without any restrictions. Everyone let their imaginations run wild.”
“The headpiece was made especially for the shoot”, continued Abby. “I sourced all the vintage jewellery pieces from antique and vintage fairs and markets – looking for the right colours, textures and shapes to suit the wonderful mood board put together by Elbie and Lisa. It was a lovely opportunity to use lots of different coloured jewels in the design and although much larger than the pieces I usually create for my brides, I followed a similar design process and it is a good example of what Cherished can do for our bespoke clients.”
Always wanting to do a wedding inspiration shoot with a difference, photographer Sharon Cooper finally found her mojo when she came up with this hotch-potch and patchwork theme. “I wanted to do something that packed a punch and used a range of uplifting colours”, she explained, “an alternative to weddings which have one single colour theme. This shoot embodies pleasing mixed colours and offers a smorgasbord of individualism. I found myself loving patchwork and texture and colour.”
The chair by designer Kelly Swallow really was the staring point for this shoot. From there she had button bouquets made, stationery with an scrapbook vibe and dresses that push bridal boundaries. “I wanted to showcase my work and things I loved”, she concluded. “I’m really happy with how the shoot turned out. I wanted to show brides that by letting go of that idea of one limiting colour shade, they can select elements they love that still work together and add a contrast to their amazing choice of wedding gown.”
Veronica and Craig are pretty much obsessed with their camper van, so when wedding photographer Lisa Devlin asked them if they’d like to model for her upcoming Photography Farm, a 3-day residential photography workshop in the heart of Sussex, they asked if it could get in on the action too! From there an idea started to form for the shoot and Lisa, alongside florist and stylist extraordinaire Hannah of The Tea Set, came up with the concept of a Summer of Love theme.
“The weather was amazing for our shoot” explains Lisa. “These two have just had their second wedding anniversary and when we sent over some questions to get to know them a little better, they came back saying the only thing interesting about them was their VW Camper van. Well, we can certainly work with that and so our hippy flower power theme developed. When we do these shoots, I hand over the styling to the utterly brilliant Hannah at The Tea Set who not only creatively directs the shoot but also puts together all the gorgeous flowers. She collaborated with the wonderful Elbie Van Eeden on getting the right look for Ronnie and made the flower headpiece.”
Today is an exciting day because it’s time for the New York Blogcademy! I can’t wait to meet the new crop of enthusiastic bloggers who come to the class. It’s always one of my favourite moments of the whole weekend and to celebrate, I wanted to share this awesomely creative shoot submitted by wedding planner and stylish Georgina of Ruby Weddings. Georgina came to the workshop in London in January and I’m so thrilled to share her work with you guys today, what a talented bunch of babes our students are!
“Photographer Shannon of SLR Photography and I wanted to create a series of inspirational bridal shoots for couples looking to do something different for their wedding day”, Georgina writes. “We want to encourage them to think outside of the box. Shannon loves Disney films so we decided to re-create the popular fairytale stories with a little twist. We imagined Rapunzel as a kick ass girl trying to escape from her tower, and when she does finally break free she marries the man of her dreams – a little corny but that is how all of the best fairytales end!”
Shot in the Gothic paradise of Whitby, North Yorkshire (they have a famous twice yearly gothic weekend festival) photographer Michelle of SilverStar Photographic had long wanted to shoot here. However her initial idea didn’t become a full blown vision until she met Michelle from Victorian Gothic Clothing.
“I always imagined doing a photo shoot in Whitby, but it is nearly four hours away from where I live so never thought it would be possible”, photographer Michelle began. “Then I met (the other) Michelle. She shared my vision and instantly we became excited about the dresses which were inspired by the novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker. My vision for the shoot was to have the models pop out of the background but still being able to see significant details in the background. The whalebone arch was a gorgeous location as you could just see the Whitby Abbey in the background and really added depth to the photos.”
“The dresses were deliberately designed to be big statement pieces, with an emphasis on couture designer elements whilst still incorporating hints from the past bringing them full circa to the present”, took over Michelle of Victorian Gothic. “I wanted to capture a glamorous, gothic vision encapsulating alternative fashions, so tattoos, piercings and brightly coloured hair were all a definite yes from me! The dresses were named after the four lairs of Dracula (there is still one to come) as mentioned in Bram Stokers novel; The Carfax Gown (blue and black), The Piccadilly Gown (black and red) and the Mile End Gown (bright red). I also created all of the millinery. The ship hat (‘Demeter’) recalls the ship that arrives at Whitby during a storm and brings with it Dracula.”
How often does your mind get blown by the things you see on wedding blogs? Well today might just be the day… oh and you might want to go and grab some sunglasses because these babies are bright. Prepare yourself for a visual feast and to walk around for the rest of the day wondering why the real world is so damn grey!
“This shoot started life in a car journey between Jo of The Couture Company and me after we’d heard Kirsty Mitchell talk at Photography Farm’s Farm Week“, began photographer Hannah Millard. “We were really inspired by the idea of physically creating a scene and our mutual love of Japanese fashion was at the heart of the collaboration. It had to be full of detail, colour and texture.”
“After deciding to create a Harajuku inspired bridal shoot we started recruiting like-minded suppliers. The dresses were all made by The Couture Company and were perfect for the theme, bringing in the frothy girlishness we needed for the shoot. She also made all the belts and headpieces, we all fell in love with the unicorn headdress! The outfits were accessorised with the totally bad ass decoden-inspired shoes, phone cases and jewellery by Revivemeboutique who created pieces especially for the shoot. The bouquets were crafted by Ava Event Styling and we couldn’t resist the phenomenal talent of Black Cherry Cake Company who pulled out all the stops designing a unique cake, complete with edible decoden-inspired decorations, kawaii unicorns and topped off with a couple of Totoros!”