Unicorns, Rainbows and The Brightest Styled Shoot I’ve Ever Seen: Harajuku Harem

Camera Hannah

May 28, 2013


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!”


“Amy from Ava Event Styling helped take our ideas and turn them into a visual explosion of colour, adding in her own awesome vision and the customised rocking horse which we turned into our unicorn and topped off with a rainbow mane created by Elbie Van Eeden. Elbie was also on hand to create amazing hair and make up looks, inspired by real life Harajuku girls. Nails by Rosie decked us out with an awesome mixture of hand painted and detail-encrusted nails and we had lots of lovely little hair accessories by Beau XOXO.”


“We dressed the shoot with lots of vivid paper decorations, some of which we made, alongside tissue paper ones from PaperJoy. Then we piled in kawaii details, plush toys, petals and Japanese sweets. The shots with the frames were inspired by Japanese photo booths, which we actually made as a physical prop that they stood behind rather than just doing in Photoshop afterwards… it would make an amazing photo booth for a wedding!”

“We were so happy with how it all turned out. We wanted to create inspiration for brides who want to be adventurous with details and colours… the sort of colours that give you a retinal sugar rush!”