Bridal designer Bowen Dryden wanted to create a laid-back but beautiful shoot to show that relaxed, comfortable bridal wear can still be edgy and fashion forward. The shoot was created to celebrate the launch of their online-only Rebel Rose collection which features relaxed but modern looks that are heavy with embroidery, sequins and intricate details to create a luxurious look.
Shot at the orangery at Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire by Rebecca Carpenter, the team wanted to make the most of the natural light that fills the space and play with texture and layering to create modern bridal looks. From clashing prints, to layering up textures like sequins and spotted tulles with different floral patterns – more is definitely more in the Bowen Dryden camp!
While all weddings are of course unique in their own way, there are a few themes here at Rock n Roll Bride that, behind the scenes, we’ve been calling nu-trad; you know, like nu-metal, but for weddings. The Limp Bizkit of matrimony, if you will. ‘Festival weddings’ being one of them. There’s a very good reason that things become popular – certain styles, like dusky foliage, painted leather jackets and dainty flower-crowns look beautiful together, so by all means there’s no harm rocking these things if you think they represent you.
However, after a while, when something that was once alternative gets repeated over and over, it can start to look a little same same but different. What was once super authentic to one couple gets diluted down to its own version of cookie cutter. So, if you’re considering a festival-style wedding but want something beyond the hay-bales and tipis, look no further than this styled shoot for some truly eye-catching inspo!
Wedding photographer April Grogan had a vision of the kind of couple she’d really love to shoot, so instead of waiting for them to come to her, she went to them! She met Hanno in a clothing store in Kansas City and approached her about modelling for this simple editorial.
“I had this idea for a floral headpiece that wasn’t quite a flower crown, almost like a headband”, April explained. “I knew I wanted it on a model with short hair and a very simple wedding dress. I came across Hanno at a clothing store in Kansas City and just fell IN LOVE with her look. Once I Instagram stalked her a little bit (ha!) I saw pictures of her partner Orin and asked them to model for me immediately.”