Some serious #weddinginspo
My vision for this ‘Til Death Do Us Party’ shoot was to obviously showcase the suppliers as well as I possibly could. I mean, every single one of these individuals that have worked on this shoot are incredibly talented. Experts in their field through tireless experience and hard work over the years. When we initially met up, the passionate way in which they discussed colour palates, styles and the vibe of the whole shoot was incredibly inspiring. In fact, despite adding to the pressure of getting it right for them, it made me excited to have the opportunity to work with such talented artists. This shoot begun through Charlotte’s ideas (Fine & Dandy) and everyone else contributed their talents based on this initial ‘party’ idea. The thing I wanted to convey in the imagery was both the natural couple shots and some more posed, artistic portraits. The natural shots people love, that’s what I spend a lot of my time doing at weddings, but with a little bit of time and a willing couple you can make some really eye catching portraits with aspects as simple as a single window light and a bit of haze. Even though this was a styled shoot I wanted to use equipment that I would use on an actual wedding day, so no massive soft boxes, just three small speedlites!
All about the talent:
Photography: Dan Lambourne Photography
Styling: Fine & Dandy Events
Hair: Everyone’s Looking Rosie
Makeup: Peach Berry MUA
Dresses: The Bridal Suite
Venue: Haarlem Mill
Suits: Remus Uomo (Nottingham)
Florist: Phoenix Flowers
Jewellery: Keishi Jewellery
Let’s start with the good stuff - Walls of shots, late night drinking and an abundance of candles. You can hire this shot wall from Fine & Dandy…and why the hell wouldn’t you?!
Alex & Chloe, aka the twins, owners of The Bridal Suite in Woodthorpe and West Bridgford offer the finest gowns from a huge range of global designers. They personally look after all of their clients, offering expert advice on styles and current trends and coordinate dress fittings with your besties. If you’re interested make sure you book an appointment before you go. You can email them here: email@example.com
Lisa from The Ruddington Cake Company offers some of the best cakes I’ve ever seen (and eaten). She does regular tasting sessions - try and get on one of these! Lisa can create literally anything but for this shoot there was a trio of cakes, an alternative to a traditional tier - A tall cylindrical cake with silver lace to match the dress, a smaller painted chocolate finished cake and lastly a nod towards the industrial setting was a very contemporary ‘concrete block’ with some clever sugar work on the front. They all sit on a set of plinths from Fine & Dandy
Hair, Makeup & Accessories
In case you hadn’t noticed already, we had the audacity to attempt two different looks for this shoot, two dresses, two suits and of course two different hair styles, for the first look Rosie created a wild and unstructured touch, which was natural and contemporary. The evening look had a 60’s vibe, which was classic and elegant, with that little bit of edge.
Both hairpieces were created by Love2Sparkle and featured some key trends for 2019. Silver is back in a big way, and the unstructured leaf vine was perfect for a natural & feminine look. Headbands are also key, so Carol designed a statement alice band with a modern twist.
Emma from Peach Berry Make Up enhanced Emily’s natural beauty, playing with soft blush tones for a flawless finish. For the second look, the inspiration also came from the 60’s era with darker tones, which were perfect for that party mood.
Flowers & Jewellery
The floral hoop was designed by Phoenix Flowers, and was a beautiful piece of art which worked perfectly with the industrial backdrop. Sally also created a sumptuous, loose and unstructured bouquet which was filled with a vast array of textured foliage, and just a few statement florals. Both were full of drama and beauty!
The whimsical and industrial theme was screaming out for Emily to wear baroque pearls and mixed metals, which were designed by Keishi Jewellery. Pearls are often perceived as a safe option for bridal jewellery, however 2019 trends have seen them grow in size, becoming more statement pieces.
Styling & Decor
Charlotte at Fine & Dandy created the concept, and styling throughout, which featured a contemporary cake display with draped backdrop, and sophisticated party area with BAR illuminations and shot wall. The tables were also adorned with cut crystal & silver candlesticks, pewter geometric lanterns, never ending foliage and vellum printed stationery. The colour palette was soft grey & ivory, with silver and pewter metallics, and Haarlem Mill was the perfect venue to compliment this.
Behind the Scenes…
Gear: Canon 5D mkIV | Sigma 35mm f1.4 35mm Art | Canon 70-200mm f2.8 II | Canon 50mm f1.8 | Canon 16-35mm f2.8 III | Canon 85mm f1.8 | Yongnuo YN 560IV | Atmosphere Aerosol