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Category Archives: Styled Shoot

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Last September I just couldn’t resist organising a little shoot to make the most of all the gorgeous Dahlia’s still flourishing at Green & Gorgeous, florist & flower growers based in Oxfordshire.  I was given a few saris’ by a friend years ago and when I realised the colours perfectly matched the bright colours of the Dahlia’s the ‘Indian Summer Wedding’ theme was born.  In all honesty everything was a little rushed but I was dead chuffed with the results and think this styling would work so well in any barn setting as well as somewhere a little grander.

Thank you Katia for modeling, I know it took you out of your comfort zone and it was freezing but you were a total star!!  We played with a few different ideas that would work for brides and bridesmaids alike and I loved the contrast between the stunning brights and the subtle creams, they work surprisingly well together.

The table styling was based around Rachel’s (Green & Gorgeous) collection of pewter vessels (collected from charity shops and Ebay) and little coloured and gold embellished tea light holders.  Moroccan style lanterns were added for extra light, these are easily found in home stores at the moment.  I love how the little vases of a few stems and the fruit (apples and chilli peppers) add the lavish feeling of the overall look.

Thank you to Rachel for the arrangements and Ash for helping me string saris’ from the barn ceiling (no easy feat!).  I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I enjoyed shooting it. 🙂

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Ariane Rocher Jewellery Bridal Photography - 010

Sometimes I get the opportunity to work with some really great wedding suppliers and this shoot is the product of one of those collaborations.  Ariane Rocher of Ariane Rocher Jewellery wanted a set of images that showed off her stunning, unusual wedding jewellery and bespoke engagement rings.  Together with Jane MacFarlane-Duckworth of The Flower Union, florists we created the perfect looks to show off the ‘Papillon‘ and ‘Saturn‘ collections.  The Papillon collection is great for all the butterfly lovers out there,  I particularly love the crown and can just imagine this being the perfect finishing touch to a wedding outfit.

The images were tfor Ariane’s website and for promotional purposes so the focus was on the jewellery, not lessening the importance of the styling of our models but definitely impacting the compostion and focal point of the images.  I love taking a few shots during the prep for the shoot, seeing how the look is created and watching the models transform.  It was more than a little chilly the day of the shoot so all our models, Liz, Sophie and Camille deserve a HUGE thank you as they weren’t exactly dressed for the ridiculously low temperatures.

We wanted, simple, classy looks that allowed the jewellery to stand out and the predominantly white backgrounds helped to pull everything together.  I love using window light to create back-lit dreamy images, as the light wraps around the model.

It was a pleasure working with both Ariane and Jane and the resulting images show off Ariane’s unusual wedding jewellery to their best.

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When I met Joyce from Brides and Beauty at the ‘Tweet-up’ organised by Louise from Bow Occassions back in February and she suggested that we worked together I jumped at the chance.  Joyce had the idea for the Cottinley Fairy themed shoot and I knew straight away that we could really go somewhere with the idea and produce something a little different.

I first came across the Cottinley fairy photographs years ago and was fascinated by the fact that at the time many people really believed that two little girls had captured the fairies dancing at the bottom of their garden.   The photographs were taken in 1917 but it wasn’t until the 1980’s that Elsie and Frances actually admitted that they had faked the images.

We wanted our shoot to illustrate the innocence of the girls and the elegance of the fairies.  I was thrilled when Joanne of Joanne Fleming Design said that we could borrow some of her dresses in soft greens and greys that would work so well in the woodland setting.  All the bridesmaid dresses were bought from the high street as I know a lot of brides are on a budget and I wanted to prove that you can buy beautiful dresses without breaking the bank.

Joyce and Hayley from Brides and Beauty did an amazing job of creating beautiful hair and make-up.  We went for very subtle make-up as we felt there should be a certain innocence to girls looks, in keeping with the original photographs.  The up-do’s proved trickier than I imagined as I soon learnt that not every bodies hair does exactly what you want it to when you want it to!  Hayley was ever the professional though and created simple yet stunning styles for each of the girls.

I contacted Sylvie Mawer from Bouquet Boutiques after I had seen some of her work at a wedding I photographed at Great Fosters (you can see the wedding HERE).  As soon as I met her I knew she got what we were trying to achieve and she surpassed my expectations.  When she arrived her car was brimming with huge bouquets of flowers, table settings and free standing arrangements not to mention all the bags of moss, tree bark and other bit and bobs…..  and her lovely hubby not only stayed all day to help but also played the part of our groom for a few shots.

All the decorations, table settings and accessories were sourced from charity shops, car boot sales or were things that we had lying around at home or were made especially for the shoot (the fairy wings and hair decorations for example).

I have to admit that before we started the planning I had no idea of the amount of time that it would take to make all our ideas reality! By the end of the process I had a great deal of respect for any bride and groom who opt for a DIY wedding. It is REALLY hard work and I only had to worry about one set of table decorations and coordinating the 5 or 6 people involved in making it all happen.  This is not to say that I would not do it again, I’m already planning the next shoot, but it was a long day and it wouldn’t have happened if everybody involved hadn’t worked so hard so thank you all (you know who you are :-)).

We were also incredibly proud that Annabel from Love My Dress featured the shoot on her blog.  Thank you Annabel!
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Hair & Make-up: Joyce and Hayley Brides and Beauty

Wedding Dresses: Joanne Fleming Design

Flowers: Sylvia Mawer Bouquet Boutiques

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