Thursday, 22 January 2015

Photoshoots of 2014

As well as many weddings in 2014, we were lucky to be asked to be involved in a number of photoshoots.  These are always great fun to be involved in, as it gives us the chance to take on a brief but add a little bit of Frida and a little bit of Sophia!

Story of My Dress - March 2014
In March we were contacted by the lovely Cara-Lee Whyte, founder of Story of My Dress with an invitation to be involved in a photoshoot at Belt Craft Studios, a stunning photography and film location which was formerly a textile factory.

The brief:

"So basically there will be 2 looks that are quite relaxed, bohemian, think garden wedding using 60's/70's dresses, maybe more pastel tones.  Then 2 looks that are dressed up, glamorous, sparkly and elegant, using the claret and more punchy colours alongside the metallics."

"I am thinking, claret, pink and nude as the colour tones, and somehow blending vintage/alternative in a modern way.  I thought vintage element other than the dresses could be cascading bouquet, bringing back the large ones from the 1920's."

Wow we thought - how can we turn this one down......

The claret bouquet we designed thinking of garden, trailing, 1920's large!  We used lots of different foliages adding loads of texture in this one along with beautiful peonies which were stunning.
The second bouquet was more a soft subtle mix of pastels but again going against the grain of normal domed bouquets and creating a more interesting shape that can be either used holding down, to the side or straight infront of you.  We were able to use a big mix of flowers in this one, peonies, poppies, camomile, cala lilies, delphinium and muscari.

So two bouquets, two headpieces and two necklaces is a collection of photos from the finished photoshoot, captured beautifully by the very talented Alex Tenters Photography.

I've included this one because he looks hot!

Moroccan Nights - September 2014
The next photoshoot was with Curious Fair.  We were contacted in September to work on a different type of shoot, using more unusual materials.

"It's slightly different from any other shoot we've been involved in as the caterers are creating a proper Moroccan feast along with a Morrocan tea table. The idea is to create a cool, secret elopement shoot. We want the flowers to be inspired by Morocco but in a creative way. Our initial thoughts are succulents growing from objects, floral arrangements in glass teapots, cacti & succulents. We also love artichoke vases or something that's a bit unusual & creative.

The venue is an old factory in Brixton which look like a large wooden attic.  We want it to be quirky but in a natural bohemian way."

The Moroccan theme for the photoshoot was an opportunity for us to use some interesting materials and textures, lots of succulents, cacti, artichoke and unusual foliages.  To add a pop of colour we used some blousy blooms of garden roses and dahlias mixed with tropical textured heads of Celosia, Pincushion Protea and Venus Protea.

The two bouquets we produced were very different from one another.  One was a large tied bouquet, bright and colourful with mainly flowers and using artichoke and haworthia for interesting textures.  The other was all about texture, a wired teardrop design with different succulents and foliages with a dash of colour brought in with hot pink celosia, white snowberries and yellow craspedia.

The table decor was a subtle look to compliment the vibrancy of the food with succulents and cacti at different heights with a little dash of colour, adding an interesting look to the opulent table design.

Photographer: Jess Withey - Jess Withey Photography -
Designer/Stylist/Art Direction: Natalie & Guy - Curious Fair
Caterer: Jan - Mimosa
Model: Emily Smith
Make Up Artist: Ellie - The Beauty Aisle
Hair: Jo - Loves Hair
Dresses - Sophie - Ears & Whiskers
Soft Furnishings & Decor - Oka
Bespoke Furniture: Guy - Gas & Air
Coordinator/Art Direction/Promotion: Erica - Mr & Mrs Unique

Paris de Nuit - December 2014
Our last photoshoot of 2014 was in Paris!  We didn't get to go unfortunately as it was just after we'd taken on the shop, but it looked such an amazing trip and with such a lovely collection of suppliers.  The very talented Rebecca Douglas produced the brief called Paris de Nuit:

"A night time bridal shoot in Paris full of creative use of light capturing the romance and glow of the city in the winter with 1940s-esque, cinematic/Film Noir influences 

Nighttime in Paris, 1940s-esque, cinematic/Film Noir influences, romance, light, dark, silhouette, sparkle, glimmer, candle light, artistic, creative, elegant, nostalgia"

Frida and I have worked with Rebecca on numerous occasions and love her work.  We wanted to portray romance and softness in the flowers, producing an oversized trailing bouquet with a palette that ran through from deep purple to very pale pinks with a dash of metallic.  

Photography & Co-ordination : Rebecca Douglas Photography assisted by Lucy Rose 
Hair & Make Up: Victoria Farr Make Up and Hair Artist 

Dresses & Accessories: Karen Whybro – Rock The Frock Bridal Boutique 
Dress Designer: Julie Coxon – Julie Lou
Headpiece: Jodi McFayden – McFayden Millinery  
Suiting: Stuart – Chester Cordite 
LocationAncien atelier d’artiste du XIXe 

Models: Kate Frances Lawton and Sam Yates

We hope you enjoyed looking through these photos - next time on the blog a post dedicated to the shop......

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