Earlier this week I did a little behind the scenes post on the fabulous Glamour & Grace bridal shoot that I organised, created the concept for and styled with photographers Funmi and Adrian from FO Photography. You can also head on over to their blog to see more of the shoot!
It’s fair to say that this little project has been a few months in the planning! Many UK blogs are doing a great job of showcasing talent through the form of styled photo shoots which is a fantastic way to network with talented industry people, portray their creative work and to inspire brides to be. Unlike similar shoots in bridal publications, these very rarely have a budget so requires good will and a lot of hard work from everyone involved so it really is a team effort. I’m so grateful that I got to work with a handful of wonderfully talented and generous suppliers who kindly gave their time to this project.
When Funmi and Adrian asked me to be involved I had been so inspired by Black Swan and could really see that ballet inspiration would be a huge hit and long term trend/theme for the wedding industry. As much as I’m a fan of the shabby chic look, I thought it was about time we saw some pretty and so that was the aim – to bring some Glamour & Grace back into weddings. To help create the light and ethreal feel to the images Funmi and Adrian concentrated on achieving beautiful natural light-filled frames to showcase the elegance of a bride to be. It also helped that one of our models had even trained as a ballet dancer!
Warren House was the remarkable backdrop for our shoot on the day, and it really did ooze glamour. From the beautiful green gardens filled with blossom trees to the sweeping staircase, bay windows and stunning ballroom with grand chandeliers it was so complimentary to the theme and we were spoilt for choice on where to shoot! The staff were very patient and helpful and let us pretty much have the whole place to ourselves throughout the day which was highly accommodating of them, we even got to use the honeymoon suite!
I have to admit that I found it quite hard to find stationery that would fit the theme of Glamour & Grace. Most stationery collections out there are focussing on vintage styles at the moment, and I wanted something very pretty, pink and modern! My search came to an end when I asked Vicky Trainor to provide me with a few samples. Vicky went above and beyond what I expected and sent the most incredible array of stationery items. The invites and place cards are so cute and I also fell head over heels with her embroidery hoops that are part of her Vintage Drawer Collection. They make such fab table numbers, signs or just decoration. Needless to say I was over the moon when she said I could keep some of her samples. Watch this space as I’ll be hopefully featuring her new collection soon!
I had been aware of make up and hair artist Kaz Fernando for quite some time and have always loved her work. I sent through a mood board of ideas of bright pink lips and vivid blushed cheeks and she achieved a lovely glowing and very pretty look on the models for the shoot. I think the models [who I’d like to point out are not professional models, Lucy is in fact a wedding planner!] looked really feminine and believe it’s a really achievable look for brides.
Kaz’s talents don’t just stop there, she also did the fabulous hair styling too. Being inspired by ballet dancers but with a modern twist we gave the girls three quite different up styles – a messy side bun with plait [Chloe], a neat and high classic bun [Lucy] and soft pinned up waves [Nancy]. They each suited the styles so well and although a neat bun can sometimes be seen as quite dramatic I think it looked soft and so romantic. I’m a little bit obsessed with plaits so had to sneak one in there and the messy side bun is a modern take on a more traditional look. Softly pinned up and falling waves suits most brides and is very versatile, working with many dress styles.
Having featured Two Birds Bridesmaid on London Bride previously I knew their dresses would be the perfect addition to the shoot and was so happy when they wanted to be involved. You don’t often see bridesmaids dresses in these type of shoots so I was really happy to showcase them. We chose a beautiful slate grey rosette ballgown and also a classic ballgown in rosewater. I had the lovely Michelle there on the day to tie them in their amazing ways [I should have paid more attention, it’s really rather clever!] and I can’t believe how beautiful they looked on Nancy. So elegant and perfect for the glamorous location of Warren House.
I cannot believe how epic this post has been. Gosh. Once again, I hope it’s been as inspiring for you as it has for me.
Before you go here is the list of the amazing people involved. Please visit their websites for more information. Oh and do get in touch for a chat if you are looking for a stylist, whether it’s for a fashion shoot, engagement shoot or wedding I’d love to hear from you – see here for more info.
I’ll be quiet now…
Venue – Warren House
Photography – FO Photography
Florist – Pollen Nation
Hair & Make Up – Kaz Fernando
Bridal Gowns – Charlotte Balbier
Bridesmaids Dresses – Two Birds Bridesmaid
Hair Accessories – Flo & Percy
Cake & Biscuits – Tempting Cake
Stationery & Embroidery – Vicky Trainor
Models – Chloe, Lucy and Nancy