Styled shoots are just a great excuse to get creative, with fewer time constraints than an actual wedding day. I also get to work with some awesome suppliers across the industry, who love what they do - and do it brilliantly.
We called this shoot ‘Lady of the Manor’ – a nod to the country chic styling. The colour pallet was very earthy. Oranges, reds, coppers and greens featured heavily. All these colours came together in the floral pieces, with the colour accents picked up in other elements of the styling; coppers in the table display and eye make-up, the khaki green hunting jacket, the chesnut horse, red lips and an orange smoke bomb adding a bit of fun to the final few frames.
As with our prior styled shoots, we wanted to keep the look both pretty and rustic and incorporate the beauty of the great outdoors as much as possible. We chanced upon a really nicely lit woodland area with a huge pile of felled logs. With a bit of persuasion, we were allowed in! We then moved on to a nearby country path and then on to the moors where we met ‘Snip’ the horse for a few frames, before trying out the smoke bombs.
Rustic colours and texture were key to capturing the country feel. The bouquet and button holes incorporated coppers, browns, oranges, dark burgandys and a touch of cream – all colours that perfectly compleimented the pheasant feathers that an integrate part of the pfloral arrangements. The fiery colours of the kniphofia (red hot pokers) viburnum berry and rosa esplanade set against the continus (burgundy foliage) added depth and drama. Dried weeds from the hedgerow added arustic feel, while the cream estilbe and miscanthus softened the fllok lslightly and added a touch of femininity.
The table arrangement featured a jug of pheasant feathers, a hunting horn, a large copper jug and a bronze fox – a nod to the chosen colour scheme and the country theme.
The styling of the model was kept relatively simple. Copper eye makeup (with a hint of green added towards the end of the shoot), red lips, a spring of berries in the hair braid, with a khaki hunting jacket included in a selection of frames.
Our aim was to create a collection of bridal images that showcased the talents of full team involved….and give some inspiration to those brides-to-be out there, currently planning their big days. Thankfully the weather was on our side and to be given access to the woodland are where the log felling was taking place, was an added bonus, as it really gives the images some background interest.
Photography – Jenny Maden Photography – www.jennymaden.co.uk.
Flowers - Floral Dance - http://www.floraldance.co.uk/. Based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire and owned by the Angela.
Bridal wear - Amelias Bridal - https://ameliasbrides.com/. With boutiques in Skipton and Clitheroe, Ameilas Bridal offers a great range of bridal gowns, two-pieces and accessories.
Makeup - Carolyn Christina Beauty - https://www.facebook.com/carolynchristinabeauty/. Based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Carolyn offers great wedding day packages, including pre-wedding make-up trials.
Hair - Beehive. Based in Silsden. https://www.facebook.com/Beehive-hair-salon-184929274891875/
Horse – Langbar Livery. https://www.facebook.com/LangbarLiveryYard/