It's been a crazy week.. getting back from holiday, straight into the Bedford River Festival and then a shoot feature in Whimsical Wonderland Weddings! Eek! Here's my write up of the day that I shared with editor Lou about our work on this shoot.. enjoy!
A month of planning brought together 11 fantastic Bedfordshire-based wedding vendors, with makeup artist Ali K co-ordinating the majority of the shoot, from finding vendors, to collecting inspiration and even organising a location recce. As with all styled shoots, our focus was bringing wonderful vendors together to celebrate each others’ talents and hard work, and create beautiful images in the process!
Hairstylist Kate Atalay found us this beautiful farm to shoot on, and when we visited we knew it was the perfect location for the shoot. With a thatched summer house, woodland areas and a huge barn, it was meant to be. The day of the shoot turned out to be one of the hottest, sunniest days of the year so far and the cherry trees had even come into blossom – it was more perfect than any of us could have imagined.
On the day, wedding stylist Gemma at The White Emporium set up 5 beautiful scenes for us to shoot against, with a variety of wonderful rustic props and stunning, relaxed floral arrangements filled with whites, pinks and lots of greenery from Sarah at The Flower Hut. Our cake was provided by Helen at Sweetness and Delight, with beautifully detailed handmade icing flowers and a gold leaf tier. It was so exciting watching the shoot unfold as all the vendors arrived and set up. Our collective vision for the shoot was coming together and everything was beautifully cohesive in style.
Our beautiful models Georgia and Francesca were long time clients of our hair stylist Kate, and they were styled in dresses from George James Bridal, handmade headpieces by Love From Becky and ethical Fairtrade gold bridal jewellery by Arabel Lebrusan.
And to top it all off, the icing on the cake was well… ice cream! Mandy from Shake ‘n’ Scoop kindly brought along her amazing pallet wood ice cream shack and her incredible ice cream for everybody, including her popular cake batter flavour, which was an absolute hit!
We were so fortunate to have our entire shoot filmed by Adam from Up N Atom Weddings, whose behind the scenes video perfectly encapsulates the fun, relaxed vibe of our shoot and all the work that went into it. I can’t thank everybody involved enough for all of their hard work – it truly is a privilege to know and work with such talented people in our industry.
Makeup & Shoot Coordination: Ali K MUA
Styling: The White Emporium
Hair: Kate Atalay
Dresses: George James Bridal
Flowers: The Flower Hut Stotfold
Ice Cream Stand: Shake N Scoop
Cake: Sweetness & Delight
Hair accessories: Love From Becky
Filmmaker: Up N Atom Films
Jewellery: Arabel Lebrusan