Bride wearing fur shrug, holding bouquet in woods

A Subtle Take on 1920’s World Glamour

Bride wearing fur shrug, holding bouquet in woods

We were recently contacted by Joanne of Joanne Truby Floral Design, who had organised a beautiful ‘1920’s Old World Glamour’ styled shoot. Joanne’s idea behind the shoot was to give brides-to-be inspiration for wedding flowers, with some unique ideas for bouquets, table centres and floral decor. The vision and overall style originated from 1920’s old world glamour, in particular from the iconic novel The Great Gatsby, centralising on the main colours of gold, peach and duck egg. Instead of going all out with the pearls and headpieces, Joanne decided she wanted to show a more understated take of the style and how, just by adding little details, you can still achieve a beautiful and elegant look.

As Joanne explains, it’s all in the details…

“I wanted the shoot to take place in a pretty woodland area as the natural beauty of the countryside is inspirational in itself and I love trees; the different shapes the branches make and how they change with the season is something that I feel is magical. I thought it would be the perfect backdrop for the photos as well as fitting well with the underlining theme of the shoot being natural/minimalistic. Neil of Dotpix Photography suggested a great location for the shoot would be a little village called Yalding, in the Kent countryside; it’s not far from where he lives so he had a good knowledge of the area and picked the ideal location.

Bride in woods holding bouquet

“I like to use different textures as much as I can within my floral designs, and the flowers included were of a pastel colour palette made up of peach and sweet avalanche roses, lisianthus, blue mascari (which smells heavenly), and wax flower which has a lovely lemon scent to it, and the foliage included berried ivy, eucalyptus and Pittosporum.

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Four brides by cake table

Behind the Scenes of a ‘Drama Queen’ Shoot on the Set of Les Misérables

Four brides by cake table

Today we are going to take you behind the scenes of the ‘Drama Queen’ Shoot on the Set of Les Misérables we featured last week, with more stunning pictures from the day. The organiser of the shoot Caroline Nicholson describes how the day unfolded…

“Once the concept had been sorted and the suppliers were on board, all that remained was to get going. In the space of a few weeks we had everything finalised and decided we all wanted to do the shoot before Christmas. At this point we all started praying for good weather; even in the rain The Historic Dockyard has loads of places to shoot, but life would have been that much harder on a bad day. Thankfully we got a lovely sunny winter’s day and created some film inspired magic!

“We began in the morning at Commissioner’s House with our gorgeous brides, Dawn Ferguson, Hayley Griffiths, Samantha Stevens, and Sarah Rogers, and our wonderful make-up artists Elaine Barrow and Shamirah Sairally took over, expertly transforming the ladies into Drama Queens. Both girls worked so quickly, and came on board at the eleventh hour when another hair and make-up artist couldn’t take part – they saved the day, quite literally. Our Drama Queens took their pick of the gorgeous accessories from Claire Ogden Designs, and then worked their own little miracles doing each other’s hair for the shoot, and we all agreed they did amazingly. While all that was going on, Gwenda Wilkes from The Vintage Floral Design Company dropped off the stunning floral garlands that featured rather prominently all day; they were so beautiful, all made with preserved flowers.

“Next, Jinder Raja from The Finer Details and Elizabeth Solaru from the legendary Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium worked their creative magic on our styled areas in the Tarred Yarn Store and the 3 Slip – Big space. Jinder specialises in beautiful wedding invitations and accessories, and all of her beautiful brooch bouquets are designed and produced in her studio in Surrey with the utmost attention to detail, and it showed – they were truly unique. Elizabeth arrived with an absolute cavern of cakes and treats which everyone one of us was trying to resist. She is of the belief that a cake should delight both taste wise and visually, and these were nothing short of remarkable; the workmanship on her cakes was impeccable.

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Drama Queen Photo Shoot on the Set of Les Miserables

A ‘Drama Queen’ Shoot on the Set of Les Misérables

Drama Queen Photo Shoot on the Set of Les Miserables

Les Misérables opens in cinemas tomorrow, and today we have something super-exciting to share with you – a stunning styled bridal shoot which took place at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, where much of the film was shot! This amazing shoot was dreamed up by Caroline Nicholson. After watching the official Les Misérables trailer Caroline thought about what a great place the set would be for a photo shoot – but surely she wouldn’t be allowed to shoot on the film set… would she?

“I have rather fanciful ideas on many days, but it’s not often I get to see them through to fruition. However, on a very cold day at the end of December one of my ideas became a reality and, boy oh boy, was it worth all the hard work.

“As November of 2012 drew to a close and I completed my last wedding of the year, I started to get that creative itch that I so often get. I adore the weddings I’m lucky enough to capture, but I always come away with more ideas, things I’d love to try, that one shot that we just didn’t have time for, that one image that allows me to push the boundaries of my own wedding photography a little further. So I decided I had to do something really creative, just for me, and just for the fun of it.

“The concept came from my work in the film industry, and my love of film in general. For a long time I’ve adored film stills almost as much as the films themselves, and films influence my work quite a lot. I love the atmosphere that stills capture, the unreality of what they show us, the behind the scenes magic they convey. I wanted to incorporate this into a shoot and I was looking for a really unusual venue for several brides who wanted to wear their dresses again, some of whom I’d photographed before on their wedding days. I wanted it to be something really contemporary, and I knew my lovely brides were up for having some fun – bringing out their inner ‘Diva’.

“Hold that Thought.

“I grew up in Rochester in Kent and still live nearby, and through my contacts I established that much of the new Les Misérables and the recent Sherlock Holmes films were shot on location in Chatham, at the Historic Dockyard. It’s an amazing venue and having shot weddings there before I knew it had huge potential for a dramatic shoot – I just didn’t realise quite how much. I’d been looking forward to Les Misérables for some time, and one afternoon after watching the official trailer for the film I started thinking…

“What if I could arrange to do my shoot on the set of the films?! Nah – never going to happen – there’s no way they are going to let you shoot on a film set; not a chance….

“Only they did let me shoot on the set! Waaaaahhhhhh!

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Cherish the dress shoot at Cribbs Causeway Bristol

A Festive Cherish the Dress Shoot

Cherish the dress shoot at Cribbs Causeway Bristol

Today we have something festive to share with you; a fantastic winter Cherish the Dress shoot. The shoot took place at at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol, and was organised and shot by Martin of PhotoDabek. Martin told us a little bit about the shoot…

“I went shopping with my wife at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol, and when I saw the castle, ice rink and all those lights I thought it would be great to do a Cherish the Dress shoot in the evening; I love photographing in low-light conditions. Tallulah and Tom Modzelewski , whose wedding I photographed on the 4th of June 2011 at The Square Club in Bristol, were up for that.

“During the shoot we had to be quick as the temperature was around 0 that evening. The whole session took 30 minutes, and when Tallulah saw the pictures, she said that it was worth the shivering!”

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A 1920's Styled Bridal Shoot

A 1920’s Styled Bridal Shoot

A 1920's Styled Bridal Shoot

Fiona Jones from Jones and Co Photography in Farnham, Surrey adores photographing weddings. To be able to document all the emotions, the love and the laughter and produce fabulous imagery for her clients is just a joy for her. Often wondering what it would have been like to be a photographer during different times of our history and being drawn to the 1920s inspired her to shoot a ’20s styled bride as a portfolio piece – her interpretation of being a bride from this time of spectacular opulence.

1920's bride outside Loseley Park

Often referred to as the ‘Roaring Twenties’ it was a great time for new technology, discovery and advancement, and this was a time of prosperity for many; choosing the right location for the shoot was key to the overall look and feel of the imagery. Loseley Park, near Guildford in Surrey, a popular wedding venue Fiona has photographed on many occasions, was the obvious choice.

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