Monday, 21 February 2011

Wedding Showcase - Bridal photoshoot

If you've been following me on Facebook and Twitter, you may have realised that I've recently been collaberating with a few other local wedding suppliers and discussing how we can all work together to help each other.

Mostly I've been working with Hannah from Sweet Dream Events and Natalie from Exquisite Bridal, the new bridal shop in Lymington. To start things off, we're running an event that's moving away from the traditional wedding fair. As well as showcasing a number of talented suppliers, we're giving brides a bit more by giving them something really useful that they can take away from the event. We've got six suppliers in total, as well as photography from myself of course - we have wedding dresses, wedding styling, hair, make-up and jewellery. We're running two events, the first one in Lymington 10th March and the second one is in Canford Cliffs in Poole 17th March.

Each business will be giving valuable advice to brides (and grooms!) to be. From talking about which dresses and jewellery may suit you and how to look amazing in your photographs, to tips on hair and make up and how to find your wedding style. The evening is going to be really interactive with live demos - oh and don't forgot the fizz and nibbles too!

The whole event is totally free of charge, but you do have to be on the guest list to attend - to do this please call Natalie at the shop on 01590 610433 - places are limited so hurry!

For more information please see our flyer here.

To celebrate this collaberation of great suppliers we decided to do a bridal shoot to showcase all our talents in one shoot.

We had a fantastic model Tori (one of Hannah's best friends) who very kindly took the day off work to help us out. She'd never done anything like this before - so I was very impressed how relaxed and amazing she was in front of the camera!

She started off the day early with Hayley who owns Elite Hairdressing who styled her hair to perfection! Then she travelled over to Lymington to Annabel's house where she was made up - Annabel has worked in TV and Film - so definitely knew her stuff!

Natalie and I joined them at this stage for some behind the scenes shots (that's a whole other blogpost!), then once she was done we all made our way over to the field in which we'd chosen for the shoot.

Hannah had been there for hours helping get all our props ready for the day ahead and setting the scenes up - we were totally blessed with the weather it was amazing all day - despite rain the day before and after! One of the biggest and best props that Hannah had been able to source was an AMAZING silver American Airstream caravan - I was so excited - this was like a southern california shoot!

The day went brilliantly Hannah, Natalie, Tori and myself worked really well together - it was a really positive day - noone moaned once, even when the sun went in and it started to get cold - and boy was it cold! Tori must have been freezing!

I did the shoot with my Canon 5d and 5dMK2 and a mixture between my 50mm 1.2L, 70-200 2.8 IS L and my 24-70 2.8L lenses. I used a bit of off camera flash (580 ex with a ST-E2) in a couple of them. This is the same equipment I take when I photograph weddings.

Anyway enough of me yabbering on - here's a selection of images from the shoot for you to feast your eyes on, I hope you enjoy looking at them.

Natalie provided some jaw dropping dresses from her bridal shop in Lymington.

And Annabelle from Beau Bijou in Westbourne provided all the bespoke and vintage jewellery.

Hannah seriously has some talent in styling - the scenes looked amazing!

Shoes model's own - stunning!

Who would have known it was a February in England hey?

Natalie worked all day making sure the dresses were just perfect on Tori.

In between takes I nibbled on some of the sweets! (Sorry Hannah!)

Loving the candy ciggies! Hannah had thought of everything!

Hope you liked them! To see the rest of the shoot look click here. To see Hannah's blogpost click here.

Massive thanks to all involved.

Styling and props by Hannah at Sweet Dream Events
Wedding dresses: Natalie at Exquisite Bridal Couture
Hair by Hayley at Elite Hairdressing
Make up by Annabel Hornsby
Jewellery by Beau Bijou
Airstream by Richard at New Forest Airstream



  1. Awesome set and looks like loads of effort on all sides to pull off some stunning images. Where the hell can I get my hands on an Airstream!? RB

  2. Amazing! I'm about to embark on my own wedding shoot for my bridal headwear and am a tad nervous about how it will look! This shoot is amazing inspiration :)

  3. Love these! The caravan is a stroke of genius, especially like the one where she is leaning up against the side with a cigarette. Great work!