A glamorous, nautical bridal shoot in Southsea

16 Jun 2017

Go behind the scenes of this stunning seaside bridal shoot featuring three models and a variety of local suppliers

Using vintage style dresses and taking advantage of the locations Southsea had to offer, Alex Cvijovic from The Vintage Parade and Helen Ruff of Doily Days set up a vintage, nautical themed bridal shoot to showcase local suppliers. Here, she talks to us about organising it.

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

The shoot was created to bring together suppliers attending The Wonderous Wedding Fair last November. We wanted it to create an alternative shoot, nothing cheesy just fun. As Southsea is synonymous with the seaside we felt it was an obvious choice to celebrate the city: independent businesses with a nautical twist.

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Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen?

We didn’t use a specific venue, we were ‘out and about’ and we were lucky the weather was glorious. Our base was David Western’s boutique on Castle Road in Southsea.

Southsea has an abundance of creative outlets and iconic landmarks. Pie 'n' Vinyl was a great location as it provided a unique backdrop with its vinyl collection and oddities. The models at the Hot Walls created a soft romantic look juxtaposed against the strong stone walls that surrounds the sea.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

Cabbage White Flowers created a beautiful bouquet for us, an elegant yet playful selection of blooms for a saucy seaside shoot. Lotus Floral Art provided dried flower crowns whilst Rosadior supplied quirky silk flowers accessories.

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What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits?

As the shoot was held on one day we wanted to go for a look that could be used in a variety of scenes. We went for striking eyes and pouty pink and red lips. The dresses were provided to us by four local and unique wedding dress designers.

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What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?

We wanted a nautical theme without being too obvious or cheesy. Our suppliers really understood what we were trying to achieve. We wanted a nod to the sea without overdoing it with blue and white, anchors etc. We’re so pleased with the results; we feel it represents something that’s fresh, quirky and lively while still being traditional.

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What kind of accessories were used tocreate these looks and why? 

A VW campervan was an obvious choice for a seaside shoot. Kelly from Kelly's Cakeaways came up with more than we could have asked for in a wedding cake; a nod to naval and the sea. The Feather Balloon Company provided giant balloons, a nice alternative to a bridal bouquet. There is a bit of our inner child wanting to have a balloon. Choc and Truffle created some fun chocolate lollypops; we loved the red lips. We brought all of our suppliers together to create as many unique and stylish looks as possible. It wasn’t until we had everything together that we could work out the styling.

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Get the look:

Photography: Carrie Lavers Photography
Models: Amy Baker, Beth, Channon
Hair: Elegance Bridal Coiffure
Make-up: Art Blush
Dresses: David Western Bridal, Louise Rose Couture, Kara April
Flowers: Cabbage White Flowers
Floral headpieces and accessories: Rosadior
Dried flower crowns: Lotus Floral Art
Cakes: Kelly’s Cakeaway
Chocolate Lollipops: Choc and Truffle
Balloons: The Feather Balloon Company
Cars: Capstick’s Classics
Jewellery: Kim Styles Jewellery
Campervan: VW Weddings
Styling: The Vintage Parade, Doily Days