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Boho bridal inspiration in a bathtub

13 Dec 2017

Looking for boho bridal inspiration? Take a look at this styled shoot from bridalwear brand Lucy Can’t Dance 

Bridal dressmaker Lucy Can’t Dance organised a styled shoot based around a bathtub in the forest. Here, she tells us about her inspiration and the photoshoot itself.

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The idea 

I’ve always loved the idea of a bath shoot. I’m in love with old fashion freestanding baths and how romantic they look. We searched for a local wedding venue with a luxurious bathroom but had no luck finding the exact look we were after. We then found the most amazing freestanding bath with beautiful gold feet for sale. This completely adapted our original idea, which ended up being so much better.

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We wanted to place the bath in the middle of an overgrown forest with lots of ivy vines.  I knew I wanted a model with pastel coloured hair to add some another splash of colour to the greenery. In the end we brought a beautiful pastel pink wig, which worked perfectly with Tillie’s beautiful face. We filled the bath with water and milk to turn the liquid a beautiful creamy colour. We added floating flowers that matched the bouquet and autumn leaves. The results are breath taking. Megan’s photography style is so beautiful. Her editing and tones make the overgrown garden look like a fairy tale. 

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The photo shoot took place at the end of October, which meant the weather was turning a little bitter. We were all very worried about how cold it may be for our poor model Tillie sat outside in a bathtub but actually we almost boiled her (don’t worry; she’s still in one piece).

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The styling

We all helped out with the styling of the shoot. We decided to have two looks for the day. A ‘Dry’ look and a ‘Wet’ look. For the ‘Dry’ look we filled the bath with Ivy leaves and shot the photos next to an overgrown tree. We took advantage of the beautiful autumn coloured leaves which made a stunning backdrop. We didn’t overload the scene with props as the foliage was perfect for what was needed. 

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For the ‘Wet’ look we moved the bathtub into a very overgrown woodland area. We added candles and lanterns to add some colour and romance to the scene. We wanted the area to look peaceful and natural which the contrast of the big white bathtub. 

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The dresses

I used some pieces from the brand new Lucy Can’t Dance collection, which is being released early 2018. I decided to use a dress and two-piece with tones of grey which would work well together. We used our ‘Gold Rush’ dress for the first look. This dress is made from stunning heavy beaded lace. The dress has a low back with lots of beautiful silk ivory buttons. The dress slip is a beautiful dark grey colour which enhances the lace detail.

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We used our ‘Rebel Rebel’ lace top and light grey ‘Soul Love’ tulle skirt for the second look. I love the vine edging on our lace top, which worked so well with the forest foliage. For some of the shoot, we also used our personalised Lucy Can’t Dance leather jacket. The beautiful blue leather jacket was hand painted by the amazing Lucky Sew & Sew.

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The photography

Our photographer for the day was Megan Elle Photography. Megan is a dream to work with. Her style is dreamy, vivid and unique. She could make a pile of rubbish look beautiful. Megan used ladders to photograph the bath from above and got attacked by so many bushes along the way. 

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The flowers

The Flower Arranger made the stunning bouquet for the shoot. The colour combination of Red, orange and yellow flowers worked beautifully with the scenery. Their bouquets are always so big and colourful which really make them stand out. We cut some matching flowers to go into the bath. They looked so vivid amongst the creamy coloured water. 

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The hair 

The hair stylist for the shoot was Emma Tulip. She had an amazing time working with the beautiful long pink wig. She says: “The first look was inspired by the idea of a mermaid (because of the tub) so I created a loose fishtail braid incorporating the flowers from the woodland theme. The second look was more woodland imp with loose curls and braids for softer feel."

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The make-up

The make-up artist was Claire Marie Makeup. I loved Claire’s make-up for this shoot. The bold lip colour looked beautiful with the bouquet. She says: “I wanted to keep the look quite subtle but still bold to stand out in the wild autumn setting. So I went for a dewy fresh complexion, glossy eyelids, and a lovely deep red lip to tie in with the bouquet and pop against her pastel pink hair.”

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Credits

Dresses: Lucy Can’t Dance
Photography: Megan Elle Photography
Make-up: Claire Marie Makeup
Hair: Emma Tulip
Florist: The Flower Arranger
Jewellery: Aliza Fire
Model: Tillie Peel