Glean inspiration from these Suffolk wedding shoots and find out how to achieve a beachy or fairytale bridal look with a modern edge
Photographer Katy Lagden takes us behind the scenes of two Suffolk shoots, which showcase two opposing bridal looks.
The Beachy Bride
These images offer soft, elegant, natural and feminine inspiration for the modern bride. Shot on location at Thorpeness beach in Suffolk at midday, we used the natural, dreamy light and a warm, light pastel colour palette to allow for a fresh, modern look.
The pretty flowing bridal dress, delicate silver jewellery, ivory shoes and accessories combine all the beautiful details for delicate and ethereal bridal beach inspiration. The overall approach and vibe for the shoot was to showcase a beautiful set of fine art imagery in a very gentle,carefully considered and elegant way.
"This beachy bride is carrying ivory avalanche roses, white gypsophila, white veronica, white ranunculus, white anenomies and eucalyptus nicoli, bound with a natural burlap ribbon. We used a monochromatic colour scheme to tie in with the natural beach setting. A neutral palette is always an elegant option, fitting in with any season and theme. Eucalyptus and veronica are excellent textures to use against the rippling roses and other flowers, because they create movement throughout the bouquet, mimicking the gentle flow of the bride's dress and the waves along the beach." Bethany Rose Florist
The hair and make-up
"In order to get my ‘beach bride’ look, I decided to go quite minimal with my hair and make-up. Of course, for the hair, it had to be beachy waves. For a beach wedding, it works well to pin some strands of hair back - doing this adds some interest to the hairstyle, but is also more practical if you’re having your wedding on a windy beach. With the make-up, I focused on creating a natural look, using nude and pink eyeshadows, paired with some subtle pink blush, and a classic pink lip.
"Now onto the main attraction - the dress. I was incredibly lucky to find my dream dress in a vintage/second-hand shop. For a lot of people, the idea of a pre-loved dress for your wedding isn’t ideal - however, I see it as an opportunity to find something more unique, for a lower price, which gives you room to customise the dress if you wish. Luckily, this dress didn’t need any alteration, as the beading and sequin detail was exactly what I was after. I think the sparkle really reflected the light from the sea and sky, and the floaty chiffon fabric caught the wind beautifully." Model, Grace Appleby
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The Fairytale Bride
Every girl’s dream is to have their own fairytale wedding. The concept for this bridal editorial was to blend elegance with natural beauty and bridal fashion with simple fairytale details to create inspiration for a more contemporary take on the classic look.
The bridal session used a combination of soft dreamy natural light, a neutral background and a beautiful light blush colour palette. The dress was a white long bridal dress, designed in China.
"Firstly I started off by spraying vitamin-infused Complexion Prep Spray by Urban Decay on to my clean face which helps reduce any redness, minimises pores and absorbs any oils on the skin. Moisturise and then use a foundation that's both natural but also covers any unwanted blemishes/redness. I used Dream Satin Liquid Foundation by Maybelline, which is also a hydrating serum. Next, I set my face with powder. For this I used MaxFactor's Creme Puff Pressed Powder which also helps with oily skin.
"On to the eyebrows; it's important to not go too overboard. I naturally have dark eyebrows so I don't have to do too much but I used the Paul's Boutique Eyebrow Palette to achieve the final look. Firstly, I used a brow comb to ensure the hairs were in place, then I used an angled eyebrow brush and dipped it into two powder shades to create my colour. Remember, don't go too dark because we want to retain the natural look. Gently tap the brush repeatedly against your eyebrow line to apply.
"A golden bronze complexion highlighter (I used Sun Beam by Benefit) adds a gorgeous and glowing highlight to the face. This colour won't work for every skin tone, so if you're quite fair there is a pink highlighter which might work better. Gold highlighters work better with more olive and darker skin tones. Use a small amount and apply to the eyelids, blending it out with a finger and making sure not to leave any gaps.
"Less is more with this look, so I applied a thin line of eyeliner to my top eyelids. I then used Extreme Black Wonder'full Mascara with argan oil by Rimmel London, applying to top and bottom lashes.
"To highlight the face, I used the Technic Get Gorgeous Highlighting Powder, applying small amounts to my cheekbones, philtrum/cupid's bow and tip of the nose. Finish with a lipstick; I picked Urban Decay's Vice Liquid Lipstick in '1993' which is a brown/nude. Remember to use make-up setting spray to keep the look in place all day." Model, Charlotte Hockley-Hills
"I tried out two different styles for my hair. For the first look, I washed my hair and applied a heat defence spray and Evo Salt Spray before blow-drying. I then re-applied the heat defence spray and straightened the lengths for smoothness, leaving it very natural and adding a fairytale tiara to finish the look.
"For the second look, I decided to have my hair up. I put my hair into a ponytail and then used a doughnut for the shape, pulling the ponytail through and covering the padding with the lengths of my hair. I secured in place with a some hair pins, sprayed with hairspray to hold and added a butterfly Alice band to complete the look." Model, Charlotte Hockley-Hills
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Photography: Katy Lagden Photography
Model: Charlotte Hockley-Hills