A beach styled shoot in Minnis Bay, Kent

11 Aug 2020

Wedding photographer Sammy Taylor explains the concept and inspiration behind this small, styled elopement shoot  


What was the inspiration behind the shoot? 
We were in the middle of all the initial huge and scary changes surrounding Covid-19. I had all my brides panicking and moving their wedding dates to next year. I wanted so desperately to offer them some sort of positivity surrounding their wedding and I needed to demonstrate how it could still be a magical celebration even if they were now facing limited guest numbers (or none at all - because of government rules). I wanted to show just how beautifully intimate and touching an elopement could be. That is how the entire inspiration formed.  


Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen 
The beach location was a ‘no-brainer’ type of decision - I needed an outdoor space. It allowed us all to fully distance ourselves from one another and also offer the romantic, sunset vibe I wanted. We were facing having to follow very strict guidelines on social distancing (which I took very seriously). I chose to shoot right at the end of the day, after everyone had gone home from the beach, and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. It was magical, and we were blessed with the golden hour.  


What did you choose for the flower arrangements? 
Arch florals and a beautiful bouquet were designed and created by the talented Laura from Xyris Botanicals. I wanted it all to be very romantic and she came up with the gorgeous colour scheme that she had growing in her garden. She used a selection of flowers that she had been planning for real weddings that were now facing having no purpose. I was delighted to put some to good use.   



What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom?  
The model is actually a hair and make-up artist and the couple are a 'real' couple. So, with all the rules and restrictions it was a perfect combination for us. All I wanted to portray was intimacy, romance, and a slightly free-spirited vibe.  


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

Again, we were very limited to having a gathering of suppliers. I managed to organise the smallest styled shoot with the necessities involved. I needed some soft peaches and warm colours to offer some contrast against the golden sand colour and I wanted it to end up being warm in tones and dreamy in ‘feels’.  


What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why? 
The dressIt had all the gorgeous details and patterns that were perfect for beach sunset shooting. You can really show off the details when it is golden hour and I specifically requested a dress with a lot of detailed styling.  



Steal Their Style 
Photography & concept: Sammy Taylor Wedding Photography   
Props & furniture styling: The Little Wedding Warehouse     
Dress: Love in Lace Bridal    
Models & HMUA: Katie & Lewis    
Flowers: Xyris Botanicals    
Stationery: Fawn and Thistle   


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