Celebrating every bride's individuality, this shoot demonstrates how to achieve a bold and beautiful style in a quietly confident way
Lifting the lid on this bridal shoot in Milton Keynes, hair and make-up artist Tricia D'Costa discusses how brides can let their individuality shine through on their big day.
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
I was utterly blown away with Maria Grazia Chiuri's first collection as creative designer for Dior early in 2017 at Paris Fashion Week. I discovered that not only was this her first collection, she is also the first female director in the history of Dior. I work with many brides every year and have a close connection with them on many levels. One topic of discussion is ‘the dress’. I felt empowered by Maria Grazia Chiuri's feminine, yet bold, statement pieces and found that many of my brides also look to find this ‘boldness’ within themselves with all of their wedding choices - whether it be their cake, flowers, dress or venue. However, it is often mentioned by my brides, the feeling that they must base their choices for their wedding day on what other people want or think they should have.
I wanted to produce a shoot that encouraged and gave a quiet confidence to any bride looking through the images that it is their day and if they want to step away from a tradional wedding dress, they can and still look bridal and utterly beautiful. The cakes are bold, colourful and elegant statement artisan designs – inspiring any bride not to doubt herself and to have a large gold cake, not necessarily the white cake, or any cake that their aunty or friends may encourage them to have. This feeling travels with them through their entire wedding planning choices.
Tell us about the venue.
Chicheley Hall in Milton Keynes was chosen as it presents a synchronicity of country chic and city style. Chicheley has all the elements for a bride who likes traditional décor with a modern touch. The feeling of being in the countryside yet still having little modern city touches is reflected in styling and beautiful manicured lawns.
What look did you want to achieve with the hair and make-up?
The make-up and hair brief I created was simple – elegant, feminine, fresh – underdone rather than overdone, with the emphasis being on achieving a fresh peachy/rose look – taking cues from our chosen colour palette, which included pale dogwood.
What outfits did you choose for the bride?
I chose the outfits to reflect the story of our bride, getting ready in her boudoir, to show her playing with different bridal looks, penning her own story at her desk and falling asleep from all the excitement. The finale pieces were chosen to reflect the grandeur of the staircase with bold florals and not just any flower crown but a bold sumptuous orchestra of florals.
The scenes were created to reflect our bride’s mood and to show her taking command of her choices and making a statement. The final shot shows our bride sitting like a queen, owning her day, surrounded by decadent treats and cakes, while still wearing her crown.
Get the look:
Venue: Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes, www.chicheleymiltonkeynes.co.uk/partner/chicheley-hall/
Photography: Aneta & Peter of Brightside Photography, http://brightsidephotography.co.uk/
Dresses: Bowen Dryden, www.bowendryden.co.uk
Hair and make-up: Tricia D'Costa, www.triciadcosta.co.uk
Flowers and flower arch: Lizzy of The Flower Story, www.theflowerstory.co.uk
Event styling: Gemma of The White Emporium, www.thewhiteemporium.co.uk
Cakes: Lindsay of Joyful Tiers, www.joyfultiers.co.uk
Accessories: Clementine of Miss Clemmie, www.missclemmie.co.uk
Model: Chloe Jasmine Whichello
Read more about the shoot in the 2018 edition of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Bride magazine.