A Christmas bridal shoot in Hertfordshire

11 Dec 2019

Celebrating a successful year for weddings in 2019, this Christmas shoot draws on the talents of local suppliers 

Shot at a secret location on the Hertfordshire/Essex border, Carrie Courtney of CC Millinery Creations offers exclusive access into this festive-themed bridal shoot and details how the creative team collaborated to achieve the look. 

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

We wanted to finish the year with something which excudes warm winter season charm, drawing on the talents of some local suppliers who I've had the pleasure to work with this year. Shot on the 28th November 2019, we used the very final days of autumn to shoot booth indoors and outdoors at our chosen venue. 

We took our inspiration from a Christmas card I found, and used the editorial photography style of Mike Croshaw to bring a modern twist to our winter wonderland shoot. 

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

We chose to use the white room for a more modern approach to our Christmas scenes, offering something slightly different. Ted Douglas, my partner, got to use his craftsmanship by handmaking our eight foot suspended hoop and I decorated it with classic Christmas decorations found in charity shops. I used creams, golds and foliage and greenery foraged from our gardens to bring the season indoors. 

Downstairs, for our classic Christmas scene, I wanted to create the traditional look of reds and greens using mistletoe, cedars and firs, again foraged from our garden.

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What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?

We used our headpieces throughout the shoot. While we are generally known for our spring and summer pieces, I tried to work within the seasons and make pieces that work at any time of year, including headpieces for winter brides. 

The gold and forest green headpiece in the white room was a new piece I wanted to try. I had a colour in mind for a long time that I've always wanted to use and I am so pleased with the results.

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How did you achieve the make-up, hair and outfits for the brides?

The gowns were from Poppy Perspective in Ramsgate, Kent, which has a beautiful range of gowns and a new collection of reworked vintage styles. Every dress is handcrafted in the UK. Each model showcased a different style and while each dress complemented the other, they worked perfectly on the two different sets - from the modern look of our white room, to our classic Christmas fireplace set.

Our make-up artists created complementing looks for the models, from a sultry vintage siren to statement smoky eyes amid a warm colour palette. Hair was kept simple, in long tumbling waves, to allow the headpieces to take centre stage. 

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Get the look: 

Photography: Mike Croshaw
Concept, design, florals and headpieces: Carrie Courtney and Ted Douglas, CC Millinery Creations
Dresses: Poppy Perspective 
Make-up: Elaine Marie Make-up and Clarissa Clary
Models: Lottle Goodchild and Quyen Le

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