A tale of three brides; a church wedding shoot in Norfolk

10 Jul 2018

Three alternative bridal looks play out in this wedding shoot fulfilled by a wealth of Norfolk suppliers

Rebecca Adams, director of RLA Wedding Designs - a Norfolk-based stationery and styling business, walks us through this wedding shoot in Martham. 

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

When styling and organising this shoot I wanted to showcase three brides with three different looks:

My main focus was to style a rock/gothic bride. I wanted to style an alternative bride who wore a leather jacket and Dr Martens and displayed a nonchalant attitude with a fierce look... totally not what is expected of a bride on her wedding day.


I then wanted to show what I feel is a typical bride – someone who glows on the day with natural beauty and walks with elegance and poise, and how I used to envisage a bride looking on her wedding day as a small child.


My final look was something that is current and bang on trend. I wanted a relaxed bride with bare feet and a figure hugging detailed dress that spoke for itself.


Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen.

Martham Church in Norfolk was chosen because it stands so beautifully in my local village. It fitted perfectly with my theme because it is so adaptable. It leant itself so well to my three looks. My angelic bride stood inside the church featuring bold statement floral designs, beautiful lighting streaming through the stain glass and all things authentic.

In contrast, the eerie feel outside and in the church grounds, with old wooden doors and metal gothic gates, was also the perfect setting for my shoot. I also asked two very talented photographers with two totally different styles of photography to capture the images. James Warnes Photography was great at creating the moody style I had wanted to achieve and Simon Watson’s pictures really showcased the detail in the shots.



What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

From my offshoot business, Rebecca Louise Floral Designs, I created three bouquets that set the tone and matched the overall look for each bride. I wanted to create a wow factor at the church and used a huge floral arch made with canopy blossom trees from The Backdrop Boutique for this. I also used delicate pew ends with fresh florals and two acrylic plinths with large artificial floral balls featuring more than 250 flower heads in each arrangement.




What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride?

The dresses by Maisie May Bridal were chosen with each bride and theme in mind.

Makeup by Louise was the make-up artist for the shoot and Christie's Hairdressing styled the brides' hair. Both came up with their own ideas, working towards a short brief on the overall look I wanted to create. Using each dress and bouquet as their inspiration, they adapted three looks that fitted perfectly.



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

I have seen a lot of styled shoots and wanted this to be more about the styles of each bride and the setting rather than specific items. I didn’t want to create a forced look and wanted any items used to play a part in the overall look. I opted to have large statement pieces in the church only, which perfectly complemented and enhanced the natural beauty of the church without creating any distraction.



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

Three gorgeous dresses, hair accessories and a veil were chosen specifically for this shoot. I wanted the looks to be easily recognisable and distinctive with key accessories. For example, my rock inspired bride wore a fabulous pair of untied Dr Martens, a crown on her forehead and a leather jacket, with dark make-up and a bright bouquet adding to the look.



Get the look: 

Prop hire and venue styling: RLA Wedding Designs, www.rlaweddingdesigns.co.uk
Floristry: Rebecca Louise Floral Designs, www.facebook.com/RebeccaLouiseFloralDesigns/
Wedding dresses, hair pieces and accessories: Maisie May Bridal, www.maisiemaybridal.co.uk  
Venue: Martham Church, www.achurchnearyou.com/church/2783/ 
Hair: Christie’s Hairdressing, www.christieshairdressing.co.uk
Make-up: Makeup by Louise, www.lulabella11.wixsite.com/makeupbylouise
Floral canopy arch: The Backdrop Boutique, www.thebackdropboutique.co.uk
Photography: Simon Watson Photography, www.simonwatson-photography.co.uk and James Warnes Photography, www.facebook.com/jameswarnesphotography/ 
Models: Olivia Green, Helen Thornley and Vicki Watson 

For more Norfolk wedding inspiration, pick up the latest issue of Norfolk & Suffolk Bride magazine

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