A contemporary and colourful bridal shoot

10 Oct 2017

Essex suppliers join forces for this fun and fresh wedding fashion shoot in the countryside

Bespoke bridalwear designer, Lucy, of Lucy Can't Dance shares the key details and behind the scenes secrets of this bright and beautiful shoot in Essex. 

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

My inspiration and style for the shoot was tropical, bohemian, bright colours and confident women. I always like to use confident and exciting women in my shoots because I want the photos to be interesting and show their personalities. We used a lot of props, a ton of tropical plants and smoke bombs to achieve our look.

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

We used an amazing local wedding venue called The Railway Barn, near Chelmsford in Essex, which is also a vineyard. What could be better? They had so many different areas to shoot photos which gave us a lot of variety. The fields of vines were absolutely breathtaking. We had a lot of fun shooting through these. The owners were so lovely and accommodating. Their huge barn had some good backdrops and a place to hang our amazing tassel covered hammock.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

The florist for the shoot was The Flower Arranger. She made three beautiful bouquets for the shoot to complement the different dresses. She used lots of tropical leaves and bright coloured flowers to match the styling of the shoot. These were bold, unique and stood out beautifully in the photos.

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

I used five of my dress designs for this photoshoot. I have a lot of colourful dip-dye dresses which I wanted to show within this shoot. The colours worked perfectly and the make-up complemented them wonderfully.

The Dresses:

  • Heart of Glass: Heart of Glass is by far my favourite design; 800 hand-sewn flower appliqués and a subtle grey dip-dye tulle skirt. Chloe looked amazing in this dress and it looked beautiful walking down our rug aisle.
  • Jungle Fever: A full tropical lace dress with long sleeves and a beautiful low back. I had a crazy fit when I found this amazing lace. It’s so unique and is so popular with our brides. It worked so well with the tropical styling for this shoot.
  • Ziggy Stardust: Ziggy is our bold and eye-catching orange dip-dye dress. The dress is made from beautiful silk fabric with a tropical lace top and low-V back.
  • Lola: Lola is our blue dip-dye high-low style dress with an illusion back with beautiful lace and button details. The blue dip-dye skirt really pops in these photos and video.
  • London Calling: This dress is always lots of fun to wear. The tassel sleeves make you feel like a real cowboy and you can't help but flap around like a bird. Our model, Tillie, was pulling some crazy shapes.

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We used three beautiful and different models for our shoot: Tillie, Chian and Chloe. We had a beautiful range of hair colours, which gave Lisa Alger (the hairstylist) lots to play around with. Lisa is fantastic at hairstyling; she can whip up an amazing hairstyle in minutes. She created three different up looks which worked perfectly with the style of shoot. She is the master of beautiful loose plaits.

Make-up was by the fabulous Claire Marie Makeup. We decided on bright colours for this shoot, so she used bright purples, reds and blues to match the colourful flowers to complement the unique colours within the dresses. She added some gold details and bold lips too.

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

I loved the idea of having lots of props within the scenes, I wanted a chaotic plant infused shoot with lots to look at. I loved the idea of having living room furniture outside within the beautiful vines. When I had this idea I knew the person for the job. The amazing Rock The Day Styling team styled the shoot. Laura is a genius at collecting amazing props and styling scenes perfectly. She added a bohemian feel to the shoot with the rugs and candleholders. The rug and cushion aisle was an amazing idea that works well within the theme.

Vintage Garden Weddings made some wonderful props for the shoot. They customised the huge hammock with orange tassels which really stood out amoungst the green plants. They also made the amazing blue feather tree, which I am obsessed with (I’ve stolen it for my studio). The feather tree is so bold and looked amazing with the blue dip-dye dress.

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

I made two colourful flower crowns for the shoot and we also borrowed a beautiful gold headpiece from PS With Love. We didn’t over-power the look with too many accessories as the setting and dresses were already very bold.

Get the look: 

Dresses: Lucy Can't Dance, https://lucycantdance.com/
Photography: Megan Elle Photography, http://meganelle.co.uk
Floristry and plant styling: The Flower Arranger, www.theflowerarranger.co.uk
Hair: Lisa Alger, http://essexweddingbeauty.co.uk
Make-up: Claire Marie Makeup, www.clairemariemakeup.com
Styling: Rock The Day Styling, www.rockthedaystyling.co.uk
Props & styling: Vintage Garden Weddings, www.vintagegardenweddings.co.uk
Gold leaf headpiece: PS With Love, www.pswithlove.co.uk
Venue: The Railway Barn, www.facebook.com/therailwaybarn/
Models: Chloe Papworth; www.facebook.com/chloepapworthmodelling/; Tillie Peel; and Chian Reynolds

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