A Dorset wedding shoot on the water's edge

24 Oct 2017

Staged on the water's edge, this Dorset shoot showcases the talents of local wedding professionals

Shealan Faere Butler as the photographer approached Oxana Ruckhaber of Minster Brides having heard about her dress company. She wanted to do a styled shoot for a while and found her dresses were beautiful and wanted to do something with a bohemian feel; she said she had the perfect dresses. From there she gathered a team of Dorset's finest wedding professionals and they set about creating a true fine art photography result.

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

Dulled blue tones, marshy landscape, windswept, drift wood, and peeling paint; these were the primary influences behind the shoot along with a desire to create a romantic, almost renaissance, feel to the images. 



What did you choose for the flower arrangements? 

The English Florist wanted the arrangements to reflect the windswept, shoreline feel of the shoot, so architectural, textured flowers and foliage were used. The coral fern perfectly reflects the sea shore atmosphere, as does the eryingium, otherwise known as sea holly and the spiky mini protea were also ideal. Colour, of course, was an essential part of the shoot and eucalyptus was chosen to correspond with the bluey grey hues and delicate sweet avalanche roses picked up the blush pink.




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

Amazing Face Dorset recreated the natural soft country unstructured look that our brides know and love so well using Huda, Dior, Mercier and Wella products, resulting in an ethereal and timeless beauty with a hint of modern glamour.



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

Granny's Vintage China chose delicate vintage china in blush pink and grey to complement the bridalwear, cake and the stationery. The look was fresh, and informal offset by the crystal glassware. 



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

The accessories supplied by were designed with a hint of colour to complement the tones of the shoot using beautiful gold leaves and the powdery blues and pinks in the crystal and gemstone beading. The regal feel of the crowns complemented the romantic portrait style of the images.



Get the look:

Photography: Shealan Faere Butler,
Videography and additional photography: Greg Thurtle at TP photography,
Make-Up: Amazing Face Dorset,
Accessories: Nancy and Flo,
Cake: Lucie Loves to Bake,
Stationery: Lily and Lottie Stationery,
Balloons: Balloon A Room Weddings,
Floristry: The English Florist,
China Hire,

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