Female empowerment is brought to the fore in this styled shoot themed on Queen Boudicca
Amy Kearton of Norfolk-based floristry company Vintage Silk shares the details of this shoot which celebrates girl power.
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
We were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to do the first shoot at the newly renovated Boudicca Hotel, Restaurant and Bar in Norwich, so I decided to create a shoot based around female empowerment with Queen Boudicca, the red-headed Iceni warrior as our muse.
Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen
Previously the Caistor Hall Hotel, the new owner has sympathetically renovated the large Georgian building leaving all the stunning original features but bringing everything else up to date, and introducing a stunning new colour scheme. During the refurbishment and when the new name was revealed I knew instantly I would love to plan a shoot here based around the fantastic historical past this area of Norfolk has.
What did you choose for the flower arrangements?
I knew from early on that I wanted to create a bouquet filled with wild and dried flowers. At Vintage Silk we create wedding flowers using silk and dried flowers so it’s something a bride can keep forever. This hand-tied bouquet includes artificial foliage and flowers like the chrysanthemum leaf and the English heath berry but mixed with real dried flowers like pampas grasses and the dried flower pendula. I wanted to keep the flowers very rustic and natural but with bold flashes of burnt oranges, bronze and rust.
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride?
Even though the shoot was inspired by Queen Boudicca I wanted to make sure it was still very bridal. I contacted Tatty’s Original Bridal who makes bespoke dresses as we have worked together in the past. She was very excited to create a dress for this shoot. She went above and beyond and made a beautiful simple white dress and added a bridal cape which attached to the dress via a stunning handmade bronze necklace and headpiece.
I wanted a model who had red hair to replicate Boudicca, so we left this down long and natural with a slight curl in it. To continue the fiery theme and colours, our make-up artist Lina went for bold brown and orange eye make-up and natural lips an orange hue.
What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together and what kind of accessories were used to create these looks?
I wanted to keep everything as natural and rustic as possible so I used props to complement this. From our prop collection at Vintage Silk I picked a wooden geometric arch decorated with pampas grass and artificial ivy. I added furs, tree stumps, brass candle sticks and wooden lanterns to tie it altogether and add texture.
Our model Tiffany was then seated on a cane sofa and a peacock chair which we also took outside into the beautiful grounds. These main props were set up in The Boudicca's large open hall where ceremonies are held. However, when we shot in the grand Georgian rooms, like the Whisky Lounge, I didn’t want to use any props and just let the décor speak for itself.
Get the look:
Venue: The Boudicca Hotel, Restaurant and Bar
Flowers, props and styling: Vintage Silk
Photography: Chris Bottrell Photography
Dress and accessories: Tatty’s Original
Make-up: Lina Hallberg
Model: Tiffany Crosson-Smith
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