An all-female supplier team worked behind the scenes of this styled shoot, which served to promote diversity in the weddings industry
With a theme of simplicity and elegance, Charlotte Thackeray of Charlotte Suzanne Weddings shares further details of this shoot.
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
The shoot was an all-female shoot with a lovely real couple, Rachael and Sarah. From the beginning I was incredibly keen on having a female real couple for the shoot, primarily because I think it is so important to promote diversity in the weddings industry, which includes LGBTQ+ couples.
What brought me more encouragement was the reaction of my fellow suppliers, who also felt it was important to highlight a LGBTQ+ wedding.
As a planner I really like to build networks and collaborations between those who are newer to the industry but often bring new, fresh and interesting ideas, with those who offer the knowledge and experience.
Another inspiration for our shoot was to highlight the importance of celebrants, so we really wanted to highlight the wedding ceremony of Rachael and Sarah performed by celebrant Kayleigh of Magical Moments Ceremonies.
Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen
The shoot was held at Cams Hall in Fareham, Hampshire; a beautiful Georgian house that is licensed for civil ceremonies. As a wedding venue it can host receptions within the house or outside within a marquee. It was chosen as the venue for our shoot because it had that ‘wow’ factor as you venture up the driveway, and also offers plenty of different locations within the house as well as outside to capture the couple.
Our photographer, Yana Nova Photography, and videographer, Danielle Chambers Wedding Photography, played with light throughout the day including natural light within the building as well as outside in the grounds. They managed to get some lovely shots around 3pm when the sun was just starting to dip behind the trees to give a gorgeous autumnal feel.
What did you choose for the flower arrangements?
Our florist Kelly, The Hampshire Florist, created a pedestal arrangement with seasonal local flowers including lisianthus, roses and wild mixed foliages. This classic, romantic arrangement could have been placed at a number of points around the room including the large fireplace mantle, but we eventually chose one of the lovely bay windows. The bouquets were designed to be similar in style but have subtle differences, using similar flowers within the pedestal arrangement.
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom?
The dresses were chosen to demonstrate how two different dresses can still complement each other. Similarly with hair and make-up, we wanted to demonstrate two timeless looks that could inspire brides. Our bridal team and hair and make-up artist took each of the girls' looks and personality into consideration.
The White Rose Bridal Rooms team wanted to create a feminine yet individual look for each bride. The dresses had a bohemian feel with structure but delicate and soft layers.
Our make-up artist, Sophie Falinski Makeup, wanted to create a soft, pretty, romantic look for the make-up to complement the flowers, tableware and beautiful location. Using a mix of pink and beige tones on the eyes with a touch of sparkle kept it soft and chic. She used Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadows to achieve this soft glam look and Pillow Talk lipstick. She kept the skin light and fresh and wanted to achieve a dreamy glow over the top. She did this using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette and a touch of cream blush. She used a brown pencil eyeliner (Mac in Costa Riche), which was blended out into a wing liner.
For each of the bride's hair, hair stylist Karen Attwood wanted to achieve a look that was individual to each bride, reflecting their personality and complementing the dresses. Sarah’s hair was kept long and curled to reflect her more bohemian-style dress, while Rachael’s was pulled back to show off the clean lines of her gown.
What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?
The shoot itself was designed to be soft, romantic and timeless. Our table stationery was designed by Daisy Dots, who created four timeless place cards, a table number and menu cards that reflected the dusky pink florals. This really helped to pull the design of the wedding table together.
As a planner whose brides often have more understated budgets, I wanted to keep our design relatively simple and affordable so couples could see that a wedding design can be elegant but uncomplicated.
What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?
All of the accessories for the shoot were handmade by Wild Jems. Luxury and unique, they were created to be lightweight items that were comfortable and easy to wear. They were chosen for each of the dress styles with the bride and their personality in mind.
Get the look:
Planning: Charlotte Suzanne Weddings
Venue: Cams Hall
Photography: Yana Nova Photography
Videography: Danielle Chambers Wedding Photography
Celebrant: Magical Moments Ceremonies
Stationery: Daisy Dots
Wedding dresses, shoes and accessories: White Rose Bridal Rooms
Make-up: Sophie Falinkski Makeup
Hair: Karen Attwood
Hair accessories: Wild Jems
Flowers: The Hampshire Florist
Models: Sarah and Rachael of The Blonde Explorer