Thinking of a fairytale wedding? Look no further than this Snow White themed shoot, offering inspiration perfect for any princess bride. Photographer Jennifer Sinclair provides the story behind the pictures
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
It all started with one of my brides-to-be at her engagement shoot last year; she had the most stunning blue eyes and I mentioned that I was interested in doing a styled shoot based on Cinderella and whether she was interested in modelling. The Cinderella styled shoot was a great success so then it got me thinking how amazing it would be to do a themed shoot based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – seven grooms. It was a challenge to get seven male models on a limited budget, but actually managed eight in the end so we had our Prince too. We had two female models, one being Snow White and the other model was the Queen. I was keen to ensure this was a collaboration shoot with wedding suppliers in Hampshire.
Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen.
Oakley Hall is one of my favourite wedding venues in Hampshire. Built in 1795, Oakley Hall is a beautiful wedding venue with history. For any photographer Oakley Hall has so many great photo opportunities both inside and out but it was particularly the grounds surrounding the hotel that caught my eye for this particular styled shoot. The woodland area has some amazing quirky trees, which provided an amazing backdrop for our setting of Snow White.
What did you choose for the flower arrangements?
We worked with Wild Bunch Florist in Hampshire; they were amazing! Their inspiration was ‘just gathered from the forest’ so used plenty of different types of foliage in both the crown and the bouquet. They chose red and white colours as they worked with the Snow White theme, but to give a more natural look they used three different shades of red roses and spray roses with some white wax flowers and white veronica to lighten the bouquet.
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom?
We had two make-up artists; Catherine from Natasha Wiggins Hair and Make Up creating a soft, natural look for Snow White. The make-up complemented our model's long dark hair. For the Queen, Caitlin from Beauty Call wanted to create a soft but striking, vanilla ice with deep red lips. The hair was soft but dramatic; extravagant, just how every queen should be. Caitlin imagined the Queen standing over her kingdom or looking into her mirror; our Queen was definitely the star of the shoot.
For the grooms, Hannah from Bartlett & Butcher in Alton, Hampshire selected a range of suits to ensure each groom portrayed their own unique character; no two dwarfs were the same. We selected a colour scheme for each groom, which complemented the colours worn by the dwarfs in the Disney movie. Obviously Prince Charming needed to look a little special, so he wore White Tie (evening tails), which is the epitomy of class and style. The Huntsman had to have a totally different feel and as tweed is very popular for weddings at the moment, it fitted perfectly and a Doeskin waistcoat provided the classic styling.
For the bridal dresses for Snow White, we used Mia Mia 'Ronda'. This beautifully soft and floaty skirt in delicate chiffon is paired with a strapless, pleated bodice and blush bow and works perfectly for our romantic Snow White, offering a feminine and delicate form, fit for a fairytale princess. For the second part of the shoot, Snow wore So Sassi 'Ava'. 'As pure and white as snow', this full sequin dress glistens white within the woodland scene and creates fabulous contrast within the setting.
For the Queen, the chosen dress was by Alan Hannah 'Moonlight'. Moonlight is the perfect dress for our Queen; luxurious Zibeline fabric and a structured, trumpet shaped dress with clean cut lines define the sassiness and strength of this character. The queen needed a theatrical element without looking like she was in a pantomime. Inspiration was taken from costumes worn by the evil queens in Snow White and the Huntsman and Open Upon A Time. A tulle based shrug to give the feathers the look of just suspending around the Queen, highlighting her magical powers. The feathers themselves gave the fairytale silhouette and interspersed with crystals to imply grandeur, wealth and glamour.
What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?
Our décor was mainly the woodland area, but we wanted to bring elements of the latest venue decorations outside.
An exclusive design from Unique Cakes, by Yevnig, the Golden Rose Elegance complements its surroundings perfectly, providing the perfect grand centerpiece. Shimmering in beautiful cream hues and crowned with a burst of delicate handcrafted sugar roses, this elegant cake is adorned with miniature flowers and gold leaf, cascading through the tiers.
Mason Bowen provided the venue styled and they amazed me how they can take a blank canvas and design something quite different. The chivari chairs, with coordinating seat covers and luxury sashes made perfect throne seats for Snow and her Prince. Inside the venue, Jill created a glamorous table-setting scene for Snow White and her dwarfs to dine. Charger plates of clear glass with gold bead edges on a crisp damask tablecloth complemented the beautiful calligraphy created by Judy of Judy Broad Calligraphy.
What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?
The Queen wore a beautiful head piece to make a statement, emulating the strong persona of the fairytale villainous Queen. Something elegant yet at the same time conveying the strong, spirited and wicked character. The black feathers edged with gold glitter met the brief and the glitter added fairytale sparkle. To complete the dramatic effect for the shoot, an extra long black quill gave height and dramatic effect. The headpiece complemented the style of the photoshoot and contrasted with Snow White's exquisite flower headband.
We brought in a magician, Danny, to perform and entertain the grooms and Snow White. It created some laughs and a relaxed feel to the start of the styled shoot.
My partner has garages full of useful bits and pieces so when I asked for a Huntsman’s lamp, he had just the thing. A little bit rusty, but it was just perfect. I wanted a mirror for the Queen, so was fortunate enough to find a mirror in a second hand shop locally.
Get the look:
Venue: Oakley Hall Hotel, Basingstoke, Hampshire, www.oakleyhall-park.com
Photography: Jennifer Sinclair Photography, www.jennifersinclair.co.uk
Events Coordinator: Gemma from Little Star Events, www.littlestarevents.co.uk
Wedding Dresses: Boo Bridal, www.boobridal.co.uk
Queen’s Accessories: BAHBUA Bespoke Bridal Design for Queen’s Cape, www.bahbua.com
Fascinator by By Sarah W, www.bysarahw.com
Menswear: Bartlett and Butcher, www.bartlett-butcher.co.uk
Flowers: Wildbunch Florists, www.wildbunchflorists.co.uk
Snow White Hair and Make-Up: Catherine from Natasha Wiggins Hair and Makeup (Snow White),
Hair and Make-Up: Caitlin from Beauty Call, www.beautycall.co.uk
Magician: Danny from Red Hat Magic, www.redhatmagic.co.uk
Cakes: Unique Cakes by Yevnig, www.yevnig.com
Venue Decoration: Mason and Bowen, www.masonbowen.co.uk
Calligraphy: Judy Broad Calligraphy, www.judybroadcalligraphy.co.uk