Flowergirl fairies: An outdoor wedding shoot in Essex

30 Sep 2019

Co-ordinating a period romance wedding shoot in the great outdoors, these Essex suppliers joined forces to promote a worthy cause

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

We wanted to show our support to our local St Clare's Hospice who, with no funding at all, has opened a new shop - Scarlet Vintage & Retro in Harlow, which sells donated wedding dresses all with a story to tell. Each dress is donated with a little background about its owner and a note to its new bride. A favourite story of the team is that of Ethel who donated her wedding dress worn in 1903 on her wedding day at Lambourne Church. Mother of the bride outfits, bridesmaids' dresses and groomswear are also accepted.  

We wanted to show that bridal is inclusive for all and with finishing touches and accessories we can still promote the beautiful romantic love story. We also wanted to promote reusing and recycling for the next generation.

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

We used 1980s bridal gowns and bridesmaids' dresses from Scarlet Vintage & Retro. We wanted to blend our location with a vintage derelict feel of late summer romance with a modern twist.

Charlotte Annice Makeup Artist used Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies as her muse and created three different fairy personas: the Lavender Fairy, the Wild Rose Fairy and the Almond Blossom Fairy. Each persona was given make-up to match.

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

We used our oversized flower crowns to complete the vintage princess look of Scarlet Vintage & Retro's 1980s gowns. We also used a white swan headpiece and peacock feather headpiece for the bridal models.  

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The creative team:

Photography: Mike Crowshaw
Bridalwear: Scarlet Vintage & Retro
Concept and headpieces: CC Millinery Creations 
Make-up: Charlotte Annice Makeup Artist
Owls: Kent Owl Academy
Models: Naomi Lane, Mollie, Beatrix

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