Modern World Bridal Glamour
Chic, sophistication and glamour. Inspired by the golden age of Hollywood and paired with modern aesthetics this styled shot was an eclectic mix of both classic yet couture imagery and styling. All suppliers involved were from Tadcaster North Yorkshire and surrounding areas, we wanted to create a hive of wedding supplier activity from a small area, showcasing just how sensational, small and local wedding suppliers are. The shoot based at Priory Barn and Cottages, a hidden gem in the heart of North Yorkshire, was the perfect location and the most beautiful private wedding location.
Bridal Design - Stephanie Moran Couture
The golden era of Hollywood is always something that inspires me greatly when designing, it’s when the word glamour really came into its own. We saw the likes of Ava Gardner and Greta Garbo display this beautifully and then, Marlene Dietrich, who went off course from the traditional dress and gave us glamour in the form of the androgynous look, exuding power, confidence, and showing us that glamour came from within!
Stephanie Moran Couture was founded with one thing in mind, to help brides become the perfect version of themselves on their wedding day. The whole shoot was showing off the Signature Collection, a mixture of chic, sophistication and glamour. I wanted to pull in some old school styling with intricate headwear, big hats and traditional florals, to show that traditional elements can be pulled in to make a wedding that truly is spectacular. Ivory, pale pinks, greens and of course gold were all entwined through to create that true opulent feeling.
Make-up - Beautiful Brides – Kat Lee
The makeup was styled on the influences of people like Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn and Pin ups, to name a few. Subtle, natural eyeshadow colours really complimented the signature Cat flick eyeliner. Creating the Cat flick eyes by using a pencil eyeliner, instead of a liquid liner as the liquid liner would be too bold. Finding that pencil eyeliner can be manipulated with a brush to get the accuracy of the flick. To finish off the eyes, the brows were kept to their natural arch shape with just a hint of pencil. Once the eyes and brows were done, base primer, foundation and a slight sprinkle of matte powder to reduce any shiny areas. I began contouring and highlighting without it looking too heavy on the cheeks, forehead and nose and highlighting the model’s natural features. Adding that all important blush to the cheeks (rose) that was such a signature look in the 1940’s.
Finally, I applied blood red lipstick, to add a hint of colour, and complement the bridal gowns. To finish off the flawless look, I sprinkled setting powder over the face to secure the makeup. All our products are vegan certified, non-animal testing, plant based, toxin and chemical free and have an Opti-light technique within them that reflects the camera shots light to give a flawless look and feel light at the same time on the models face.
Hair – Aqua Hair Creative – Lora Hill
After speaking with Stephanie, and seeing the styles of the wedding dresses included in the shoot, it was clear to see that the theme would be Avant Garde / High Glam inspired. Having recently come back from 2 courses in Paris and Germany with La Biosthetique; I was able to incorporate their Spring/ Summer 2018 trends that I had hands on experience creating whilst overseas.
On the second look, we were wanting the model’s hair to be pinned up. To prepare the hair for this, I used the La Biosthetique Powder Spray to help create extra body and texture. The La Biosthetique Moulding Spray was used to make the hair more pliable and workable. From here, we created the desired styles on each model, accessorised with hair pieces, to finish off the Avant Garde theme.
Millinery – Simply Devine
Designed by milliner Liz Devine-Wright of Simply Devine, the stunning wide white brimmed satin hat is suitable for a bride or one of her guests. This lovely versatile white hat is beautifully trimmed with pleated crin, quills and gorgeous large feather flowers with seed centres. White will complement many summer outfits, or is perfect for a modern bride who doesn't want a traditional headdress. Available in other colours to match this season's summer fashion shades - but white never goes out of fashion.
Cake – Quite Contrary Cakes
I knew very little about the two art movements of this era, and hadn’t created anything inspired by these before, so my initial idea was to use Stephanie’s brand colours black and gold to create something around all 3 themes, however, after studying Stephanie’s stunning dresses I decided to focus on her love for bead work and pearls. So, I replaced the black for a soft ivory to compliment her dresses, and brought in some of the intricate details.
Florals – Rebel Roses
The florals needed to be big and bold for this shoot. We used a colour palette of ivory, pale pink and sage greens to compliment the styling. The main florals were roses and peonies which was a nod towards the vintage feel. Both the bouquet and table centrepiece were filled with a mixture of these, and then carried through the set, callalilys and gold feathers were then added to create height and drama. The mixture of both vintage and modern florals, mixed with golden tones, gave the true opulent feel needed for the vision of the styling.
Venue: Priory Barn and Cottages @priory_cottages
Photographer: Joe Stenson @joe.stenson
Videographer: Midgley Cinematic Productions
Bridal Design: Stephanie Moran Couture @stephanie_moran_couture
Florals: Rebel Roses @rebel_roses
Cake: Quite Contrary Cakes @quitecontrarycakes
Bridal Hair Accessories: HFCouture @hfcoutureaccessories
Millinery: Simply Devine @simplydevinehats
Hair: Aqua Hair Creative @aquacreativeteam
Make-up: Beautiful Brides
Stationery: Rachel Elizabeth Designs
Venue Stylist: Something New Styling @somethingnew_wp