WOWerwesers. This elegant metallic gold & red wedding inspiration captured by Miss Gen and styled alongside Vicky at Rock Stars'N Royalty is pure decadence and deliciousness. My eyes have literally been popping out of my head at all the sumptuous gowns, glitter filled decor, deep florals and immense styling. I think I actually gasped when I saw the hydrangea and David Austin Rose (to name but a few) abundant flower crown by Peony ’n Pearl teamed with the statement red ombre gown. Such an stunning bridal look, that really pops against the sultry grey sky and lush greenery of the picturesque country backdrop. Then there's the table and bar setting that sent my senses into a another frenzy over all the details. Honestly folks you don't want to miss this. It's such a gorgeous vision from a team of wonderful suppliers and talent. May I recommend you get your pinning fingers at the ready....Enjoy.
Genevieve the Photographer: Metallic, colourful wedding inspiration with organic and abundant florals, a gold sequin dress and a red/white ombre gown in an exclusive Winery location in Canberra, Australia. This elegant wedding inspiration follows the 2016 trend forecast of metallic and colour with loose, organic and abundant florals. Fionna created stunning florals with deep rich red flowers perfectly complimenting the emerald greens and dusty pink with a sprinkle of white to highlight. The abundant bouquet and flower crown were made with David Austin roses, Cymbidium orchids, dahlia, lisianthus, misty, hydrangea, ivy berries, and a quirky touch: mini lotus pods. Vicky’s statement gowns looked stunning in the overcast light, we ended up shooting in the rain but the colours look amazing against the dark grey sky (perfect inspiration for brides worried about rain on their wedding day). The gold sequin dress is a fun, flirty but elegant piece perfectly matched with the abundant deep red bouquet. We paired an oversized fresh flower crown with the stunning ombre dress filled with orchids & lotus pods. This dress is the perfect canvas for such a novel statement piece. The table & bar setting is filled with sparkling gold vases and statement red florals, continuing the metallic, colourful theme. A romantic, playful wedding inspiration shoot with statement dresses in an elegant indoor/outdoor venue. Vicky the Dress Designer: Genevieve and I first did a styled shoot together in early 2015 and the results were stunning. So when Gen contacted me to say that she was coming back to Canberra and asked me if I would like to shoot with her again I jumped at the chance. I decided that I wanted to pull together a huge shoot, featuring lots of local Canberra small businesses and talent and that I wanted to style the shoot like a dream wedding. The first person who came on board was Fionna, the amazing florist and designer behind local label Peony ’n Pearl. Fionna worked with Gen and I on the last shoot and was keen to be involved again. Fionna and I decided to put our heads together and brainstorm ideas for the shoot. We started by looking at wedding trend predictions and loved the emerging metallics trend. I already had 2 gold gowns that would be prefect to fit in with that theme. Another trend that we picked up on was abundant florals and loose bouquets, both of which suit Fionna’s style perfectly. By this point we knew that we were using my 2 gold gowns. One was a long, gold sequin gown and once was a gold sequin and lace corset with a huge fairytale ivory tulle skirt. We decided to style them with gold lace crowns and delicate fresh flower crowns. I also had a red to white, hand dyed ombre silk chiffon gown that I was keen to shoot. We decided to style this with a huge fresh flower crown. Once we had the 3 gowns chosen, it helped us decide that our colour scheme was going to be gold metallics, reds and pinks. Once we had this as our starting point, I started getting other Canberra creatives onboard. I contacted Kartika from Swish Vintage about bringing props and décor and styling the elaborate table for us. Kartika had been part of the previous shoot as well as was also keen to do something new. She suggested using candles, and adding gold glitter to bottles as part of the table setting. She also came up with a plan for a bar area with brandy bottles and cocktails, and for a show stopping wedding cake covered in gold glitter and fresh flowers. As we wanted as many wedding details for the shoot as possible, I also brought in Melita from Invitations by Melita to create a range of invites and stationery that went with our theme. Melita picked up on the gold metallic, red and pink colour scheme and created a beautiful range of invites, menu cards and place settings for us to use. Next it was time to find models. I put out a casting call and got a huge response. From those who replied we chose Ashlea Perry and Angelina Leljack (both from Devojka models). Their looks suited the style we were going for perfectly. Matthew Gambrill agreed to be our male model, and Braddon Tailors agreed to lend us some of their beautiful suits for him to wear. Jacqui Scott from Jacqui Scott Makeup joined the team, along with Shay Flanigan as her makeup assistant, and Julie Oakely from Dilkara Hair who joined as our hairdresser. By this point, we had everything in place except a location. We’d shot our last shoot in a dramatic redwood forest near Canberra, but this time we were keen to have a venue that could provide us with somewhere indoors and outdoors to shoot. Fionna got in touch with a Emelia, a friend of hers who works at Pialligo Estate in Canberra. Gen, Fionna and I went to look around Pialligo Estate and it was perfect! It has rustic indoor areas, dramatic metal doors, garden pavilions with views across Parliament house to the Brindabellas, and stunning gardens, vines and orchards. It had everything that we were hoping for and more. Pialligo Estate had only recently been renovated and was just starting to take wedding bookings, so they were very happy for us to shoot there to show their potential clients just what it can look like when styled for a wedding. They also provided sharing platters for the styled table and cocktails for the cocktail station to showcase their incredible food, much of which is made from ingredients grown and produced on the estate. On the day of the shoot, we all arrived early and started setting the table and bar scene in one of Pialligo Estate’s garden pavilions while the models had their hair and makeup done. As we were setting up, the skies got greyer and greyer and the rain started. We started shooting in and around the farmhouse and pavilions while we waited for the rain to pass, but it didn’t. After sheltering in the pavilion for a while, we decided that we should just got for it and shoot in the rain and I’m so glad that we did. The colours of the dresses and flowers and the gold sequins and glitter look sensational against the grey, muted backdrop of the rain. The results speak for themselves – I’ll never be disappointed when there’s rain forecast before a photo shoot again!
Lorna Shaw

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