Whenever we receive an inspiration shoot from Amy Fanton and Laura at Holden Bespoke, I do a little happy dance - because the pair are SO fabulous, you just know the result is going to be immense. And today's shoot is most definitely that. It's a simple combination of brightly coloured florals, intimate dining set ups and gorgeous blush gowns - but it's the way it's been put together. Just beautiful. I'm going to stop gushing and just let you enjoy the pretty, because there's A LOT of pretty. I can guarantee this shoot will be making it's way to many, many Pinterest boards! Mine included - there's just so much inspiration to soak up.
The InspirationAmy the Photographer: With this bridal inspiration shoot Laura Holden of Holden Bespoke and I teamed up with a talented group of suppliers to create a bridal look with a modern feel and bright, bold colours—a look perfect for a young couple or anyone wishing for a fun, vibrant and laid back wedding day. The colour palette of the shoot was inspired by the intricately beaded gown from the newest Needle + Thread bridal collection. The blush tones in the gown were brought out using neon pops of pink and bright florals and paired with the greens and blues in the effortlessly stylish central London venue, No. 11 Pimlico Road. Set in one of central London’s coolest neighbourhoods — this beautiful venue provided the perfect mix of chic London with a touch of geometric patterning and mid century modern style throughout.
The CoupleAlthough the “Bride” and “Groom” hadn’t met each other prior to the shoot, I worked hard to capture natural imagery of them together by doing what I normally do with all of my couples -- leading the “couple” into scenarios that involved real interactions which result in authentic emotion and connection. I kept the interactions playful, fun, romantic and relaxed to go along with the theme of the shoot and I photographed using a combination of medium format film and digital to get the best of both worlds.
The FashionThe gorgeous ‘Eleonora’ and ‘Victoria’ shoes from Emmy London were selected for their modern, feminine detail and the incredible beaded craftsmanship. For the groomswear, Hugh Harris provided a French Navy Blue Carlton Lounge suit that extended the modern and effortless style through to the groom’s look.
The FlowersThe beautiful florals looked straight out of a fashion campaign and were created by the talented Charley at The London Flower House using a combination of whimsical reds, pinks, yellows and oranges. Charley and Laura also created an incredibly fun and easy-to-make wall display using flowers and neon pink washi tape—simply taping the flowers to the wall to create a relaxed and imprecise yet balanced pattern. This would be perfect as a backdrop for couple’s portraits or alternatively to set the stage when exchanging vows at the altar. To add to the playful feel of the shoot, the bright tablescape was topped with fantastic flamingo plates from Classic Crockery. Elegant yet fun and simplistic stationary was created by Sailor & Scout. The lovely invitation suite tied in the pink colour palette, using a pop of neon offset with a timeless and sophisticated silver calligraphy.
The BeautyKasia Fortuna kept the hair styling simple with a hint of glamour creating two looks. The first a soft, natural and relaxed look that allowed the hair to fall freely and the second a romantic, loose, side parted updo—both romantic and effortlessly gorgeous! Ausra Ruksene also created two corresponding makeup looks. The first look was soft, natural and glowy using pinks and earth tones while the second amped up the glamor creating slightly more dramatic eye paired with a bright lip for a pop of colour. Hair accessories by Kelly Spence were the perfect fit for this fun, modern shoot and tie in so beautifully with the delicate beading on the dress.
The CakeThe amazing cake created by Sugared Saffron extended the fun theme throughout four tiers using geometric patterns with hexagonal fondant detailing, a bright marbled layer and a whimsical handcrafted fondant magnolia flower. It was great to work with such an amazing team and every detail was created with such care and attention!
Styling & Coordination: Holden Bespoke | Venue: No.11 Pimlico Road | Florist: The London Flower House | Bridal Wear: Needle & Thread | Hair: Kasia Fortuna | Make Up: Ausra Ruksene | Shoes: Emmy London | Cake: Sugared Saffron | Flamingo Plates: Classic Crockery Event Hire | Stationery: Sailor & Scout | Hair Accessories: Kelly Spence | Menswear: Hugh Harris | Videography: Alan Partington