One of my favourite parts of a real wedding feature is the “getting ready” images of the bride. There is something so beautiful and unique about those moments, the anticipation, the joy – it’s almost like you are being allowed to share a special behind-the-scenes secret.
Stylist and wedding planner Louise Beukes from B.Loved has essentially re-created this scenario and has incorporated some beautiful and feminine boudoir-esque scenes to produce an extraordinarily pretty and unique inspiration shoot.
Rock My Wedding Sponsor Fiona Kelly captured all of the blooms, the delicate and exquisite Ell and Cee lingerie and the dreamy interiors of The George in Rye to perfection. And the colour scheme is just to die for – I can see these images being pinned to within an inch of their life.
Louise at B.Loved: Photographer Fiona Kelly and I shared a vision; to create an undeniably feminine and pretty shoot that captured the dream-like anticipation of a bride getting ready on her wedding morning. We’re both hugely influenced by the beautiful work of Elizabeth Messina, and wanted to capture our version of romantic and beautiful boudoir – without the overtly sexual look often associated with boudoir photography.
I picked a very pared-back palette, using lots of soft ivory, peach and blush tones with the slightest hint of sage green to create an overly romantic and girly look with a grown-up quality.
It was designed to be quite editorial, picking out individual details and beautiful poses to create a very ethereal and dream-like effect. A pretty bedroom and Ballroom at The George in Rye provided the perfect backdrop to set the scene with these soft colours and romantic details.
We also wanted to challenge the typical idea of femininity, choosing a model (the gorgeous Chloe-Jasmine Whichello) with a short, bleached pixie-crop. Sev, from Hepburn Collection, worked his magic with his favourite ‘Milkshake’ products – using Liquid Designer on wet hair before blow drying a soft, tousled style and finishing with Sticky Paste for texture and volume.
Make-Up Artist Mariam Jensen created a flawless base with a dewy finish, picking antique rose colours for the eyes and lip with a soft blush to highlight the cheeks, a natural look for the boudoir shots. For the bridal portraits, Sev added more volume and height to Chloe’s hair and we picked a comb from Connie & Dolly to give her a bridal look. Mariam pumped up the volume on the makeup, with a bold coral lip and stronger eyes and cheeks for a more chiselled look.
Chloe modelled a selection of sheer, floaty lingerie from the new Ell & Cee Bridal collection Their easy elegance is pretty and sexy without giving too much away – no wonder they’re a favourite choice for brides! For our editorial shots, Benjamina created stunning floral garters and necklaces. We also used a selection of vintage silk and lace veils from Faith Caton-Barber and Kelly Spence to add an ethereal bridal touch to the boudoir shots.
I wanted the flowers to be very whimsical and loose, with trailing foliage spilling out of the arrangements, and garlands becoming entwined and emerging from the interior and furniture. Benjamina from InDeco’s loose and pretty style was perfect! The bouquet and centrepieces were created from a luxurious mix of blush pink hydrangea, piano roses and ranunculus, and displayed in vintage glassware and cut crystal against lace linens, for a timeless look. She also created a delicate hydrangea backdrop for the portrait shots, picking up the muted colours and painterly effect of the décor.
Faith Caton-Barber from Faith Caton-Barber Bespoke Bridalwear :- I designed the gentle fishtail silhouette dress ‘Dusty’ especially for the shoot after Louise shared her vision for the whole look. I used a soft pink silk and trimmed it with cream silk ruffles, to create something feminine, romantic, and to paraphrase the Hollywood costume designer, Edith Head, “tight enough to show she’s a woman, and loose enough to show she’s a lady”
Krishanthi from Cakes by Krishanthi: – I took my cue from the elegant mood board that Louise created. It had lots of blooms and neutral tones that really captured the whole ‘boudoir’ feel. I was eager to create a design that had a sense of pure indulgence and elegance. The bow on the middle tier was inspired by lacy lingerie to add a touch of that lush boudoir feel to the cake.
Photography: Fiona Kelly Photography
Styling: b.loved Wedding Design & Styling
Fashion Styling & Bespoke Wedding Dress: Faith Caton-Barber
Hair: Sev Hubert from Hepburn Collection
Makeup: Mariam Jensen
Lingerie: Ell & Cee
Shoes: Emmy Shoes
Bridal Accessories: Connie & Dolly
Props: Rowen & Wren
Cake: Cakes by Krishanthi
Veils: Kelly Spence and Faith Caton-Barber
Venue: The George in Rye
Model: Chloe-Jasmine Whichello
I have to admit, I am sorely tempted after finally deciding on the colour scheme for the master bedroom to completely change EVERYTHING so I can make it look just like this shoot.
And I must just add something about Louise from B.Loved, her submissions are always beautifully branded and presented with not a single detail missed, I am certain that her wedding planning and specific styling abilities are of an equally excellent standard.
Big Feminine Love