Wild Thing.

Did anyone else just break into the chorus of The Troggs tune of the same name? No? oh, just me then.

Now, as much as I love a dose of classic elegance as per yesterdays dreamy Hydrangea-inspired affair, I can’t help but get swept away by anything ultra bohemian and a bit wild, especially in a floral sense. And especially when every last image is as dreamy and as magical as the first.

As with any inspiration shoot we feature – that’s exactly what it is, inspiration, take as much or as little from it as you please. Personally I am loving the paper chains (cheap, effective and a million options for matching in W-day colour schemes and themes) and the incorporation of slightly unusual blooms.

And don’t even get me started on the lashes. No I don’t expect anyone to walk down the aisle with a full set of Chrysanthemum-petal falsies (although you could if you wanted to…) but my, don’t they look pretty.

Oh and of course there are the layers and layers of ice-cream petticoats…. who wouldn’t want to float around in one of those all day?

All of the beautiful photography is courtesy of Eliza Claire.

Eliza Claire: The looks were designed by make up artist Carolanne Armstrong to inspire the use of flowers for something other than the traditional bouquets. We wanted to use flowers that may not be hugely in demand and create something stylish and unusual with a fantastical edge. Styling and wardrobe choices by Amy Plank of Miss Bush Bridal wear, floral design by Bloomingayles and hair by Christina Jessel. Our venue was the beautiful Fetcham Park in Surrey.

Gayle, Amy and Carolanne worked together to produce some looks which are a little out of the ordinary but still achievable. We referred to our first look as a flowery Kate Bush, an eccentric lady of the house floating around her manor being generally decadent.

The main feature of this look are the real Haydar Chrysanthemum petals around the eyes with additional bold spidery lashes, which came to resemble those nestled in the mini bouquet placed in her wild hair. This was made with papery butterflies, Minerva carnations and the same Chrysanthemums with accompanying wrist corsage.

We love the idea of this haphazardly thrown together outfit: Arran knit jumper tucked into a gorgeous silvery grey petticoat from Doris Designs, cream lacy tights, grey leg warmers and patent wedges. I was keen was keen to shoot in natural light, as the time of year that we did the shoot (early winter) gave the most beautiful soft, low light that lends itself perfectly to the fantastical, slightly magical, other-worldly edge.

Our model Jade has the most wonderful adaptable face, capable of looking baby faced, dreamy and positively feline, and here she’s a little bit flower fairy, a little bit geisha girl….

Jade’s bridal look, wearing ‘Adelfa’ by Rosa Clara at Miss Bush, features a soft violet eye, top and bottom lashes and pink stained lips. Her crown of succulents were Crassulas and Echevarias. This look is almost traditionally gothic and romantic with the succulent plants emerging from her casual curls. I shot this just as the sun was going down, and the light added more contrast and drama to the shoot.

Jade’s third look sees three Doris petticoats layered together, soft grey knit sweater, a handmade pom pom on her shoulder (by Amy), Rachel Simpson shoes and a beautiful head piece by Bloomingayles featuring some Dennis Boden foliage and luscious peach Avalanche roses. These images were shot after dark, using on-and-off-camera lighting to maintain a fresh look, but also highlight the beautiful floral arrangements and the movement of the petticoats.

Photography: Eliza Claire

Make up and design: Carolanne Armstrong

Styling & Wardrobe: Miss Bush Bridal

Floral Design: Bloomingayles

Hair: Christina Jessel

Venue: Fetcham Park

Model: Jade Puttock

Shoes: Rachel Simpson @ Miss Bush Bridal

Petticoats: Doris Designs

Additional clothing shoes and accessories: Stylists own

So then I don’t know about you guys but this afternoon I fancy sitting around in many layers of peach tulle with my face made up a la Carolanne Armstrong (i.e. – HOT) whilst embarking on a spot of knitting.

Anyone else the proud owner of some flashy lashes? and if you are where do you wear them? I’d wear me some Chrysanthemums given half the chance but just not sure of an appropriate event…

Big Wild Love

Charlotte xxx

P.S Today is a three post day…. how exciting.

Author: Charlotte O’Shea
Purveyor of short shorts. Make-up junkie. Hopes to grow old disgracefully.

34 thoughts on “Wild Thing.

  1. I like to think that this is the look Miss Haversham from ‘Great Expectations’ would be rocking had it not all gone a tad bit squinty for her…

    I want to stick my head in that peach and grey mixed petticoat but feel the model would object somewhat…

    Place to wear flower eyelashes? Garlands in Liverpool. You’d stand out if you weren’t wearing them.

    Puh-lease say that today is the day of the girl in the studio 54 gold shoes?!


  2. I LOVE THE LASHES!!!…..just not 100% i would get away with it on W day. the OH would look at me with a v.v.vstrange look at the end of the aisle. beautiful shoot with fabulous ideas for blooms, hair, make-up i could go on.

    well done all you clever & talented ladies!

  3. If I have real flowers in my hair how will I make sure they won’t wilt and die?! knowing my luck it will be cold and raining but still – any suggestions? Xx

  4. lush! i heart leg warmers! i’m so tempted by the idea of statement makeup, but i want to look timeless…
    i wore my lashes with a butterfly painted on my face and a yellow tutu – and he still loves me x

  5. Flower eyelashes have festival written all over them…want them! (apart from the fact any festivals this year are seriously unlikely given it is wedding year..rats!)

    P – I did Garlands one time only in my clubbing days (was a bit of a schelp from the Midlands). I don’t think I’ve been the same since! x

  6. @lynsey – if you can’t have immense flower lashes on your big day, when can you?? If I wasn’t already married I’d SO SO be having those babies put on for the reception….

  7. @Charlotte – so it started off as just a gay club in Liverpool but it’s now a cult for clubbers everywhere…it’s glamorous, super fun, amazing music and everyone is so friendly…kind of like the twilight zone where fabulousness rules…

    There are girls in the most incredible outfits you have ever seen, the most handsome boys going (gay AND straight), the best cocktails (even if they are served in plastic cups) and it’s open until 6am…

    Get planning your outfit now girl because the toilets in there are like a catwalk!


  8. It’s like a little piece of Ibiza heaven (Jade Jagger Ibiza not Club 18 – 30s) mixed with the good old scouse charm…

    I could not enthuse about the place more…even though you’ll come out and not have a clue what just happened…


  9. And finally, as my best mate says: “Garlands, you don’t know who is Arthur or Martha in there…but you want them both to be your mate!”

  10. Well this was an expensive blog for me today – just ordered a gorgeous petticoat which will be perfect for the Carnival Ball at Blackpool this weekend! Just what I was looking for so thank you 🙂

    PS Those eyelashes are amazing….do you think they are a bit too much for office wear????

  11. @Pamela – I clearly need to go to this place!!! – erm, what kind of clothing does one wear?

    @LadyFushia – I think they are fine for Office Wear, just don’t bat your eyes too close to the shredder.


    Charlotte xxx

  12. @Charlotte – whatever you flipping well want to as long as it’s fabulous! Whatever look you’re going for – just go ALL OUT with it…push the boundaries…

    Oh and hair is a must…you need B-I-G hair to match your H-I-G-H heels and L-O-N-G lashes



    I’d always thought I wanted a big flash of gold across my face or something crazy but I’ve tamed in my old age and am going for something quite normal instead. But in a parallel universe I hope I’m looking like that model!

  14. First thing I did this morning was search for Doris Designs and purchased the grey petticoat that is in most of the pictures! Think I got the last one too – not been able to stop smiling all day! Thank you so much for the great post!

  15. The ‘traditionally gothic and romantic’ updo? Amazing. This is actually my perfect wedding hair. And that is a word perfect description of how I want my whole wedding to look. The colours & the luxurious yet quirky look of this shoot just made me day & has given me the perfect pictures and descriptions to show all of my suppliers. Thank you!

  16. @Pamela @ Charlotte……so are we going then??

    P – is it really still as good as it was way back when? Am having a two part hen, may be a wonderful idea for the more outrageous of us! xx

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