This weekend’s inspiration shoot is just brimming with gorgeous hair and make up ideas, delicious gowns and pretty accessories. If you’re a Bride looking for a lace or embellished gown, you’ll love the selection from Lusan Mandongus and Eliza Jane Howell chosen by The Wedding Room.
There are also two very different make up looks, a soft romantic smokey eye and nude lip…then a black-lined eye with a colour pop lip. Both equally pretty and both perfect for your wedding day. Normally I’d be in the smokey eye and nude lip camp, but that shade of fuchsia really is rather striking…
As the 2014 season drew to a close, Mary Jeremiah set about organising a collaborative shoot at one of her favourite venues, Prestwold Hall near Loughborough in Leicestershire. Inspired by candlelight, the idea was to create a sense of calm. Mary explained that many of the Brides to be she meets express a desire for everything to come together smoothly on the day…“I hope it all goes OK, I wish it would hurry up”. So she thought it would be interesting to create a shoot with gentle, ethereal images and a sense of serenity. In addition, she knew that the right lighting would highlight textural lace and beading – the key trends for 2015 that she wanted to showcase with the shoot.
Mary selected dresses by Lusan Mandongus and Eliza Jane Howell – both designers specialising in beautifully detailed designs with graceful silhouettes. She complimented these with beautifully embellished accessories such as beaded belts (used as intended and also as a head piece on for one of the looks), back necklaces and intricate floral hair accessories.
Mary enlisted the help of her friends Laura from L.H. Professional and Jenni from Make Up By Jenni to brain storm the shoot and of course work their hair and beauty magic on the day.
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Smashbox Photofinish Primer
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Honey
YSL Touche Eclat 03
MAC PRO Conceal and Correct Palette – Medium
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush – In Love
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish – Soft and Gentle
MAC Veluxe Brow Liner in Deep Dark Brunette
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – Strange, Factory and Darkside (smoked out)
MAC Chromaline Gel Liner – Black
Bobbi Brown Eyeline Pencil – Black
Eylure lashes – 116
(Nude) Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer
(Dark) MAC Lipstick in Flat out Fabulous
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Clinique Universal Super Primer
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation – Beige Rose 012
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Initial
MAC Skin Finish in Lighscapade
Benefit Hoopla (contouring)
MAC Veluxe Brow Liner – Brunette
Chanel Les 4 Ombres – Tisse Rivoli
Bobbi Brown Long wear Gel Liner – Black Ink
Eylure Lashes – 070
MAC PRO Longwear Eyeliner – Rich Experience
(Nude) Bobbi Brown – Blondie Pink
(Dark) Givenchy Grenat Initie
We used Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray to finish the looks for both ladies. All products can be found at John Lewis or Boots.
Mary also brought in Hannah from LifeLine Photography for the shoot. Hannah loved the idea of working with candlelight and wanted to make sure the images retained the natural feel of her normal wedding work. Rather than stiff, posed images, the team agreed that there should be a relaxed, happy feel to the shoot to create more honest images. Weddings are such joyous occasions and yet so many bridal shoots lack smiles! Before long the theme of “Wish Upon A Star” fell gently into place.
Inspired by this theme, Laura and Jenni decided to work with two distinct looks. Both feel that 2015 will see many Brides choosing a distinctly natural look, working with their own hair texture and individual style, whilst others will opt for classic and vintage inspired looks, bringing a sense of old school glamour to their wedding.
The first look they devised embraced a sense of innocence. Hair was left looking natural and a little wild with Laura using tumbling curls and soft twists. Jenni focused on giving the girls a flawless base, which would look great in both natural and candle light. Nude metallics for the eyes and subtle contouring, finished off with neutral lips gave both girls a gentle, playful look to compliment the bohemian Lusan Mandingus dresses. Wedding make up is all about making the most of your natural beauty and sometimes playing it down is a statement in itself – one that good make-up artists and hair stylists know how to flaunt!
For the second look, glamour and drama were stepped up a notch or two. Laura sculpted feminine waves, pleats and pin curls to give an elegant look befitting of the setting. Jenni also wanted to pay homage to the timeless glamour of Hollywood screen sirens in keeping with the 1920s inspired shapes and opulent beading of the Eliza Jane Howell gowns. Creating beautiful vintage inspired make-up with a modern twist, she introduced deep burgundy red and vibrant fuchsia lip shades to add drama and intensity.
With the girls looking gorgeous, all that remained was for Liz from Mad Philomena to work her venue styling magic. Liz decided to introduce the star as a motif throughout the shoot, with all things cosmic featuring in high end catwalks over the past 12 months she feels it is an emerging trend that could easily be embraced in the context of a wedding. Twinkling fairy lights and shimmering 3D star shapes brought a sense of magic whilst the soft glow of candlelight added a touch of old school romance. Liz wanted to embody the ethereal concept of a bride fallen from the stars. Giant balloons brought in by Jayne from Dottie and Love added a playful, innocent feel. Then to add yet more drama, Liz’s incredible giant light up letters provided a striking backdrop.