Even though my own wedding has been and gone, my love for the styling of weddings and all that goes into making each and every one unique still remains. So much so that when Jenny from local wedding and event styling company Bellabooandbeau asked me if I’d be interested in helping her to style an upcoming shoot she was working on in association with a handful of equally talented and enthusiastic local wedding suppliers, I literally bit her arm off.
Shoots are long. Shoots are tiring. Sometimes you’ll spend more time waiting than working. Back in the day where I worked on fashion shoots in London I’d regularly pull a 13 hour shift, come home, sleep for 4 hours then be back in the studio. But I never cared, because when you see what comes out at the end of a shoot it’s always, always worth the hard work that went into it, even if it’s just for that one incredible shot.
The Bell in Ticehurst provided the perfect backdrop to complement the eclectic mix of ideas this shoot set out to capture – think rustic wooden banqueting tables; bright, colour popping flowers; neon accents; gold glitter (HELL YES); and 1920s glamour. And there were a few subtly places stags thrown in there, just for good measure. And you know what? It totally worked. It was, without doubt, one of the best and most interesting shoots I’ve ever had the pleasure of working on – I met some amazing people, all of whom are astoundingly talented, to the point where if I could do my wedding all over again? Well, this would be it…
If you want to see the shoot in all it’s post-edited glory (there’s a phone box. And a snow machine) then head over to Whimsical Wonderland Weddings – which, FYI, is a great source of inspiration for any of you who are planning a wedding. Or people like me, who now just stalk weddings.
Massive thank you to Jenny for inviting me along for the day – I loved every minute! And for those that are wondering where you can track down the rest of the suppliers for the shoot, here they are:
Location: The Bell, Ticehurst
Hair, Make up and coordination of the shoot – Blush Makeup by Lucy Oldham
Styling Bellaboo and Beau
Dresses & accessories Froufrou Bridal Boutique
Flowers Joanne Truby Floral Design
Cakes: Vintage Rose Cupcakes
Photography – Rebecca Douglas Photography
Models – Emma Mason and Gavin Jones