Back in July we were asked by the gorgeous India to help out on her engagement shoot and to also create a little fancy picnic set up on the beach in Southsea. India and Oli are to be married in December so as a contrast they wanted a summer themed shoot and thankfully the heatwave delivered!! We spent a fab morning letting of smoke bombs and frolicking in the sea.... As a day of work goes it was pretty great!
India works for Maids to Measure so has an amazing eye for detail... she had designed a stunning motif for the wedding: think swans, stars and roses... using this as inspiration India shared with me her ideas and I loved it all... We got planning a beautiful OTT picnic set up and Indi pulled together a team of Southsea creatives. Jason Williams took all the photos on the day and they're amazing! I'm excited to share them with you. We did a few different set ups throughout the day so I'll share them in turn and then do full credits at the end....
To start the morning off, the best dressed couple in Southsea took a little stroll along the sea front. India looked insane in a beautiful Andrea Hawkes Bridal gown and a Lack Of Colours Hat. Ollie looked incredibly dapper in a traditional dinner suit and bowtie! Next we headed to Canoe Lake....
Next we gave the early morning dog walkers a bit of entertainment as we pioneered 3 seaworthy vessels (an elegant swan, a giant mallard and a bog standard pedalo - sorry Jason) and let of some smoke bombs on the water as India and Oli looked far too cool peadaling round the lake. Looking even more sensational, India rocked a pair of skyscraper Freya Rose shoes and a custom fringed Denim & Bone Jacket!! <3
Next we headed to eastney beach, which thanks to the scorching sun looked more like the plains of Africa! India changed up her look with a red rose floral crown, a pale pink Maids To Measure Gown and STUNNING personalised trainers from one of her bridesmaids, the gorgeous Roisin! Oli dressed down for the occasion too and after some stunning portraits in the dried long grass, they chilled with a champagne and gilded strawberry picnic!
For this beautiful set up I used India's red rose /gold theme to inspire my colours and wanted to bring an over the top boho luxe picnic vibe, I mixed soft furnishings, with vintage rugs, faux fur throws and vintage shawls. Lots of long taper candles in vintage cut glass sticks added a bit of elegance (although the seaside winds meant lighting them didn't happen)
I also made some cute bespoke place settings with a gilded edge and thanks to gilder friend Richard I also made sure the bright red strawberries didn't miss out on the gold attention! I love the finished look and the photos Jason took just glow with warmth and love and indulgence! Perfection <3
For the last look of the day, the lovebirds headed to the beach and right on into the sea... armed with a giant swan and rocking another stunning Maids to Measure gown. Echoing the gold detailing in India's Jacket Freya Rose's insane gold shoes were the most perfect finishing touch atop of our giant golden star! Incredible huh?? I can't wait to see their wedding, we've been asked to provide some props and help set up and I can promise you... it's going to be incredible!!
Full Credits, Website Links & Instagram Profiles:
Photography: Jason Williams Photography | @jasonwilliamsphoto
Dress 1: Andrea Hawkes Bridal | @andreahawkesb
Dress 2 & 3: Maids To Measure | @maidstomeasure
Jacket: Denim & Bone | @denimandbone
Hat: Lack of Colour | @lackofcolouraus
Shoes: Freya Rose | @freyaroselondon
Makeup: Birute Thomas | @birutethomasmua
Hair: Two Ltd | @two.ltd
Styling & Props (Picnic set up): Lo & Behold Bespoke | @loandbeholdbspk