noun | A young person, especially a hippie, rejecting conventional society and advocating love, peace and simple idealistic values.
When it came to organising our first styled shoot I knew it had to be special. Getting asked to style other shoots is always an amazing collaborative experience but for this shoot, all the reins lay in our hands and it was our chance to truly show who we were as a brand and what we loved.
That's kind of the rule we used to inform all our choices and we filled the shoot with all the things we love most, lots of vintage / retro references and full of warm, rich tones and of course a hand selected bunch of talented people to make it all come to life.
I had been working on the concept for a while and knew I wanted to create a modern hippy aesthetic but keep true to our bohemian values. With the help of Pinterest I pulled together images that embodied my vision and created our vision board which I used to bring my team on board.
I started by recruiting my trusted friend and our wedding photographer Hayley Savage... I needed someone who got me and who I trusted. I've said it before and I'll say it again she's such an incredible talent and I'm so proud of what we achieved.
We actually did the shoot back in February (thank Mother Earth for the good weather that day) as I wanted to be able to take the images to MCWF with me. It was also at Most Curious that I got a chance to meet one third of the divine Festival Brides. I have also adored EVERYTHING these girls post and so when I met the gorgeous Clare and she loved what we did too it was like the stars aligning! Clare insisted I send the shoot over to the lovely Laura who luckily for me loved it too and so with the help of Roxy, the shoot got written up and shared last month on their gorgeous blog.
I honestly can't thank these bohemian beauties enough... They believed in what we'd made and loved it as much as we did. You can check out the whole feature by clicking on the button below.
So without further ado.... Let me share with you all some of the amazing images we created for you... I hope you love them as much as we do.
I will include details of suppliers throughout the post but please scroll to the end to see a full list of talented collaborators and their instagram profiles and website links. Thanks once again to Festival Brides or featuring the images and sharing the love. <3
It was so important to me not to overlook the small details. These are the things I notice and so I wanted to make sure they were perfect for our shoot.
Mustard Bra from ASOS | Vintage 1970's shoes and Bag from Dead Man's Glory | Veil by AM Faulkner | Daisy Hair Accessories by Fifth & Spring
Having worked with Lily Lupin last year of the Loose Reins shoot I knew how crazy talented she was so she was my first choice for the shoot florist and luckily for me, she was free, interested and loved my vision. Lisa created the most stunning flower crowns and button holes using a mix of gorgeous dried flowers and these are literally so perfect!
The dress was a big thing and had to be right so luckily for me I knew the lovely Anja from Anya Bridal Couture and luckily for the shoot Anja saved the day by inviting me to her gorgeous barn in Droxford and introducing me to her Rembo Styling range. I opted for the Ginger gown with it's bellowing bell sleeves and plunging V back.... It was just beautiful!
Not wanted to forget the boys (as they often get overlooked) I wanted to ensure our groom would look equally as gorgeous. I am fortunate to count among my friends the insanely talented Ed from The Southsea Abode. Ed is one of the best dressed gents you'll ever meet so when he opened his wardrobe to me I was in vintage heaven.... We selected 2 looks for Danny, who would be our groom and I am thrilled with how stylish he looked!
The shoot of course gave us ample opportunities to show off our styling skills and we pimped this corner of our home, the star of the show being one of our 4 peacock chairs... which you can hire don't ya know!! Head to our prop hire page for more info.
I discovered Fara online and instantly fell in love with her look. I am passionate about using a diverse range of models in my shoots and Fara was everything I was looking for. She looked incredible in every shot and made the perfect bride! I wanted to created a real story within the shoot and shot we started the day with 'bridal prep' shots. I dressed Fara in a Y.A.S. Teddy from ASOS and items from my own wardrobe and handed her the most incredible bouquet designed by Lisa from Lily Lupin. Fara's make up was done by the gorgeous Amy Richards who did my own wedding make up!
I love them so much! So after we'd got lots of lovely shots at home we headed off to Staunton Country Park. I had initially wanted fields of wild flowers but February meant that wasn't entirely practical so instead I hired The Fruit Room, a side room off of Staunton's huge greenhouse. I took inspiration from the mass of green foliage and the warm colours we bought into the styling of the reception set up complimented the glass, the light and the whitewashed walls perfectly.
Seriously, how perfect is the bouquet from Lily Lupin | I love the detailed floral shots Hayley Savage takes!
Again, when it cam to finding our groom I looked online... I knew the look I was after and when I discovered Danny online I knew he was perfect for the job. He was such a great model and was such a pleasure to work with. All Danny's clothes were from Ed / The Southsea Abode | Styling by Lo & Behold Bespoke | Venue Staunton Country Park.
Now time to bring our bride and groom together. We used our Persian Dreams Ceremony Arch for the occasion to add some boho luxe to the shoot and we think it looks incredible against the red brick wall.
Veil AM Faulkner | Dress from Anya Bridal | Florals Lily Lupin | Hair Accessories Fifth & Spring | Hair / Mens Fashion The Southsea Abode | MUA Amy Richards | Styling & Ceremony Arch Lo & Behold Bespoke | Photography Hayley Savage
I came up with the idea of wearable florals and Lisa ran with it... we wanted to give brides other options when it comes to their big day and I think this idea of a floral shawl is really unique and beautiful!
I adore this daisy edge veil from AM Faulkner | Dress from Anya Bridal Couture | Hair The Southsea Abode | MUA Amy Richards
I wanted to create a gorgeous warm summery reception look and so we pulled lots of amber glass, brass and warm, retro pieces from our collection.
We had the most amazing cake made for us from the divine Tara of Southsea Coffee Co / Ginger & Peach | Sign by Lo & Behold Bespoke
Vintage Dress & Cape Dead Man's Glory | Flower Crown Lily Lupin | MUA Amy Richards | Hair The Southsea Abode
We made this Canopy for the shoot and will be adding it to our Prop list soon!
We also designed all the stationery for the shoot and loved the retro vintage vibe perfectly captured by Hayley Savage.
So there you have it... Our Flower Child shoot... I hope you love it and it feels your heart with sunshine. If you want to chat about any of the props used or our styling services please get in touch. Please check out the full credit list below and Thank you again to the beauts from Festival Brides.
Full Credits, Websites & Instagram links
Featured Blog || Festival Brides || @festivalbrides
Photography || Hayley Savage || @hayleysavagephotography
Concept, Planning, Styling & Stationery/Signs ||Lo & Behold Bespoke || @loandbeholdbspk
Cake || Ginger & Peach || @gingerpeachfood
Florals ||Lily Lupin Floral Design || @lilylupinfloraldesign
Venue || Staunton Country Park || @stauntoncountrypark
Hair & Men's Vintage Fashion || The Southsea Abode || @thesouuthseaabode
Makeup || Made Up Brides by Amy Richards || @amyrichardsmakeup
Dress || Anya Bridal Couture || @anyabridalcoutureuk
Dress Designer || Rembo Styling || @rembostyling
Vintage Womens garments & accessories || Dead Man's Glory || @deadmansglory
Hair Accessories || Fifth & Spring || @fifth_and_spring
Veil || AM Faulkner || @am_faulkner
Models || Fara @rachellafd || Danny @danny_silvestri