Styled shoots are such an important tool for wedding suppliers, as well as being great fun! Whilst staying on theme, vendors get the opportunity to showcase their finest products and skills, and work with some of the finest people in the business at the same time!
Back in May, we collaborated with Wedding Workshops UK on their “Something Blue” styled shoot at the beautiful Hardwick Moat near Huntingdon.
Hardwick Moat sits within the secluded Cambridgeshire countryside, peaceful and unassuming, until the wedding party turn up! Then you can be as noisy as you like – there aren’t any neighbours for miles! Four acres full of picture-perfect spots with breathtaking sunsets will be a flawless backdrop for any wedding day.
The planning of styled shoots is actually quite tricky, not only coordinating the day, but also within the concept planning process. Obviously, it would be crazy planning a shoot that absolutely no one would like, with completely whacky ideas that no couple were doing during their day. However, it is also important to provide couples with inspiration that they may not have considered for their wedding.
Whilst everyone was getting ready, I noticed Perry setting up a table, getting some tools from his bag, and much to my surprise, I realised what it was Perry did. Perry is the owner of The Wedding Engraver UK, and he actually engraves wedding bands either during the ceremony, or during the drinks reception afterwards. This was certainly a new one for me, and what a lovely and very personal touch to a wedding day. It would definitely provide a taking point for lots of people I know!
For this “Something Blue” shoot, there were three different female models, showcasing two bridal gowns and one bridesmaid gown which was used during the engagement shots.
Natalie and Jonny replayed an engagement and enjoyed a shoot featuring one of our bridesmaids' dresses. The blush pink of this gown was just perfect to compliment the earthy colours surrounding the shoot. This soft chiffon layered gown flatters all shapes and sizes, with thin, but strong, spaghetti straps and inbuilt cups to provide shape to the bust. The subtle line between corset and skirt sits at the waist, drawing it in and creating a smooth hour-glass shape. The chiffon skirt flows when you move and allows plenty of movement for those prone to being found on the dancefloor.
Megan solely modelled wearing a beautiful gown from Romantica of Devon. This elegant mermaid gown balances the intricate hand beaded lace bodice with a striking crepe train and illusion lace scoop back with buttons. This gown hugs your figure and will ensure you are definitely the centre of attention!
Cathy and Will reenacted a wedding ceremony, and despite it being a very windy day, Cathy managed to control her veil. Cathy wore a Mikado satin gown from Phoenix Gowns. The sleek ivory dress, with Bardot straps is perfectly structured to hold its shape all day with the controlled, but comfortable, boning in the corset. This Mikado dress features pockets, but the back is the best feature of this gown, with satin covered buttons running the entire length of the dress all the way down the chapel-length train, creating seamless, smooth lines.
Stationary for a wedding can be so easily overlooked during the wedding planning, but Wedding Beautifuls perfectly fulfilled the criteria with the beautiful blue designs. These small touches can actually be the most impactful, and bring a splash of colour whilst ensuring your colour scheme runs through your wedding. Wedding Beautifuls complimented the baby blue with splashes of gold, creating the most demure and delicate pieces.
Personally, food is one of the most important elements of a wedding day (and a styled shoot for that matter!). The Bedford Grazing Co. created a tantalising grazing board for the shoot, and these are so on trend right now for events of all types. Usually set up before guests arrive (timing dependent), grazing boards are an immediate feast for the eyes, and then usually the tummy too! The Bedford Grazing Co. cater for all events and can make bespoke boards that captivate you, your style, and your tastebuds! One of the perks of styled shoots involving food, is that you can eat it afterwards, and I can personally vouch for this grazing board!
The most vital part of a styled shoot is the photography, because that is what all the suppliers are after. We want the money shot, as well as hundreds of images that we are able to plaster all over our social media, website, and marketing materials. Georgia Beth Photography did not disappoint either, beautifully capturing the right balance of natural and posed shots throughout the day, and plenty for us suppliers to use!
It's a good idea to have a “theme” for your wedding, whether that be as simple as a colour or a season, or as specific as a particular film or sports team. It’s really handy to help with your wedding planning when organising decorations, cake, bridesmaid colours, flowers and grooms party attire. Whatever you choose, just don’t forget your “something blue”…
Concept & Planning @georgiabethphotography
Accessories & shoes @rachelsokhalbridal
Graze Board @bedfordgrazingco
Hair Stylist @bridal_bycoral⠀