13 February 2014

Behind the scenes on our Oz The Great & Powerful shoot at The House Meadow: Kent Wedding Venue

What goes on behind the scenes at a styled shoot?...

The images from our Oz The Great & Powerful styled shoot are soon to appear on the pages of Perfect Wedding magazine as a full feature.  They will be advertising the behind the scenes film made by Ignite Films and they have just uploaded it to their You Tube page.  

I am immensely proud of this shoot and feel so lucky that we had these guys along to capture everything for us.  I came across them at a Wedding I shot at Preston Court a couple of years ago and I was so impressed with their hard work and unobtrusive presence.  They really are the best videographers I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I recommend them to all of my couples.  

We have added previous 'sneak peeks' from this shoot which you can see here and here.  

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12 February 2014

A Winters Romance - An Inspirational Shoot at Horseshoes Barn, The House Meadow.

The House Meadow launched their new Horseshoes Barn in 2013. A very exciting addition to an already exquisite venue.  

Just like the grounds of the House Meadow, Horseshoes Barn is a blank canvas.  For this inspirational shoot, Clare and I decided that we wanted to show that 'Barn Wedding' doesn't have to mean 'Summer Wedding'.  

We thought that soft, romantic, blush pinks would be a beautiful contrast to the oak timbers of the rustic barn.  Textures were to be key, as was the pale, frosty colour palette which combined metallics and woodland greens.  We wanted an almost 'Narnia' feel and to work on bringing the outside in, with the hay bales and foliage, but we also wanted to make sure that there was still a warmth about the shoot.  

I am so happy with what we achieved and its the disparity in this shoot that I really love.  The juxtaposition of soft petals and cotton balls in the floral crown against the brick and wood of the barn. The way that Meg looked so glamorous and elegant yet effortlessly boho too.

We were lucky enough to collaborate with some very talented people on this shoot, all of which made it possible for us to bring our ideas to life.

Please be sure to scroll right down to the end of the post for a full credit list of everyone involved.







Gemma Milly kindly supplied us with some handcrafted stationary from her 'Annie' range which suited the theme perfectly.  I would highly recommend checking Gemma out.  She lovingly creates and illustrates the most beautiful, elegant stationary.

Wedding Makeup by Nicola created EXACTLY what we were looking for with Meg's makeup.  I showed her a few photos of what I had in mind but the look she created was better than anything I had seen.  Meg is already stunning but Nicola's makeup just enhanced her beauty and really accentuated her features.  Nicola stayed for the whole shoot so was able to create a new look later on in the day which was great.  Charlotte Rowden of Urban Hair regularly works along side Nicola and was also  happy to be a part of the shoot.  I explained that we wanted Meg's fishtail plait to look quite 'undone' and again, we were obviously on exactly the same wavelength as the look she created was stunning and just what I had in mind.  Charlotte also stayed for the whole day and changed Meg's hair.

Frida & Sophia.  This was the first time I had ever worked with these ladies and I'm hoping to work with them much more in the future.  Again, we had described what we would like and 'pinned' some images, but these ladies went above and beyond what we had expected and totally wowed us.  Everything floral you see below was the work of Frida & Sophia.  As for that crown, yes its a big statement and you would need to be brave to carry it off, but I think its absolutely beautiful.  The colours and the textures they used were perfect.

Flossie Pops Cakery A simply beautiful cake! Having shown Ketta our colour palette and told her about the style of the shoot, I think that she combined everything perfectly.  The tones, the textures and flowers compliment every other element of the shoot.

Frou Frou at Tunbridge Wells have the most beautiful, unusual and on trend collection of dresses.  Going along to the shop to choose our dress for the shoot was a real treat.  We went with the very elegant, Ivy & Aster, Endless love dress and I think its one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen and had the pleasure of photographing.  We were lucky enough to get a second dress for the evening and that was also by Ivy & Aster.

Home Gurrown. Its always a pleasure to work with these guys and I have been lucky enough to do so on numerous occasions.  You can see the Wedding we worked at together most recently HERE.  They are, in my opinion, the highest class of caterer around.  So much passion and care that goes into everything that they create and guests are always blown away by, not only the taste, but also the presentation of everything that they produce. 

Event Covered supplied all of the furnishing for the barn and are the company that The House Meadow always recommend for marquees as well as furniture for your big day.

Our models Meg & Kenny were chosen from a casting call that I put out on my Facebook page.  We wanted a real couple so that we had some real emotions to capture and they certainly gave us those.  We knew that we wanted a model with long dark hair to compliment the pale colour pallet and when we saw the photo of this gorgeous couple we decided that they would be perfect.  Lucky for us they were blooming lovely too and an absolute pleasure to have around.  

One last mention must go to The House Meadows brand new sister company Lets Enjoy The Little Things.  A prop hire and styling service which has just started and includes items such as the old Cider Barrell which we used as a cake stand.

The shoot has also been featured on one of my favourite blogs, Bridal Musings
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