When Charlotte at Wilden London got in touch to ask if I’d like to shoot some dresses from her new Ready To Wear Bridal Collection, of course I was in. But then the heatwave hit and the entire country ground to a halt including delivery services so sadly the frocks were held up for a few days. This meant I couldn’t shoot them in London as originally planned (cue emergency trip to Zara for backup dresses).
However, I also didn’t want to send them back without having shot them – they are far too pretty for that. Within a couple of days, I found the perfect model, Isobel and a fabulous Hair and Makeup Artist, Ellie who is also based in Brighton. So if London was out, maybe the countryside was in? We have so many gorgeous spaces in Sussex, it’s not difficult to find locations. This setting is right by my house, even though I live in the city. It’s where I walk my dogs in the morning so I had the chance to do a recce and found the amazing yellow bushes.
I loved shooting these pieces and Isobel looked incredible in them. How wonderful is it that the scalloped dress can be made into a mini? It can also have another layer added to it. So potentially you could wear a full-length, midi and/or mini version of the same dress on your wedding day.
“In our history, across our great divide, There is a glorious sunrise, Dappled with the flickers of light. From THE DRESS I WORE AT MIDNIGHT, Leave it all behind and there is happiness…”
This was the challenge, could I create a styled wedding shoot for less than £150? The result is this Short Wedding Dress Editorial Shoot. I was thinking if I was a new photographer with zero resources and a tiny budget, how would I go about creating content? Wedding dress designers or boutiques might not be keen to end their beautiful gowns out without guaranteed exposure to a large audience so what are the other options?
First of all, I took some of my budget and went searching on ASOS, their sale section is a treasure trove of pieces that might photograph well. For under half of my entire budget, I picked up three frocks. I decided to find very short dresses so I could have a micro wedding / micro frock theme. I connected with a wonderful local MUA who was interested in shooting TFP (Time For Print – this is an industry term for shooting to provide portfolio images)
I would have shot in the outdoors to also save costs but the weather was bad on our chosen date so the next largest chunk of my small budget went on hiring a studio. Like many others, The Brighton Studio will rent out by the hour so I booked two hours in their smallest space. Apart from that it was a case of buying a bunch of eucalyptus from my local greengrocer. My gorgeous model was again someone that was local to me and I connected with over Instagram. All the accessories were pieces that I recycled from previous shoots. And there you go! Turns out it is possible shoot bridal content even without much budget
“Staring at the blank page before you, open up the dirty window, let THE SUN ILLUMINATE the words that you couldn’t find…”
The Rock n Roll Bride magazine team was invited to shoot a wedding editorial at the iconic W Hotel in the heart of London. It was incredibly fun to have an entire hotel to shoot in, especially one that is as hedonistic as the W. This place has been designed for partying, one of the suites even has a DJ booth in it.
They are very used to accommodating celebrities so we felt right at home. Our shoot was inspired by the Fugees track Ready or Not and looks from that part of the late 90s.
This would be such a cool place for a wedding, imagine sipping cocktails in the main lounge, living it up whilst looking down on Leicester Square and then heading off to your suite for the afterparty.
“Ready or not here I come, you can’t hide, Gonna find you and take it slowly. Ready or not here I come, you can’t hide, Gonna find you and make YOU WANT ME…”
It was such a huge honour to be able to shoot this editorial of a wedding at the Natural History Museum in London when it was closed. They invited the team at Rock n Roll Bride Magazine to use it as a location for one of its bridal shoots.
To be able to use these spaces without having visitors in the background was incredible. The light in the museum is so pretty but of course, the most drama is in the main atrium, Hintz Hall with the huge staircase and the giant blue whale skeleton suspended above. Did you know that it is a female and her name is Hope?
Imagine hosting your wedding here, beneath the whale or they have eleven other spaces that are licensed for weddings.
For this shoot, the styling team knew they had to go big to make an impact on the space. So these were some of the most dramatic wedding dresses that I’ve shot to date. Stunning right?
“I drink sweet wine for breakfast, slept for about an hour or so. Smiled a little IN THE SILENCE, deciding on where to go. Meet me under the whale in the Natural History Museum, I think that’s what she said …”
There are so many incredible places to do a sunset engagement shoot around Brighton. Of course the beach is the obvious place but I like to take my couples to the spots that are not so well known. These cliffs are a great example and, and they can look incredible if we get a pretty sunset. TCan you believe that they are actually right next to a busy main road? However, if you are careful with framing you can eliminate the cars, and just get a beautiful view of the beach and the cliffs.
This shoot was a collaboration with the wonderful Alexandra at The Bijou Studio. I’m a huge fan of her style, it’s relaxed but sharp, her eye for detail is incredible and working with her is super inspiring. I want her to come and style my entire life. Alas she is too busy with her successful wedding planning business, dang!
Thanks to Poppy Tallulah for doing a sterling job on both hair and makeup and to our couple, Duncan and Rachel.
If you are thinking about where to have your Brighton Engagement Shoot, hit me up, I love doing these. If you are currently searching for a venue for your Brighton wedding or elopement, I have a list packed full of great venues, some of which might not be so obvious without some insider knowledge.
“On the coastline, in the water, your mirage is like a stalker. I could push him off the cliffside, ’cause he’s COLOURING MY INSIDES and everywhere I look, I look at you…”
We were thinking, who inspires glamour, party, feel good vibes? Well, you don’t get much more iconic than Elton John and that is who the team at Rock n Roll Bride magazine looked to for styling cues for this wedding editorial shoot. It was a super fun one to shoot and it was wonderful to be given free reign of the venue, the very stylish Mama Shelter hotel in Hoxton.
Catch a star if you can, Wish for SOMETHING SPECIAL. Let it be me, My love is free. Sing a song to yourself, Think of someone listening. One melody, you’re all for me…