A Modern Fairytale

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I know you’ve all dreamed of being a modern day Princess. And if there’s one chance to really go for it, it has to be on your wedding day! Alongside a team of creative wedding professionals, UK photographer Tatum Reid had a vision to bring to life her dream fairytale wedding, and to inspire you to do the same.  The result is a romantic and playful shoot with more than a hint of dreaminess… the perfect recipe for a love-filled day if you ask me!

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The shoot itself was inspired by beautiful TV adverts, the ethereal, romantic Nina Ricci perfume advert, and the whimsical fairytale-inspired 2013 Christmas advert from M&S.  We wanted to create a romantic, fairytale theme with light blush colours, grounded with earthy natural tones.  We brought in quirky elements to pick up on the magical quality of a fairytale – like origami flowers and paper lashes!  When scouting for the venue we chose The Great Barn at Hales Hall because of it’s unique gardens and outdoor space. The picturesque grounds and characterful buildings lender itself perfectly to the fairytale, outdoor feel we wanted to capture.

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We wanted to create magical tablescapes to go with the theme of our rustic fairytale shoot. Lottie’s Florigami created some beautiful folded paper flowers to use throughout the table in soft blush colours and origami place settings. These were the starting point and worked into with folded old books for a little more paper magic. The first table had a real fairytale feel with blush, pinks and pops of red in the vintage books and miniature glass bottles. Cut glass candle sticks to really make the light twinkle. Ribbon tied chair backs mirrored the colours and textures in the beautiful paper topiary trees which balanced the table.  We went for a classic understated look with this cake and feel its simple style really showed off the beautiful origami flowers. We also had a pale green and ivory colour scheme for this look to create a earthy natural feel. We then added interest with the different textures created with the sugar leaves, sugar hydrangeas and then twisted willow wrapped around the central tier decorated with fresh eryngium heads. The cake was displayed on a vintage fruit crate with a few accent succulents.

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The second table we stripped back and was more natural with wood used throughout. From the log table mats to the up-turned wooden crate for the cake and stripped bark pieces adding texture. Dusky pink and grey colours of paper flowers gave soft subtle tones against the succulents, roses and thistles. Gold dipped feathers we’re scattered under glass domes, and antlers with the brass dripped candle sticks gave the table a relaxed glamour.  We chose a stunning white chocolate ruffle cake for this look and then adorned it with a trail of fresh flowers including memory lane roses, cool water roses, almas roses, white eryngium and bruina. This is a fun and relaxed style of cake to add to the fairytale playfulness that was really offset by all the details of the table setting.

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We opted for beautiful one off designs from Sophie & Smith, and wanted the flowiness of the dresses to created a romantic, ethereal feel. We paired this with simple but layered jewellery from J&S Jewellery, the blush colour scheme was reflected in the colours of stones and pearls used.

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The make up was divided into two looks. The first being driven by flushed pink lips and a nude smoky eye, keeping it very fresh faced like an English rose.  The second look was a little more playful and captured that whimsical magic that was the essence of the shoot. PaperSelf’s paper art eyelashes were used in the second part of the shoot to capture the fairytale quality! Alice and Wonderland meets natural beauty was the inspiration behind the hair styles.  Free flowing curls from a centred parting to begin with, then carefully pinned adding volume and texture to a classical style.

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Photography: Tatum Reid Photography // Dresses: Sophie & Smith //  Cakes: Vanilla Cakes // Flowers & Stationery: Lottie’s Florigami // Hair & Makeup: Amanda Steeds & Georgina Suzanne // Jewellery: J&S Jewellery // Props & Decor: The Little Lending Co. // Venue: Hales Hall // Videographer: Studeo Media // Models: Elle & Sam


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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