ALL THINGS BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL
I’m so delighted to share this fresh, bright & beautiful inspiration this morning from two of my most favourite ladies in the wedding industry; Jessie Thomson Weddings and Ashlee from Taylor Barnes Photography. When they put their creative minds together to create ‘Illuminated’ a workshop for fine art photographers last year, they also aimed to inspire brides with a new take on the fine art trend. Injecting bright shades of coral pink, peach and tangerine with abundant oversized florals they added a fresh new angle to the minimal & romantic fine art wedding look. And we love it!
Ashlee first approached me with an idea to create a styled shoot taking inspiration from that glorious scene in Sofia Coppola’s modern take in Marie Antoinette, where she escapes to the countryside with her little girl wearing floaty white dresses and gathering eggs from her chickens. Ethereal, natural, down to earth… yet a hint of luxe still within reaching distance. From there I really wanted to bring in some vibrancy with colour, to show that fine art weddings can also be bright and beautiful. I guess I wanted to bring a little of Versailles into it! With me florals are always a huge element of the overall design, they evoke so much feeling and often dictate the mood more than any other styling detail.
Two of the Spring 2015 Pantone colours were featured in the colour scheme for this shoot – the coral pink “Strawberry Ice” and fresh “Tangerine” – I wanted to show how bright colours can still be effortlessly chic and timeless, which is ultimately what most brides want from their wedding day. Coral was a hugely popular colour for my real weddings in 2014, so I think these new warm Spring colours will have a huge appeal for a lot of couples planning their 2015 wedding. Even though the tones are bright – they’ve been inspired by nature, which is ultimately what I try to do most as someone with a passion for fine art weddings.
The Johanna Hehir dresses were exclusive from her 2015 collection so very exciting to see styled on our models! I wanted them to look soft and natural, with their personality shining through, but still romantic and bridal. Sometimes we played up the eyes a little, and in other looks we went for more of a bold lip (never both!). I’m continuing to see brides wanting alternatives to veils and more of an undone look with their hair, but it’s so important to create a look that still has impact as a bride whilst maintaining that overall relaxed vibe. Kelly Spence has the most beautiful gold pieces in her collection which do just that.
I adored the cakes in particular, they deserve a special mention. Handmade using organic chocolate created with only natural colourings, a great example of British artisan products that worked so beautifully with the theme. I can also guarantee their deliciousness too! I used lots of fruit which added real punch with the colour scheme, but also pulled back the luxe element and made the tablescape a little more relaxed and natural. I used peaches, pears and apples – chosen solely by the colours that best suited the rest of the florals and linens.
The whole design will probably appeal most to brides who have an eye for the finer things in life, but still love to run barefoot through wildflower fields every now and then.
Keep an eye on the Illuminated Collective facebook page for news of new workshops – including one in Spain this Autumn!
- Photography: Taylor Barnes Photography
- Second Photographer: Britt Spring
- Styling: Jessie Thomson Weddings
- Assistant Stylist: Westwood Design
- Venue: Barnsley House
- Florist: The Rose Shed
- Stationery: Juliet Grace Design
- Cake: The Natural Cake Company
- Linen: Table to Dine For
- Bridal Boutique: White Rose Bridal
- Engagement Dress: Maids to Measure
- Wedding Gown: Johanna Hehir
- Hair Accessories: Kelly Spence
- Jewelery: Astley Clarke
- Cutlery, Crockery & Glassware: Helene Millot
- MUA: Nina Norman
- Hair Stylist: Nicholas White