Soft and sultry bridal portraits from Girls on Film

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Morning lovely things! I’m so pleased to share today’s shoot, created by three wedding suppliers I think every bride should have on their list!  Wedding photographer Yolande De Vries‘ new venture Girls on Film is a concept I adore. Creating beautiful bridal and boudoir portraiture is Yolande’s real passion. She understands the insecurities of women, she has a gift for knowing just the right pose to celebrate sensual curves and graceful femininity, making you look and feel amazing.  Teamed with the makeup and hair skills of our beauty queen Ana Ospina, and the whimsically romantic designs from Wilden Bride this shoot is the perfect example of the Girls on Film experience.

I love the rich chocolate-y tones picked to compliment model Elena’s complexion, soft and pretty with a hint of Amazonian Goddess.  There’s just the right balance of sultry and femininity, seduction and romance, beautiful!

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Ana tells us more about creating the perfect look ~

When Elena arrived for the photo shoot I was blown away by her striking features, I mean look at those eyes, those cheekbones and those lips all set on a flawless complexion…. she actually is a make-up artists dream!  I wanted to enhance Elena’s features but keep the make-up look simple; sometimes it just works when you keep the make-up subtle (less is more and all that). Once I was shown the dress to be used on the day, my decision to go down this route I felt was the right one. The Wilden Bride dress chosen for the shoot was a little bit nymph-like and with the pretty flower detail I decided to go with a nude, gold & brown colour palette to compliment. I made sure to emphasise the brows and rather than throw lots of colour on the lids I used a soft mink brown colour. Sparkle on a wedding day is a no-no due to its light reflective properties, but the soft sheen in the brown I used was blended well to give a subtle colour on the eyes that worked perfectly and gave a different colour depending on the light so looked more golden/bronze in some photos and more brown in others.

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After applying an eye shadow primer I patted the shadow on to the lower lid close to the lash line and blended colour upwards and outwards so it faded out, that way once I put false lashes on it just looked like a very soft smoky eye. I then used a black gel liner over the lashes and under the lower lash line too keeping it fine and then softened with a little shadow over the top. This look is quite similar to one Angelina Jolie opts for and who Elena I think reminded me of.  I then added a matte brown bronzer in the hollow of the cheeks to define them and skipped blusher and finished off with a nude lip pencil and lipstick with a dab of gloss in the middle of lower lip to give the appearance of fuller lips. To complete the look I used a small amount of highlighter on the top of cheekbones and on the cupids bow to accentuate features and give a glow and radiance to the skin which is needed when using such muted or nude tones to stop the skin looking flat. I then softly curled Elena’s hair opting for a very tousled hairstyle as wanted it to be as floaty as the dress and not a rigid coiffure updo.

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Supplier Credits:
Photography: Girls on Film // Dress: Wilden Bride // Hair & Makeup: Ana Ospina // Chair: Bambino’s, Crystal Palace


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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