It was Suzie from Kushi Cars who submitted this dream of a styled shoot to me, stating “I think the colours would look exceptionally good on your site.” Yes! Yes, they do!! And that’s because they’re beautiful and would look exceptional anywhere! The pastel palette is so happy and uplifting, and because of other strong details like the opulent interior of the wedding car with its Indian décor, plus my favourite of a leopard print coat, the result is edgy rather than twee. And the fact the bride model is a burlesque dancer, with her raven hair with the blonde streak and her red lipstick, well it’s all just a gorgeous rainbow of wedding loveliness. A Fifties shoot in terms of cake stands and ice-cream colours, and contemporary with its origami animal heads and pinwheels plus flamingo ornaments. I think you’ll love this as much as I do!
The Story of the Shoot by Hollie from Daisy Says I Do
Loving all things 1950s, I created a styled shoot taking inspiration from the era’s design and fashion with an alternative, contemporary spin. With tons of detail and curiosities, the unique styling provided a striking backdrop for our bride and groom. The quirky Indian Ambassador car from Kushi Cars featured in the beautiful grounds of Priors Tithe Barn, where our couple stole a few minutes of laughter.
Priors Tithe Barn in Brockworth, Gloucester, is a beautiful rustic barn set in stunning gardens; each time I visit, I’m flooded with inspiration on how next I could style this venue. I can imagine how a couple must feel when they find it for their own wedding! It is the perfect combination of a rustic barn, oozing character and simplicity, and just screaming out to be styled.
For this shoot, I developed an eclectic pastel style with a 1950s vibe. I adore fashion and style from the past and love to incorporate elements into contemporary ideas. The fifties embraced a pastel colour palette from fashion to interiors, and I felt the softness of this colour range in contrast to the stone and wood of the barn would be striking. The bold décor in this shoot should inspire us to be brave with our style and allow it to reflect our personalities, even if at first glance it may not seem very ‘weddingy’; by embracing our style and not being tentative, it will all come together as a polished look, whatever that may be.
There are many DIY elements and a lot of collecting involved in creating this style: our suspended colour paper cones on our (dare I say) skip find branches, rosettes, hand made napkins and table-runners, and lots of curiosities from auctions, little shops and also online. This level of DIY may not be for everyone, but individual aspects of this shoot are achievable for the crafty bride. The props were softened with flowers by the crazily talented Charlotte from Charlotte Elizabeth Bespoke Floristry, which she created at the venue, responding to the style. Even skulls can look pretty combined with flowers. Josephine’s Fabulous Flowers provided beautiful rustic tables and mixed vintage chairs, which suited the venue and the styling perfectly and helped connect the décor to the setting.
When The Cheltenham Cakery designed a stunning 1950s inspired cake just for our shoot, it would have been a shame for it to be tucked away, so instead we chose to make a feature of it and created laddered shelving, a rosette background, lots of little details and a gorgeous patchwork chair supplied by Shere Morady.
Our male model Deano from Tokyo Tattoo was dressed in a sharp blue suit, top hat and cane, and complemented Missy perfectly. I’m always fascinated by how models look so natural in front of the camera, although they were clearly having real fun too, and laughed and joked in the back of the 1950s Indian Ambassador wedding car provided by Suzie from Kushi Cars, which created a great addition to the Priors Tithe Barn backdrop.
Of course our shoot would be nothing without someone wonderful to photograph it! Sheryl from Oobaloos Photography created a relaxed yet high energy environment, and found the most beautiful shots capturing our models at their best. She was helpful and supportive in the run up to the day, and it’s clear she would be the same with couples that ask her to photograph their day. Natasha, also from Oobaloos, captured the details exquisitely. I’m sure you will all agree that the images are stunning and really show off each supplier’s work at its best. Thank you, Oobaloos!
Styling and planning – Daisy Says I Do
Venue – Priors Tithe Barn
Photography – Oobaloos Photography
Flowers – Charlotte Elizabeth Bespoke Floristry
Filming – Rare Event, Media & Marketing
Cake – The Cheltenham Cakery
Feature chair – Sheré Morady
Tables and chairs – Josephine’s Fabulous Flowers and Furniture Hire
Car – Kushi Cars
Jewellery – Sarie Joynes Bespoke Jewellery