This shoot has a nautical heart, but not in the usual stripy white and blue. No, this one is way more chic and elevates that theme with golds, magentas, teals, oranges, you name it. And then there’s the hot pink rose-patterned leggings worn by the bride with pink Converse sneakers – pure alternative Heaven! I’m also taken with the polka dot tights (’80s heart eyes!!), and the headpiece with the very Marie Antoinette ship placed just so.
So, if you like your nautical’s game raised, this is the inspiration shoot for you. And be sure to watch the stunning video – a soundtrack that includes the Pixies = YESSSS!!
The Story of the Shoot by Lauren from French Made
Laetitia and Franck live in Marseille. They’re into tattooes, alternative lifestyles, and each other. They aren’t planning to get married, but they wanted to do something unusual for their fourth anniversary. I offered to organise a shoot that truly reflects their fun personalities and love for each other.
I was born and raised in Marseille, so of course I am a little bit familiar with the place. I chose Le Panier for its winding, narrow, hilly streets hiding little surprises around each corner, like quirky shops and yummy food and Les Goudes to honour the geographical location of the city. A seaside themed photo shoot there may sound totally cliché, but my team of fab suppliers and I worked with nautical symbols such as anchors, wheels, boats, sea shells, etc., and turned our creations into something fun and rock ’n’ roll!
The whole thing was brilliantly captured by Julie Siddi and Med from Bleu citron prod. Not only are Julie’s photos most eye-pleasing, but they also tell a love story, honest and as warm as the southern French climate!
In order to stick to the theme, Med included arial views of Marseille. For extra impact, he adds camera plans from different angles to give the illusion that there are several machines shooting at the same time. The two sets reflect a common artistic approach, but highlight two different aspects of love and relationships, hence the music choice: a punchy song, Cecilia Ann by The Pixies, and a more romantic and ethereal one Song to the Siren by This Mortal Coil.
Our gorgeous tattooed bride, Laetitia, wore two glamourous Elsa Gary dresses, plus another vintage one of her own, as well as beautiful veils from Kelly Spence and a magnifique headdress from GG’s Pin-Up Couture. For her piece, she chose colours that were vintage in style, deep reds, gold and dusky blues for a different twist on the traditional nautical scheme of red, white and blue, together with a wooden boat for an eccentric touch. Make-up-wise, Lisa Le Louet gave Laetitia two different looks: a ’50s one with fake lashes and another one with coral and grey tones to create a more modern and smokey effect.
Franck was just himself that day, posing in his usual Fred Perry polos and funky shoes!
For flowers, John from Digitale put together an amazing bouquet of unusual floral bits, using a mix of proteas, astrantias, dried nigellas, silver brunias, hortensias, freesias, foliage and eucalyptus. I absolutely loved the bouquets tied with nautical rope and golden thread.
For the button bouquet, Lesa from I Heart Buttons added the perfect brooch for this theme. She then based her bouquet around it, incorporating antique and vintage buttons along with a gold glitter tulle collar.
The cake, made by moi, was decorated with shells, golden buttons and glitter. I also created some matching cupcakes and cookies, and I arranged them nicely on a fishing net together with other seaside themed items. The kitsch light included in the scene was used as reference to Notre Dame De la Garde, which is to Marseille what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.
For stationery, Catherine from Vintage Loves Roses created cute invitations and also tags that we attached on the net as a table plan.
Photography – Julie Siddi
Organisation, styling, dessert table – French Made
Videography – Bleu citron prod
MUA – Lisa Le Louet
Dresses – Elsa Gary
Flowers – Digitale Fleurs
Flower crown – GG’s Pin-Up Couture
Veil – Kelly Spence
Stationery – Vintage Loves Roses
Button bouquet – I Heart Buttons