I’m so pleased to be featuring the work of Kel Ward again on Way Out Wedding, and this time there’s a repurposed wedding gown (right up my street!), and an enchanting, twinkling setting. Romance with an edge…
The Story of the Shoot by Kel Ward
Our beautiful model, Sarah, had worked with Kate before, and we both agreed that she would be the perfect model for this gown. Sarah has a unique look and personality, which blends perfectly with Kate’s unique fashions and my desire to shoot non-traditional bridal fashion.
Amanda Dant of Morning Glories Floral provided us with a gorgeous bouquet with a simple colour palette.
The gown was repurposed, using an old gown and a variety of fabrics. The sheet swiss dotted lace showed off Sarah’s tattoos as if it were designed specifically for her.
We did this shoot at a local venue called Historic Deepwood Estate, which is a popular venue for weddings and events. Despite having shot there more times than I can count, each time feels like a different experience entirely. The property backs up to a large creek and is full of trees, flowers, paths, and fields. It seems each time you turn a corner you discover a spot you’ve never seen. It also changes throughout the year, as the foliage and blooms vary by season. We shot this session at high noon in the dead of winter, but you’d never know it with that beautiful shining sun. In the end, this editorial shoot turned out exactly as we wanted… whimsical and magical, but with a hint of evil Disney princess.