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As styled shoot themes go, this is pretty out there: A jilted bride, with make-up running down her face from crying, marches through the fields as the sun sets. But as you know, I love an unusual context for bridal styling!

I think the bride actually looks very triumphant and strong. And the dress, flowers, and make-up are pure autumnal wedding styling!

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The Story of the Shoot by Sheryl from Oobaloos Wedding Photography

I had a vision. It came to me one evening after night after night of editing client work. I felt like I needed to shoot something raw, emotional, for no one else’s approval other than my own. I envisaged streaming makeup, deep crimson florals, wild hair, a tinge of Miss Havisham.

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The first person I spoke to was my buddy Amy Hickey, make-up artist extraordinaire and one of the funniest ladies I know. She was all over it like a rash. Like for me, after striving for the perfection of bridal make-up, it’s nice to bust out and go wild!

Next I needed to find the perfect model. Recently, all over my Facebook feed was a lady called Lucinda Thayers, recently crowned Miss Cheltenham. I asked, she said yes! That was simple! I originally thought to trash my own wedding dress (again), then realised that Lucinda was quite a bit dinkier than me! Ooooops! (I blame children…not the bacon and wine).

Would you believe that Lauren Charlotte Bridal had a couple of out-of-season, teeny, tiny dresses out the back that she was happy for me to use? Well, yes, because Charlotte is lovely like that.

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I needed just one more thing to make my vision come to life: flowers. A friend sent me to Esther at Flower Style Co. who, after recently moving back to Cheltenham, was very keen to network. When I collected the floral crown and bouquet from her, I was gobsmacked. It was like she had plucked the vision directly from inside my head!

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Shoot day finally arrived, with a glorious golden hour, a light wind, my assistant Tashabelle with her trusty camera, and a lot of giggles. And a few stares from residents as we strolled over in a bizarre looking procession to a nearby field. We started shooting. I was in seventh heaven. I hope you can see why…..

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Credits

Photography – Oobaloos Wedding Photography

MUA – Amy Hickey

Dress – Lauren Charlotte Bridal

Model – Lucinda Thayers

Flowers – Flower Style Co.

Photography assistant – Natasha Ewins

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