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!
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.
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.
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!
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…..
Photography – Oobaloos Wedding Photography
MUA – Amy Hickey
Dress – Lauren Charlotte Bridal
Model – Lucinda Thayers
Flowers – Flower Style Co.
Photography assistant – Natasha Ewins