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I have to admit, fairytale editorial shoots have a large piece of my heart! And this one is a glamorous, very 1950s pin-up, badass fairytale shoot!! There’s an edge to the magic and enchantment that I know my retro-loving readers will adore…

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The Story of the Shoot by Becky Ryan

Inspired by classic fairytales with a vintage twist to encompass the classic nature of the characters, a group of fellow wedding suppliers and I worked hard putting together the bits and pieces for this magical fairytale styled bridal shoot.

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It started with a discussion between Sarah Bloor of Pin Up Curl and me about potentially working on a styled shoot together before wedding season kicked in to take advantage of the time to do something a bit fun and creative. I had the idea of the route I fancied going down theme-wise, and fortunately it was Sarah’s cup of tea, too. So then it was time to contact other local suppliers that I thought would fit the styling and find our Ariel, Snow White, and Cinderella! Many Pinterest pins and Facebook conversations later, we had to go about making our ideas a reality, and here is the result. I hope you enjoy looking through the images as much as we enjoyed putting our little fairytale wedding together!

The main colour palette for the shoot was decided fairly early on as being rose red, moss green and gold. We went down the literal route with the moss for the table styling! It just seemed so fitting for an enchanted fairytale feel to the table in combination with the roses and log slices. I just loved the centrepiece created by Nicky of With Love Weddings; it reminded me of Beauty and the Beast and so fitted in perfectly with our theme.

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The stunning gowns were created for the shoot by Esther Michailovs of Frock, a vintage inspired dress maker based in Nottingham. This stunning blue dress worn by our beautiful model Agata featured a removable tulle shawl that draped over the shoulders and individually stitched rhinestones. I’d wanted to work with Esther for a while, so it was great to have her on board!

I’ve worked with Sarah many times now and she always does such a wonderful job recreating vintage styles; I knew she’d bring her awesomeness to the table for our fairytale wedding. She’s recently branched out into selling a range of handmade hair accessories alongside her styling, so she took the shoot as a great opportunity to find some inspiration to do some custom fairytale themed pieces especially for it. Cinderella’s headband fascinator tied in with Frock’s blue dress perfectly. Made with genuine vintage decorative leaves, again individually rhinestoned for that added sparkle, and a blue veil. Sarah also did all of the hair styling for the shoot.

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Super cute Lisa wore a red velvet hair bow from Pin Up Curl. When I was looking for potential ladies to be part of this shoot there was no other contender for our Snow White: she’s just perfect!

The beautiful make up for our shoot was done by Bethany Jane Davies of The Vintage Beauty Parlour salon, based in Manchester. Bethany specialises in the glamorous looks of yesteryear, and recently published her own book full of tips and advice in recreating vintage hairstyles (it features a bit of my illustration work, too!). Having only worked alongside Bethany once before, I was so happy when she said yes to being a part of our shoot; her work is just stunning, and I’m sure her make-up work makes any girl feel like a princess!

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Helping with the styling of our sweetheart table, providing the tableware, was sweetheart herself Jan Leytham Gain of The Pretty Little Parlour Company! Jan is such a lovely lady; it was wonderful to meet her and have her involved in our day. She helps to style weddings for brides looking for help in bringing some beauty to the styling of their day, and she does seem to literally have everything in her prop box! Jan provided the tableware (plates, cutlery, glasses), along with some miscellaneous decorative items, such as the shiny prop apples, candlestick holders and the ornate tea set. She actually managed to find a glass slipper for us that she just happened to have amongst her many bits and bobs! No fairytale wedding would be complete without fairy lights! I loved the fairy light curtain – I think I need a couple myself. Jan also created the beautiful bouquets for our Cinderella and Ariel.

Lisa’s beautiful bouquet, along with the roses adorning the table, window and the domed floral centrepiece, were created by Nicky Espinasse of With Love Wedding Stationery. Without Nicky’s help we really wouldn’t have had that gorgeous rustic, magical feel to our styling, I think she may have to add floristry/styling to the services With Love offers! Along with Jan, Nicky really helped me with the ‘turning ideas into visuals’ side of the shoot, along with the general bouncing of ideas back and forth regarding styling decisions. Nicky provided all the stationery, and used it as an opportunity to design a gorgeous new fairytale-inspired range for her clients!

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The venue of the Silk Mill, Derby, provided a wonderful backdrop for our shoot, with so many elements to work with in the different rooms and beautiful natural light.

We were lucky to have a very talented cake maker involved in this shoot that I met through a wedding I had previously photographed (though I was yet to meet in person) – Victoria of Victoria’s Sponge based in Birmingham. Victoria blew me away with her creations. She made us a selection of oh-so-stunning fairytale themed cupcakes, along with our main Enchanted themed wedding cake; she even had some time to produce some toffee apples for our sweetheart table. Victoria’s amazing textured gold wedding cake featured a beautifully handmade and painted ornate frame with the words ‘Happily Ever After’ along with some beautiful pale blue flying birds made from icing. Jan of The Pretty Little Parlour Company helped with this stunning piece of work through her flower arranging to create a truly magical wedding cake fit for any fairytale wedding.

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Our final stunning model, Rouge, wore a gorgeous sequined fishtail gown (what else?) from Frock. I love how it sits on the floor in a pool at Rouge’s feet; it really is one gorgeously shaped dress. The pattern of the sequins even reminds me of coral. We couldn’t have found a more perfect dress for our mermaid inspired bride.

To have the awesome Bink from Pearls and Swine on board providing some pieces just for the shoot was amazing. The stunning large statement headpieces were inspired by each of the classic fairytale ladies that our brides were based on. A striking crown headpiece for Cinderella (plus a smaller ‘crown only’ version), a large rhinestoned red apple for Snow White, and a sea-inspired fascinator for our Ariel, complete with shells and a glittered starfish! If you’re a bride to be looking for something with quirk or wanting to make a statement on your special day, Bink is your lady!

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Along with the main wedding cake, Victoria’s Sponge also created these beautiful fairytale-inspired cupcakes, including one that looks as though it’s made up of rose petals, a shiny glittering red apple cupcake, and a Cinderella cushion styled baby blue cupcake with tiny slipper on top! The detail on them was amazing!

Another supplier that got involved with our shoot was Emma at Fairytale Collars. She created this beautiful felt Cinderella-inspired collar, and she does a whole range inspired by other fairytale princesses! She also produces designs featuring woodland creatures and other super cute motifs. They’re ideal for adding a bit cute quirk to an outfit.

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We were all so happy with how the shoot turned out, I hope it brings some inspiration to any brides-to-be out there wanting to add a bit of fairytale magic to the styling of their day!

The Shoot in Full


Photography | Becky Ryan Photography

Dresses | Frock

Hair & hair accessories | Pin Up Curl

MUA | Bethany Jane Davies

Flowers & styling | The Pretty Little Parlour Company

Stationery & styling | With Love Wedding Stationery

Cake | Victoria’s Sponge

Headpieces | Pearls and Swine

Shoes | Irregular Choice

Venue | The Silk Mill, Derby

Models | Agata Nowak, Lisa Marie Rowe and Rouge

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