Image credit | Bodart Studio Photographie
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Image credit | Real Simple Photography
This high-class, old school Hollywood glamour styled shoot is a shoot of two halves. There are two photographers, Kat Forsyth and Heline Bekker, both capturing the scene. It’s so interesting to see what two different people produce from the same set-up, and for this reason I’m really excited to feature it.
What Kat Saw
The words ‘rainbow’ and ‘wedding’ in the same sentence always make me sit up and pay attention. Add in ‘May Day’ and ‘hand fasting’ and ‘maypole’ and it’s a done deal.
This here is a beautiful styled shoot with so much to take away and incorporate into your own spring wedding, particularly the maypole dance using a tree. There’s something so sweet, so simple but effective, about your wedding kids dancing a rainbow of ribbons into a colourful pattern to celebrate your marriage.
Gwenda Jeffs of the Vintage Floral Design Co. told me the story behind this romantic shoot steeped in spring traditions…
“The concept grew out of a conversation with photographer Kat Forsyth about The Wizard of Oz, evolving through Somewhere Over the Rainbow to technicolour bridesmaids!
“I chose a different type of flower to represent each colour – red tulips, orange roses, yellow sunflowers, green carnations, blue hydrangeas, indigo delphiniums, and violet stocks. A small posy of each bloom was provided for each bridesmaid and a buttonhole for the pageboy, and the whole spectrum was represented in the trailing bridal bouquet. I adore using colour in a suitable vintage theme, and this shoot, which had something of a ’70s hippy vibe about it, was the perfect opportunity to indulge!
“The people at Riverhill Gardens kindly permitted us to use their beautiful venue. Hayley did a wonderful job of Olaya’s hair and make-up, creating a soft, natural look befitting her youth. I have previously worked with Liam, our male model, and I knew that he would be great for the role in this shoot. On the day, both of their lovely personalities combined into a natural chemistry that conveyed the precise sense of exuberant young love that I was hoping for.
“Charlotte of Wilden Bride brought along two of her gorgeous dresses, including a re-worked vintage lace piece (her mother’s own wedding dress, no less!). To complete each bridal ensemble, we added fabulous veils by Dornellie and exquisite jewellery and hair accessories by Rosie Weisencrantz Vintage Creations.
When I was in the first year at big school, we had wonderful mythology lessons where my head was turned by the stories of flawed but beautiful gods and goddesses. What a rich palette of tales of love, emotion, power, beauty with dark elements such as war and revenge. Such drama!
Gwenda Jeffs of The Vintage Floral Design Co. sent me this elegant shoot with its style rooted firmly in these classics. I loved every image, and saw that the theme is just right for both traditional and quirky brides. You could go either way with the details. What a versatile editorial. Here’s Gwenda with the story behind the shoot. I love very much her reasons for selecting each flower!
Kat Forsyth and I had both been itching to shoot at The Sculpture Park for ages. Sian, who coordinates The Sculpture Gift List side of the business, kindly invited me over one day for a recce visit. I noticed that many of the sculptures, although modern in style, lent themselves to a classical theme – and so the concept for this shoot developed from there.