When Kat shared with me her idea for a pastel-infused, retro shoot filled with ice-cream goodness, I could immediately envisage how it could be brought to life!
I brought together a team of contributors, most of whom I have worked with many times previously and knew would be on board with the theme. Our collection of models, three gorgeous girls and two handsome guys, gave us a full wedding party of Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids and Best Man to work with.
Blooming Green is such a special place – every time I go there to source and hand-pick blooms for my work I can’t help but fall in love with it a little more. Jen & Bex indulged me the use of their plot for this shoot and every arrangement I made is made exclusively from their organically-grown flowers. I chose an array of colours, from pastels through to their brighter and bolder counterparts, to stand out against the pale colours of the dresses.
Kat’s photos encapsulated the spirit of the day perfectly: “Summery, retro ice cream pastels were the key theme for this shoot, so despite a rather drizzly, blustery day I tried to infuse the pictures with a little sunshine and warm tones. Lots of natural laughter and happy, ice cream cone eating shots were the order of the day – I really wanted everyone to look like they were just having fun, which we were (while being incredibly stylish at the same time!)”
Karen of Dornellie loaned us one one my favourite dresses of hers: “The Ice Cream shoot was heaven made for my Doris!! This dress was designed with a 50s vibe with a fab ribbon bound petticoat, and the amazing bow on the back. The pretty hemline is slightly shorter at the front to show off some cute shoes. The dress was made in pink shimmer organza with a cream satin base to give a gorgeous sheen. Matched with my perfect pink net Carrie veil to add a dash of glamour and flirtiness!!!! Doris has many adventures and now has a sweet addition to her portfolio.”
Suzy, our ‘bride’ and Katy Perry look-a-like, wore it beautifully! Our fabulous bridesmaids continued the pastel theme with a selection of dresses provided by Cheryl of Official Bridesmaid. All three wore a pair of Marsha’s handmade shoes: “I wanted to keep the shoes looking light and fun so chose lovely pastel colours to suggest the deliciousness of mint, lemon, vanilla and strawberry. Soft chiffon bows mirrored the delicacy of the dress fabrics whilst mixing up the pastel palette further with contrasting heels.”
All our ladies were treated to gorgeous make-overs, giving a modern touch to a retro look. James was in charge of the hair: “I thought 1950’s up dos would be a suitable fit for our two bridesmaids. For the bride, I decided to go for a down style, with body and waves created with heated rollers. The use of different coloured chalks, used on the bridesmaids, gave a dreamy candy floss like feel to the hair styles.” In addition to Karen’s veil, he then added an exquisite ice-cream fascinator by GG’s Pin-Up Couture.
Gemma completed their looks: “Makeup inspiration…..well it’s all about the ice cream! I wanted my Makeup to compliment the colours from the delicious pastel dresses and shoes, with a 50s twist and a hint of colour. I added a hint of mint, peach, and pink shadows and with a stylish black sleek liquid 50s eyeliner and the statement flick. We needed to bring out the inner Katy Perry, so what would Katy do? It’s all about the eyes. I used Mac baby pink eyeshadow across the lid using a deeper pink in the socket. I used Mac Vanilla Pigment to highlight under the brow and in the corner of the eyes, then used Mac Black Track liquid liner applied with my favourite liner brush by Makeup Forever 254 to create a real 50s statement flick…a bit of Mac Tenderling Powder Blush and Pink Swoon on the apples and to complete the look a hot pink Lancôme lipstick gloss and not forgetting an intense set of Mac lashes!”
Lau of French Made created an incredible cake and dessert table for us: “In order to create this dessert table I incorporated typical ice-cream bits and bobs such as Hundreds and Thousands, chocolate sprinkles, Flakes, glacé cherries, fresh raspberries, marshmallows, cones and wafers. In order to fit the theme, I also gave the whole look a 50’s diner feel using pastel colours and light pink stripy straws and cupcake cases.” The sweet treats were complement by – well, what else – ICE CREAM! This was courtesy of the adorable Morris, the vintage ice cream van run by Linda Hamilton Catering.
The finishing touches included fun pastel stationery by Claire Spake and an assortment of accessories from Melissa of The Sweet Hostess: “In keeping with the fun vibe the dessert table was incorporated into the tablescape. The pink shimmery sequin tablecloth was the perfect backdrop for some pastel themed ice cream treats. Even though pastels were the main theme throughout the shoot, it contrasted well with the pops of colours from the flower display. A silver and pastel tassel garland blended nicely into the background with the shiny silver mylar adding another element of shimmer. The mini drinks were created by mixing natural props like the wooden creates and hand picked flowers with a glitter paper garland and sequin table runner.”
It was a day full of laughter, despite the best efforts of the weather to rain on our parade – my thanks to everyone for all their hard work and enthusiasm for this project!
How fun does this shoot look! I love it and want to eat all the ice-cream! Thank you to Gwenda and Kat Forsyth Photography for sharing this with Marry Me Ink today – The full list of suppliers at the end of this post – Be sure to leave them some love!
Venue: Blooming Green
Photography: Kat Forsyth Photography
Flowers & Styling: The Vintage Floral Design Co.
Bridal Dresses & Veils: Dornellie
Bridesmaid Dresses: Official Bridesmaid
Hair: James Blaquiere Bridal Hair Specialist
Make-Up: Gemma Pass Make-Up Artist
Shoes: Marsha Hall Handmade Shoes
Accessories: GG’s Pin-Up Couture
Vintage Ice Cream Van: Linda Hamilton Catering
Dessert Table: French Made
Stationery: Claire Spake Design &c.
Props & Accessories: The Sweet Hostess
Models: Suzy, Lisa, Kitty, Jimmy & Jay