Today on Marry Me Ink I get to share with you a styled bridal shoot from Stella Photography who created ‘Offbeat Stories’ a small group of wedding suppliers based around the Manchester/Cheshire border. Their love of dealing with brides with a strong sense of their own style brought them together for their first photo shoot ‘Spring Fawn’. Their main aim for this shoot was to go with the celebration of Spring and to keep it as quirky as they are as a group.
The idea of using taxidermy, tattoos and vintage furniture came from our collective love of antiquities, skull structures and ink. We used antlers and flora as a theme to build around then we each added our individual contributions of talent and due to some good local knowledge from Bec, half of the Diddibox team we ended up with the perfect, tumble-down cottage in which to stage our painted Fawn bride.
Diddibox Flowers used a mixture of home grown sweet peas, succulents, eucalyptus, phalaenopsis orchids, parrot tulips, David Austin Juliet roses, lissianthus and ivy. Chief at Diddibox, Alison says using seasonal blooms always works better for weddings as flowers are at their natural best. They created a loose, informal, wild look to the designs as if the ingredients had been picked, fresh that morning.
The cakes (because lets not forget cakes, we are talking weddings here and who doesn’t love cake at a wedding?) were made by the lovely Sarah of Pink Cocoa. A ‘semi naked’ layer cake was created using handmade sugar ranunculus, succulents and rice paper feathers and the second cake which was iced and featured an extra deep middle tier was adorned with sugar antlers and moulding, finally being covered with a glass dome, to echo the taxidermy/skulls element of the shoot.
The awesome hair antlers and ethereal make up were provided by Clare from HarryJon MUA. Focusing on the hair creation Clare went with her preferred method of airbrush foundation, ensuring the makeup was kept soft and neutral, utilising peach tones to complement the models fair skin, enhance her blue eyes and work well with the Spring theme.
The essential bridal fashion element was brought in by Melanie from specialist bridal boutique; The Case of the Curious Bride. Melanie used Katya Katya Shehurina wedding dress designs to compliment the inkings on model (and local tattooist) Abbi’s skin. One dress in particular in blushed peach lace brought together the soft florals, neutral make up and cake colours.
Our final element of the shoot was provided by Zuzi from Stella Photography. Zuzi stopped at nothing to get just the right angle on every picture, commando-crawling on the dusty floor and wobbling atop a rickety vintage ladder at points.
How beautiful is this styled shoot? It’s brilliant for ideas for your upcoming spring or summer wedding – The flowers are gorgeous! Thanks to Stella Photography for sharing with Marry Me Ink today.