Happy Halloween everyone! To get you well and truly in the mood, I thought I’d share with you some photos from an incredible styled shoot that I took part in a few weeks ago. Think bad-ass brides, moody venues and eerie lighting and you’re not far off! The shoot was themed around a Pennywise vs. Joker face-off and I just adore it!
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love something a bit different for weddings. Blush pinks and pretty pastels are always beautiful but I’m instantly hooked when I see bold colour pops and crazy textural details; so this shoot was absolutely up my street!
It took place at Old Street Records which I think, as a venue, doesn’t need much introduction. It was the perfect spot for a Halloween theme as it was fit to bursting with dark dramatic walls, exposed brick, metalwork and neon signs. We took advantage of a few different locations within the venue, as well as venturing outside because Shoreditch is just dying to be photographed with all its graffitied walls and urban stores!
The shoot concept was created, directed and photographed by Pierra of PierraGPhotography, and she was accompanied by the ever so talented Harvey from Meros Productions (Videography). (If you haven’t already watched the video – you must!!). Jumping on board, I was asked to create two bridal bouquets for each of the Halloween brides: One Autumnal in colour for Pennywise, and another in vibrant purples for the Joker. Thankfully, Pierra was gracious enough to let me crack on and come up with some designs of my choosing. This is always such a joy and even for weddings, it’s exciting to be giving some loose ideas but also trusted to use your knowledge and creativeness to produce something totally unique!
So let me talk you through the flowers very briefly. For this particular shoot, colours were obviously the focus however, of equal importance, was TEXTURE! I think this aspect is sometimes overlooked but any good florist would advise a bride to not only think about the colour palette but about the style of the bouquet, the textures within it and the shapes of the individual flowers. In my opinion, some of the most stunning florals that I’ve created have been the ones where there’s been a mix of soft, round flowers next to taller, sharper shaped flowers (think snaps, delphinium or stocks). If you can also throw in a few quirky flowers like kangaroo paw or seed heads for example, you’re set for a winner! That mix of heights but also textural detail is what makes a bouquet interesting and shows that you’ve really put thought into it.
So with this in mind, I picked some lovely bits for the Autumnal bouquet. Everything was on the ‘warm’ side of the colour wheel: burnt oranges, yellows, reds and browns – delicious! A few Marie-Claire roses formed the base but were then accompanied with some velvety yellow celosia (which I always think look like a brain?!), delicate red euphorbia, burnt orange kangaroo paw, red oak leaves and not forgetting yellow craspedia which formed cute little bobbles on the top of the bouquet.
For the Joker’s bouquet, everything was a lot more prickly and edgy. Vibrant purple was complimented with sharp, lime green tones and I deliberately used some very ‘strange’ flowers which perhaps wouldn’t be your staple bridal flowers. For the greens, I used some round gelda heads and then contrasted these with tall, pointy molucella. The purples were made up of dark purple/black callas, purple liatris (which is one of my all time favourites! Don’t ask my why?!), and blue/purple thistle for a physically bristly feel. Around the edge of the bouquet was some dyed black grevillea foliage which completed the weird look perfectly!
It was wonderful seeing the flowers being used on the shoot and I was amazed at how naturally the models held the bouquets and knew how to pose with them! (Sian and Chloe were just fantastic!) Sadly, it’s one of the aspects that us stylists/florists normally miss out on – actually seeing a bride with the flowers! So that was a treat in itself! It was also a joy to meet some of the other wedding industry suppliers who we often know by name but not by face, and to have a chance to get to know each other more. We’re so lucky in Kent and London, that there is such an abundance of awesome wedding pros to pick from and it feels magical when we get these kind of opportunities when we can work together collaboratively so I must say a massive thank you to Pierra for organising and getting me on board!
So, I hope you enjoy these stunning pictures; I for one, am massively proud of them and had such a wonderful day watching them being captured! And now I’ve had another taste of the ‘styled shoot’ apple, I’ve got more planned already so watch this space!......
Concept, Creative Direction and Photography/ @pierragphotography_
Models/ @siangworld @chloemkerley @ashsymes
Floral Design/ @thestylishweddingcompany
Rings and Pendants/ @lawley_design