I’m posting a 1950s wedding inspiration shoot today for two reasons: one, the dresses and make up are so pretty – I couldn’t resist! two, I love hearing how creative shoots like this come about. Wedding photographer Carla Thomas got in touch and told me about her inspiration for the shoot and how the idea grew to involve a great team of wedding suppliers and some fabulous dresses and accessories.
I was going to call this blog post “one lucky man’s day out” but I thought that would be a bit naughty. I’d better hand over to Carla…
“We wanted the shoot to epitomize the grandeur of the socialites of the 1950s – choosing to steer clear of the stereotypical milkshake shop image of the era and instead basing our shoot on the style of wedding that would have been attended by the rich and wealthy.
“I had posted a request on Twitter asking if there were any make up artists and stylists interested in collaborating for a photoshoot I wanted to create. I had been searching for the perfect suppliers for a bridal shoot and when Alex got in touch, I knew from the very first email exchange that we would be working together. Since then, and it has only been just over 6 weeks!, Alex and I have not just pulled off a shoot that was even better than we could have expected, but we have also become good friends, cocktail buddies and soon to be wedding fair partners!
What began as a ‘small shoot’ rapidly grew to one of epic proportions – with five amazing models and some of the most wonderful suppliers we could have asked for! From the outset we decided on a ‘glamorous 1950s winter wedding’ – to combine our love of 1950s fashion and the glamour of a bygone era. We got in touch with lots of suppliers but a few stood out and were really helpful in bringing our vision to life. Boards on Pinterest were shared to help us collaborate the hundreds of ideas we both had and inspired us to include a boudoir session in the shoot, a service that I also offer. From this we put together a ‘story’ to help our suppliers understand the look and feel we were aiming for.
Our first step was to involve the beautiful Hempel Hotel in London – the hotel is absolutely stunning with a minimalist take on luxury – it provided the perfect backdrop to the gorgeous dresses and accessories we were using.
It was important to us that the look we created was achievable for the everyday bride on a budget and so table settings were crafted simply and we stuck to statement pieces in the form of the dress, flowers and the cake – something that would be easily achieved. We had the mantra of ‘less is more’ and focused on the beautiful details of the shoot, using the surroundings to create beautiful images.”
1950s winter wedding shoot – suppliers
- The Hempel Hotel – http://www.the-hempel.co.uk
- Photography: Carla Thomas – http://carlathomasphoto.com
- second shooting from Sarah of Aranya Photography – http://www.aranyaphotography.co.uk/
- Wedding Coordinator/Stylist: Alex Peploe of Postscript Events – http://postscriptevents.co.uk/
- Hair: Yulia Newport – http://www.bridalhairdesigner.com/
- Make-Up: http://heydayhoney.com/
- Jewellery and Accessories: Flo & Percy – http://www.floandpercy.com/
- and Glitzy Secrets – http://www.glitzysecrets.com/
- Bridal Lingerie: Gilda & Pearl – http://www.gildapearl.co.uk/
- Flowers: Mary Jane Vaughan – http://www.maryjanevaughan.co.uk/
- Wedding Cake: Restoration Cake – http://www.restorationcake.co.uk/
- Wedding Dresses: Look Darling – http://www.lookdarling.com/
- Ian Stuart – http://www.ianstuart-bride.com/
- Kittie & Dulcie – http://www.kittyanddulcie.com/
- Groom’s Suits: Hugh Harris – http://www.hughharris.co.uk/
- Wedding Stationery: White Knot – http://www.whiteknot.co.uk/
There’s even more on the Fifties Wedding blog – so if you’re planning a 1950s wedding the details, dresses, lingerie and much more information are shown here: http://fiftieswedding.com/a-50s-inspiration-shoot-focussed-on-elegance-and-glamour/