1930s glamour and authentic vintage styling ideas with a dash of puppy love!
Today’s styled shoot is gorgeous and adorable and so very, very inspiring! I adore the feel of a relaxed but super glamorous 1930s house party – it’s simply fabulous and with Mabel the Boston Terrier modelling as ‘best man’ for the day, the cute factor totally wins my heart!
Words & images by lovely Sandra Reddin Photography (based in London)
“All of the elements for this 30’s style shoot fell into place quite naturally once we got the okay from the venue. Sprivers Mansion in Kent is a characterful and elegant Georgian house and both myself and stylist/florist Gwenda Jeffs had worked there before on weddings. So, we were thrilled to get the go ahead as we wanted the images to be full of glamour and Sprivers is the perfect setting for a vintage themed shoot with its ornate fireplaces and crystal chandeliers.
We wanted an elegant and sophisticated bridal look to reflect the era but also a contemporary feel to suit a young modern couple. We chose a satin dress with a corded lace bodice overlay from Sabina Motasem’s collection supplied by Heart Aflutter Bridal, accessorised with Annaliese Rivers’ beautiful hand made pieces, and shoes by Marsha Hall. The bride’s lovely red hair was given a natural wave then our MUA for the day Tracy Mead lifted it for a more glamorous 30’s night time look.
The house has a lot to offer including fabulous mature gardens and a beautiful lawn which was perfect for the picnic we were planning. We also had lots of authentic details supplied by Hire Love including a vintage movie camera which our couple had fun with. We were so lucky with the weather, and together with a free run of the house and a loaded tea trolley left out for us, we were on a roll!
A high point of the day was when the driver of the 1930’s Alivs offered to take our bride & groom for a spin so we could get across at least some of the 100 acres of parkland on the Sprivers estate. It also gave us the chance to show case the lovely tulle, cathedral length veil lent to us by Sash and Veil. We had a lot of fun swirling it around creating some drama with the car and house behind!
We also had a ball with Mabel the Boston terrier who acted as ‘best man’ for the day and looked splendid in her custom made silk flower collar supplied by Cupid Collars. Mabel was as cute as can be, but quite cheeky and made a dash for the cake at one point, luckily after we’d finished shooting.
The 4 tier wedding cake with ruffles and a touch of gold was supplied by Ever After Wedding Cakes who also created a sumptuous dessert table including bite size salted caramel shots, fudge and coconut ice. Very tempting for everyone on the shoot! And all blending nicely with our colour palette of ivory, navy, gold and pink.
There was so much scope for interior photos that we had to narrow it down and chose the downstairs area for the majority of shots. In keeping with the era, Gwenda included a lot of foliage in her arrangements and added some classic white wax flower for highlights and the much under-rated lily, also a favourite of the 30’s (an unusual variety with lots of petals but no pesky pollen).
We all had a fabulous day creating this shoot and I’d like to thank all of the suppliers who took part.
Photography: Sandra Reddin – www.sandrareddin.com
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Lighting technician: https://www.facebook.com/gigi.giannella
Stylist & florist: http://www.bohotanical.co.uk/
Dress: Sabina Motasem from http://heartaflutterbridal.co.uk/
Floral dog collar by https://www.cupidcollars.com/
Car: Vintage Alvis 3.5 litre speed 25 1937 from https://distinctlyvintage.com/
Props: Hire Love