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Modern ballet bridal style inspiration with Vintage Button Bridal Designs, shot by OXI Photography

Discovering amazing creatives is my favourite thing. Being a wedding blogger means I get to see the newest and best ideas in wedding styling – and I’ll always share my favourites with you. I feel so lucky to be sharing this breathtaking shoot, planned by Clare from Vintage Button Bridal Designs, with you today. The images are incredible, the detail and styling exquisite.

Modern ballet; bridal inspiration with a gorgeous twist. Image credit Oxi Photography (22)

Clare Lloyd designs and makes beautiful, intricate bridal accessories, hair adornments and jewellery in Frome, Somerset.  She’s been making jewellery and bridal accessories for several years now and this is the first time she’s organised her own styled shoot.

Modern ballet; bridal inspiration with a gorgeous twist. Image credit Oxi Photography (26)

My vision for the shoot was to mix the timeless, classy feel of old school Hollywood elegance with fine art style photography and incorporate current trends of lots of greenery, foraged foliage and wild bouquets with antique lace, tulle, soft muted colour and modern calligraphy.

Shot in the Silk Mill in Frome, we set about exploring ways to incorporate modern and vintage ideas and styles to create your own unique and creative bridal style that reflects your personality and individuality.   Fine Art and wedding photographer Oxana Mazur of OXI Photography  captured the shoot perfectly with soft light and a wonderful vintage look to the images.

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We created two different looks for the shoot; the first was ‘old Hollywood’ with a contemporary twist with a beautiful handmade antique bias cut lace dress by Sow’s Ear and masses of green foliage.  Hair and make up artist Charlotte Tillyer transformed our model Sian into a Hollywood starlet with soft, glowing make up and a modern braided take on a classic vintage inspired hair style to show off the low cut back of the dress.  Sian’s hair was styled with several different accessories from delicate hair vines worn across the forehead to delicate beaded headpieces pinned around the side of the head.

Modern ballet; bridal inspiration with a gorgeous twist. Image credit Oxi Photography (14)

The second look was a modern take on a ballet inspired style with bridal separates in muted blush pinks and pale gold also incorporating vintage and contemporary pieces.  We paired an antique lace crop top from Lark Vintage with a soft blush tulle skirt from ASOS.  Charlotte styled Sian’s hair in a modern, slightly undone version of the ballet bun with accessories worn to the side, front and back of the hair and again kept the make up soft and natural.   My headpieces can also be worn as statement necklaces giving you several different options with one accessory.

Modern ballet; bridal inspiration with a gorgeous twist. Image credit Oxi Photography (1)

Rosie Barrett of The Tiny Card Company creates beautiful, wedding paper goods that are screen printed by hand and her Plum Blossom suite with elegant metallic calligraphy and the  delicate elegance of petals works perfectly with the floral details of my headpieces, the antique lace of the dresses and the soft colours we used in the shoot.

Modern ballet; bridal inspiration with a gorgeous twist. Image credit Oxi Photography (8)

For the bouquets we used flowers by florist Bramble and Wild to create a large, wild and foliage heavy bouquet with delicate seasonal flowers in soft pinks, creams, ivory and peach wrapped with long trailing lengths of silk ribbon and we also transformed one of my button and felt bouquets with wild ivy, rosemary, eucalyptus, fresh ranunculus, silk ribbons and lace for a bit of a different take on a button bouquet.   Using a backdrop of foraged foliage and hand cut paper flowers, we transformed the gallery and event space of the Silk Mill.

So here’s the results of our little collaboration, a mix of fine art and old school vintage elegance with a modern, contemporary twist.

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Modern ballet; bridal inspiration with a gorgeous twist. Image credit Oxi Photography (30)
Modern ballet; bridal inspiration with a gorgeous twist. Image credit Oxi Photography (31)

CREDITS

Photographer – Oxana Mazur of OXI Photography

Stationery – Rosie Barrett of The Tiny Card Company

Hair and Make up – Charlotte Tillyer

Flowers (used for large foliage and flower bouquet) – Bramble and Wild

Lace Dress – Sow’s Ear

Model – Sian Hall

Hair Accessories, Jewellery and Button Bouquet – Clare Lloyd of Vintage Button Bridal

Silk Ribbons  – Kate Cullen

Venue – Silk Mill, Frome, Somerset

Antique lace crop top – Lark Vintage / Tulle skirt– ASOS

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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