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16Dec

Romance & Reflections: a walking styled shoot

Romance & Reflections: A walking styled shoot 

When I heard that The George was having an open day with the venue being dressed for a wedding, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do a styled shoot at the same time. 
I know The George very well as I both live in Rye, and do the design work for The George's wedding fairs.

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My concept for the day was one of warm textures and rich tones. It was all about wools, warmth, pheasant feathers and festive cheer, but, with a clashing element of pink! Bringing rural Rye into the wedding, the groom and the best man were kitted out in a tweed and herringbone ensemble from local tailors WJ Bennett. The bride and groom are a real couple and they have quite a quirky look, with Ted having a big bushy beard and Britainy having pink hair. Britainy's dress is from Kent based The Story of My Dress and is a short vintage 50s number. We accentuated the rich tones of the shoot with her red glittery 'Dorothy' shoes and a luscious red, wet look on the lips by Lucy Oldham. The Rye Retreat generously offered to prep both bride and groom for the shoot and gave Ted the quiff that all trendy countrymen should have and created a softly waved up-do for Britainy's pink locks. Both Sylvias Kitchen and Florist in the Forest designed and created flowers and a cake to perfectly compliment the concept and incorporated the pheasant feathers and deep, rich tones. 
 
Considering I got the 14 piece team together in under 2 weeks and from one Pinterest board, we all came together on the day and created something really magical. There was lots of clever reflection work and light-trickery from Rebecca Douglas, and we made use of all the sparkly Christmas lights that currently line the windows through the town. We were also pretty blessed to have had an amazing sky and sunset on the day!
 
We concluded the shoot with a shot of the couple under a styled bauble backdrop and finished with an indoor teepee, constructed merely with bamboo, netting, red berry lights and a gold foil curtain for texture and light. With the trends for this year being largely about taking the indoors out, Rebecca had the idea that we could bring the outdoors in.
 
The result of this shoot, I feel, is one that encapsulates the magic of Rye at Christmas and brings with it some images that resemble the old classic 'It's a Wonderful Life'. Personally, having lived in Rye most of my life, it was nice to be reminded of it's beauty and magic and see it for what it is, a very romantic town, especially at Christmas.
 
Words By Jenny at Bellaboo and Beau
 

 
Venue // The George in Rye 
Coordination, props & styling // Bellaboo and Beau  
Makeup // Blush MakeUp
Hair // Katie and Joanne at The Rye Retreat
Headband // Atelier Rousseau
Jewellery // Pruden and Smith
Mens attire // WJ Bennett of Rye
Cake Design // Sylvias Kitchen
Stationery // Lynda Loves
Bell name card holders on table set // Fig Tree Road
 
Models
Bride // Britainy Ruby Rae
Groom // Matthew 'Ted'  Wilson
Best Man // Ben Sinclair
Baby // Victor Wilson
Dog // Lola Harris