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.
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
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.
Bride // Britainy Ruby Rae
Groom // Matthew 'Ted' Wilson
Best Man // Ben Sinclair
Baby // Victor Wilson
Dog // Lola Harris