I talk a lot on this blog about what a collaborative art wedding photography is - they involve so many creative wedding professionals coming together, each contributing their knowledge and experience to help create the most perfect day for you. One way that we keep those creative juices flowing, especially when wedding season begins to wind down, is by putting together styled shoots. If you've been following this blog for awhile you know that I LOVE a styled shoot and I've been so so fortunate to work with some of the very best vendors in the business.
My most recent styled shoot organised by the wonderful and warm Nicole Boneuf of the up and coming wedding site Bridal Chic in the City got in touch with me in August about the idea of organising a Studio 54-meets-Manchester bridal shoot at the gloriously rock n' roll Deaf Institute on Oxford Road in the city centre in advance of their October 'Wedtastic' open day where I'd be setting up my own exhibit. I jumped at the chance to shoot at such an iconic venue and Nicole assembled a serious dream team of wedding vendors: dresses and impeccably tailored jumpsuits by Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride, a floral clutch (as a twist on a bridal bouquet) and more traditional autumnal bouquet by Paragon Floral Design, makeup by the insanely awesome Mimi Lomax MUA, hair by the lovely Becky Betty Hair, a bridal beret by Satyrion by Anneliese, jewellery by the oh-so-talented Rachel from The Magpie's Daughter and all being filmed by the lovely Phil from Base Aura videography.
Our group message was buzzing for weeks with our plans and we were all set to go right up until the week before our scheduled shoot date in September when a major hitch came up: the shoot fell smack in the middle of freshers week and the venue was no longer available. Rather than panic, the quick-thinking Nicole rang round to venues until Cane & Grain in the Northern Quarter came to our rescue. With it's private tiki bar and secret speakeasy, plus the bonus location of being smack in the gritty/cool NQ it turned into a godsend.
We all turned up raring to go and with some of the most incredible models I've worked with (seriously Molly & Joanna you two ar ethe most gorgeous alien beauties I know!), a cracking team and my best friend Cate (yes 2 K(C)ates, I know this is ridiculous) over from New York acting as my assistant/posing guru we have created some unbelievable wedding-inspired art. I'm so in love with all of these briiliant creative minds that worked on this shoot and I can't wait to work with you all again. The biggest of thank yous to Nicole for bringing us all together and our disco alien dreamboat brides Molly and Joanna who literally ran with everything I threw out them. You guys are the real rock stars!
I'd highly recommend everyone involved in this day so please click their links below to check out their work!
Dresses & Jumpsuits - Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride
Florals - Paragon Floral Design
Makeup Artist - Mimi Lomax MUA
Hair Styling- Becky Betty Hair
Jewellery - The Magpie's Daughter
Bridal Beret - Satyrion
Videography - Base Aura FIlms