I was very kindly asked to take part in a photo shoot this week with the extremely talented Lou from Whimsical Wonderland Wedding blog and Alex from Bijou Bride.
I have only ever really drooled over the images which tempt us in glossy magazines. In fact I never really considered what a 'styled shoot' actually was. And suffice it to say, I have never given much thought into how they actually happen.
I was astounded with the sheer volume of work that is involved in doing something like this.
Alex had obviously sourced some of the most professional people to work with on this session which took place at the beautiful Moggerhanger Park. I would have said that this was a job in itself. Getting busy people to commit to a day out of their schedules. It's a tough ask to start with.
But when I arrived, things were in full swing. Joanne Truby was working her magic on some green leafy bits and pieces and turning them into amazing headpieces and awesome bouquets. Lisa from Essex Wedding Beauty was in mid-flow doing a video tutorial on how to achieve a dewy natural make-up look and super snapper extraordinaire Carey Sheffield was deciding on which locations within the historic building would give her the best light for the wow shot.
Add to this mix, naked cakes from Delicieux Cakes, and about a dozen dresses all courtesy of Heritage Brides and you get the picture. There are a lot of people making beautiful things happen. And that's before you get to the models, real brides, roped in husbands for lugging tables and chairs whilst everything is being carefully coordinated by Lou and Alex.
It was a long, hot day. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and know that the images - which will be the proof of the pudding - will certainly live up to expectations. I can't wait to see them. Especially if they are as good as the cakes proved to be! #dietstartsagaintomorrow
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