When Karen of Fuller Photography asked me to be part of a Japanese inspired bridal shoot at Pentney Abbey I was thrilled and said yes straight away. She had got the cream of the crop when it comes to suppliers on board and I couldn’t wait. The brief was to give a subtle nod the the orient but with a modern twist. Karen had some amazing ideas for the photography and the venue was stunning with its rustic interior and its flooded with gorgeous natural light.
Rachael from Foxglove & Gingersnap Bridal Couture – an independent designer on the East Norfolk coast. Designed the dress in a fine ivory crepe reflected clean lines and simplicity with a 70s vibe. A detachable obi style back provided the subtle nod to our Japanese theme along with a hand painted and hand beaded koi train which was also detachable. Couture buttons and hand stitched button loops added to the luxurious feel and the rippling of the base of the dress gave a sense of flowing water.
The model Hayley was actually one of Karens brides from last year, she was stunning which made my job easier. I started by creating a beautiful large asymmetrical side roll. Once the amazing flowers were added it popped. For the make up it was easy as our model had super skin that only needed the smallest amount of foundation. I used MAC face and body number 3 to even out her skin tone. The eyes were the focal point, bright pink and dramatic, taking the colour almost out to her hairline, using HUDA eyeshadows BAE, Henna, Flamingo and Bossy. MAC false lashes mascara. To contrast the lips to her very pink eyes, I chose ARTDECO lip liner Orange Lilly and filled the lips with orange.
The bouquet was so unusual, I loved it. It was based on the fan which has a very strong place in Japanese costume and culture. It was so delicate but gave such a wow factor. The colours were strong and vibrant. Flowers used: Cerise Rose (symbolism: Happiness), Cerise Dendrobium Orchid (symbolism: Beauty), Cerise and red Ranunculus (symbolism : cerise one- Charming, red: Beautiful), Red mini Gerbera (symbolism: Mysteries love), Orange spray rose (symbolism: Tolerance), Peach Ilex (symbolism: Faithful love), Asclepias, Tillandsia Moss, Cocculus leaves, Green Dianthus.
The cakes were outstanding in creation and design. All the flowers were sugar craft and individually made. Amber is so talented. The three-tiered koi cake featured tones of ivory, coral and red, with gold highlights and the koi design. This was completed with spray of sugar flower ranunculus. The second table table featured three elegant cakes in ivory, navy and metallics with sugar rose, orchid and cherry blossom flowers.
The venue was dressed with more flowers and vintage obi, fans and a kimono. The overall look was stylish, contemporary but with a strong colourful theme.
Here are some of the stunning photographs that Karen took…….. and a clever floating bride!