Friday, 5 August 2011

A vintage wedding story...the insider!

Just wanted to give you all the inside story on our recent photo shoot "A vintage wedding story" that we shot on location in the beautifully quaint South Queensferry with a gorgeous backdrop of the bridges and little hidden lanes with intriguing double front doors lined with miss matched pots blooming with daisies and pansies. Graeme Webb (based in the Scottish Borders) was our photographer and the lovely Brogan was our model.

The dresses. We were astounded by the beautiful condition of both dresses given that they were both almost 4 decades old. The first was a white longsleeved handmade full length dress with caped sleeve and modest train. The vintage lace detail around the empire line and trim round the cape is so simple yet the impact it makes is just stunning. We teamed the dress with a simple vintage hair clip, flat mary jane style pumps in white and a hand tied pink daisy posie (hand made by our talented Kirsty). The finished look was innocent, pretty and pure. The second, again handsewn, was a high necked lace dress layed over a beautiful lilac cotton with a long gathered sleeve and statement train. The daisy trim around the neck, empire line and sleeve was so sweet and we loved it so much we echoed the daisy theme in the hand tied daisy posie (again Kirsty's multi talents at work) and daisy hair clip.

The low down on Brogan's make up. We wanted to keep Brogan looking fresh and youthful but playing up the drama in the eyes. Her base was simple with minimal contouring and a sweep of MAC's Fluer Power powder blush over the cheekbones I complimented this with a sweep of highlighter just above the blush and graduated this up to the temples. Eyes where a combination of Urban Decay's 'Sin' over the lid with 'Toasted' worked into the crease, I then smudged 'Sin' along the lower lashline and inner corner of the eye to reflect the light and add a bit of luminosity to the look. I used MAC fluid line in Blacktrack to define the upper eyelash line and after mascara applied a full set of lashes. Lips where kept neutral in the first shots with a smudge of nude lip colour applied with a finger then later change to a berry tone(Lipstick Queen Jean Queen) to compliment the lilac of the second vintage dress. The finished look was simple but effective and authentic to a seventies bridal look.

Our fabulous stylist Kirsty worked her magic on Brogan's hair. Firstly Kirsty smoothed out Brogan's hair so it looked smooth and shiney then added volume using rollers. Again we wanted the hair to be uncomplicated and once on location Kirsty worked on Brogan's hair firstly by sweeping the front section back and away from Brogan's face. This made for such a simple elegant style and accessorised perfectly with a vintage clip. The second hair style was a modern twist on the vintage theme. Kirsty piled Brogan's hair up into a beautiful up do perfect for any special occasion from a wedding to a red carpet event. I was a bit mesmerised by the speed that she did so. A simple ivory daisy clip was used to accessorise the style and tie in with the daisy detail of the beautiful lilac dress. Both looks were perfect for the feel of our theme.

A vintage wedding our vintage bride, wed in the seventies, dreaming of daisy chains and happily-ever-after.