Gosh it feels good to be back! What’s more, we’re back with a bang and straight into our first ever styled shoot. This shoot had been a particular dream of mine for a while and you can see all of the inspiration on our Pinterest page ~ it’s the perfect moodboard for a desert wedding.
Back in February Melissa Beattie and I, together with some truly wonderful vendors headed out into the depths of the desert to set the scene and capture a little piece of Bohemian in the sands. I have to say that during the planning process I worried about heat stroke, about getting the dresses sweaty, about everyone having enough water whilst running around the desert ~ worry that was completely wasted it turns out, as dark clouds loomed and eventually Dubai chose to rain that very afternoon. Just typical eh? Real life couple Katie and Dan were completely unfazed by the weather and modelled their way through the drizzle like pros ~ something I am truly thankful for.
I hope you agree with me when I say that I think Mel has made these images rock….
Katie’s first look captured the relaxed Bohemian Bride in a Cymbeline dress from Frost Boutique ~ Dinh was simple, soft and ethereal and went perfectly with the accessories we planned. Statement jewels have been gaining popularity for some time with Brides and I wanted to show just how chic an oversized jewel or flower crown can be with a dress like Dinh. Meeks Boutique loaned us the most perfect array of jewels and flower crowns and had our team quite literally gawping over all the lovely pieces. Michelle Waldron finished off the whole look with soft and natural make up and hair ~ I’ve been practising my relaxed plaits ever since…
The main table set up had Arabian and Bohemian elements running through it but I deliberately ramped up the luxury feel to make it fit for a bridal party. Plus I loved the contrast of luxury against the sands of the desert. The silver ‘love’ crockery from The Rustic Bead sat perfectly amongst the flowers from Flowers by Contempo. We had Peonies and Spray Roses in abundance ~ I was in flower heaven.
The second set up was heavily Arabic influenced with lanterns and a large teapot (from the day I discovered Global Village) offset against the deep purple curtains which worked like a dream. The stationery from Design by Louma echoed the Arabic influence and complimented the second set up perfectly ~ there were even mini camels in the confetti…
The second look was probably my favourite ~ Michelle created the perfect Arabic influenced smokey eyes for Kate which suited the detail of Wallis completely. The headpiece is actually one of Meeks Boutque’s necklaces that was pinned into place ~ I almost went a little weak at the knees when we finished this look.
Later this week Michelle Waldron will talk us through how to recreate her make-up looks. A huge thank you to all the lovely vendors who made this possible and here’s to the next one….!
Photography: Melissa Beattie Photography // Wedding Dresses: ‘Dinh’ and ‘Wallis’ by Cymbeline from Frost Boutique // Veil: Frost Boutique // Flowers: Flowers by Contempo // Hair and Make – Up: Michelle Waldron // Table Décor: The Rustic Bead // Jewellery and Flower Crown: Meeks Boutique // Stationery: Design by Louma // Styling: Lace in the Desert and Blink