Morning! Oh I do love it when talented people come together to create something beautiful. Today is such a superb example of that. Diana from The Little Pearl Boutique submitted this editorial to demonstrate that with a little accessorising, you don’t need to purchase two dresses, you can simply (and dramatically) alter the one you have with accessories. I know I know, you are thinking “well obviously”, but the scope of what is available to brides has changed so much in the last few years that it can now seem like you have worn two totally different dresses, a la Kate Middleton, with the simple addition or subtraction of pretty lace separates. I hope you enjoy, these ladies worked super hard. I also have to give an extra shout out to the make up artist on this, Catherine did an incredible job. So refreshing to step away from traditional (*cough boring cough*) bridal looks.
Things I want: all those lanterns, a staircase of florals, and some kind of delicate cape.
Words | The Little Pearl Boutique
Photography | Hayley Baxter Photography
There has always been that debate as to, should you wear two different gowns on your wedding day and for most people it’s just not possible, even if we dream of the idea! I love how with just a simple ‘wave of a wand’ as if by magic you can change your bridal look from day to evening with gorgeous separates and accessories. When our stunning new The Bride Decides collection from Sassi Holford arrived in the boutique it inspired me to create this unique styled shoot. There are so many ways of customising your gown, creating a style to fit your personality and then giving you two or three completely different looks in one day!
The style of the shoot was designed to enhance the luxuriousness, sophistication and glamour of Sassi’s Holford’s collection. With warm berry tones, opulent styling and atmospheric lighting the shoot was to ooze old hollywood glamour. To really bring out the Hollywood glamour styling we created a little feature film too – just like being on set of a beautiful period drama!
The shoot was set to the backdrop of the historic stately home Rise Hall in the East Riding of Yorkshire, now the most stunning grade II listed exclusive wedding and event venue. The home and grounds are a paradise of period and statement features – a perfect setting for high glamour! I have worked closely with Hayley Baxter Photography on a few different projects and I just love her relaxed and stylish approach to photography and the shoot itself. Hayley used a combination of soft, natural lighting alongside a more dramatic, and passionate style to emphasise the change in styling.
Lynne from Stems Design, created divine floral arrangements that complemented the styling and vision for the shoot beautifully. Using a combination of roses, pink ranunculus olive, cymbidiums, brunia and ivy, Lynne designed two unstructured bouquets to work with the different gown styles. She also created agorgeous matching button hole to bring the bride and groom look together. To bring in florals to the evening bridal look, Lynne created a very elegant wrist corsage. A dramatic focal point was the staircase, where Lynne used a mixture of textures with heathers, orchids, paars bloom, populous and trailing ivy. Interspersed with candles for a truly opulent feel.
Two hair and make up looks were created by our Hair and Make Up Artist, Catherine Elizabeth to portray day and evening looks. From a fresh, natural tone to a darker more sultry tone with statement eyes. The two stunning hair styles were reminiscent of old hollywood glamour, with big loose curls and a shorter more structured look. Both were complemented with beautiful statement hair accessories from our designers Chez Bec and Flo & Percy and a gorgeous new designer to the boutique Laura Rhodes Bridal.
All of the gowns, separates and belts are from our Sassi Holford collection. The gowns from the shoot are Jessica, Caroline, Emma and Marilyn. Fourteen different captivating looks were created through accessorising with jackets, skirts, veils, feathers, capes, belts, jewellery and shoes. The feather shrugs are by our designer Sasso Bride, unique veils from The Couture Veil, jewellery and headpieces from Flo & Percy, Chez Bec and Laura Rhodes Bridal, and shoes from CharlotteMills Bridal.
The groom attire was one of the models’ own, with a dapper black dinner suit from York Hire Wear to create a suave evening feel against our evening bridal looks. I wanted to add a different dimension to the shoot by capturing the changing bridal looks on film. Charlotte Emily Videography has created an edgy yet elegant cinematic reel that perfectly tells our accessorising story. Take a look at what we got up to here;
Bridal Boutique: The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique
Venue: Rise Hall
Photography: Hayley Baxter Photography
Flowers: Stems Design
Hair & Make Up: Catherine Elizabeth Hair & Make Up Artist
Videography: Charlotte Emily Videography
Gown, Separates & Belts: Sassi Holford
Groom Hire: York Hire Wear
Veils: The Couture Veil
Shoes: Charlotte Mills
Feathers: Sasso Bride
Garter: Pompadour Couture Lingerie
Models: Heather, Adam and Beth