Good morning! I know what you are thinking, we have skipped a season and are now in the depths of Spring. When Julie submitted it I knew I couldn’t want until the new year to share it so here we are. We get to enjoy a pretty bridal portrait today, which personally I think is a great way to start the week. I adore Julie’s style of film photography and it is always a pleasure to feature her work, she always manages to make her clients look relaxed and happy and this beautiful bride is no different. Have a lovely Monday!
words & photography | Julie Michaelson
This bridal portrait session took place in the heart of London’s Kensington Gardens. It is a celebration of femininity and simplicity, modern romance and the beauty found in nature. The idea behind the shoot was inspired by my love of shooting bridal portraits on a wedding day. I love a romantic and luxurious bride but equally I adore a young, modern and sassy bride on her civil ceremony wedding day, so many brides these days choose to have destination weddings but they still wish to look and feel beautiful on the day of the legal proceedings usually help in their home towns. We imagine her taking a black cab or the tube to her civil ceremony, looking effortlessly cool with her sunglasses and tan leather jacket.
To celebrate the arrival of spring we incorporated blossom and grassy texture into the heart of the session. I wanted to remind London brides (and myself) that reality is what we make of it! We may not have the dreamy light or desert like beach dunes of California but within central urban life of London, it is still possible to find secret wild meadows, to lose yourself to the sounds of birdsong and be enchanted by nature.
We stripped away any distractions from our bride’s luminous beauty, no frills, no details, just a beautiful girl on her (legal) wedding day. We wanted to ensure that all brides could see a part of themselves in our bride, she is romantic, but doesn’t take herself to seriously, she wears a veil because when else can you but your wedding day! She found her civil ceremony dress from an online low cost retailer and looks completely fabulous in it!
To retain freshness and modernity we kept the colour scheme to green and white, with pops of colour coming from our bride’s strawberry blonde locks, her piercing blue eyes and her pink peony and tulip bouquet. We wanted the bouquet to be prominent, colourful, round and classic in shape but wild and romantic, just like our bride.
This session was shot on contax 645 using fuji 400 film.
Hair and make up: www.sakuramakeup.com
Floral Design: www.blueskyflowers.co.uk
Wedding Dress: www.asos.com
Ribbons: Pompomblossom http://www.pompomblossom.com