Today I am thrilled to kick off the week with a beautiful Beach Bride inspired styled shoot in coastal Norfolk.
Mundesley is considered one of Norfolk’s finest beaches, long and sandy with all the amenities and charm of a popular seaside resort.
The beach is backed by a promenade lined with colourful beach huts.
Images were captured by Jessica Elisze Photography.
Lucy says of the shoot…”I was born and raised in the picturesque county of Norfolk, UK. As I live in London now, I don’t have access to its beautiful beaches anymore.”
“Therefore, I thought I would gather some of Norfolk’s finest wedding suppliers and head back to the coast to create this ‘Beach Bride’ inspired photo shoot!”
Some of the fabulous suppliers share a behind the scenes look at what they created…
Melissa Abel (Make-up)
“I love to create beautiful, soft, dreamy bridal makeup. I am always so touched when women put their trust in me to design the most important makeup look of their lives.”
“Giving the gift of breath-taking beauty to a woman on her wedding day is an absolute joy to me and it’s what gets me out of bed at 5am every week.”
Products and technique:
“I created Lucy’s beautiful flawless skin with ‘Laura Mercia Secret Camouflage’, & ‘MAC Studio Fix Foundation’ in colour ‘NW15’.”
“For the smokey-eyes, I used a mixture of MAC eye shadows in ‘Amber lights’, ‘Handwritten’, and ‘Carbon’. The Lips were my own mix of various colours in my pallet.”
“When creating a smokey-eye, my fail safe technique is to apply primer to the skin and then move onto the eye makeup before I work on the skin.”
“This ensures that the foundation is not disturbed when cleaning up any eye shadow drop down. Using a water proof base on the eyes before shadow helps the shadow to stay on for longer without creasing, I love MAC paint pots.”
Gemma Holiday (Hair)
Gemma is an award winning hairstylist, who recently won the Regional Winner for the Best Bridal Hairstylist in the 2015 Wedding Industry Awards. Gemma Holiday Hair Artistry also covers hairstyling for events, editorial, fashion, all types of media.
“To create this soft Grecian hairstyle, a Mermaid corset braid was created through the top and back section. This flowed into loose tousled curls. For the second look a combination of whimsical Dutch, fishtail and rope braids were added around the mermaid corset braid. Random loose sections were tousled and left out to add a boho feel to the style.”
Kathryn Potter (Dresses – Love Couture)
Love Couture are based in the Norwich Lanes where all the gowns are designed and made in the studios there.
Love Couture’s designs are edgy; standing out from the crowd with a good eye for flattering styling.
Brides are able to have their own gown fully designed and made-to-measure, unique to their specifications.
The dresses featured in the shoot are as follows:
1 – Empire line / pleated skirt (Style: Marina – Price £1340)
Empire line wedding gown with sunray pleated split over skirt in satin chiffon. Soft lace underskirt and sleeve. Crystal waistband and shoulder details.
2 – Two-piece gown, tea length (Style: Chalipso – Price £1115)
This style is based on the fun of the 1950’s dance halls with a traditional tea length tulle skirt complete with layers of net petticoats. The bra-styled silk satin bodice is in a soft ballet shoe pink and is adorned with beautiful flowers made from guipure lace. It has a curve enhancing lace up back.
3 – Backless bias cut dress (Style: Sahara – Price £1050)
This halter-neck backless dress is made from the softest silk Devore fabric in ivory and pale lilac. It is bias cut with a small train and a soft tulle petticoat to give it a gentle fishtail shape. Perfect for a beach wedding!
4 – Short lace dress (Style: Medici – Price £1395)
This quirky dress is based on Victoriana but with a twist. It has a high-neck and long sleeves in ivory corded lace.
The skirt is made of silk duchess satin and is asymmetric with a short front and hangs just below the knees at the back. It zips up on the cuffs and the back. The front of the dress decorated in pastel-coloured velvet flowers.
Abi Gray (Fashion Styling):
Having studied fine arts at college, Abi found herself drawn to styling in 2012 when her passion for creating her own unique looks – blending vintage, high street and charity shop gems – collided with an increasing number of requests for fashion advice from friends.
In the past few years Abi has worked with some of East Anglia’s most adventurous fashion photographers, most creative hair and make-up professionals and most gorgeous models. Having a particular love of wedding styling, shoots Abi has styled or directed have featured in Norfolk Brides, The Norwich Resident (Abi styled the cover of the prestigious launch issue), Norfolk on my Mind, Festival Brides, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, Cosmopolitan.com and the internationally renowned Dark Beauty Magazine.
“For this shoot I wanted to show a range of different looks so once the dresses had been chosen, I set about styling each one in a different way.”
“For the backless halter neck gown I kept it simple with accessories, using just flowers and a ring, to let the dress do the talking.”
“I paired a lilac ring with lilac wedges belonging to the dress’ designer and oversized blooms to add a pop of colour.”
“We decided to have Lucy’s hair up to show off the beautiful low back and added a few flowers to match the bouquet. This elegant silk dress is perfect for brides wanting something a little sexier for their big day.”
For the full skirted two-piece I went for a more bohemian, playful look using a gorgeous floral crown and anklet created by Samantha of The Little Flower Shop.”
“To accentuate the gold tones in the dress I added a pair of bronze earrings from my own personal collection. The hair swept to the side adding to the relaxed feel of this look.
“For the beautiful Grecian style dress with lace capped sleeves and diamante detailing I added diamante stud earrings, a diamante bracelet and ring.”
“I had brought along a large piece of tulle which we used as a statement veil, which with Lucy’s hair left down in beautiful loose curls looked stunning. This dress is a more traditional choice but still has plenty of ‘wow factor’!”
Penny Baldry (Props)
“I created a relaxed, romantic beach setting on the sand.”
“With a blue worn persian rug as a base this would be the perfect spot for a luxe picnic. With wicker display baskets, lanterns and old vintage books you could easily lose an afternoon here.”
“Our shepherd’s hooks and hanging jars were filled beautifully and you could imagine these lining a walkway to a ceremony or even the aisle itself for a cool, coastal celebration.”
“Simple glass cylinder candles we’re dotted though the set to finish the look.”
Thank you to Lucy, Jessica and the collaborative team for sharing this gorgeous beach bride inspired styled shoot.
Love the individual looks from the ethereal to the edgy giving inspiration to Brides wanting different personas within the same theme.
Photographer: Jessica Elisze Photography (http://www.jessicaelisze.co.uk)
Model: Lucy Scarfe (http://www.lucyscarfe.com)
Make-up: Melissa Abel (http://www.melissaabel.co.uk)
Hair: Gemma Holiday (http://www.gemmaholiday.com)
Dresses: Kathryn Potter – Love Couture (http://www.lovecouture.co.uk)
Fashion Stylist: Abi Gray (http://www.abigrayfashionstyling.co.uk)
Florist: Samantha Powell – The Little Flower Shop (http://www.thelittle-flowershop.co.uk)
Props: Penny Baldry – The Little Lending Company (http://www.thelittlelendingcompany.com)