Rainforest vibes abound in this stunning high fashion tropical greenhouse inspired wedding styled shoot.
Images were captured by Grace Elizabeth Photography and feature the work of an incredible collaborative team.
Grace says of the shoot…
The project was a collaboration between a group of amazing local vendors, with a high fashion, edgy editorial take on traditional wedding portraiture at heart.
Chelmsford-based wedding dress supplier and lover of all things tropical and floral, Lucy, of Lucy Can’t Dance, was about to launch her new collection of dresses for 2017, so I reached out to her on a whim, to see if she might like to collaborate with myself and local florist Kelly, of Miss Fleur Floral Design for a rainforest-inspired shoot.
The answer was a very strong yes, which was brilliant, as Lucy is someone with whom I have wanted to work with for a long time, after seeing her originally featured at Rock the Frock Bridal.
From there, we set about the task of finding a greenhouse or garden centre with a tropical interior, and it was only via Kelly, who had just completed her degree in floristry, that we found Writtle College, where she studied.
Jo Hasnip, from the college, allowed us complete unrestricted access to the tropical greenhouse and grounds for an entire day, which was just amazing.
Jo thought this might be a wonderful opportunity to show what the future could hold for their graduates, such as Kelly, which can be really important in motivating students to see how to apply their skills to a real-life situation.
Kelly’s work is just fabulous, and her talents are not just in her floristry, but in her people-skills and organisation too.
Ella of Ella Charles Makeup was a star too, as she fitted the position of our make up artist after our first had to cancel at last minute.
Ella is quite new to freelance work, but her skills are far beyond her years.
She provided stunning looks for the day on our lovely model Lorraine Douglas, who is also relatively new to her field of modelling, whilst Benjamin Aldridge of Benjamin Stylist provided complementary and contemporary hairdo’s to fit in.
For the shoot, we wanted to showcase everyone’s individual skills in their fields, particularly as we are all relatively new businesses.
For this reason, we packed as much into our day as was possible – for example, we had three dresses, three hair styles and three makeup looks.
The first dress was an orange dip-dye number called Ziggy Stardust, which has been all over Pinterest for its quirky and unusual look.
It was paired beautifully with some low-key yet still vibrant orange eyeshadow and a purple lip, helping to give it that ‘bohemian rock chick’ vibe.
The second dress was the accurately named Poison Ivy, a wonderfully subtle grey ombre boho dress, with some edgy lace detailing, which we paired with a bohemian waterfall braid and some subtle equally-boho makeup.
Last but not least was the Heart of Glass dress, which is Lucy’s pièce de résistance, which we paired with an intense high-fashion orange winged makeup look, and a birds-nest style updo.
Finally, Amy of Anthology Vintage Hire provided us with some very cool vintage leather chairs, which came in handy as wonderful props for the day.
Photographer: Grace Elizabeth
Florist: Kelly L’Esperance – Miss Fleur Floral Design
Model: Lorraine Douglas
Dressmaker: Lucy Scragg – Lucy Can’t Dance
Makeup Artist: Ella Charles Makeup
Hairdresser: Benjamin Aldridge – Benjamin Stylist
Venue: Writtle College (via Jo Hasnip)
Furniture Hire: Amy Norman – Anthology Vintage Hire