A couple of months ago I decided to try and push myself a little harder with my social media presence. As much as I love insta, it can be frigging exhausting at times, and when you are a small business it can also be super overwhelming. My fav CP coffee creative hub, The Paxton Centre, was running a networking night, focusing on how to ‘Make Your Social Media Work For You’, led by the incredible Saundra O’Shea aka We Are SOS15.
I came away from that night feeling re-energised and ready to get creative. So the next morning when an email landed in my inbox from Saundra asking if I fancied a collab, I thought (shouted out loud) HELLO UNIVERSE.
Our Mission Statement:
"The shoot is set within the grounds and mansion of Beckenham Place Park; a beautiful setting where the once forgotten Manor is journeying through a renaissance. The transition is being guided by the family responsible for metamorphosis of the Bussey Building in Peckham and has opened up this majestic building for the community to enjoy.
Our narrative is the modern couple, hetro as well as same-sex. The bride loves vintage but adds her own twist with glitter and attitude. This is a rock 'n' roll take on traditional vintage. This bride is confident in her own skin, unapologetic, loving and vibrant.
Colours are bright and bold, flowers are wild, bags are glittery and the mood is joyful."
I really wanted this shoot to be about more than taking pretty images. I wanted to work with female led small business and suppliers with the interest of women supporting women, working with BAME models, and filling Beckenham Place with creative souls.
I like surrounding myself with badass women who inspire me. So I sent a lot of insta DMs convincing lots of beautiful women to model for us, do hair and make up for us, loan us their products/time/energy/presence…and thankfully… they said yes!
Saundra did a fantastic job of sourcing dresses from the wonderful Kitty and Dulcie. They produce Vintage inspired gowns at very affordable prices (I'll be blogging about them later this month in more depth) and were the perfect fit for our vision.
I had already worked with Love2Sparkle a couple of years back on one of my first styled Wedding shoots. I love her attention to detail and colourful pieces, and she's also just really, really lovely!
Lizzie's bouquet's were beautiful and they smelt A-mazing too! She matched the colours to the flower crowns and kept them wild and colourful. I love her added ribbon detailing.
Saundra's bags brought the 'rock n roll' to the table, and I love how much of a statement piece they can be. I'll also be blogging separately about her beautiful pieces later this month and can't wait to tell you more about her products. (I'm getting a custom bag made from her and I am SO EXCITED about it!)
The dress below was supplied by the fabulous CollectIF, who have just launched a new bridal range. I love the soft details and pastel colours, which were complemented by Lizzie's gorgeous flowers.
Jewellery was supplied by The Lovely Edit (another blog to come). Laura is a self proclaimed 'jewellery magpie' and the geometric pieces she sent us were a gorgeous embelleshment to our looks.
The giant task of hair and make up was effortlessly dominated by my girls Helen, Rosie, Rachael and Rosi. They had 8 models to work with over a really short amount of time, but as well-seasoned artists they smashed out 8 totally unique and wonderful looks. These ladies are absolute professionals as well as just being super lush and really cool. (Links to all their stuff at the end).
The fabulous Ally from Clean Heels sent us some of her Heel Stoppers to protect not only our shoes but also the flooring of Beckenham Place. These babies are a god-send <3
This day was about bringing colour, bold looks, diversity and rock n roll to Beckenham Place, and it was a dream to be a part of. I have to say a huge thank you to everyone involved and I can't wait to get these images out there! Speical thanks to Claire who held the day together like glue and Victor for following us all around with a camera.