My initial mood boards for this shoot were colourful and busy. Heavy influences of fine art romanticism, pre- Raphaelite muse scenes clashed in my mind with memories of a heat soaked Californian days in the desert- memories of my own honeymoon. We used a palette of botanical deep greens, mixed with dirty vintage blush and peaches, hints of magenta, and shocks of luxe gold. Our shoot was a beautiful mixture of eclectic, vintage-inspired ‘botanica’, with a hint of Palm Springs. Our venue setup, and bride, were quietly plucked out of a Millais/ Waterhouse scene, and dropped in California.
Unlike most styled shoots, I wanted the chosen venue to echo a true Jewish wedding in terms of religious tradition and relevance. Fulham Palace not only offers a kosher service, but its grounds and rooms, specifically the Great Hall, are the perfect setting for any Jewish celebration. Cassandra June Events, along with our florist, Gill Pike, created an intimate setting using pieces from their own collections, based on my concepts for our bride to prepare herself in.
Our Jewish consultant was our wonderful modern Hebrew stationer, Zoe at The Golden Letter. She was on hand to make sure everything we were doing was true to Jewish culture and ceremony preparation.
This is echoed in the modern Hebrew touches on the invites she created, as well my choosing of the gowns from the Katya Katya Shehurina Morning Mist collection: feminine, unwaveringly romantic while being modest, covering the shoulders.
As well as the setting, I wanted the Bride to completely capture everyone’s attention.
As well as curating the shoot, I designed the hair and make up for our Bride. Drawing on the Palm Springs, fine-art aesthetic, I wanted our kallah’s skin to be clean, dewy, effortless and for her eyes to have a sophisticated edge, to glint with every downward glance.
I used varying shades of Bobbi Brown’s sparkle eyeshadows to achieve this, and the skin serum foundation. Every detail and emotion as been captured beautifully by Kitty Wheeler Shaw and Irene Piera Films.
Wedding shoot and curation, bridal hair and make up design and artistry: Kylie McMichael
Photographer – Kitty Wheeler Shaw Photography
Videographer – Irene Piera Films
Venue – Fulham Palace Weddings
Wedding Planner – Cassandra June Events and Planning
Bride’s dress – Katya Katya Shehurina Wedding Gowns
Flowers – Gill Pike FloristBride’s shoes – Charlotte Mills Shoes
Headpiece – Olivier Laudus Headpieces
Veil – Heart Aflutter Bridal Bespoke Veil
Cake – Kensington Lane Cakes
Model – Sheri Sadd
Stationery – The Golden Letter Stationery