“We wanted to create minimal wedding inspiration for a laid-back, no-fuss bride with an eye for detail and simplicity. When curating this shoot I kept shape and subtlety in mind. I wanted to convey a sense that minimalism doesn’t have to be serious; and stripped-back doesn’t have to mean “go without”. It is just-enough, considered design with a sense of humour.”
“The bridal looks and accessories were selected for their cool, modern designs. Susanna Greening Design’s dress is classic, but with a modern twist. The drop hem and oversized polka dots lending the dress a quirky edge. Worn with Ellie Air’s natural diamond ring and Alma Sophia’s raincloud earrings, the look is feminine but not girly. Bon Bride’s belted shirt dress, paired with white mules is the perfect outfit for the bride who wants to wear a dress, but still, have an edge of androgyny.”
“The final party look is the sumptuous, wide-leg jumpsuit from Lily Ingenhoven which, styled with a head wrap, Lennie Beare’s large hoop earrings and model Elisha French’s to die for curls is for the bride who wants to make an entrance and dance the night away. My brief to Aimee Willow Designs was stationery with an urban twist. The seating chart on ply-wood, the invitation in monochrome and the frosted menu with a dark dash of tape all added to the industrial edge I wanted to give to the shoot.”
“The wedding table is set below a cherry-tree branch installation created by Flower and Fern. Barely-there florals to add a splash of green to the muted linen and simple earthen wear. It stands against the white brick of the studio walls which will later become the perfect backdrop for Flower and Fern’s green ceremony arch.”
“The seasons are always a starting point when choosing ingredients, and the cherry blossom branches, hellebores and lilac epitomise the transition from winter to early spring. For structure, I opted for ferns and dried leaves to compliment the modern and fresh concept and balance the softness of the flowers. Throughout the florals, I steered clear of large focal flowers traditionally used for weddings and opted for a more subtle effect. For the bouquets I wanted to reflect the simplicity and minimalism of the dresses and surroundings with a clean yet natural aesthetic to make an impact without overpowering the overall styling.”
When Kitty showed me the picture of our bride along with her initial ideas for makeup I was in love.
Elisha’s freckles were just gorgeous in real life so skin prep was key in showing them off with minimal addition. I cleansed Elisha’s skin with Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Cream. It contains Poly Hydroxy Acids to disperse any dead skin and debris and leave a glowing complexion. I used Jouer’s Essential Matte and Shimmer eye shadow palette mixed with Viseart’s Neutral Matte’s to create modern depth around Elisha’s eyes, I took lots of inspiration from red carpet and editorial looks featuring Kerry Washington, Laura Harrier and Rashida Jones.
This year’s Pantone colour being coral, we added a hint of coral warmth to the lips, sculpted cheekbones and halfway through the shoot added dots under the eyes. The dots were mixed from aubergine and black pigments from the Viseart Neutral Mattes to compliment her freckles in a minimal way but not imitate them.
When Elisha rocked up to shoot, her hair was still damp from being washed that morning and was in it’s natural state; irregular waves and unruly.
I decided to completely reset it into a tighter curl. In order to do that I prepped with Bumble and Bumble’s Prep Primer, IGK Hair’s Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm and Aveda’s Curl Creme. I blowed dried it straight in sections to calm any frizz, re sectioned into 1 inch by 1 cm rectangles, spritzed with L’Oreal Go Create Sculpting Spritz and tonged with a 12mm barrel. The new natural afro curls to compliment the natural freckly makeup were then left to set and let out at the last minute, being teased out and given lots of body and modern asymmetry with Bumble and Bumble’s Brilliantine and Schwarzkopf Got2B Hair Spray. Luckily, Kitty saw the vision and gave me the time I needed to do this, this process alone took about an hour and 45 minutes!
Kitty bought me the most gorgeous piece of silk to use for the hair change, . We brushed out some of the curls to give a fluffier texture and after some careful manoeuvring created the stunning head bow. We wanted it to be a nod to Ghanaian culture rather than 80’s Whitney Houston!
Photography, shoot co-ordination + styling – Kitty Wheeler Shaw Photography
Hair and Make-up – Kylie McMichael
Florals – Flower and Fern
Venue – Sunset Studio Peckham
Wedding Stationery – Aimee Willow
Tableware – Zara Home
Shoes – Asos
Assistant Stylist – Jessica McCleave
Model Elisha French