A tale of two eras: The unapologetically fashion-forward bridal couture of Bowen Dryden collide with the majesty of Rudding Park Chapel to create an editorial of blousy beauty and rebellious drama. We recruited Helen Russell Photography to deliver our vision.
“ I wanted to involve as many magnificent wedding creatives as possible in this shoot. During these restrictive times it is important to showcase creativity, which, in turn promotes positivity.
I asked Stacey at To Be Revealed Styling, one of our online Guest List community members to bring life to this editorial with an initial moodboard. From this, the ideas simply flourished and a textural masterpiece emerged.”
– Karen Bell, Stylist and Editor
Fashionable accents and accessories dominated the style brief, with handmade capes and chokers by Diva Designs complementing the drama and details of Bowen Dryden’s gowns.
The brand new Poem collection, featuring Broderie Anglaise leg of mutton sleeved gowns (where the shape of the sleeve is voluminous at the top and tapers tightly to the wrist), brought texture, pureness and incredible silhouettes against the glitteringly beautiful backdrop of the chapel’s altar.
The Luxe Details
It was a case of ‘go big or go home’ when it came to the floral attributes of this editorial.
Undone beauty, cascading blooms and a wildflower altar enveloped model Lorrie, producing a billowing drama of effortless beauty and theatrical colour.
Lizzie of In-a- Gadda-Da-Vida floral design studio built a floral stage at the altar and also archway at the entrance of the chapel which became the main sets for all images, as well as fabulous headpieces and bouquets.
Adornments came in the form of vintage fine jewellery from Kendalls Jewellers and on-trend pieces from The Bobby Pin. Awon Golding’s millinery took the sartorial style stakes up another notch with abstract headpieces.
Gabriella, from Gabriella Grace Cakes, crafted a stunning four-tier cake boasting a hand embellished gold crucifix, as well as two smaller cakes and crucifix biscuits (which we consumed straight after the shoot!)
Sophie, from Walter and Winnie crafted beautiful Save The Date cards in muted pastels and pink ribbons to complement the colours of the gowns.
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THE DREAM TEAM
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, Karen Bell
LOCATION, Rudding Park Hotel, www.ruddingpark.co.uk
PHOTOGRAPHY, Helen Russell Photography, www.helenrussellphotography.co.uk
GOWNS, Bowen Dryden www.bowendryden.co.uk
VEILS, CAPES AND CHOKER, Diva Designs, www.divadesignsforyou.co.uk
MOODBOARD/STYLING, To Be Revealed, www.toberevealed-style.co.uk
STATIONERY, Walter and Winnie Paper Studio, www.walterandwinnie.co.uk
FLOWERS, In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida Flowers, www.vidaflowers.co.uk
MAKE-UP, Julian West Makeup Studio, @julianwestmakeupstudio
HAIR, Tina Elliott Hair Styling, www.tinaelliott.co.uk
CAKE AND BISCUITS, Gabriella Grace Cakes, www.gabriellagracecakes.co.uk
MODEL, Lorrie, Body London, www.bodylondon.com