There’s nothing Team Cicily loves more than sitting down with a cup of coffee and browsing through our favourite magazines, Pinterest and our Instagram feeds. Hours just simply disappear as we immerse ourselves in the glorious fashion shoots of Vogue and beautiful imagery that is captured on blogs and social media.
The creativity behind photoshoots has always excited us. The opportunity to visually excite and inspire with Cicily Bridal’s distinctive approach, to be able to capture a feeling or a look that tells a story is a huge part of what Cicily Bridal is all about.
With the mood of the Seventies on our high streets and the whispers of bohemia in our everyday bridal world we wanted our most recent photo shoot to reflect this inspiring moment in bridal fashion.
Our mood board for the shoot was an homage to botanics, brushed metal trinkets, undressed cakes and dresses that gave a sense of style freedom. Creativity stemming from a natural, almost raw vibe without losing the beauty and soft lines that nature provides. Click here to see our Beautiful Botanics mood board on Pinterest.
The Botanical Gardens in Sheffield provided the perfect back-drop that would capture the mood we had in our minds and inspo boards and Esme our model completely understood the free-spirited bride we wanted to reflect. From festival lace and fur to the clean lines of satin and floppy hats. Soft hair with fringing to delicate sleeves and bare feet. The wedding dresses we chose for Esme were from the Charlie Brear and Kate Halfpenny collections to bring the 1970’s look.
The earthiness we wanted to embrace came through strong with our accessories. Colours were kept to muted shades of brown and blush which allowed the botanical greens to really frame the shoot. Because of the sense of styling-freedom we wanted to portray we stepped away from using accessories that shouted “Wedding”. To bring a sense of ‘high-street’ fashion we styled the shoot with pieces from ASOS. These worked fabulously well with our bridal accessories from Debbie Carlisle.
For the flowers our remit to Vaas Florists was to incorporate more foliage than traditional flowers in the bouquet and other areas of the shoot. This really allowed them to become part of the botanicals surrounding them.
The creative team we worked alongside all had the same vision – natural, strong images inspired by the 1970’s but truly echoing today’s bride and her independent spirit.
Alison Jenner wanted the wedding hair and make-up to feel natural with soft up-dos dressed with flowers and hair vines and a natural wave for the ‘hair down’ look inspired by 70’s fashion. The make-up palette was kept to browns and greens to create strength around the model’s eyes with a natural colour on her lips. The make-up used was all from the Charlotte Tilbury collection.
Everything was brought together with Jess Petrie’s creative approach to photography providing the softness and emotion which pulled the whole ‘style story’ together.
Photographer – Jess Petrie – www.jesspetrie.com
Hair and Makeup – Alison Jenner – www.alisonjennerhair.com
Accessories – Debbie Carlisle – www.debbiecarlisle.com
Flowers – Vaas – www.vaas.co.uk
Cake – Southwell Cakery – www.southwellcakery.wix.com
Stationery – Carla Corrado – www.carlacorrado.co.uk
Grooms outfits from Real Clothing – www.realclothingstore.co.uk