Last Friday, I shared some preview images from the new 2012 Collection from designer Chez Bec. Ultra feminine, romantic pieces with a gentle vintage twist form the body of the latest collection. A plethora of headbands, hair combs and hair pins, along with a delicious collection of jewellery, make up the new 50-piece 2012 Collection.
Today I'd like to celebrate some of the creative energy that went into this shoot, as well as show you a little more from this very beautiful collection of bridal headpieces and accessories.
Beautiful bows, vintage-inspired lace and lashings of chiffon combined with divine appliqués and a delicate dusting of sparkle makes Chez Bec's 2012 Collection their very best offering yet. Featuring an abundance of shimmering freshwater pearls, sparkling Swarovski crystals and diamantes, Chez Bec’s 2012 Collection is a sure delight for even the most discerning bride.
Last month, Chez Bec pulled together a team of wedding industry professionals for a fabulous collaborative shoot at Gosfield Hall to showcase their latest collection. The wonderful and highly-talented Adrian from The Dreamcatchers, who filmed this DIY video tutorial on 'how to create your own wedding bouquet' with me, filmed the Chez Bec in action on the day of the shoot. Since starting his career as a wedding videographer in 2003, Adrian has filmed over 400 weddings and special events and I can personally recommend him as being one of the most discreet film makers to ever work with – just brilliant...
Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Film Production Copyright (c) 2011, The Dreamcatchers
From here on, Rebecca Doyle, the designer behind Chez Bec talks us through the creative process she went through to be able to bring you her beautiful new collection ans this wonderful collection of images…
Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Claudine Hartzel
Claudine Hartzel has been working with Chez Bec on various shoots for the last couple of years and with a great knowledge of the venue, Claudine was the most perfect photographer for the job. Claudine is a wedding photographer with a fine art background and over 20 years' experience.
Claudine is always influenced by the light when she works and for this shoot we were blessed was a crisp bright November day, so Claudine took the opportunity to shoot outside as much as possible. This helped create a wonderful vintage look which fitted perfectly with the Chez Bec Jewellery and beautiful Isabella Grace dresses. The back-lit images really do give you a dream-like feel, but Claudine also decided to shoot with the light face on as this allows you to build a more dramatic effect.
When it came to the venue, we wanted to do a very feminine, vintage shoot and we needed a venue to reflect this. Having worked at the stunning Gosfield Hall together in the past on shoots, this seemed the most natural choice. And what a venue Gosfield Hall is. Winner of Wedding Ideas Magazine ‘Best Wedding Venue’ 2011, Gosfield Hall is a stunning Georgian manor house offering exclusive-use weddings. Formerly a Royal residence, the Queen Charlotte's Oak panelled gallery with a 120 ft long aisle is perfect for wedding ceremonies and the newly licensed carriageway is the perfect location for outdoor ceremonies on sunny days...
The utterly stunning professional model and actress, Alice Christian, has been the face of Chez Bec since the year dot and there is no one else who can model the brand as well as she can. We just had to have Alice!
When it came to hair for the shoot, we were lucky enough to have the super duper Jo Irving at Lovehair on board. Since Lovehair was established in 2003 by Jo, they have worked with over 1,000 brides. Lovehair’s stylists are some of the best in the business. Working as full time freelance stylists means they spend their weeks styling celebrities, models and lovely brides for photo shoots, television, film and music videos. This means that you can benefit from professional reliable and experienced hairdressers with the ability to make you look like a star on your wedding day...
I was so thrilled when the delightful Lara Crudgington approached me regarding makeup, and suggested we work together. Lara works with brides, celebrities and private clients all over London and the Home Counties. For this bridal shoot we wanted two different looks: the first a very natural glowing look for the day and the second a little more dramatic and sultry for the evening…
With my very own bridal boutique in Tunbridge Wells, Isabella Grace, it was only natural to take a selection of our stunning Paloma Blanca dresses along for the shoot. It would have been rude not to…
The day was fantastic from start to finish. The day and night before has been torrential rain but on the morning of the shoot I awoke to the clearest of blue skies. We took full advantage of the fabulously low autumnal sunshine and natural daylight which flooded the rooms at Gosfield Hall so beautifully. Everyone in the team worked incredibly hard and, the results speak volumes for themselves. I am absolutely over the moon. Claudine is not only a great photographer but she has also become a very good friend of mine. So much so that she now photographs all family occasions for us, from family weddings to christenings and special birthday shoots.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend every single member of the team to anyone and I cannot wait to work with them all again in the new year on another very exciting shoot that we have in the pipeline…
All very gorgoeus, I think you'll agree.
For further information and to see many more designs from this collection, please visit the Chez Bec website.
Creative Team Credits
Accessories – Chez Bec
Film Production – The Dreamcatchers
Photographer – Claudine Hartzel
Venue – Gosfield Hall
Hair – Jo Irving at Lovehair
Makeup – Lara Crudgington
Bridalwear – Isabella Grace
Model – Alice Christian