Hello lovely ones, what a treat to be sharing these images with you – they feature the work of a small but perfect team of creatives who came together to create something beautiful.
Funny, isn’t it, how colours wax and wane in popularity. Had you mentioned the colour ‘peach‘ to me some 9 years ago, just after I’d started Love My Dress, I’d probably have winced. But this gorgeous hue has been a permanent fixture on my list of favourite shades for a good long while now.
The photographer, and lady behind the concept of this shoot is the delightful Camilla Andrea, whose words are below.
“We based the shoots theme around a peach fruit, concentrating on the attributes that a peach has; soft texture and pale pink colouring. Ambient candle lighting and plush cascading fabrics with a massive variety of textures also provided by the stunning flower arrangements came together to give a soft opulent look.”
Images + concept by Camilla Andrea
Our shoot location at Hales Hall in Norfolk really set the theme off – it’s such a luxurious place steeped in rich Tudor history, and it has this wonderful cosy warmth about it, which I really love.
We shot amongst the gorgeous interiors of the main house including the main entrance hall way and their spectacular kitchen, we then made our way around the grounds which feature amazing flower beds, secret gardens and the art of topiary everywhere. It was so fun exploring and being able to use such versatile settings all in one place. Our team of creatives had so much fun exploring and working around so much venue inspiration!
Our bride for the day was the beautiful Lovette, whose look I wanted to be super pretty and feminine, with a slightly cooler edge, so I contacted Lennie Beare, a Norwich based jeweller to use some of her abstract brass earrings which I’d been obsessing over. I did this before even knowing which vintage dresses we would use from Cambridge Vintage Bridal. In the end we went for three beautiful dresses from Cambridge Vintage Bridal, who curates original vintage gowns although the third dress, Otille which we used is new but a vintage inspired gown.
Our first look is the Joni Dress – Vintage David Fielden (1982)
As the 1980s go, this vintage David Fielden piece is a brilliantly understated find. Edwardian style, the material is silk georgette, trimmed with lace. It consists of a blouse and has a silk camisole and then a full length long skirt.
The silk is an oyster colour and the under skirt and camisole a pale peach. There are many ways it can be styled, making it perfect for an autumn or spring wedding and given that it was originally worn in 1982 it looks and feels super contemporary.
Our second dress is the Queenie, a vintage Frank Usher number.
This vintage Frank Usher gown is a blush pink, long sleeved, lace joy. Hailing from the 1980s, the batwing sleeves, pinched waistband and floaty skirt give it a fantastic form and the tiny details, such as the covered buttons at the back are just lovely. Looks great with heels, boots or barefoot and can be styled up for a structure look or styled down for more of a boho feel.
Lastly we shot the Otillie on Lovette, a vintage inspired dress by Cambridge Vintage Bridal.
Based on an original vintage wedding dress from the 1930s which had become very delicate, they wanted to preserve the style so came up with this newly made piece. Slightly modernised with lace sleeves and the addition of a zip and a more robust poly chiffon fabric, Otillie is the indestructible younger sister of the Mirabelle dress! The long train, eyelash lace and full length lace panels make her quite unique and easy to style with different coloured slips. She floats and moves beautifully.
For this final Bridal look on Lovette and to complete the overall look, Kat used two roses cuddled together at the top of the veil. She then nestled lots of dried flowers randomly placed in the hair, Jenny then sewed flower heads onto the veil creating a cascading ethereal & dreamy look.
The Styling & Flowers
For Flowers Kat of Ivy Floral Events used subtle pale peaches and dusky plum tones mixed together with natural textured bracken, clematis seed heads and delicate dried flowers gave a gorgeous organic look.
Jenny concentrated on styling a small sweet heart table setting for two. The main focus was to capture the peach theme and to add texture and romantic opulence set against the medieval venue.
To create this she used brass candle sticks, muted and nude tone candle, velvet oyster shade fabric table runner, all tied together with a stunning floral urn oval arrangement, consisting of ‘Juliet’ David Austin roses, blowsy ’Cafe Latte’ roses, lisianthus, ‘Jana’ spray roses with teeny hints of powder blue Eucalyptus and dried ferns. Pen & Fold created the unique laser cut diamond suite wedding stationary.
The geometric design gives a clean and modern look yet fitted really well in contrast with the soft and rustic theme of our shoot. The soft peach tones complementing each other throughout. Our cake was made by local cake makers and cafe SpoonCake and was a four layer vanilla sponge, with a freeze dried rashly butter cream which gave it the gorgeous blush tone.