Happy Friday lovely ones! Having only just returned from the beautiful South Goa in India, I’m once again heading off on my travels this weekend, a little closer to home though – Glasgow! Where I’ll be spending a weekend with my eldest daughter treating her to a concert and possibly a touch of shopping for her birthday treat.

But not until I’ve shared this super gorgeous editorial shoot styled and planned to perfection by Emma of Copperfox Planning, whose words follow. I was thrilled to spot that Emma used the sublime bridal headpiece designs of our Little Book member, Hermione Harbutt, just look at this statement piece – absolutely out of this world!

“For my first styled shoot it was really important to me that I had an opportunity to demonstrate my creativity, explore inspirational ideas for couples looking to inject personality and fun into their wedding, and to work with quality local suppliers at the top of their game. I feel so incredibly lucky that I managed to achieve everything I set out to, despite a 5 hour power cut on the day and the venue not wanting to let us in initially!”

Photography by John Barwood

“Once I had decided on my colour scheme, inspired by a love of jewel tones, I commissioned a piece of artwork from local artist Gina Belford; her palette knife and oils technique offered incredible texture, translation of colour and a luxe base for our stationery suite. I was delighted to then have the artwork to inspire all of the other suppliers involved in the shoot.”

“Continuing my love of art I was delighted to have a live wedding illustrator there Name and A Dress, as well as Peek a Boo Castings who took a hand casting of the married couple as soon as they had said I Do!”

“We were able to maximise the space and talent involved in the shoot and with three bridal gowns and two grooms suits we were able to create two main celebrant led ceremony narratives and a fantastic range of inspirational images.”

“All of the outfits were carefully put together and considered with the accessories in mind to combine beautiful and somewhat traditional gown designs with some of Hermione Harbutt’s slightly edgier and darker accessories – a marriage made in heaven.”

“The groom’s attire was really important to me as often they are overlooked, and so Sam Bryant helped create the most exquisite looks based around fantastic Liberty print shirts, velvet and tweed jackets, teamed with jeans and a very handsome smile!”

“We created two celebrant led ceremonies; one inside the hotel overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge with a fantastic floating floral arrangement rich with Orchids and autumnal blooms and the second outdoors near the Bristol observatory and overlooking the bridge at Dusk, using the great outdoors as a backdrop and introducing a floral arch for alternate inspiration.”

“The tablescapes were created with opulence in mind, blousy and luxurious blooms, rich gold cutlery, blue and pink glassware, jewel toned linens from Keeping it Vintage Devon, whisky favours from Amber Dram, Macarons from The Macaroom and warm candlelight. The overall look & mix of colours matched the decor perfectly and I was delighted. I also introduced crystals from Sulisa throughout the tables and in particular on the sweetheart table we had a coupling crystal, a very special pair of crystals formed from one whole crystal. I loved the meaning here.”

“Stationery was designed by the incredible Kate at Retropress using Gina’s artwork masterfully to create the most exciting stationery for the shoot. The table plan was on a backdrop of autumnal wings created by Urban Frame on my design.”

Kirsty Farrow Art created acrylic flower cubes personalised by Urban frame to create name places, offering each ‘guest’ a favour featuring the wedding flowers and a beautiful ornament for their home.”

“The models were selected as they are a married couple, genuine connection and intimacy in the images was an important part of the shoot for me. This came into its own for the moonlit first dance with the bridge as a backdrop and serenaded by the fantastic Bristol Wedding Singer. They commented that they left feeling like they’d fallen in love all over again!”

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with such a fantastic team and of course I’ve not been able to mention them all above but the shoot was made extra special by working with old friends Sophie and John Barwood they are quite simply the most gorgeous couple and their talent is breathtaking.”


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Annabel is the founder of Love My Dress. She lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, two daughters Eska and Leanora and three dogs. She is passionate about photography, supporting women in business and in life, and is in her element being surrounded by nature and the countryside.

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