Leanne Marshal + Otaduy – Wild Weather Meets Urban Living Bridal Inspiration

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The quality of the photoshoots we’re sharing is, in my view, getting better all of the time.  And that’s possibly because I made a very intentional decision to feature fewer, but better editorial shoots recently.

I love to share these shoots, because I know how valuable they are in showcasing the work of talented suppliers who love to collaborate and get creative in between working hard for their clients. But we turn down so, so many of these editorials that it breaks my heart a little bit. Ultimately though, I want to be able to share the most beautifully curated shoots possible through Love My Dress, with real, translatable  idea – and this is most definitely one such set of images.

Words below come from the very lovely Jo Dave of Accent Events  who planned and styled these beautiful set of images. Enjoy…

“I wanted to inspire all those couples who want to shrug off the expectations of a large wedding for one that feels more connected to who they are, opting for a wedding experience that is more urban and on trend with a massive dollop of personal style.”

Images by Ste Walker Photography

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“To get the drama and bold look I selected professionals who were totally on board for doing something different a little darker and richer in colour. To ensure the vision was carried through to the last detail I collaborated with Anemone Style, Martha’s style is fresh, minimal, artistic and innovative, all the attributes I wished the photo shoot to be.”

“Martha’s work ethic is precise but thoughtful even to the extent of suggesting an alternative set up for the tablescape to reflect the changing light and outfit change for the bride and groom and could not have been a better suggestion for honouring candlelight as a main decorative feature.”

“I had in mind a particular vision of ‘wild weather meets urban living’ . I am totally inspired by the outdoors and the seasons, and how these stir up a range of emotions. I knew that Liverpool based photographer, Ste Walker was the man with camera to capture the moody luxe feel I wanted. Having worked with Ste on several destination weddings it was instinct that told me he would get the feel for the shoot.”

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Iris and Co Floral Design created the focal pampas grass installation and translated the earthy colour palette to the the bouquet and wooden arch florals. Using peach and white roses together with coppery-brown and yellow-brown beech leaves with hints of black.”

“I chose the Dead Dolls House in Islington, London as it has a great vibe appealing to the intrepid and non traditional couple, plus with three floors of interiors and the freedom to move between the different rooms this would help with the changing light.”

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“I wanted a two look shoot for both bridal beauty and clothing to hit two of the 2019 trends for plunging V neck dress and alternative trousers and top. Both outfits were contributed by Rock The Frock, Sussex – the ethereal Raincloud wedding dress designed by Leanne Marshall and Joplin trousers and Roosevelt top from Otaduy had the special something.”

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“As we were in January and it was supposed to be winter (although it was cosy and warm in the venue) the heavy knit silver shawl that we teamed with Raincloud added a warmth but also hinted at familiarity and deeper feelings those kind of things you want to connect with on your wedding day.”

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“The inspiration for bridal hair and make-up by Rosie Blush Beauty was for eye-catching drama, mainly around the eyes for the wedding dress look with a loose plait giving enough strength to support the intricate hair ornaments designed by Ritz and Sass, my vision for these was to give the impression of delicate movement. The lip colour became bolder and darker for look number 2 – the trousers and top. The intensity of the almost aubergine colour gave a fusion of boho and glamour, the hair was straightened for a sleeker look.”

“We paired award winning Freya Rose shoes with the outfits, a silver sandal ‘Helena’ with the grey Raincloud wedding dress and a black court shoe with ornate mother-of-pearl block heel for the white trousers and top these modern choices could easily become outfits for other special occasions. I especially love the Marilyn Monroe style dress shot lot of layers of silk organza and the glimpse of metallic silver sandal.”

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“The Harrogate 3-piece from the Vintage Suit Hire Co could be worn to personal choice we think Johnny our groom model did a great job of making this look the right side of informal and earthy with a tincy hint of boho.”

“With the help of Martha Tobyn of Anemone Style we went all out to do a simple shoot with focus on the couple and to have fun with some very on trend 2019 elements.”

“Preferring a minimalistic look for bridal details continuing the theme with the grey diamond engagement ring by Rachel Boston and the edgier designer gold and silver jewellery of Niza Huang for the contemporary top and trouser look.”

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“For the tablescape we kept things super simple and uncluttered using the gold metallic tables from the venue with organic fabrics, minimal flowers, and contemporary suite of stationery designed by Chloe Ainsley,  in shades of blue, ivory and gold.”

“You know you have a super talented team when they elevate your vision. When it came to the two wedding cakes designed by Ella Rose Cakes, wow oh wow did Martha get it right, the windswept and hexagon textures on grey slate against the hand painted backdrop “Eurydice” by Sundari Ferris tied all the elements of the shoot together.”

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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, getting in the sea, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.