At long last I can share the results of my Summer of Love shoot from the beginning of July. The shoot was the result of a collaboration with Luxe Bridal, who wanted to showcase some of their 1970s vintage dresses and we asked Sarah Russell of SGR Vintage Hair and Makeup to join us. The pictures had to be kept under wraps as they'd been promised to Unique Bride magazine for a feature. We were over the moon when we discovered that we not only had a four page feature but were also gracing the front cover and Editor's page of the current issue! The images made their online debut on Boho Weddings yesterday so I thought now was a good time to share them on my own blog.
The idea was to capture the bohemian vibe of the late 60s/early 70s, showing a newly married couple relaxing in the countryside, away from the constraints of a traditional wedding. Peace and love!
The inspiration was the late ‘60s/early 70s with a Woodstock festival feel. Natural light was really important to capture a hazy summer feel. It rained solidly in the days leading up to the shoot and afterwards, so we were lucky to enjoy a rare sunny day! The styling was relaxed, with a vintage crocheted rug made by my beloved Grandma many years ago, a guitar and an Olympus Trip 35 camera. This was my first ever camera but unfortunately my dad had donated mine to charity so ebay came to the rescue. An original VW campervan provided a great backdrop and splash of colour, as well as a handy changing room!
I love to work with natural light, especially in the late afternoon/early evening when the golden hour adds extra magic and I enhanced the hazy summer feel with a touch of vintage processing. If you’re planning your wedding timetable it’s worth considering the sunset time as it can make for some memorable couple portraits. I’ve even been known to ask a bride and groom to pop out from their meal to take advantage of the light. (They came willingly and still got their dessert, and the results were well worth it I have to add!)
Thanks also to Kris at Fusion Flowers for the beautiful flowers, to Kathryn Marsh at @VWPumpkin for the loan of the fabulous camper van, Pumpkin, and to our models Nathan Bennett and Megan Howard.