Morning Lovely People! I hope you are all having a good week so far. Despite the chill in the air, we are still feeling the summer festival vibes with today’s fantastic styled elopement shoot. Think bright colours, bohemian bridal styling, quirky groom attire, two very cool bars converted from vintage horse trailers and so much more! There is even some powder paint being used to inject that little bit of extra colour and fun.

This shoot most definitely ticks a few festival wedding boxes and if your planning a wedding in Kent, you may want to get your notebook out as it also features some of Kent’s finest wedding suppliers.

Emma of Epic Love Story and Cara of Story of My Dress (the clever lady behind the brides awesome two piece – that ruffle skirt is so cool) talks us through why this shoot came about and all the wonderful suppliers involved.

Let’s hear it for the girls… and the groom!

As the sun sets over a picture perfect orchard in the Kent countryside, a team of local business women put their best leopard print pumps forward and the result is breath taking.

Cara Whyte of Story of My Dress Bridal Wear brought a team of trusted peers together to make this photoshoot happen. The initial objective was for Cara to showcase her own latest design but what happened was the amalgamation of a wedding dream team.

The models, Sian Homer and Will Blakey, were showered with Kent talent. Hair love was provided by Terri at Kent Bridal Hair, makeup by Amy Barker; who also provided the groom’s attire from Monk’s Clothing. The backdrop had to be something a little different and so Cara enlisted Amanda Harvey, of Little Bar Co. to bring along the converted horse trailer bars which have already been so popular this summer. As models Sian and Will sipped on their Chapel Down bubbles, of course keeping it Kent, photographer extraordinaire Emma of Epic Love Story, guided them to the most natural of poses and captured their magical chemistry.

So what makes the dream team’s offer that little bit special? The team know that it’s always about attention to detail and team work.

Dress designer Cara explains, “I love how striking this modern, stylish bride is rocking the latest bridal trends against the back drop of the luscious green countryside. Showing you do not need to compromise on your style and bridal look, on trend & edgy also works for an outdoor, festival style wedding. Both the top & skirt are from our own collection of bridal separates and dresses we launched this year, priced from £249-1200.  The low back lace top with button detail works so well with our polka dot tulle tiered skirt! Styled with pink tassel earrings, pink velvet platforms and a pink fur coat! What’s not to love?!”

The bar is not only a quirky offer from converted horse boxes but also a premium bar list with spirits from Copper Rivet Distillery, a grain to glass operation at Chatham Dockyard and Chapel Down Vineyards wines and Curious Brew Pilsner, a lager brewed using champagne yeast. Models Sian and Will commented on the great Dockyard Gin and Tonic they sipped whilst taking a break sat on the ramp of Little Bar, Lola.

Opting to move away from the traditional ‘Up-Do’, Terri of Kent Bridal Hair comments, “It’s sometimes all too easy to put a bride’s hair up in a traditional style. For this shoot, I worked with our model Sian to accentuate her beautiful bone structure and also looked at the dress and accessories to ensure everything flowed”.

Amy Barker worked her magic brushes and created a simplistic luminated look for the bride’s makeup. “It’s often easy to overdo makeup on these occasions but I wanted the bride to look radiant and glowing so we used Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer for that natural beam.”

Amy also provided the groom’s attire from local shop, Monks Clothing. “We love styling weddings and mixing and matching differrnt prints and textures for a modern twist on a classic wedding style”. Monks this time opted for, day-long-comfort, stretch chinos teamed with a checked blazer and classic navy waistcoat. Complimented with a crisp white shirt and pocket square.

And last but not least, photographer Emma completes the dream team. Emma immediately made the whole team feel at ease blasting music while shooting away. The sparks between the models were flying, “I felt like a modern day Cilla Black behind the lense”, Emma jokes. This really illustrates Epic Love Story’s approach. Emma takes time to get her subjects to really let their guard down and have a giggle.

To celebrate a successful journey, the team snap the final shot of the day and raise a glass to Love and Kent.

The Line Up

Concept & Bride’s Dress: Story of My Dress 
Photography: Epic Love Story
Hair: Kent Bridal Hair
Make-Up: Amy Barker Makeup 
Groom’s Suit: Monks Clothing 
Horse Trailer Bars: Little Bar Co 


Wedding beauty on its way!

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