We have such a dreamy and romantic bridal editorial shoot to share with your eyes today.
Put together by Sandra of Blue Meadow Bridal, the aim of the shoot was to showcase her latest collection of gorgeous bridal headpieces and veils. Using the help of some incredibly talented and like minded suppliers, Sandra created an overall bridal look that was relaxed, effortless and loosely defined with each element championing the other. From the dreamy flower installation by The Rosehip & Berry to the bohemian wedding dresses supplied by uber cool bridal boutique Archive 12, each element complimented each other beautifully which is exactly what you would hope for with a wedding as Sandra explains….
How this styled shoot came together on the day is exactly how I would love to inspire a brides wedding day to unfold; invest in a killer gown that perfectly suits your style, a veil or headpiece that brings it to the next level, makeup and hair that enhance your natural look, florals that push the boundaries, and a photographer that understands the story you want to tell. Each element should complement the others. You’re not just hiring these vendors for their services – it’s about who they are and if they “get” what you represent.
We love this shoot. It is beautiful, simple and elegant and the flowers especially give it a wonderful fairy tale like quality that is modern and understated. Similar to that of a certain royal wedding only this shoot came first. Sounds like this bunch of wedding creatives have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to gorgeous wedding trends.
Sandra, along with the other suppliers involved, talk us through this beautiful piece of wedding heaven….
Relaxed, Effortless and Loosely Defined….
Word by Sandra of Blue Meadow Bridal
When deciding to shoot my latest collection of headpieces and veils, I knew straight away who I wanted to work on the shoot. These bridal vendors are all at the top of their game and I absolutely trust in their vision and creative ability – we just “get” each other.
The main concepts for the shoot were keeping it really relaxed, effortless, and loosely defined. I wanted each element to compliment the others and not compete with them. I imagined the florals would look as if they had grown in situ, almost like an ethereal weed. The makeup and hair were both relaxed and very stripped back, the Truvelle and Otaduy gowns from Archive 12 perfectly complemented my Effloresce-themed veils and headpieces, while Laura and Pete created beautiful scenes and captured the most stunning images.
Earthy Tones & Natural Make-Up….
Words by Jennifer Ireland
After chatting though Sandra’s visions for the shoot, we decided on a “barely there” look, with minimal fuss and just accentuating the models features. To tie in with the overall styling, I used earthy tones on the eyes, cheeks and lips, kept foundation very natural and blended everything so there was no obvious standout make-up on her face. I avoided liner and false lashes, and just added a little bronze shadow to the eyes later in the day for some depth, and to change the look slightly for the different backdrop. The headpieces and dresses were so delicate and detailed, that a more relaxed make-up suited the overall Bridal style.
Modern, Feminine With A Touch of Sass….
Words by Claire of Archive 12
When Sandra from Blue Meadow asked me if I wanted to collaborate on her new collection shoot I jumped at the chance! I have been a long time fan of her pieces and we have had so many brides in common, so it was a total no brainer to get involved. We are so lucky in NI to have such a wealth of shit hot creatives in this industry and I knew it would be a dream team.
We are super excited to now stock a capsule collection of Blue Meadow samples at Archive 12 including both headpieces and veils.
The dresses I chose hopefully compliment her headpieces perfectly – modern, feminine with a touch of sass. They had to be simple enough not to distract the eye but with enough wow to add something extra to the shoot. I know our brides love the Blue Meadow collections as they add a touch of modern boho luxury without the bling, for a totally relaxed look.
Hamal by Otaduy (strappy with flowers)
I am so in love with this dress – the appliqué 3d flowers are such a fun addition (although you can easily order without them) and the simple silhouette make it an easy canvas to accessorise. I adored it with the Pippa veil – spotted with Nacre pearls. I can so see this gown shining on a destination wedding in the sun.
Mary by Truvelle (cap sleeve with a mesh back)
From their 2018 collection Mary is the newest dress we have in store so I couldn’t wait to shoot it – the mesh detail is bang on trend and the rushed chiffon just sings when it moves. The Alexandra veil is the perfect choice for this dress, with just a touch of lace edging keeping it super simple.
Cerati top and Euphoria Skirt by Otaduy
The beading on the Cerati top is so perfect with the pewter beads in the Shannon Crown, and I think my brides will love having the option of pearl beads too.
Columba Top and Euphoria Skirt by Otaduy
One word – fringing. The Columba top is definitely one for the cool bride – simple, modern, but totally edgy with the mesh and fringe detail. Again I love the simplicity of this look, and bonus points for being able to wear the top again.
Words by Hollie of The Rosehip & Berry
I was working in Melbourne when Sandra from Blue Meadow Bridal got in touch about the shoot promoting her stunning new collection! I was immediately interested and when she listed the epic local vendors involved, I was in! I would also be fresh off the plane and was so buzzed to channel some of the ideas I’d seen/worked on whilst freelancing in Australia, and make them work with the surroundings of the old Conway Mill where the shoot would take place.
Sandra had sent me a Pinterest board of the kind of natural, flowing kind of arrangements she had in mind, I think the exact term she used was ‘fancy weeds’ and my brain went into overdrive. I had been seeing a trend emerge of colour sprayed flowers and had recently worked on a small lilac Gypsophila installation for the main sponsors at Virgin Active Melbourne Fashion Festival for my friend Viv at Flōs Botanical Studio. I loved the fluffy cloud like texture of the Gypsophila and was so excited to prove to Gyp haters that it’s actually pretty cool, so I designed this installation using natural tones and wanted it to look like it was almost growing out of the concrete wall!
The second foliage heavy installation had a similar vibe of growing out of it’s surroundings. Conway Mill is a class old building and I didn’t want the installation to look out of place. I wanted it to look like it would if the mill had been completely abandoned and nature took over!’
A Soft and Textured ‘Wearable’ Look…
Words by Catherine Harbinson
Bridal is a big part of what I do and with this shoot planned to land right in the middle of wedding season I took the opportunity to collaborate with some great people! The plan with my chosen aesthetic was to show my upcoming brides and trials just what I can do for them in a style that would sit comfortably in the pages of one of Ireland’s top publications as well as on their perfect day. My collaborative photographic work is often conceptual and working with this boho theme I thought a soft and textured ‘wearable’ look would be best.
When shoot day came I was overjoyed at meeting the gorgeous faces hired to represent this brand. My work, especially when soft, always pops with glowing dewy skin. I am super proud of this set of images that show sandras (blue meadow bridal) intricate designs from some of the industry’s top players.
Textural Details in Natural Light….
Words by Laura J Curran Photography
When we were asked to collaborate on this shoot, i knew it was going to be an absolute winner when i heard who was involved. Our aim for the day was to capture the vibe of what these creatives brought together. We see ourselves as photographers who tell a story and capture feeling really well, so shooting textural details in soft natural light was important. As a bride, you should choose vendors with a clear vision and style. From the little details to the big elements, choose artists, and you cant go wrong.
The Line Up
Photography: Laura J Curran Photography
Bridal Veils & Accessories: Blue Meadow Bridal
Bridal Boutique: Archive 12
Wedding Dresses: Truvelle and Otaduy
Floral Design: The Rosehip & Berry
Make Up: Jennifer Ireland
Hair: Catherine Harbinson