Back in February something very exciting happened over at Alicia Eden Photography! With a few months of quiet planning, I decided to put together a stylised wedding photoshoot to showcase some of my favourite suppliers that I get the pleasure of working with in this amazing industry!
Now, as all of you know, I absolutely adore my job. Going to weddings all year, every year, and capturing a couples ideas come to life on their special day is an experience like no other! However this shoot was my chance to be the creative one and to do things my way, to show off what I personally think would look stunning at a wedding! I wanted to show something a little more unique and out of the ordinary!
The running theme behind the shoot was ‘Boho Chic’ with peaches and cream, pampas grass and foliage, and macrame taking a center point! I wanted the shoot to have a really relaxed and effortless look - showing how a wedding look can still be beautiful without having to be perfectly polished!
The day itself was unbelievably windy, we had to move the end of the shoot inside as the models were getting so cold, their hair was blowing everywhere in the wind... the outdoor table set up was adamant that it wasn't going to stay on the table and was going to end up on the floor... it certainly was a crazy day - but one I will honestly never forget! Take a look below for an insight into the amazing people I was privileged to work alongside!
The Sheffield Manor Lodge is somewhere I have worked at before on a wedding, and I fell in love with it from the moment I saw it! The ruins of this 16th Century manor house and its grounds are just breathtaking, and in the summer, the fields are teaming with wildflowers. However, with us shooting in February, the flowers were nowhere to be seen, and the grounds were instead more bare, with grasses and green plants taking the forefront! For me, this tied in perfectly with the theme, and helped to highlight the fact that a wedding can still look amazing even without all the flowers in bloom, and with just the gorgeous exposed stonework as a backdrop!
We were allowed access to the Turret House for our shoot too, which proved to be really helpful as we had absolutely awful winds! We decided to set up a shot inside, and the deep wooden floors, contrasting with the stunning detailed ceilings made for a beautiful location, again still keeping with the minimalistic and boho vibe!
Samui Weddings is a Sheffield based company run by the undeniably talented Michaela. She provided us with so many decorative items including:
Triangular wooden frame with dried flowers and pampas grass, Peacock Chair with dried flowers, Outdoor table setup with vases, crockery etc, Indoor table setup with centerpieces, Milk churn with foliage and pampas grass.
As well as these beautiful creations, we were also delighted to have along Joanna, from Wrap In Wood who provided us with some unbelievable Macrame and Wooden items! We were lucky to be able to incorporate her wooden and macrame arch, macrame dreamcatchers, table runners and bouquet wrap, as well as the stunning wooden cake stand. Joanna is a very talented lady, with such a creative eye - she was an absolute dream to work with!
We were super privileged to be allowed to use the amazing Maylee VW split screen camper van, also from Samui Weddings! This camper has been lovingly restored with no expense spared and would make the perfect transportation for any boho wedding!
If you're looking for a florist in the Sheffield/Rotherham area, look no further than Julie from First4Flowers. I have never met a more dedicated, creative or passionate florist in all my time shooting weddings. Julie created 3 different bouquets 2 of which were fresh, and one artificial, a buttonhole, a flower crown, and very last minute, took on the task of adding a flower addition to the cake - the bouquets incorporated lots of greenery, eucalyptus, pampas grass, as well as feathers and pussy willow to make them look really unique and different from your standard gypsophila and roses!
Based in Anston, Sheffield, Yasmin from Ivy Alice Stationary made us some gorgeous invitations and designs that fit the theme of the shoot perfectly. She also has an office in Beighton, Sheffield, as well as taking on clients from the whole of the UK. The stationary provided was all aimed at the ‘peaches and cream’ colour scheme, we had a few different sets of stationary to choose from and they all fit perfectly! My favourite design of all incorporated floral imagery to tie in with the theme!
I don't even know where to begin with expressing my gratitude to this amazing lady! Based in Worksop, Danielle creates amazing cake creations from her home, no idea too crazy she really can make anything you dream of! Danielle's Sweet Treats stepped up to the plate when my original cake maker had to unfortunately pull out of the shoot... with just 2 days to go until the shoot, this amazing lady stayed up into the late hours putting together a cake for the shoot and I cannot thank her enough! The cake was kept simple in itself, with the basis of the cake being the macrame layer and the peach faded colour - I then whisked the cake over to Julie at First4Flowers for her to add the amazing floral and feather additions to tie it together with the rest of the shoot! These two ladies were a dream team, and I think we can all agree the cake was simply to die for! Standing perfectly upon the cake stand from Wrap In Wood, I couldn't have asked for more!
The Chesterfield menswear store, Rebel Menswear provided us with 2 Marc Darcy Suits for the shoot, comprising of trousers, shirt, waistcoat, jacket, tie and pocket square. We went for the brown suit to begin with as the colour was fitting with the rest of the shoot, and wasn’t going to stand out too much against the neutral tones. We also chose a blue suit with rust coloured tie and pocket square. We made this decision, as it was their best selling suit, and most popular with real grooms - and we wanted to show off attire that real couples may be interested in for their own weddings.
Based in Conisborough, Doncaster, Be Envied Bridal's stunning shop boasts a huge array of different styles to suit all budgets. Danielle came along to dress the girls for the shoot, and I couldn't have wished to have a nicer lady to help! The store kindly provided us with 5 dresses, firstly, a sleek, strappy lace gown by Lo’Adoro Bridal. We decided to use this dress to show how, even when going for a more relaxed and laid back style to your day, you can still choose a stunning glamorous dress! You can have a boho style without having to go too boho with you dress!
The next dress was by Mary's Bridal UK. It was THE perfect dress for a boho style, a heavy lace, fluted sleeve gown. This dress personified the feel of the shoot, it was exactly what I had pictured in my mind when I first began planning! The relaxed feel of the dress, with the criss cross lace up back and flared sleeve made the model immediately feel like a outdoorsy boho bride! Again this can be said for the third dress, which was a very similar design with the fluted sleeves, but a much more delicate lace.
The next dress was recommended by the bridal store, and I’ll be honest when I first saw it I wasn’t sure! I hadn't pictured a ballgown dress when I was planning! But I’m so glad we went with this dress, the ruffled layers of lace were simply stunning, and was a nice contrast from the more fitted dresses- again showing how you can still have a boho look without the need for the stereotypical slimmer boho dresses!
The Final dress was really different again, this time taking the form of a more fitted dress, with tulle layers over the top to give a bigger, more A Line silhouette! This dress was perfect in the windy weather, as we got some stunning shots of the tulle layers blowing in the wind!
As well as the dresses, we had a bridal leather jacket provided by Mama Inc Studios, based in Wirral. It was a white leather, with Bride painted in gold above a floral decorated skull, this again, added to the relaxed boho vibe!
We had 4 different Hair looks created by the talented Lindsay at Cameo Hair Studio, based in Aston, Sheffield. I chose Lindsay for this shoot, having had her do my own bridesmaid hair for my sister's wedding- there really is no undo this lady can't do!
Firstly, on our model Brechan, a sleek updo to go with the more glamorous gown, followed by a relaxed version of the same style, showing how an updo can be both glam, or boho to suit the style of the dress! Our model Brechan wore the flower crown on the more relaxed updo too.
On our model, Abi, we began with hair down with loose, natural looking curls- placing the flower crown on top for an effortless look. However we were battling some unbelievably strong winds, so we decided to turn Abi’s hair into a loose plaited style, adding some small dried flowers to complete the boho look!
For makeup looks, each model had something different created by the amazing Amber Poulsen Makeup Artist. With Brechan, we went for a deep brown tone with fluffy brows, to show how bridal looks don't always have to be soft and subtle! And again with Abi, her look was more coppery and vibrant, with a deeper colour to her lips, something a bit less traditional and more in keeping with the colours of our shoot!
Based in Sheffield, Jessica Flinn Jewellery made the most unreal rings to be used during the shoot. Bespoke, one off pieces incorporating stunning gemstones, intricate engraving and the most stunning detailing. Her jewellery is utterly stunning, and so different from what you can find at your generic high street stores, if you're after something unique for your engagement ring or wedding bands, she can help you bring a vision to life!
This lovely lady runs an online company providing handmade lollies as wedding flavours, Emily has many different ideas, shapes, and creations that she brings together in these little sweet treats! Emily’s lollies provided us with gin & tonic flavoured lollies in a green hue with rose petals, again to tie in with the shoot theme! These were finished off with ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ tags - these would make amazing favours, or even place names with each guests name being added to the lolly tag!
Based in Dinnington, Sheffield, Galactic Fireworks supplies fireworks, and is where I purchase smoke bombs/sparklers for weddings. I had some white smoke bombs for the shoot, however we only managed one smoke bomb shot as the wind was just taking the smoke straight away! Although... I do LOVE the shot!
I have known Georgia Horn Photography for many years, having achieved our degrees together! Georgia is starting her journey into wedding photography, and it was a pleasure to have her along on the shoot. She is based in Chesterfield specialising in journalistic work, particularly portraiture and travel related images, capturing moments authentically as they happen. Her experience in reportage photography meant she was able to capture the fast paced nature of the shoot! Some of Georgia's images can be seen below!
All 3 models are not models by profession, but have experience in modelling. I could not have wished for better, more willing or more dedicated people to have involved in this experience! They battled freezing temperatures, harsh wind... and my crazy ideas, all for the fun of it! I want to say a huge thankyou to all 3 of you!
I couldn't have wished for a lovelier, more talented bunch of people to work with! The highlight for me was seeing everyone's individual contributions come together so perfectly! As this was my first ever supplier shoot, I didn't know what to expect, I knew each person's work would be amazing, but it's hard to visualise in advance whether the flowers would suit the dresses, or the cake would suit the cake stand etc! But once we put it all together I was overwhelmed at just how well it all worked together! My aim was to showcase amazing local talent, and put together something different from your ‘normal’ hotel wedding! I definitely think we managed that!