One year ago today, Karen and I were trudging up a field from Karen's parked car towards the corner of a field on a farm, that we had only managed to hire for the shoot 24 hours before. The sun was shining, Covid-19 was something that was unheard of and we were looking to get creative before the summer season for 2019 started.
So firstly an enormous thank you one year on to Forest Farm shepherds hut and camping, for stepping in at the very last minute because we'd been let down by our first venue. Not only did they allow us to use their farm, they were extremely lovely and accommodating and even let us play with some of their animals on the shoot. We could not have done this without you!
There were three main things I wanted this rainbow inspired wedding shoot to be: vibrant, colourful and fun, definitely a “no pouting” zone, so lots of movement and freedom to laugh and relax. So you can imagine I was relieved the sun was out that day, I feel it definitely added to that lighthearted freedom-like aesthetic we all wanted for this shoot.
It was also a great excuse to catch up with my friends who are wedding suppliers, so there was lots of chatting with Karen Dornellie who organised the shoot with me and made the gorgeous outfits (and supplied the wedding wellies!), Jo Lofthouse who did the make-up which was brilliant as always, and Lana my lovely second shooter.
Also it was so wonderful to get to know other Isle of Wight wedding suppliers I'd never met before, like Summer Lilly's who did the flowers, and they truly did an amazing job, I mean the evidence is in the photos! I didn't really know what the flowers were going to look like until I got there on the day, and I was very impressed.
Gordy's Wood Co. provided the rickshaw and took Clare & Diana for a spin around the field. Charlotte Back of Shott's Hair Salon, and SJ Nails and Beauty worked their magic before the shoot, and Personalize provided all the decoration to pimp up the tent, the rickshaw and the field.
My friend Lesley (aka The Cakesmith) also did the cake, and my god it was fabulous. Topped with flamingo cake toppers by Cake Topper Animals. When Lesley dropped the cake round to my house the day before and I asked her "Can we cut it? I have an idea for a great shot!" she broke the devastating news to me, that I had to then give to everyone at the shoot the next day, that it actually wasn't a real cake. The decoration was but underneath was heartbreaking not edible. The two days that cake sat on our living room table, Pete and I were constantly hungry and wanted to eat it so badly!
If you fancy looking at a video of the day as well, click here to see Wight Weddings video!
As a Photographer who loves colour and is not afraid to keep the colours strong in my editing, this shoot was heaven! The two models, Clare and Diana were fantastic and not afraid to go with the flow and embrace the vibrant vibe of the shoot, which I absolutely loved and was a joy to photograph.
I loved this shoot and it was such a fabulous well needed colour bomb during this weird time going on in the world. Thank you all so much for that day!
Take care blog reader! Stay safe and sane,