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Flower Crowns and Pumpkins

Today I'm sharing with you this amazing shoot I was involved in.

I love making Flower Crowns and this was such a fabulous opportunity to showcase something just a little different.

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This shoot was shot in 4 different styles and this first style I used Ivy twine as the frame with groupings off flowers which included : Burnt red calla lilies, Hydrangea, blushing bride pink mini proteas, rose hip berries and red cotinus foliage with a touch of clematis vine. I also attached a clip on bird which matched perfectly with the makeup. The bouquet to match was a compact grouped styled Hand Tied bouquet of hydrangea, calla lilies, roses with a bird clip attached

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The dresses, veils and accessories used in this shoot are from KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer’s 2015 collections. Marlene is a tea length bridal gown with an ivory silk taffeta circle skirt with layers of net and tulle to create a classic silhouette. The bodice is made from laser cut silk organza with an illusion neckline finished with bound silk taffeta and a floral laser cut finish on the waistband. Delicate rouleau loops and covered silk button create a beautiful fastening down the back showcasing the unusual fabric and floral detail.

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The second headdress was a full wired blousy circlet of Hydrangea, snow berry, Pink Chrysanthemum and dille which was a perfect contrast with the model Sophie. Bouquet to match was a very wild styled Hand Tied bouquet of white ranunculus, blushing bride proteas and pink astible

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The surroundings were like a secret garden and Laura from LH Professional Hair wanted to follow that theme of mystery and capture the feeling of a crisp autumnal day. The cold white eyes of the models and seasonal flowers and berries in the flower crowns, clean lines and beautiful structured dresses, inspired me to create a range looks incorporating smooth curls and soft, undone textures, with harsh unbalanced twists and rolls that almost grew in to the crowns for a quirky but ultra feminine feel.

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Sarah’s wonderful brief for the makeup conjured up images of natural beauty woken from a spell induced winter slumber. To create a flawless fresh faced look Hazel from Halo By Hazel opted for the “airbase” airbrush foundation to give the desired icy base on which to build. I then contoured the face for subtle shading and applied Mac pink blush and frosting to add definition and highlight over the base.

I hunted high and low for a white mascara for the frosty lashes but couldn’t find the right product so I improvised! I used a controlled sweeping motion to apply “airbase” foundation onto the lashes using the protector shield to prevent overspray. This gave a fantastic stand out effect with the added benefit of being long lasting. Rich berry colored lip gloss with a hint of brown lip color gave the desired deep contrast to complete the look

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These gorgeous images were by my friend Sarah from Folega Photography who I've worked with so many time these past years. I love how she captures my style of flowers and the details she brings with her photography amazing.

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As this shoot was done in October last year we just wanted to have some fun with Pumpkins so I made these arrangements filled with all the flowers to theme with the shoot.

And how could I forget about the cake handmade by Sarah's husband Richard it and we did enjoy eating bits of it throughout the shoot. I had a terrible cold so I couldn't taste any of it.

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Here is a lovely video of all the images done by Sarah and we were so luck to get this shoot featured on Wedding Chicks too.

I hope you you enjoyed this blog and its inspired you to maybe think about wearing a flower crown for your wedding. You can also follow me on facebook, twitter and Instagram for many other inspiring designs.

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