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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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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