A styled wedding shoot: bohemian luxe meets 1920s glamour

29 Feb 2016

Brides in love with bohemian, vintage styling need look no further for inspiration. This beautiful wedding shoot organised by bridal headwear and accessories company Lovely Pretty Things, combined sparkle, foliage and 1920s glamour with a modern bridal twist

Photography by RJH Photography

With bohemian styled weddings taking centre stage in 2016, it’s no wonder that styled photoshoots with a laid back yet glamorous vibe are showcasing the latest in bridal wear for modern brides.

Gemma Trebble, the designer and brains behind bridal headwear and accessories company Lovely Pretty Things, shared her latest creation with Bride - a styled shoot at Cutler’s Hall in Sheffield that’s bound to inspire couples looking for a unique take on the bohemian theme for their wedding day.

We caught up with Gemma to discover the inspiration behind the spectacularly beautiful day and how you can steal the look. 

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What was the inspiration behind the shoot? 

The theme for the shoot was glamorous 1920s mixed with bohemian luxe. We wanted to avoid the Gatsby look that has been done so much in recent years, and wanted to go for something a little different. The plan was to really strip that style back and make it much more muted down, creating a timeless and edgy look.

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Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen.

We knew we wanted a really grand venue for the shoot, and Cutlers Hall was top of the list to contact. The venue is right in the middle of Sheffield city centre and even though I'd walked past it every day for years, I'd never actually been in. I'd never really paid much attention to it so I was amazed by the scale and the grandeur of it when I went inside for the first time. I felt like I'd stumbled upon some sort of secret, and straight away knew it was the right venue for our vision for the shoot.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

The flowers, or more precisely the foliage, was one of the most important elements of the styling for the shoot. I had a clear idea in my mind of the way the tables and the fireplace should look. They needed to be very foliage heavy, almost wild looking, so I knew I needed to work with a florist who could picture my vision in their mind’s eye. Sandra’s Flower Studio did not disappoint. She listened very carefully to my ideas and the designs she brought along on the day were absolutely perfect. She is a very talented lady.

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What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom? 

Although the theme of the shoot was a nod to the glamorous 1920s, we didn't want the models to be too made up, as we wanted a more bohemian look for them. Estera of Kokoshka Make-up completely understood and did a perfect job of making them look effortlessly flawless.

The dresses had to work with the pieces in my collection, so they had to be glamorous, detailed and most of all sparkly. I'd followed Lulu Mae Bridalwear on Instagram for a while and knew they stocked Eliza Jane Howell dresses, which would be perfect. Lauren helped me to choose a selection of perfect bridal and bridesmaid dresses and was so helpful. She even attended the shoot and stayed for the whole day, helping the models to get dressed. If you're looking for your perfect dress choosing experience I would certainly recommend her.

We wanted the groom to look edgy and alternative. We dressed him in a crisp short sleeved shirt to show off his sleeve tattoos, and accessorised the look with handmade velvet bowties from BeauTies on Etsy, and burgundy braces from ASOS.

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What was the thinking behind the decor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?

I'd had the pleasure of working with Bethany Bevis of Mode20 Weddings and Events before on one of her own shoots and I wouldn't have chosen anyone else to be in charge of the styling. I had an idea of the sort of message I wanted to convey in the images, and the themes I liked, but Bethany really helped me to pull it all together, coming up with the glamorous bohemian 1920s style.

She outlined what we should be looking for in all aspects of the shoot - the hair and make-up looks we should go for, what lighting style would work best, what sort of cake to go for, etc. She really knows her stuff when it comes to styling weddings and I would have been lost without her direction and guidance.

We wanted to have a mix of modern, on-trend decor such as the sequin fabrics and gold cutlery, mixed with beautiful genuine 1920s crockery and cut crystal for vintage glamour. Whitehouse Event Crockery, Teatime Vintage and Wedding of My Dreams provided some beautiful pieces that tied the whole shoot together.

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Most importantly, what kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?

All of the headwear, tiaras and jewellery were made and designed by me, and are available via my website or my Etsy shop. I pride myself on creating high quality pieces at affordable prices, and absolutely love being a part of people’s weddings.

I’m always adding to my collection and specialise in bespoke work. I made a bohemian browband especially for the shoot; I'd made one for a bride earlier that year and she'd had so many comments about it, I wanted to show it off. Plus, the bohemian style of it was perfect for the shoot. I also used one of my favourite pieces 'Valentina' as it is so sparkly and glamorous.

I also used another of my favourite pieces 'Lily', which was a one off piece and has subsequently been purchased by a bride in Australia, as well as a number of bracelets, necklaces and earrings from my collection.

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Get the look: 
Photography: RJH Photography, rjhweddingphotography.co.uk
Bridal headwear and accessories: Lovely Pretty Things, www.lovelyprettythings.co.uk
Venue: Cutlers Hall, Sheffield, www.cutlershall.co.uk
Florist: Sandra's Flower Studio, www.sandrasflowerstudio.co.uk
Make-up: Estera of Kokoshka, www.kokoshka.co.uk
Dresses:  Lulu Mae Bridalwear, www.lulu-mae.co.uk
Groom’s outfit: Velvet bowties, BeauTies on Etsy, www.etsy.com/uk/; Burgundy braces, ASOS, www.asos.com
Styling: Mode20 Weddings, www.mode20.co.uk
Crockery, decor and crystal: Whitehouse Event Crockery, www.eventcrockeryhire.co.uk; Teatime Vintage, www.teatimevintage.co.uk; Wedding of My Dreams, www.theweddingofmydreams.co.uk

Bride readers can receive a discount of £5 off any purchase over £25 on the Lovely Pretty Things Etsy shop, using the code Archant2016. Reach it via the website www.lovelyprettythings.co.uk, or go direct to: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/xLovelyPrettyThingsx