We’re over the moon to share this gorgeous botanical styled shoot, which comes from the Make Me Bridal team, together with a talented crew of Surrey, Hampshire, and Berkshire-based wedding suppliers! Our inspiration was everything ethereal, romantic and botanical, particularly the newest nature-inspired collection of hair accessories called Botanica by Aureus Flos. These pieces have a really delicate but high impact look, and we wanted to build the shoot around that. We dreamed of brides that looked like goddesses, powerful and feminine. Make Me Bridal pro artists Cimone Cheveux, Phoebe Hayter, and Melissa Clare worked their magic to create natural, slightly undone looks for our models, that worked in perfect harmony with the earthy elements of the hair accessories. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

The hair styling for this shoot was a joint effort by Melissa Clare and Cimone Cheveux, who worked seamlessly together to achieve a number of beautiful looks for our goddess brides. Their brief was to create looks that were beautifully relaxed, slightly ‘bedhead’, textured, and natural, to complement the hair accessories. These come in an array of colours, including blush pink and gold. We especially loved the gold crown that was used on our brunette model, Bethan, and teamed with a wispy updo. For this look, our pros curled the hair all over and added texture by back combing into the roots. As the hair was pulled into an updo, this texture was accentuated with wisps left to frame the face.

For our blonde model, Kirsty’s look, the bedhead curls were created using twist and wrap method with a GHD tong and hairspray. The curls were then brushed out and glossed over with a smoothing brush.

For the makeup, we wanted the girls to look like natural goddesses, with glowing skin and peachy nudes, pinks, and brown tones, along with incandescent cheekbones and smouldering eyes. For Bethan’s look, we opted for a more polished complexion, with darker nude lips and powerful smoky eyes that tied in with her regal golden crown. Kirsty modeled a more innocent, romantic boho luxe look, with glossy golden curls and soft, plumped up lips. This brief perfectly suited Phoebe Hayter’s style, which is barely there, glowing, flawless, uncomplicated, and flattering.

Phoebe started with good skincare, which is something she always takes time on. She upped Kirsty’s natural glow using Embryolisse Moisturiser, The Body Shop Drops of Youth Serum, and Iconic Illuminating Drops in Original on the high points of the face, bridge of the nose, and cupids bow. She finished it off with one of her star products, Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Phoebe then used a light pink wash of colour all over the lid, along with an Armani Silk Pencil 02 drawn into the crease and outer third of the eye and blended in, creating instant shading. This was followed with a Coffee eye pencil by MAC along the lash line, blended with dark eye shadow. This is a pencil Phoebe often uses on brides as it is a neutral brown that suits everyone, and creates a lovely depth at the root of the lashes. Finally, she applied mascara, taking her time coating the bottom lashes, and applied individual lashes in 8mm, 9mm, and 10mm, as well as tightlining the eye with gel liner to make the lashes appear thicker at the root.

As a foundation, she used Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in a super thin layer and used liquid highlighter underneath to ensure the skin was dewy. She also used NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to not only conceal under the eyes, but to highlight the skin. This was set with a thin layer of Laura Mercier translucent powder. Other products Phoebe used to create the look included Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Stick in Y505 as a cream contour, set with NARS Laguna, and NARSH Orgasm blush, and MAC’s Soft & Gentle Highlighter. For one of Kirsty’s looks, Phoebe used a combination of Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk and By Terry Lipgloss in Gold Digger. For the second, she used a more nude Nyx liquid lipstick, Satin Ribbon. Finally, on the décolletage, she added Nuxe Nourishing Oil, which gives the skin a satin finish, and set the whole look using Skindinavia Bridal Spray. 

The dresses for this shoot were from Luella’s Bridal. Luella’s are experts at matching brides with their perfect wedding dress, and the gowns that were selected for this shoot couldn’t have been more perfect. They came from two of the Luella’s preferred designers, Galina Couture and Shanna Melville, and featured floral appliqué detailing and dreamy, fairytale-like details that mirrored the ethereal feel of the hair and makeup. The natural, romantic florals were created by Emma from Green Parlour. She was introduced to us by the Wedding Shed team, who also provided their creative direction and planning services for the shoot. We hope you love these beautiful images by luxury wedding and portrait photographer Rebecca Searle Photography as much as we enjoyed working on it!

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