If you love the Netflix hit period drama Bridgerton, then you will love today's editorial courtesy of Alison Moore of Hobbits Vintage Creations.
Alison is the founder of Hobbits Vintage Creations which makes beautiful, bespoke headpieces and other accessories all from re-loved, vintage fabrics. She wanted to create a unique editorial that celebrated true vintage styling and an aesthetic that really does look like it is straight off the pages of Vanity Fair. Here she explains more about her idea for the shoot.
"I wanted to create a collaborative photo shoot which gave a nod to the Regency period drama vibe with a modern twist. I used real vintage gowns, authentic hair styles, antique crockery and table settings that would reflect the period and hopefully inspire adventurous brides and show them that they can also have something unique and a little different for their own wedding day.
"I used vintage gowns by Elsie Vee Vintage and Very Vintage Bridal and paired them with my collection of bespoke handmade accessories: including headpieces, gloves and bags. Each one was selected to coordinate with the dresses and the wider vision I had for the shoot.
The gowns are reminiscent of the Regency style with the pretty empire line cuts, delicate sleeve details, lace embellishments and elegant embroidery and the other suppliers, notably the hair and makeup designers, floral designer and venue stylists, were brought on board as they too share an appreciation of the historical aesthetic.
"Makeup and hair design included classic up-dos with braiding and soft curls that were in keeping with the Regency era while the models were carefully chosen to align with the ‘period drama’ feel and the make up complimented this, with a dewy, youthful finish – berry red lips, subtle blush and glowing skin.
"Flowers and props were supplied by Denise Purnell and Cat McLeod of Ginger Lily Artisan Florist and they interpreted my brief perfectly and showcased their skills with opulent, cascading arrangements for the entrance hall and table. They also supplied the delicate vintage crockery for the morning tea vignettes as well as all the other authentic props we used throughout the day.
"We wanted the banquet table to ooze luxury so it was swathed in autumn richness, with bowls of fruit, leafy swags, pearls, and large gold candlesticks to add a grandiose feel. The statement centrepiece was an indulgent four-tier cake, made by Donna Gilliver of Mrs G’s Cakes. Again we opted for deep, rich colours, gold embossing, pearls and sugar flowers.
"Photography was provided by Reuben Moore who has worked with Versace and Vogue and has regular commissions from various international Fashion Weeks across the globe. I wanted to merge his brand of fashion photography with the vintage theme. Reuben and his assistant Callum Layram styled the images as if they were glimpses of different ‘moments’ throughout the day and chose to keep the mood of innocent romance, with filtered light and muted colour giving it a more historical feel, moving away from the crisp hi-gloss of modern commercial images. In fact we trialled a number of photographs using a 35mm ‘film’ camera for another option to provide a softer, more traditional finish.
"I feel the team each took their aspect of the brief and helped create this stunning and luxurious editorial, which was lots of fun to create and hopefully shows how you can have the wedding of your dreams, regardless of the era!”
Hair and makeup design: The Blusherettes – www.theblusherettes.co.uk @theblusherettes
Floristry design and props: Ginger Lily Artisan Florist – www.gingerlilyflorist.com @gingerlilyflorist
Wedding Cake: Mrs G’s Cakes- www.mrsgscakes.co.uk @mrs_gs_cakes
Venue: Bank House, Bishops Castle: Bank House B&B www.bankhousebnb.co.uk
Models: Georgie Lou Davies, Francis Louise, Jordan Hough.
Feature written by Verity Gough, originally published for Shropshire Living magazine July/August 2021. All photography copyright of Reuben Moore.