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shape shifters. an alternative bridal wear styled shoot in sheffield

December 9th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (92)

Although the dress reigns supreme in the world of weddings, brides now do have choices beyond a gown with dreamy separates and even jumpsuits making an appearance on the bridal catwalks.

Keen to encourage brides-to-be to think outside the box, Sheffield wedding dress and accessories designer Kelly Marie Redhead of KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer, collaborated with some of Sheffield’s top wedding suppliers to create a fashion forward styled shoot.

Captured in the city’s Botanical Gardens the group’s aim was to inspire brides to consider alternative bridal attire whilst showcasing all the suppliers’ talents in creating a contemporary bohemian look.

To give more details on the concept of the shoot and the styling within, we’ll hand over to Kelly…

With images by Folega Photography.

Models: Charlotte Helena Rowlett and Sophie Temple.

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (64)

kelly says: The shoot took place in the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Sheffield, and we used both the gardens and conservatories to show off the talents of all the suppliers involved.

We wanted to create a shoot with a fashion forward edge to inspire modern brides and show how they can emulate a contemporary style on their wedding day.

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (108)

I designed and made the two outfits especially for the shoot – a jumpsuit and a two-piece – which will feature in my latest collection. These were styled beautifully with stunning bouquets and flower jewellery, along with stationery and cakes.

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (7)

The two piece is a perfect option for fashion conscious brides not wanting to stray too far from a dress. The top is made with an ivory corded lace and crepe backed satin and features full length lace sleeves, an open lace back and beautiful scallop lace edge detailing around the hem and sleeve cuffs. It’s worn with a full circle satin ivory crepe back skirt with a train and a thin satin waistband.

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (19)

The bridal jumpsuit meanwhile is a much bolder choice, ideal for those wanting to push the boundaries a little further. It’s made from a beautiful ivory crepe and features flared trousers and a fitted bodice. The bodice has a high front neckline embellished with crystals and beads, while the back of the jumpsuit features a statement keyhole opening.

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (88)

To show brides how versatile the garments are when styling we matched them with different accessories. For one of the looks I chose to style the jumpsuit with my Viola lace jacket, which provides the perfect cover up for brides-to-be and can be worn beyond their wedding day.

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (105)

I also used a selection of KMR veils and headpieces in the shoot. We felt the veils showed how a traditional finish can be added to a more modern choice of outfit, such as the two-piece, while the headpieces offered a modern yet elegant bohemian look.

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (78)

The various hair and makeup looks also helped us to showcase the various options fashion forward brides could adopt for their wedding day. Julia Jeckell took care of the models’ hair using crimpers and backcombing to give Charlotte a 1970’s bohemian feel, which complemented the bridal jumpsuit perfectly. Originally hair was styled in an up-do with fresh flowers to display the beautiful cut-out back of the jumpsuit and then adapted into a side twist to work with the jacket which was added later.

Following on with the bohemian feel Sophie’s hair was originally styled in a messy up-do with plaits around the front, loose curls and volume added at the crown for height. Some lovely fresh flowers were added to one side which completed the look. Later Sophie’s hair was styled into loose boho beach waves and a floral headpiece was added.

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (68)

Sarah Gray was in charge of makeup. Using all M.A.C cosmetics, she chose to use cool browns and golds on the models’ eyes, which she made quite smoky and defined the brows to reflect a modern styled bride that would suit the innovative designs. Sarah used nude colours on the lips, which helped to make the eyes be the focus of the look. Finally she complemented the lips by using nude and slightly tanned toned blushes like and some highlight on the cheeks.

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (57)

To fit with the theme Lauretta from Paeony Floral Design, created a full blowsy bouquet and made it as big as possible with English Peonies, pinks David Austin roses, pink astible, white Lysimachus, nigella flowers and passion flower trails from the garden. It smelt as good as it looked, and looked great alongside the stationery from Bonny & Clyde Design Studio.

Knowing that I was designing a bridal jumpsuit Lauretta also wanted to make something a little different so incorporated some fresh flower jewellery. She made a necklace with dendrobium orchids, nigella flowers, passion flower buds and trails, with a wrist corsage and ring to match. Whilst on set she also made some other little floral treats for the cake and hair pieces of David Austin roses, as well as a smaller ‘just picked’ bouquet.

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (60)

Angela at the Snowdrop Cakery, made the beautiful natural-looking naked wedding cake to complement the venue. It was three tiers of gorgeous vanilla cake covered with a thin layer of vanilla bean buttercream and finished with fresh flowers. She also made some cupcakes which were decorated in white with accents of gold – a colour that appears to be making a strong comeback in weddings.

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (30)

On the day we were all so pleased to capture the looks that we set out to achieve. It all came together perfectly and the weather managed to hold out until we were about to leave. Luckily we managed to get all the shots we needed just in time.

We’re always busy collaborating and coming up with great concepts and themes for shoots to help inspire brides and already have ideas for some shoots next year, so watch this space!

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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