Afternoon lovely peeps. We have a truly fabulous styled shoot to share with you today, put together by one of our faves, Rocksalt Photography, and featuring The Giraffe Shed, a gorgeous and very cool new outdoor wedding venue in Wales that is set to launch in 2018.

Drawing from the natural surroundings of the venue and the ‘bunker’ like setting of the shed, the shoot consists of two very different looks inspired by the first and second world wars. The first look is of a modest and humble 1940’s wartime bride with an industrail yet beautiful table setting inspired by earthy tones. The second is of an opulent 1930’s pre war bride with a lavish styled table setting and luxurious decor. Both looks offer some fabulous wedding inspiration (look out for the amazing cakes and stunning florals) as well as capturing the atmosphere of this unique and exciting new wedding venue.

Hannah of Rocksalt Photography talks us through the shoot….

A Dark, Moody & Romantic Tale of Love…

This inspirational shoot was a daring palette including bold pops of pantone mimosa, set against a velvet quilt of verdant shades and raw earthy tones. The editorial narrative was set to a dark, moody & romantic tale of love inspired by the 30s/40s war and pre-war periods.

The inspiration for the shoot was born from meeting amazing women in the wedding world, all of whom shared a passion for this creative industry and collaborating with fellow ‘girl bosses’! We created a sisterhood, fell in love with each other’s work and found a story to tell that would express our best talents.

The shoot took place on the photographer’s farm in mid-wales called, The Giraffe Shed. It’s such an inspiring space; so unique, beautifully haunting with dramatic lighting – the key ingredient for this shoot. The shed itself looks less like an actual shed and more like an air-hanger or bunker… This was the inspiration for the period we chose to tell the love story; and, after brainstorming for hours with images from the films Atonement and The Edge of Love, key words such as: velvet, moody, earthy and passion repeatedly popped up in conversation. As a result, we were on our way to creating 2 very different but equally beautiful looks. So, we decided on the two looks – 1930’s Pre War bride – emerald, embellishments, lace, silk, luxury, lavish, opulent 1940’s War Time bride – flat brogue shoes, earthy tones with pops of colour; modest, humble, soft & feminine. We wanted these two brides to have a connection and to create a narrative to this shoot. We wanted to capture the depth of their relationship during this crazy time of their lives, both facing entirely different futures.

Creativity In A Shed….

So much of this shoot was created by props that were already around the farm; a cast iron bath that we painted yellow, jelly moulds and decanters made into lights. We found the cart hidden away behind old machinery; the wooden table we found in bits around the farm; the milk urns; chains – all sorts of objects that were seen as useless but used and made to look so beautiful. The Giraffe Shed will be a wedding venue by 2018 – I really hope that this inspiration shoot has shown what creativity can be made in a shed in the middle of Wales on a very wet and windy, snowy day! A beautiful blank canvas for couples to be as creative as they wish, disappearing into a whole other era.

The Line Up

Concept & Design: Rocksalt Photography; For The Love Of Weddings; Pheasant Botanica
Photography & Videography: Rocksalt Photography
Venue & Lighting Installations: The Giraffe Shed
Styling: For The Love Of Weddings
Floral Design: Pheasant Botanica
Cakes & Desserts: Sams Sweet Treats
Stationery: Anon Design
Crockery, Cutlery & Glassware: Classic Crockery
Pillar Candles: Bluebellgray
Tapered Candles: Hus and Hem
Silk Ribbon: Kate Cullen Style
Dresses: Claire Mischevani 
Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box
Hair: Hairy Shelly
Make-up: Leah Sims MUA
Models: Victoria Palmz & Charlie Modelx

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