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Happy Friday Peeps!

Finally the long weekend is here! I don’t know about you lovely people but I for one have been gagging for this bank holiday weekend……………not to mention the many Easter treats that I am planning to eat! One of the great things about being pregnant is you have the perfect excuse to over indulge (within reason of course) so pass over those mini eggs and lets get cracking!

We have an absolutely stunning and unique bridal shoot to share with you today. Think unicorns, abstract headpieces inspired by nature, stunning hair and make-up, whimsical meets boho wedding dresses and some beautiful photography and you will pretty much have summed up Natures Dream.

Put together by the talented duo that is Lucy Davenport Photography and Jo Irving from Love Hair and working in collaboration with a Curious Fair, Natures Dream is an eclectic mix of bridal beauty with a dramatic theatrical edge. The styling gives the shoot a dreamlike quality and the animalistic headpieces by Curious Fair adds a fairy tail element that echoes the stories of The Grimm Brother’s or Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream. It is a lovely shoot and we are very excited to be sharing these exclusive images with you.

Lucy explains the ideas behind the shoot…..

I stumbled across Curious Fair on Instagram and knew immediately that I had to collaborate with them on a shoot.

Myself and Jo Irving at Lovehair got together to brainstorm, and we both took inspiration from Aynhoe Park, one of the wedding venues where I am a recommended wedding photographer. Aynhoe is constantly changing, but they currently have a Unicorn in their Orangery so Jo and I decided we wanted our own Unicorn to shoot!

With Natalie from Curious Fair on board, we gave her the brief to create pieces based on the Unicorn, and other aspects within nature – we wanted dreamy, inspiring pieces.

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Wedding Dress: Rue de Seine – Louvre Dress; Ring: Stylists own; Head dress: Jenny Packham, stylists own.

Natalie at Curious Fair said:

We are creators of all things unique & handmade. Our bespoke headdresses & masks are perfect accessories for alternative weddings.

Our headdresses & masks are adorned with real feathers, dried flowers, vintage jewellery, antique lace, handmade paper & other natural materials. Each bespoke headdress & mask is made to order with great care and attention to detail ensuring no two headpieces are ever the same!

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Wedding Dress: Kelsey Genna – Garden; Necklace: Isobel Vintage Chunky Necklace £36 from Rose & Aster; Head piece: Wild Feather Woodland Headdress

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Wedding Dress: Rue de Seine – Harper Dress

Jo, the hair stylist said:

I wanted to create pretty, feminine hair styles that could be worn at a wedding or a festival.

The model already had a pink wash in her hair but I enhanced that with flashes of bright pink using extensions. Tiny plaits look great and add a really wearable yet festival feel to any hair length and the accessories were just amazing so didn’t need much styling so I went for staple soft ‘boho’ waves to compliment the head pieces. I then got creative with plaits and used fishtail, regular, french plaits and knotting techniques to add texture.

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Wedding Dress: Gwendolynne – Deco; Head piece: Unicorn Hair Headpiece

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Wedding Dress: Gwendolynne – Deco; Head piece: Unicorn Hair Headpiece; Cape: Feather cape by Eaton Nott

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Wedding Dress: Gwendolynne – Deco; Head piece: Spring Bird Nest Crown

On make up was Ana Ospina who is so creative, and having worked with her so much already, I knew she’d see our vision and help bring the look together.

Ana says: The Make Up Looks I designed to go with these fashion stories were not your typical Bridal Make Up Looks, the inspiration for the shoot was to showcase some beautiful Bridal designs in a more edgy and contemporary way. We wanted to go for something a little more editorial in style to give inspiration to those fashion savvy Brides that aren’t afraid to try something a little more daring. The main thing I wanted to translate on camera was a very dewy look to my models skin. I started of with a natural look using pale gold sheens on both eyes and lips. I kept cheeks a soft coral in tone and applied a full brow and false lash application. This created a make up style that was not only natural and soft but also quite dreamy.

For the next look I then introduced more colour using airbrush foundation by Temptu and even used their adjusters and shimmers on eyes and on cheeks to create a cut crease on the lids and a contour and highlight on the cheeks. I worked with a gold, copper, pink and plum palette.

For a final look I wanted to create some art on the face using a stencil and again a mix of the plum and copper layered through the stencil using my airbrush gave a little dimension to the roses design I applied. My models looks and face shape lent itself to the pixie/baroque style we ended up with. As with all artistic collaborations the looks evolved and we expanded on them all until we created an end result I can truly say rocked. It was amazing being part of such a creative team for this shoot.

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Wedding Dress: Charlotte Casadejus – Maude; Head piece: Snow Hare Headdress; Choker (worn as bracelet): Lace and crystal choker £30 from Rose & Aster

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Wedding Dress: Rue de Seine – Louvre Dress; Head piece: Spring Bird Nest Crown

Line Up

Photographer: Lucy Davenport 
Head pieces: Curious Fair
Hair stylist: Jo Irving at Lovehair 
Make up: Ana Ospina
Dresses: Luella’s Boudoir
Jewellery: Rose & Aster
Cape: Jess Eaton
 
Please note, Roadkill Couture™ has a very strong ethical code and absolutely no animal was, or ever will be harmed or killed for the making of the collection.
 

Big shout out to Lucy and Jo for sending in this stunning shoot and to Curious Fair for such innovative head pieces – we salute you ladies!

If you would like to see more work from Lucy and Jo then take a look at this gorgeous Boho Inspired Hair and Beauty Shoot we featured in January.

Big Easter Love

Festival Brides xxx

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