With my background as a photographer I was able to shoot all of the branding imagery myself, which as well as being massive amounts of fun was also a great exercise to just see how many different styled combinations this collection creates. It was important to me to style the clothing on real women from Devon, Ali a keen surfer, super active person and NHS Physiotherapist, Francesca, another keen surfer and active person who also works for the NHS as an Emergency Department Nurse - hats off to them both.
The room where we were based for our first shoot was filled with excitement as they arrived to spend a day in wedding dresses, Francesca commenting on how hard it had been to hide her excitement from her boyfriend! The first shoot was shot in the gorgeous Cornish town of Fowey. I wanted to try and shoot somewhere that had vibes of a typical Cornish or Devon town without being too typical (if that makes sense...) The idea came from a photo I took of my daughter a year ago after our wedding when we went away for a few nights where she was stood by the artwork on the outside wall of Fowey's local aquarium, and it made me think just how many wonderful and quirky buildings Fowey holds which would make a great backdrop.
I was a little worried about shooting in October as we only really had a day where we could get both Francesca and Ali together due to their hectic work schedules and who knows what the weather will be doing this time of year. Luckily we were blessed with a warm autumnal day with lovely low sunlight, a photographers dream!
This shoot included a collaboration with local Jeweller Yume, who make stunning jewellery by hand in Ashburton, flowers from Kokutan, who grow gorgeous flowers sustainably in the South Hams and a incredibly delicious cake from Fowey's own Mardy Bakery.
For the second shoot I was a little compromised on time (and again weather!), especially as I was keen to include some of Dartmoor, somewhere I have completely fallen in love with since moving down to Devon. To be fair whatever weather Dartmoor is blessed with just adds to its charm, making it so atmospheric up there what ever the weather is doing, (its just wet weather, camera equipment and ivory wedding dresses don't mix that well...). So during a tight window of dashing about to take Frankie to her friends birthday party in the morning and getting back to meet my gorgeous friend Kate, an events manager here in Devon for the last bit of sunshine on Dartmoor we found a gorgeous spot with easy parking to have a little bit of Fun with the Teresa gown, some walking boots and knitwear.
Our gorgeous model for the Weir Quay shoot was Georgie. Along with her family Georgie runs the boat yard in Weir Quay and it was great to have her show up in her yard gear, covered in boat paint ready to be completely transformed by the incredibly talented Changing Faces, who provided hair and make up and were such a pleasure to work with. You will find all the links to the shoot collaborators on the website in the section "We love..."
Again we were super lucky with the weather, despite the forecast of rain we were blessed with that lovely October sunshine yet again. After a few glorious hours of shooting, Georgie then went back to hauling boats out of the water for the winter season and we enjoyed a bacon sandwich in the Weir quay boat yard cafe. https://www.weir-quay.co.uk (this must be the first bridal website to have a link to a boat yard in it, but here you go - lovely cafe in a beautiful setting, check it out!)
If you want to check out more of my photography work, head over to www.katiemcculloughphotography.co.uk