Where did you get your inspiration from?
Tim Dunk Photography… My favourite place in London is the Barbican Estate. I have wanted to shoot there for a while. The brutalist architecture, its immense size, the clean lines and curves which create such interesting light and shadow, and it’s ‘grey’, create the perfect storm for an atmospheric kind of photography. As if that isn’t enough, the Barbican then, out of nowhere, welcomes you into its beating heart; the green, abundance of the Conservatory. That incongruity is what we wanted to bring into our shoot.
How did you find the suppliers who made this concept come to life?
Although I am Leeds based, I am part of a large community of wedding industry suppliers nationwide. I have built many great relationships.
I met our florist, Eram from Boom Blooms, at a photography workshop. We both really liked one another’s work and wanted to work together.
Via social media we contacted, Lara, the designer, Freya, the make up artist, and Heather, our model. Our aim was to bring a team together who were as excited by the drama of the space as us.
What details are your favourite, and why?
There are so many little nooks, and larger vistas, on the estate. With each turn, there is something new to see and document.
Eram wanted to make bold, vibrant, millinery which would hold its own against the dominance of the Barbican. I really like what she created.
We asked Freya to use vivid colour. She created a look that popped as perfectly against the grey as it did against the green.
Do you have any styling tips for readers looking to emulate this shoot?
Be bold. Use colour. Use the shadow. Embrace contrasts.
Encourage your creative team/ friends to step outside of their comfort zones.
Juxtaposition and incongruity can create something really beautiful.
What do you think the key words for your shoot’s style are?
Brutalism, Boldness, Grey and Green.
What is it that makes your shoot unique?
We have showcased a number of contrasts in our shoot. The stark brutalism of the architecture contrasts the lushness of the plant life; the bold, outsize proportion of the headpieces contrasts the delicate flow of the gowns; and the, almost monochromatic, use of light against the dark creates a drama and gives breath to the Barbican.
What’s the most important tip you have for couples planning their wedding?
Relax and enjoy the process. Have fun. Know that there are no rules.
It’s your day. You’re the boss. So in the immortal words of Fleetwood Mac, ‘go your own way’!
Make Up Artist http://www.freydepauli.com