In this fashion editorial I wanted to focus on the beauty of a bride with lavish floral arrangements. I highly enjoy shooting both wedding and floral photography and wanted to combine the two in a fashion editorial for quite some time. It’s a magical moment once the bride receives her bouquet. Her face is filled with joy and it becomes a symbol of the lovely occasion ahead.
Each one of our skilled models has been given a designated floral headpiece with a unique style to match their features and bridal look. The beautiful, handmade headpieces were intricately put together by our lead florist, Kristin Rockhill. Kristin’s extensive experience in floral styling really shines as seen in each piece. The color choices for each seamlessly bring together the model and the bridal gown.
Our first model Claire Mahoney, is wearing a floral head piece that is made up of white majolica roses, magnolia leaves and red hypericum berries. The strapless fit n’ flare wedding gown as the name implies, is a close fit to the upper body and opens towards the bottom. Shooting Claire in this look was a breeze due to her extensive fashion editorial experience. Each pose was easily transitioned to the next with elegance.
We chose the lovely, historic Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Athyn Pennsylvania for our shooting venue. The venue was beautiful and provided plenty of areas and special options for us to use. Designed by the renowned architectural firm of Carrère and Hastings to be a home for the industrialist John Pitcairn and his young family, Cairnwood evokes the grandeur of the Gilded Age with its elegance, romantic details, and sweeping vistas. Inside the mansion, each Victorian room was full of color and natural, soft light. One of my favorite inside areas was at the center of the step. A large bench gave our brides the options of overlooking the entire estate. The garden house area was full of lush greenery and colorful backdrops. Next to the house and grounds are the pristine woodlands of the Pennypack Nature Preserve, the largest private reserve in Montgomery County, serving as the anchor to this graceful campus of architectural wonders.
Shannon Holt is wearing the ball gown. This wedding gown immediately grabs your attention with how much it drapes over the brides. A matching floral headpiece consisting of red roses and white hydrangea’s was chosen for her. Brown berry, galpini’s were also inserted to intensify the effect. Shannon brought a lot of fun to the shoot. At many times during the day, she had the team laughing and enjoying themselves. This is not overshadowed by her modeling skill however. All of her poses were very relaxed and very natural.
Hair and makeup were professionally done by Nancy Caroline Bridal Styling. Nancy’s experience in bridal styling was a great help to me directing this editorial. Eyes were done with a natural matte color for each model. All of the wedding gowns were provided by Sposabella Bridal Boutique.
Our model Oceana, is wearing a high neck fit and flare wedding gown. Her head piece consists of pink darcey garden roses. Hanging, pink pepper berries help fill the piece in for volume. Oceana was able to completely grasp the creative direction given during the shoot. This resulted in her stunning images.
I hope you enjoyed this bridal fashion editorial as much as we enjoyed putting this together. I’d like to give a special thanks to all the team members involved. This was an amazing shoot that could not have been a success without your contribution.
Creative Director and Photography: Jamal T. Cormier
Hair and Makeup: Nancy Caroline Bridal Styling
Floral Arrangement Styling and Head pieces: Kristin Rockhill
Wedding Gowns: provided by Sposabella Bridal
Models: Claire Mahoney of Reinhard Modeling Agency, Shannon Holt, Oceana Luna
Special Thanks to Cairnwood Estate – http://www.cairnwood.org/