DUST AND DREAMS PHOTOGRAPHY _ FRANCINES VENUE HOEDSPRUIT

Love Letters from afar… A French Elopement PART 2

This fine art shoot gave us wings and will forever rate amongst one of our favourites.
Working with a team of uber talented creatives gave us the freedom to breath life into a beautifully romantic but fictitious story and being able to photograph at the most incredible location was the cherry on top…

To say that we are proud and absolutely thrilled to share the second half of this heart project would be a complete understatement.

Now let us tell the rest of our story… { and if you have not read Part 1 scroll down our blog to see where the magic all began…}

“The world is dark, and light is precious. Come closer dear reader. You must trust me, I am telling you a story.” – Kate DiCamillo

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The Story

“As a young woman spends her days in an old French Monastery set at the bottom of a mountain a letter from her lover arrives… a proposal to join him in marriage that afternoon at sunset.

Dreaming about their secret nuptials Natalya sits down amongst the candles and as she writes her response the excitement builds leaving a pile of pages fluttering to the floor as she starts to collect trinkets for the very special moment… candles and earrings, veiling and wine. She sets a table for two outside, break bread and cheese, open a bottle of rich, red French wine.

She gathers herbs and wild flowers from the monastery garden to fashion a bouquet and weaves vines into her hair… she lights candles…puts on her favourite dress.. dances slowly all whilst waiting for the sun to set and Dorian to appear…

She tries on a lace veil… then a long billowing tulle one…she ties her hair up and toss it loose again while she runs impatiently amongst the fruit orchards surrounding the monastery…”

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How we brought the story to life…

Inspired by the old French monasteries and playing of the unique building we created a shoot with unique French charm and a monastic almost sacred feel.

A simple wooden table set for two with antique crockery and candles, with foliage and florals in neutral shades together with a simplistic colour palette of cream, ivory, nudes and touches of soft greenery enhanced the feeling that it was all gathered in haste.Freshly bakes breads, French wine and cheeses complimented the idea of a secluded elopement and a spur of the moment affair and simple “gathered” bouquet contrasted the raw finishes of the building and the monastic aesthetic of the shoot. Unstructured florals with cascading vines, herbs and billowing fabrics formed the essence of our intimate table setting and we incorporated neutral florals, herbs, fruits and vinery.

Green vines and foliage from the tables were carried through in our muse’s hair and a soft, romantic gown with long sleeves enhanced the feel of a monastery reminiscent of robes and bare feet gently brushing against the ancient stone floors. Makeup was kept ethereal and glowing and in tune with the organic feel of the shoot.

With the stationary we chose raw edges and hand drawn calligraphy with frayed silk and cotton ribbons and delicate natural details. Calligraphy written love letters and notes formed the core of the stationary suite and together with wax seals and French postage stamps it enhanced the feeling of secret notes being written and exchanged.

For our muse Natalya we chose a vibrant beauty, with porcelain skin… someone who embodies ethereal,timeless romance…

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Vendors

Concept & Design  – Dust and Dreams Photography

Venue  – Francine’s Hoedspuit

Photography  – Dust & Dreams Photography

Wedding Dress  – Silver Swallow Design

Stationary  –  Deerly Studio

Jewellery – Marion Rehwinkel Jewellery

Styling & Table Scape & Décor –  Blue Brooch & Peony Rose for Dust and Dreams

Artisan Breads & Cheeses –  Francine’s

Makeup  – Chrizaan Visser

Muse –  Jana Robertson

Artisan made Paper – Papier Handmade Finery

Antique 1800 Floral journal – Stylist’s own

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