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Of Muses, Mystery and Sea Holly

When we first dreamed up this styled shoot we knew we wanted to create something ethereal, something that inspires and that every woman and bride can easily put together even in today’s very busy world. We dreamt of soft, flowy dresses, of floral crowns and barefoot maidens. We dreamt of large open spaces and nature in all it’s beauty…

We built it around a few core ingredients which dictated the feel and led our inspiration in an organic, minimalistic direction… the unique venue; Lace on Timber, the exquisite gowns and the gentle mystery of both light and nature. We wanted a simplistic, ethereal and fragile shoot with minimal fuss, beautiful elements that each stood out on their own and an organic, natural feel.
The idea of these photos was sculpted around these elements. From the “barely there” floral designs where we chose to use natural foliage with only a hint of colour in light greens, greys and a touch of pastel. An added pop of colour from a protea, a few succulents, some dusty roses and a touch of Sea Holly completed the flowers for the shoot. It was simple and chic. {and easy for any bride to be to recreate herself!}
Hair and make-up accentuated each woman’s beauty without overshadowing and was kept fresh and light. Soft, nude palettes brought out detail in their eyes and features where braids, soft waves and foliage crowns carried the natural, organic feel through and completed the styling.
Then we were in need of beautiful trimmings…Exquisitely made frocks from Catherine’s Collections called for barefoot maidens frolicking in the woods. We added a bit of subtle drama by incorporating a few photographs with a spectacular veil; a simple touch with a dramatic effect! If we can give one word of advice, it would be to wear a veil! Your wedding day really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to wear something that spectacular without feeling guilty at all.

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We wanted to give the shoot a unique edge by mimicking brides preparing for their once in a lifetime moment and telling the surreal story of a woman on her wedding day. The muses were photographed in pretty petticoats and gowns while having their make-up done, details of the bridal gowns were captured, the anticipation glancing through a window and the story unfolded throughout their journey.
We wanted to emphasize fragile innocence by photographing the woman together in their soft, whimsical gowns. We harnessed light streaming through the enormous French windows at Lace on Timber to portray our inspiration. We aimed to show simplicity with an ethereal, light quality without pretence. A look and feel any bride can achieve on her wedding day without necessarily an enormous budget or even planning time.By choosing the service providers carefully and prioritising what is really important to you this look can easily be achieved. The venue was absolutely unique and the owners chose a beautiful neutral palette that each bride could make their own. It could be either dressed- up or down to suit the style of the wedding. The ceremony site had all the little elements that made it special without having to add anything at all.

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It is an effortless look to put together and we thought we’d add a few more tips…
Make friends – or marry – a farmer and before you know it your buckets will overflow with beautiful foliage! I only purchased the protea and the blue sea holly as all the greenery were gifted! The flower crowns were all DIY creations I made on the morning… Just a little floral tape, ribbons and wire… Lace on Timber supplied the candles and all the table décor and the simplicity suited our style for the day perfectly. And add a fun element –like the fortunate cookies – that people instantly associated with YOU.
I have included a photograph which might seem out of the ordinary – the one with the bunny rabbit masks. This is a bit of Dust and Dreams Photography soul  … a little heirloom for ourselves and something that has followed our photographic journey! Just as we were finishing up in one of the last photographs the light streaming through the window caught our bunny only, resulting in an eerie, glowing mask!

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