Behind The Scenes at Our ‘Dereliction’ Bridal Photoshoot

Behind The Scenes at Our ‘Dereliction’ Bridal Photoshoot. Mobile Image

Aug 13, 2019

Our annual bridal photoshoot is our chance to show off our new collection dresses and designers in a fun and creative way.

Finding the perfect venue is key to defining the mood of the photoshoot. In recent years we’ve opted for ethereal woodlands; romantic, historic manors and castles; and a high-fashion shoot on a yacht in Brighton Marina. However this year we wanted to do something completely different!

We wanted to find a location that you wouldn’t typically think of for wedding photography; somewhere totally unique, romantic yet non-traditional, and a little bit gritty.

A striking modern design by Watters A striking modern design by Watters The 'Dakota' dress by Justin Alexander The 'Dakota' dress by Justin Alexander Bridal gowns by Watters and Aire Barcelona Bridal gowns by Watters and Aire Barcelona

We went on the hunt for a derelict building or a disused hospital like Hellingly, originally a mental asylum, but discovered it had been knocked down.

We eventually found Iridge Place in Etchingham through a company called The Shoot Factory. Originally a coach house, this Grade II listed building is now derelict and due to be demolished.

The 'Hesper' dress by Modeca is so ethereal, it looked amazing on-set. The 'Hesper' dress by Modeca is so ethereal, it looked amazing on-set.

As soon as the models stepped onto set in their dresses, the choice of venue truly started to make sense. The grungy background, with peeling paint and exposed brick, really drew attention to delicate details such as lace and embroidery.

Millie trying to look demure while risking her life standing on a chair! Millie trying to look demure while risking her life standing on a chair! A figure-hugging dress by Eddy K Italia A figure-hugging dress by Eddy K Italia A dreamy boho gown by Eddy K Italia A dreamy boho gown by Eddy K Italia Such a flattering dress by Watters Such a flattering dress by Watters A classic from Justin Alexander A classic from Justin Alexander

For this shoot, we wanted to feature some of our favourite pieces from our new collection; gowns we just know our customers will love.

The items we chose included bridal gowns by perennial favourite Justin Alexander, as well as designers Aire Barcelona, Watters and Eddy K Italia, who are all new to our boutique this year.

The dresses we chose couldn’t be traditional or ‘classic’ gowns for this particular shoot; the venue demanded dresses with a bit of edge.

 Photographer Teri had the girls running around the gardens while she rolled around the grass trying to capture the perfect shot Photographer Teri had the girls running around the gardens while she rolled around the grass trying to capture the perfect shot

We’ve worked with Teri V Photography on a number of occasions, and Teri has photographed many weddings for our Sussex brides. Teri’s creative eye was able to spot the perfect locations around the venue to position our models.

To get the models ready for the camera, Rachel Whiting was in charge of makeup, while Grace Benson worked her magic on their hair.

Wedding dress by Watters Wedding dress by Watters The 'Willowby' dress by Eddy K The 'Willowby' dress by Eddy K

We’re delighted with the outcome of the photoshoot, it was such a fun day and we can't wait to show our brides-to-be how amazing the dresses look in person!

We have so many new and exciting styles in-store this summer, take a look at our wedding dress collection to get a taste and then book an appointment to find ‘The One’.

Bridal Photoshoot Credits:

Photographer - Teri Vincent
Make Up Artist - Rachael Whiting
Hair - Grace Benson
Models - Sophie, Jess Wilkins, Polly, Amelia, Lucy
Assistant/Behind the Scenes - Lynsey
Designers - Justin Alexander, Modeca & Le Papillon, Aire Barcelona, Watters, Wtoo, Eddy K Italia