Botanique styled shoot ~ Michelle Boyd Photography & Wedding Sparrow

Jan 15, 2014 | Inspiration
It's always a little unnerving when you share your own work as you're caught between wanting to blow your own trumpet versus being afraid of your peers not liking your work. But hey, if I thought like that all the time I'd never get out of bed! So for your fine art pretty entertainment today I'm finally blogging the 'Botanique' styled anniversary shoot I styled for Michelle Boyd Photography. Michelle was travelling over to Paris on a trip and dropped me an email around 4 weeks prior to ask if I was interested in shooting something whilst she was in Europe. Heck yes! Or something to that effect... I've been an admirer of Michelle's film photography for a while now and thought we would never meet having thousands of miles between us but fine art moves in mysterious ways and her trip enabled us to create this shoot for Samantha and Thomas whose first wedding anniversary it was on the day we shot this at poet Thomas Hardy's former home, Max Gate. Having shot previous shoots with more of a US feel to them, I wanted to shoot something which had more of a quintessential English undertone. Old fashioned without being dated. Soft and feminine yet outdoors and full of organic quality. After finding the quaint home of poet Thomas Hardy, I worked with Blush Bakery to create this amazing sage green cake with figs, London designers Belle & Bunty provided the perfect dress and we even had an ornate hair accessory flown over from Oregon made by the incredible Lacielle Roselle. Throw in hair and make up by Planet Make Up and calligraphy by Sending Heartstrings and we had the perfect English Summer afternoon in the gardens. The piece de resistance to this anniversary shoot was the biggest bouquet I've ever seen (or held!) in my entire life creative by floral extraordinaire Bo Boutique Flowers. Samantha had guns of steel after this shoot! An amazing day and what better way for Samantha and Thomas to spend their first 'paper' wedding anniversary creating film images to later frame in their new house... MBDuo1 Photography ~ Michelle Boyd
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Styling and design ~ Wedding Sparrow From Samantha: "As we're sure most couples can relate to, our wedding day was a flurry of excitement and happiness - but it was also over far too quickly! We wanted to celebrate our first year of marriage with something we could look back on and treasure forever, and a photo shoot seemed to tick all the boxes." Botanique_130 Photography ~ Michelle Boyd
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Styling and design ~ Wedding Sparrow "On the day of the shoot it was a year to the day that we got married, so we both felt all the emotions of our wedding day rush back. Getting dressed up and making a big occasion of it was so much fun - the styling by Wedding Sparrow was simply gorgeous and Michelle made us both feel so comfortable in front of the camera. It was like being in a romantic movie!" 1558580_796183707075228_66162542_n Photography ~ Michelle Boyd
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Styling and design ~ Wedding Sparrow "We highly recommend an anniversary shoot - and it doesn't have to be limited to your first year of marriage. We're thinking it might be nice to make it a bit of a tradition! An engagement/pre-wedding shoot is also a really good idea as it really helps to get all those nerves of being in front of the camera out of the way before your big day.Our first year of marriage has been amazing. We love being Mr & Mrs and can't wait for what the future will bring knowing we're on this incredible journey together." Botanique_034 Photography ~ Michelle Boyd
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Styling and design ~ Wedding Sparrow A huge thanks to Love My Dress who featured this shoot last year. You can see Annabel's post here. If you'd like a styled anniversary or engagement shoot get in contact! We're currently filling up the 2014 calendar with styled shoots both in the UK and worldwide for couples who would like to have great quality film images to show off in a stylish way. You can also follow us on Facebook where we post images of our most recent styled shoots plus we'll be announcing the launch of our styling website very soon! Vendor details Photography: Michelle Boyd Photography | Styling and design: Wedding Sparrow | Florals: Bo Boutique Flowers | Dress: Belle & Bunty | Hair and make up: Planet Make Up | Hair accessory: Lacielle Roselle | Cake: Blush Bakery | Calligraphy: Sending Heartstrings | Location: Max Gate | Styling assistant: Lesley Lau

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