IMG_3289Braving the dreary British weather we were absolutely delighted to collaborate with a whole host of talents for a photo shoot at Manor by the Lake recently.

Working alongside photographer Kevin Belson, make-up artist Katy Pheiffer, accessories from iDesign Jewellery, and styling from award-winning wedding coordinator Michele Jetzer.

We chose to incorporate some of our favourite Charlie Brear numbers into the shoot in order to showcase not only how stunning vintage-inspired wedding dresses can be, but also how they can be updated with hair, make-up and accessories to create a contemporary bridal aesthetic.

The theme of the shoot was based on the classic mythological story of Pandora and her famous box which, when opened, let loose a myriad of bad things on the world until, at the bottom of the box, revealed Elpis, the spirit of hope. If ever there was a collection of dresses that displayed the many themes of this story, it has to be the drama and beauty of our Charlie Brear gowns.

From the temptation of the scooped cowl back dress to the feminine glamour of 1920s dropped waist designs, our models brought a whole new narrative and lease of life to our collection of Charlie Brear designs. We loved pairing them with extra styling items such as lace edged veils and sinuous satin sashes that added extra dimensions to our various incarnations of Pandora.

We also think that Perfect Day brides will garner a lot of inspiration from these images from a styling perspective too. Aside from the fact that we obviously love all of the exquisite accessories from iDesign, we think that pairing a vintage-inspired gown with a more modern sleek bouffant or on-trend plum coloured make-up will really set off your big day look.

It was such a delight for us to participate in this creative endeavour and a joy to work with the vision of the rest of the team. Our models were absolute pros and so brave to withstand the inclement weather! We absolutely loved the opportunity to work in a different environment and to re-imagine these beautiful wedding dresses in a new context.


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