I have always been a huge Disney fan I mean who isn’t? So I always knew I would have to do a styled shoot which would be Disney themed, but I really wanted something different, something not done before so it took me a little while to finally have that ping moment. So when I had the idea of The Little Mermaid but not as we know it, I jumped at the chance to get creative. Instead of Ariel marrying Eric like in the original movie she has in fact fallen in love with Ursula the witch of the sea.
I wanted the shoot to have a story behind it so you as the viewer could decide if this really was true love between Ariel and Ursula or another way for Ursula to become the Queen of the sea.
The idea of course had to be on a secluded beach, we used the Orwell Country Park, as it is just that; secluded, yet timeless. I wanted the theme to be shipwrecked; so all the items used would have been what Ariel had collected over the years, so unmatched cutlery, random plates, glasses and candlesticks. But also things they could find on the beach including a washed up barrel and seaweed.
The colours were to still be the original green and purples but a much darker shade. To show the darker side of the characters.
Goldsmiths Events completely got my vision and went out to source all our unusual and natural décor including seaweed, reeds, white flowers, barrel and wood for this fantastic table set up. She also provided our arch and decor for the ceremony overlooking the beautiful scenery.
I just loved thee eggshells designed and made by Hatchfully Yours, so intricate and so different. To bring in the mermaid element as they were in human form for the shoot.
Our fab poem by Moo Collection Calligraphy shows Ariel still comes from Royalty and it still has very special place.
So on to our gorgeous models Graci and Luci that travelled all the way down from Manchester and were just brilliant they captured the vision of their roles and were a dream to work with.
Along with matching jewellery from Nu Jewellery by Emma and their creative hair by Sj’s Bridal and Beauty and makeup by Dawn Taylor Wedding and Beauty who let their creative juices flow from stepping out form their normal eye shadow palettes to dying hair extensions in the hotel sink the morning of.
We were made two stunning bespoke veils by the very talented Visionary Veils that created a ponytail veil and gorgeous blusher veil with lace trim, both in black of course for Ursula.
Shoes and boots were hand painted by Inanna Bespoke Shoes, I love how she used the colours and sea theme especially the octopus, they were awesome!
Finished off with a handheld trident instead of a bouquet of flowers by JLRoyan.
And obviously none of this could come to life without our photographer Cheryl Anne Photography who captured it all beautifully.
You can see more on this shoot over on Pretty and Punk Weddings were we had it published. A huge thank you to all the suppliers who came together for this shoot.
Thanks for reading
x Jodie x