So here's the thing..
When Victoria Walker got in touch and asked me and my artificial flowers to be involved in a styled shoot with - smoke bombs - i was like whaaaa?? And then I searched Google and Pinterest for images to find out what the heck she was on about and then I was like ooohhh!!! Not as scary as they first seem and wow, they're so freakin' cool!!
Photo from Pinteret.com
Plus, the shoot was to be held at an old abandoned factory mill, complete with chipped paint doors, enough dust to cause an asthma attack and an odd variety of tools and wicker baskets scattered around.
But we were totally digging the whole creepy, but cool, scary mill look. And this, paired with the contrast of bridal beauty, luxury artificial flowers and sparkly hair pieces made the whole thing just kinda work!
For the shoot, I brought my wooden tipi and adorned the thing with faux flowers in pinks and mauves and added drapes in matching colours. After all, I needed to bring a touch of softness and pretty to the background of this shoot and nothing says pretty like pink. So artificial pink flowers it was!
We had silk roses, faux foliage and even (dare I say it) artificial bleeding heart flowers. Never heard of them? To be fair, neither had I, but they're a soft purple artificial stem with mini heart shaped petals. See if you can spot them on the pics.
One of my favoruite shots from the shoot, is playing with the light streaming from a high window onto our model, highlighting her best features, some beautiful hair jewellery and the tips of her artificial wedding bouquet.
Anyway, back to the smoke bombs.
On the day we learnt many a thing about smoke bombs and I'm going to share this knowledge with you now...
1. Smoke bombs come in a variety of sizes. We chose small and had a limited window of time to get the shot. If you can, go big or go home. The bigger the bomb the longer you'll have to take photos.
2. Smoke bombs are colourful so make sure your models and products are well away from the smoke to stop any stains on dresses etc and also, pre-style the look you're after so you're ready to go as soon as you light the bad boys.
3. Use the smoke bombs in a large ventilated area, or preferably outside. Days with less wind are best and give you more dense colour and smoke shots.
4. Light the smoke bombs in an old metal tin to keep the mess contained. NB these things get HOT when lit, so do not attempt to move the tin can once lit.
5. Have fun with it. Smoke backdrops are great for close up and distance shots and they come in so many colours. Try lighting a few different shades for a fabulous photo opportunity.
I don't know about you, but I'm a bit over confetti.
And, you heard it here first, "Smoke bombs ARE the new confetti." Dani Bolser, Deluxe Blooms, 31
Minimal mess! Confetti gets everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Eyes, mouth, dress, HAIR!! It's just not bloody worth it! And there's always one or two people that go absolutely crackers with the stuff and try to drown you in rose petals. No fun!
So, without further adieu, here's some images from our styled shoot with said smoke bombs. Hit me in the comments below to tell me your favourite image, I'd love to know.
We've got an immaculate white cake with a stunning rose gold trim along all the edges. I've never seen this before and it's so so pretty. Almost too good to eat. This was provided by Laura from Rose and Jam Cakes. Go and follow her now. Leeds' best kept secret she is!
MUA and hair by Kimberley Brook. This lady needs no introduction. She is killing it on the wedding scene right now. I honestly wish she could come and paint my face every morning. Just check out her smokey eye work. Insane. Gorgeous. Give this lady a pin and a comb and she'll style your hair into shapes you didn't know were possible. Book her now.
Our model was Kayleigh Audsley. A cheeky smile and personality to match, a shoot with her is never a dull day. We've worked together a few times now and you'll probably recognise her from my SHOP, wearing our artificial flower crowns. Plus she loves a good dress up, especially if the dress has pockets. Yes - apparently dresses with pockets is a thing?!
Speaking of dresses, we were loaned these bridal gowns by Confetti and Lace. Their shop is bursting with incredible designs. There's a dress for everyone, from princess style to elegant and simple, you cannot go into their boutique and leave empty handed.
And shoot organiser and bridal jewellery expert Victoria Walker was there, with her incredible bridal pieces. They're shiny and exciting, yet almost with a vintage feel to some of her designs. They make any bride look and feel a million dollars. I should know as she designed my own bridal jewellery. She's super busy and I can see why. She lives and breathes excellence and designs non stop. Be sure to follow her too.
At last but not least, my beautiful friend Emily at Emily Green Photography. She's still in her 20's (god I miss my 20's) but she has an old soul and is wise beyond her years. She's confident and energetic, full of ideas and exactly the kind of photographer you want to be shooting your big day.
All wedding supplier details on the links below. Happy swooning...
Photography - Emily Green Photography
Cake - Rose and Jam Cakes
Flowers - me!
MUA and hair - Kimberley Brook
Jewellery - Victoria Walker
Venue - Sunny Mills Bank
Dresses - Confetti and Lace
Model - Kayleigh Audsley