Casablanca Inspired Styled Shoot

So excited that our “Casablanca” inspired styled shoot has been featured on Boho-Wedding blog today http://www.boho-weddings.com/2014/02/27/casablanca-a-styled-shoot/……Thank you so much Kelly for sharing our beautiful shoot and creative ideas…..

The story unfolds with Rick entering “Ricks Café” not knowing that his long lost love is inside.  With the use of dramatic lighting we are able to encompass Rick’s loneliness as he sits at the bar lost in thought while Ilsa waits anxiously inside also feeling lost without Rick desperate to meet him again.  Then the intensity of the couple finally meeting for the first time in a years and their passion dramatically re-ignites.  Finally, Rich & Ilsa embrace and passionately part at the end.

It all started with a concept, a really creative mindset and an amazing team who all wanted to work together as a collaboration of talent using our individual skills to create a stunning styled shoot to inspire Brides and Grooms with their own wedding day.  Firstly, Christine Maciocia came up with a theme “Casablanca” and found the amazing location for the shoot.  Kate Hopewell-Smith and I were then brought on board – we loved the concept of movie and this great Hollywood era so pulled together a really wonderful creative team to help us with our vision.  The team including photographers, (Kate Hopewell-Smith and myself), an event stylist & props (Christine Maciocia), a make-up artist from Makeup for Brides (Cat Fransham), a beautiful designer bridal dress maker, a vintage accessories company called Cherished Vintage (Abby Gadd), a fabulous florist (Penny Hunter), a stunning vintage car and props supplier (Jeremy Pratt) along with a very beautiful modern day couple and together we went about creating a really special shoot with the overall aim to inspire Brides and Grooms to think about a different take on their own wedding day plans.We wanted to put our own creative spin on this story and as a team we worked hard to capture the essence of the movie with all the passion and drama of the story.   We hope through our imagery we have transferred this into something that the modern day Bride and Groom can be inspired by and incorporate into their own personal wedding day.  We consciously decided to use young models so that people could connect to our vision but overall we hope that we have done justice to this romantic concept and visually stunning old Hollywood classic.

We wanted to re-create the Hollywood Film Noir look and so the lighting was key to setting the classic cinematic tone for the couple shots and to invoke different moods to the scenes and the characters.  We achieved this by incorporating different lights and lighting effects which helped replicate the intensity and romance of the movie while showing Brides and Grooms how to use similar set ups and poses to achieve this beautiful style in their own couple shots on their wedding day.

The Moroccan theme also plays an important part – wanting to create an impact for your guests with the use of strong, rich colours for the table settings and seating plan, the clever use of props, vibrant table clothes, vintage table accessories (menus, table numbers, table settings) and added to this the vibrant use of beautiful flowers on the table to compliment the look and to tie in with the gorgeous bridal bouquet again with the use of stunning colours looks truly striking against the bridal gown.  In terms of the hair and make-up, we wanted to replicate this flawless Hollywood look from the movie that is both soft and classic with a touch of glamour to make any Bride feel extra special on her big day.  We had a different take on the traditional Bride and Groom’s choice of dress incorporating a contemporary and elegant look for the Bride with a stunning timeless designer Johanna Hehir silk and lace gown together with some gorgeous vintage accessories for the hair and pieces of vintage jewellery to compliment this romantic style.  We loved the idea of white-tie for the Groom instead of the traditional black-tie that is so often used – we felt this will set you apart from other weddings.  Finally, to set the scene and arrive in true Hollywood style the stunning vintage car that will add a real touch of class to any big day.    A massive thank you to all the amazing team that worked so hard to make this beautiful shoot happen.  We hope you enjoy it….

Now to introduce you to the wonderful creative team that made it all possible…..

Kate Hopewell-Smith
website:  www.katehopewellsmith.com

Nikki Sheffield
website:  www.nikkisheffieldphotography.co.uk

Christine Maciocia
Set Stylist & Props
website:  www.christinemaciocia.wordpress.com

Jeremy Pratt
Vintage Wedding Car & Props
website: www.firstchoiceweddingcars.co.uk

Cat Fransham
Hair & Make-up
website:  www.makeupforbrides.co.uk

Penny Hunter
website:  www.penelopehunterflowers.com

Johanna Hehir
Designer Bridal Dresses
website:  www.johanna-hehir.com

Abby Gadd at Cherished Vintage
Vintage Accessories
website: www.cherishedvintage.co.uk

Marie-Francoise Wolff & Christopher Price
website:  www.marie-francoise.co.uk

Jolliffe & Co
Suite Hire Company
website:  www.jolliffes.co.uk”>www.jolliffes.co.uk

Alexandria Lindo
Wedding Invitation & Menu
website: www.backthroughtime@embarqmail.com

Michelle Stewart
Table Rosettes
website: www.backthroughtime@embarqmail.com

Sandy Bahrich
Match Boxes
website: www.fireflynotesonline.com

Printed Rose Petals on the table
website: www.burlapandblingstudio.com


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