A Magical Woodland Encounter

We don’t just get excited over vintage weddings, Hollywood Glamour and romantic proposals here at MMW….  We love it when local wedding vendors get together and produce something so totally amazing and imaginative, it makes our jaws drop!  Heidi from The Flower Studio tells us a bit about what happens when 2 photographers, a make up artist (and assistant), a florist and a hair stylist got together on a wet and windy Autumn day with a brave model and rather handsome Husky…..

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There are many enchanting Manx locations, from blustery hilltops and rugged coastlines, picturesque villages and historic ruins – it is steeped in ancient folklore of faeries, witches and fenodyrees, and the woodlands with their glens are the most mystical places of them all….

Ballaglass Glen in Maughold is one of my favourite places to spend a quiet afternoon. Its beautiful river varies from a gentle trickle in the summer to a fierce torrent after heavy rainfall.  There is an old sleepy cottage, a towering wooden sculpture of the Storyteller and walks through the woodland that let your imagination run wild…. and that is exactly what happened one day!

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Bridal trends are often influenced by the media, whether it is Kim and Kanye’s  Romantic Luxe style, or the Duchess of Cambridge’s lacy sleeves; but what about more mythical influences?  The fashion runways have already started to feature collections inspired by the TV programmes Game of Thrones and Vikings, with designers Derek Lam and Michael Kors featuring suede, leather, fur and armour in their runway collections.

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After much discussion, Pinterest pinning and Facebook casting calls, we managed to find a stunning red haired model, a team of people willing to trek out to the location and even a Husky!  The only thing left was to keep an eye on the weather forecast – which for mid-October could have been anything.  It rained and rained but our team were not discouraged!  We huddled together in the home of Anna Lucia, (Anna Lucia Hair Studio) whilst she and Charlotte Easton, (Charlotte Easton Makeup Artistry) worked their magic on the hair and makeup.

Sarah and Richie from Jewell Photography weren’t put off at all by the heavy rain – Sarah added “We always enjoy the challenge of creating images under difficult conditions, and with the help of the creative team and Ballaglass Glen in Autumn, we were set to have an amazing experience.”

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The main focal point of the first outfit was a cape of dried autumn leaves that I had collected from Ballaglass glen and other surrounding woodland areas and stitched together, and a crown constructed from twigs, acorns, berries, wooden stars and antlers.  The look was finished off with a statement rose gold necklace from Charles Alexander jewellers.

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Anna tightly braiding one side and softly curling the other; contrasting the two textures, to avoid losing shape and body.  This infused an edgy yet couture feel to the updo. Charlotte created a stunning look with the makeup using a bright orange lip colour with crimson undertones, pale highlighted skin and an unusual melba orange eye colour to tie in with the surrounding autumnal tones.

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Model Lucy, braved the bitterly cold and wet weather, ducking in and out of our makeshift shelter for hair and makeup touch ups, while Clare kept her handsome canine model ‘Geko’ entertained with sticks and treats!

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For the second look the hair was quickly changed into a signature elegant updo, Anna took sections, wrapped and secured them into large waves and curls. For decoration she used one of my creations – a headdress in the form of a full crown of twigs, copper and gold wire, beech leaves and moss.

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For the third and final look, Charlotte created a strong metallic green heavy smoky eye look with glossy burgundy lips which was even edgier than the first look and hair was only slightly altered.

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Anna added “As there wasn’t a set plan of how to finish this particular look, I let my creativity run wild, as the pièce de résistance I strategically placed in wild black feathers through the hairstyle”.

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Lucy’s outfit was finished off with a stunning coloured glass necklace from Charles Alexander’s and a Sarah Lennon Fur as she modelled a floral orb made from dogwood, orchids and feather butterflies.

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The full gallery of stunning images is below, followed by credits of all involved with this magical shoot….

Credits:

Photography: Sarah and Richard in Jewell Photography

Styling and Natural Woodland feature designs and accessories: Heidi Keane at The Flower Studio

Makeup:  Charlotte Easton Makeup Artistry

Hair: Anna-Lucia Hair Studio 

Jewellery: Charles Alexander 

Fur:  Sarah Lennon

Model: Lucy Knox

Assistant: Caitlin Treneholme for Charlotte Easton Makeup Artistry

Geko: Himself

Dog handler and owner: Clare Ledger

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