After months of preparation, this week saw the exciting launch of new luxury bridal and lifestyle magazine British Bride and I could not be more excited. When you work with the best team, you get the best results and we certainly have a team brimming with experience and expertise in luxury weddings and event planning. With a strong team of Editors ranging from Creative Direction, Events Planning, Bespoke Cake Design and Patisserie, Beauty, Fashion/Accessories we are serving our readers with the very best in luxury inspiration and service providers.
As mentioned previously I am super excited to be the Beauty Editor for the magazine which means I am filling my section with lots of gorgeous beauty content about all things makeup, skincare/aesthetics, hair, nails, product recommendations, treatment reviews etc. I am busy road-testing lots of new products and trying some exciting new treatments in the industry so I can share everything with you.
Inside this issue, you can learn more about each of the Editors as well as enjoy some beautiful images from styled shoots we did, specifically for the magazine including our front cover. You will also see the show report following our British Bride runway show last month at the stunning location of Hunton Park Hotel. The runway show was a showcase of some incredible luxury designers including our very own Editor-in-Chief, James Clarke’s collection.
There has been so much work involved by the team to get the first issue pulled together so it goes without saying we are already so proud of seeing the magazine go live to the public and we’re absolutely thrilled with the amount of downloads and sales of printed copies in the first few days alone so thank you to everyone who has already supported us!
So I thought it would be fun to share just a snippet of the work involved in doing a styled photoshoot for the magazine and this shoot in particular was for our front cover (as well as editorial images for inside the magazine).
The photoshoot took place at Chicheley Hall which is a grand Grade I listed mansion tucked away in beautiful grounds in Buckinghamshire. There was much preparation needed by the team to set up various locations around the grounds for the photoshoot. Styling of the venue included floral displays, table settings, wedding stationery, candles, chair covers – all the things necessary to style a “proper” wedding.
All of the small details are crucial to the overall result of the images and all of the venue styling was planned in accordance with a moodboard and theme for the photoshoot including the stunning pastel colours used in the decoration.
Meanwhile, while all of this is going on, Lizzy of The Flower Story is preparing her floral display. Lizzy is an award-winning Florist and her creations really are exceptional. I love flowers but my husband jokes how I can’t even keep a cactus alive in my house. I definitely have flower-envy with Lizzy’s beautiful displays.
Our Managing Editor Lindsay is running around the venue helping with anything and everything with the venue styling and coordination of the photoshoot but also has another impressive string to her bow. She is a multi-award winning cake designer. Yep – our team is full of award winners – that’s what makes us extra special. The team really are full of expertise when it comes to their own fields and take such pride in providing that high-end service expected of a luxury wedding supplier.
And lastly, while everyone else is busy getting their own areas ready, myself and Hair Stylist Caroline McNeill are busy getting our gorgeous cover girl ready to be the star of our show… no pressure then?!
The styling for Lisa’s beauty (makeup and hair) was very glamourous… as if straight from a Hollywood red carpet so for makeup I chose beautiful brown and gold tones finished off with some lashes (because all women deserve a luxury lash to finish off the look) and I really wanted to make her natural skin glow so I took time to prep the skin before applying the makeup. Skin prep is the most important part of a makeup application and is often over-looked sadly. Not by me! You could use all high-end products on your face but if your skin has not enjoyed some TLC pre-application you might as well throw anything on your face and hope for the best because you will never achieve the end results you hope for without some attention first.
Accessories Editor, Rachel Sokhal, of course provided many of the accessories for the photoshoot (as did James Clarke) and there were several changes of dresses and complimenting accessories throughout the shoot.
One of my favourite images from the photoshoot is of Lisa in a wardrobe in her dressing room, deliberating which dress she would like to wear for her wedding. So before we shot this particular series of images it was all hands on deck… touch ups, hair checks, dress carefully placed to show the best angle etc. This enviable dress was supplied by Natalya James Bridal.
So I suppose you’ll want to see the end result? I don’t blame you. Up until now, the only wardrobe I adored as much as this one was the one that would take me to Narnia. Not been as yet but its on my list of holiday destinations 🙂
So throughout the shoot, we moved around to different areas of the venue as with an editorial it needs to tell a story over a series of images. Each time we moved it involved a change of props, sometimes a different dress, a different area to shoot. It would be a team effort to get everything switched round quickly so we could work straight through to avoid losing natural daylight.
So once we were finished shooting inside we moved outside. Moving furniture outside like something from Changing Rooms, battling the wind (we swapped coats, cardigans and even created a wind shield using a sheet)… so who says fashion is sexy?! We were freezing but kept each other amused and we all rallied round model Lisa to keep her warm until we had to remove her jacket so she could force a smile while her body was turning to ice! She was such a trooper… well done Lisa!!
One on hair, one on dressing, one on makeup, 3 out of shot stopping the wind with a sheet!And so at the end of it all we had our front cover! A front cover and some super gorgeous editorial images for this particular photoshoot. So incase you haven’t yet seen it – here she is!
So there we have it! Our new magazine… and let me tell you something, the print version is FAB-U-LOUS. Its thick, its glossy and its filled front to back with dreamy bridal loveliness.
A special thank you and photography credit to Natalie Stevenson.
You can buy a print of British Bride magazine or download it for free here.
We are already busy working away on the next issue. British Bride Magazine is a bi-monthly publication so thankfully you won’t have to wait too long until the next one.