Brooklands Hotel Bridal Fashion Shoot – {Part 1: 1920s inspired Hollywood Glamour}

Early on a Sunday morning back in July, I woke up with serious butterflies in my stomach. It was the morning of the Brooklands Hotel Bridal Shoot – one which Louise and I had been talking about and planning for, for months! We were very fortunate to work with an extremely talented list of wedding suppliers and before I dive in to the actual post, I would like to mention each and everyone who played a role to make gorgeous shots like the one below, possible:

 So here’s to “Team Brooklands”:

Venue: An enormous thank you to Brooklands Hotel in Surrey who essentially let us take control of the entire hotel for the day. You were all amazing and it was a pleasure shooting at Brooklands.

Decor & Stylist: Louise Beukes from stylish wedding blog Bijoux Bride. Without Louise’s vision and eye for detail, the shoot would not have had that special something and the styled wedding tables would not have looked as exquisite as they did!

My wonderful assistant &  behind the scenes shooter: Yolande de Vries – you are a legend. Thank you so much for all the help on the day – from reflecting light, to taking snaps of me in action, to figuring out the video function on the Mark II and getting some really awesome video footage, to carrying my Shootsac…words cannot fully express how grateful I am!

Our models for the day – Philippa and Amanda, you guys were fantastic and such troopers!

Our hair & make-up gurus – Kim Roy (famous hair stylist and all round awesome lady) and Carolanne Armstrong (fabulous make-up artist and tea-pot toting legend). Thank you so much for transforming Phil & Amanda into two goddesses, your skill and great personalities made it such a pleasure to work with you and man are these ladies fast! Impressive stuff!

Flowers, flowers, glorious flowers – Gayle Evans from Bloomingayles…you are an absolute flower godmother and you’re little van is magical – flowers just kept pouring out of it! Thank you so much for all the love & hard work you put into our gorgeous bridal bouquets & the table flowers. They were amazing and I will (and have) recommend you to all my brides-to-be looking for awesome florists!

What would our art deco, 1920s inspired Hollywood shoot have been without an Art Deco wedding cake from famous cake artist Janet Mohapi-Banks? Janet, your cake nearly didn’t make it home – I found it very hard to photograph it without nibbling on one of the gorgeous corners!

An enormous thank you to Rachel at Luella’s Boudoir who provided us with four gorgeous wedding gowns, an exquisite feather Bolero and beautiful Emmy shoes – without you our brides would have been running around naked!

Without the gorgeous accessories & hair pieces from Flo & Percy, our models wouldn’t have sparkled as much – thank you for lending us some sparkle ladies!

Last but not at all least a big thank you to Nikki over at Knots & Kisses for designing fabulous stationary for our tables and Rowen & Wren for the gorgeous table decor and vases – your pieces added so much finesse and style to the tables!

Here is a little behind the scenes video which Yolande filmed and I edited (attempted to!). It includes a sneak peek of the second part of the shoot (Modern Glamour) so make sure you check back tomorrow for the Part 2 blog post.


And now, without further ado, here is Part 1 of our shoot – featuring Amanda as our 1920’s, vintage inspired bride. For the first look Amanda wore the Caroline Atelier (Emmy) wedding gown with the Minnelli Feather Bolero which worked really well with a soft and wispy vintage look and for the second look she wore the Johanna Johnson (Viva) wedding gown, which lent itself to a more sleek vintage look with gorgeous babydoll red lips! Both looks are inspired by vintage glamour remniscent of the golden Hollywood era. Brooklands Hotel itself was inspired by the history of the Brooklands race track – birthplace of British motorsport & the glamour of the 1920s era. With a fusion of art deco, sleek interiors and modern design, it was the perfect setting for our 1920s inspired bride. Enjoy!

Part 2 of the shoot (Modern Glamour) will be live on the blog tomorrow morning, make sure you check back!


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