What a special blog i am writing today. Today marks exactly one year since my very first styled shoot. My Modern Victoriana styled shoot took place with an amazing team on the 21st August 2019. So to celebrate i thought i would share some inspiration and also share some of the wonderful suppliers i had on the team. They helped bring my vision to life and gave me the confidence in myself to do this. This little shoot has now been featured FOUR TIMES and i am super proud.
All images are by Marni V Photography – https://marnivphotography.co.uk/
The idea for the shoot was born out of my love for the Victorian era. I love all the richness, grand furniture and style. I have no idea why but I’ve always loved the era since i was a child and it was the first thing i typed into Pinterest. I knew i didn’t want it to be too literal though so once i knew that was my concept i started thinking of the themes i could add into it. Romance, Edgy elegance. Then as soon as i visited Manchester Hall as a potential venue, and saw those teal walls – I instantly saw it come to life.
I could not have brought this to life without the incredible supplier team. I will admit i was so nervous with it being my first ever shoot BUT this team allowed me to dream and create and what a magical connection we have made. So i wanted to give a big shout out to them and if any of you are planning a wedding right now then definitely go and check them out.
How lucky i was to have found this incredible lady. Her photography style is so personal and emotional. She really works with you and makes you feel so comfortable. Storytelling and vision go hand in hand with her work. The edit style she has draws you in. She’s imaginative and inventive. Having her shoot your wedding, or branding will transport you into your own story. Relaxed, friendly and just an absolute joy to have around.
She captured my vision so amazingly. Gave life to what i imagined and made it so incredible i cried when she sent the images back. Marni i cannot thank you enough for giving me the best start to my journey in the industry.
Oh Sara. What a legend. What a talent with flowers she is. Sara bought home grown and sourced flowers to the Modern Victoriana shoot and they were incredible. She really knows how to create magic. I never knew that flowers could tell so much of an amazing story until that day. If you are looking for something bold, Boho Luxe and maybe even with a little bit of edginess then go check her out. A down to earth soul, as real as they come and with the biggest heart. She will absolutely create floral magic.
Paula is the most kind hearted person i have ever met. She creates cakes that are out of the normal traditions. The drip cake she created for this shoot was incredible. Her intricate detailing and way of bringing cakes to life is insane. If you are looking for something unique, a little alternative from everyone else then you have to have a chat with her. She understands a brief in so much detail and i always know that she will create a spectacular masterpiece. Plus you don’t just get a cake, you absolutely get a friend as well. She will support and guide you through the process. Did i also mention that her cakes are DELICIOUS?! Style and substance friends – that’s what Paula brings.
The very first person i met in this industry and my guide throughout this shoot. Rachel is not only super talented but someone so easy to talk too. She created a bespoke burgundy and emerald spike crown for this shoot – absolute all the Modern Victoriana feels. Plus we got to use her now super famous Adira gold crown. If you want some statement headpieces or jewellery then you have to check her out. She has ready to go designs and also makes bespoke too. Rachel’s pieces make you feel like a queen!
Natasha – one of the most talented designers i know. The stationery set we used for this shoot was so perfect. Rich, floral and just so incredible. Don’t even get me started on her painted jackets – I have never seen anything like it in my life. A beautiful person who goes out of her way to create something perfect for you. Natasha actually designed my wedding stationery too because i just love her work so much. If you are looking for bold, Boho Luxe gorgeousness that will make your wedding day an absolute dream then she is your girl. Check out her socials – you will be blown away.
The ladies that stock the most INSANE Boho dresses. Oh my word. Nothing brought this Victoriana shoot to life like the amazing Shikoba Bride dresses and separates we used for this shoot. Also have you seen the store? If not you need too. Sara is the loveliest person and i know that if you book to try on there she will give you the most incredible of experiences. Warm and welcoming and the store is just stunning. She stocks dresses by some incredible designers and ladies if it’s Boho Luxe you are after you MUST go there. Thank you for always having my back and sourcing the most incredible and beautiful designs for shoots.
The dream hair and make up duo. These two are incredibly talented. I actually cannot put into words what they do. Charlottes ability to create look after look that is so beautiful and bold is just amazing. She really understands who you are and works with what looks good for you. Bringing her incredible skills and expertise to create a look for you that makes you feel invincible. Amy – i have never met a hair stylist like her. So detailed and the skills this girl has are out of this world. She creates anything from super sleek and stylish to incredible intricate hair styles that blow your mind. If you are looking for hair or make up or both then i cannot recommend these two enough. Talent in buckets and beautiful souls to match.
I couldn’t leave this blog without giving you a little bit of inspiration from the Modern Victoriana shoot with regards to the venue and the theme. For all you couples looking for something a little more edgy or alternative i really hope you find something you love in this shoot because this was created for you. I wanted to prove to you that you can take a traditional inspiration and absolutely transform it into something much more modern and bold. Only do things you love and connect too. Always remember that.
Also if you are looking for some hidden gem city centre gloriousness then Manchester Hall needs to be on your venue list. Nestled amongst a busy city centre it transports you to somewhere else. From elegant ornate features, to modern colours. It really has something that just makes it unique. Seriously book a viewing with them because you will not be disappointed. The team there are super friendly and will work so hard to create a magical day that shows who you are.
I hope you loved checking out this Modern Victoriana shoot. You can see more on my Portfolio page and also via the links below. If you need anything or want to chat inspiration then i’m always here. Thank you so much for supporting what has been an incredible year that i never imagined. I’m leaving my dream and you have such a role to play in that so THANK YOU!