A Ballet Bridesmaid ….

That’s the theme for this shoot. You might think what’s she thinking now, but it’s inspired. My source of inspiration was Olivia. I had been asked to do a portrait shoot for a daughter of a very close friend of mine. A trained ballet dancer who is, in our eyes a rising star, it got me thinking. Why not have your bridesmaid come down the aisle inspired by their passion.

Had it been done before?

Probably, so I Googled and scoured Pinterest anyway under the title “ballet wedding images ” to see what was out there. Here is what I found;


How pretty and delicate do these images look?

The theme in my head was immediately set. Now all I had to do was city chic them up. I set about getting my styled team together. We collaborated with a small experienced crew these included :

Kenny Brown Photography,

Black and Blue Make up

Becky Betty Hair Stylist

Paragon Floral Design

Hope Mill Theatre

Outfit Styled by Olivia Rutter our model


It’s every girls dream come true to be made up and Olivia thoughly enjoyed it. Sharon and Becky set about styling the hair and applying the make up. We had two looks. The very traditional ballet bun which was plaited and then onto something a little bit more wow. A styled ballet bun Mohawk inspired by Paragon’s floral headpiece. Becky Betty says ” I styled the hair around the head piece in a foe-hawk with braids to keep the more traditional ballet feel”.We wanted to keep the make up age appropriate so for the first look went with something natural and the second look added a little more drama. Smokey eyes with the added lip colour was more than enough for this 14 year old beauty.

hair bun

Sharon from Black and Blue make up says”The make is age appropriate for this shoot. With NARS radiance as a primer to illuminate the skin, followed by a wash of MAC’s C1 face and body. Eyes prepped with painterly by MAC and a small amount of embark buffered around the lash line. Finished with MAC’s extreme lash. Lips just a bit of NARS Anita brushed into the lips completing the final look.”

natural look

Lisa from Paragon said “The flowers are a twist on the traditional headpiece for a ballet dancer who tend to go for crowns, I chose a open mohawk and decorated it with classic gypsophilia, hydrangea and Nigella. The bouquet was a pomander of gypsophilia with, hydrangea details and flexi grass”

floral mohawk




Olivia styled her own outfits for the shoot and if this is theme you would like to pursue Etsy is a great source for ballet outfits. Equally you could get something made starting from around £50+ for a bespoke tutu. I sourced and researched a couple of prices from local designers, Kirsty Doyle and Ella Moore whom I highly recommend as one of our trusted suppliers. I think this look could we be worn from toddler to teen bridesmaid right through to an adult ballet bride. Imagine a bridesmaid pirouetting down the aisle before you walked down to marry you best friend…. this would definitely add the wow factor to your wedding.





Sue and Karl, Olivia parents, your daughter has blossomed into a beautiful young woman, to me these are her coming of age pictures and she looks stunning. A massive thanks goes out to Olivia for letting us showcase these images for your inspiration. Kenny has definitely blown it out of the park with these shots the images are breathtakingly stunning. Click on the link to contact Kenny for more information.