It has been a great season for photoshoots. I was really excited to be teaming up with Legend brides, we have admired this wedding dress brand on social media, as you do, and after a meeting at their wonderful little shop we decided to get together to do this wedding henna photoshoot. We knew we had to incorporate a different spin on a normal Bridal Chic blog post, I mean have you see their dresses?
They are the absolute biz niz, who else could dream up a beautiful wedding dress for a “Fantasy City Chic” theme.
Don’t take my word for it though, have a look here for an alternative look at quirky wedding dresses.

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About Legend Bridal

Charlotte, the co owner, gave us the low down of how they came to be..
“Legend Bridal is approaching its third birthday. It was three years ago that we took our bespoke service, made it a business in its own right and concentrated on doing what we love. Creating original and unique dresses for wild at heart and free spirited brides. It’s 3 years since the beginning of Legend, but we’ve been in the wedding industry for 15 years. It’s been a long and twisting road that has seen us offering our bespoke service in various guises alongside various bridal businesses; including branching out into owning our very own bridal boutique stocking contemporary designers. What we learned in that time, is that while there are many brilliant designers and utterly gorgeous dresses available in perfectly manicured bridal shops, that is not what we are about. We are there for the brides who dare to do it differently and want more than a beautiful ivory dress. We are there for the brides who want to embrace their individuality and creativity and aren’t afraid of breaking with tradition.”

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The Hair, Make up and Body Art

I immediately knew this shoot would work with the white henna inspiration I wanted to capture. Having already spoken to Sharon, founder of Black and Blue Make up, about collaborating doing some body art wedding images we moved forward and booked a date in the diary. We decided to incorporate a fantasy look creating images that a bride might take inspiration from. You see a lot of henna and body art used at destination weddings with boho brides, festival lovers and now the city bride. My first words when the application was finished was “Wow” it made me gasp. For this shoot we used body paint to create the look of henna. It truly is a work of art watch the slideshow below and prepare to be wowed….

The Henna.

Our model Cynthia, from the Artistic Collective Agency, worked her model magic to bring this showstopper of a dress to life. Its totally achievable to incorporate Henna into your wedding look. Yes you have to be brave but the results are amazing. First practised over 5000 years ago in India, henna was not only a popular adornment for the rich but also the poor. They could not afford jewellery so they used it to decorate their bodies as well. A popular choice for temporary decoration it has become popular since the 90’s and more so now with the rise and rise of festivals. We at Bridal Chic wanted to share this growing trend and inspire our reader it can work for the city bride too. You could even hire a henna service to do this at your wedding  on your guests for the fun element.

Floral Creations

The flowers were made by Paragon Floral Design’s. When I gave the brief of fantasy I knew they would come up with an absolute gem of a creation. This resulted in a designed staff and a wedding horn perfect for a Game of Thrones style wedding. The girls say “Seeing the awesome dress and knowing there was going to be white henna we couldn’t help but go down the fantasy road. These bouquets needed to be strong, fanciful and elegant too. I’m always on the lookout for new handles and when we came across the cow horn I knew that was the one. Incorporated around the top is alpaca wool too!! The strings of flowers give a really textured, elegant movement to the whole bouquet. It’s a strong statement and a wow piece. The long trails are threaded orchids, lissianthus and hypericum berries, with a few extra special Vanda orchids thrown in too. If you’re having a rustic wedding, this could be the one for you!”

bridal chic in the city

bridal chic in the city

Back to the showstopper of a dress. We want to know more. Charlotte says “We chose Ara for this shoot. We love the simplicity of the backless satin gown with the Art Deco inspired crystal drapes. Almost effortless in its beauty but oh so chic. It goes perfectly with the setting of Hope Mill theatre with its crumbling elegance, and definitely has drama. It also reveals plenty of skin for Sharon to work her magic with white henna designs.

bridal chic in the city

We teamed this up with our new feather cape; what feels like a million pure white goose feathers were individually placed alongside hand finished crystal braided swirls on the neckline and hand finished with an amazing Italian tulle chapel length train.

The Photographer.

Lisa from Studio G Photography absolutely brought the vision to life. A lovely down to earth lady she listened to the brief and gave us some amazing images to share with you in this blog. This was another fun shoot with some amazing creative’s. We hope this inspires you to #daretobedifferent and use some local homegrown talent for your wedding service. This shoot proves that to be different doesn’t mean it’s not within reach.

Much love and we hope you enjoyed the blog,

Love Nicole x


Images :Studio G Photography

Dress: Legend Bridal Designs

Flowers: Paragon Floral Design

Make up and Hair :Black and Blue Make Up

Model:  Cynthia Sithole from Artistic Collective.

Venue : Hope Mill Theatre.