A whimsical ‘first look’ shoot

Botanical Springkell first look wedding inspiration shoot - Chantal Gibson Photography - Bonjour Bride

When Chantal Gibson sent me this ‘first look’ inspired shoot, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. The images ooze style, and it’s the perfect blend of whimsical and romantic. I love the simplicity of the images, and all the beautiful details. I think you can really tell that the models are a real couple – the intimacy captured is so real.

So many talented suppliers contributed to this wonderful shoot, and there is so much inspiration to be taken away and had from this…

Photography by The Gibsons Photography and Struve Photography

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First look shoot

Photographer, Chantal Gibson: For this inspired shoot, it was all about trying to get spread the idea of a ‘First Look’ to the UK brides and grooms. Of course, I also wanted a reason to collaborate with incredibly talented suppliers that I’ve previously had the pleasure of working with.

The idea of a first look is so romantic – it’s a special moment for a couple, just for them to witness and remember. It allows for beautiful uninterrupted photos of two individuals who are about to marry. They see each other for the first time before they make such important vows. It gives them a unique moment on the day, one they will look back on and remember forever. A first look can also relieve pre-ceremony nerves for some, which can help a lot! In addition to all those lovely reasons, it frees up time for the couple to spend with guests after the ceremony instead of rushing into photos. It could be a substitute or addition to a photo session after the ceremony. I would love to see more couples in the UK adding a first look into their wedding day schedule – for me it’s a win-win!

The look & feel

The beautiful Springkell House, a stunning stately home in Scotland was the location of the shoot. My husband and I are a photography team – The Gibsons Photographers, and we also invited Kristin Mitchell of Struve Photography to work with us for the first look shoot. Kristin’s style is similar to ours so I knew we’d work well together. 

We began with the idea of creating a romantic and opulent setting, one that would compliment the grand surroundings. The colours used inside Springkell House are rich, so we wanted to create an environment that would contrast against this, and the Scottish countryside. We created a Pinterest board, which we shared with Laura and Natalie of Lemonbox Studios who ‘styled’ the shoot. After much editing, we all finally decided on the beautiful combination of peach tones with mint and some gold accents. 

The talented suppliers

I set out to work with as many wonderful talented suppliers as possible. The dress was designed and made specifically for the shoot by Wendy Harman from Flossy & Dossy. It’s a stunning dress – understated with illusion tulle and lace on the top and a lovely floaty Georgette skirt. Our model Gail, visited Wendy for fittings to ensure the dress fit her perfectly.

The flower arrangements and bouquet were all created by Allie Mccann at Lavender Blue. Laura and Natalie put together drawings of their designs for us, and this was a great way to visualise what we were trying to achieve. It also made it easier to understand what was needed in terms of floral accents for the space. The flowers were incredible, Allie used summer blooms that were in season at the time – they completed the look perfectly. 

Full of contrasts

Lemonbox Studios brought together gorgeous tones and textures throughout the shoot. There were so many elements that gave it a contemporary edge – it’s a wonderful fusion of both modern & classic vintage styles. One of my favourite details is the rustic wooden table top with the delicate, yet bold lace pattern. 

Lemonbox Studios designed and made all the stationery and favours used in the tablescape, plus all the signage. The whimsical theme continued out into the gardens, where they set up a hanging ‘love seat’ lounge area. The elegant, pretty furniture, complete with a beautiful chandelier created a truly romantic setting that wonderfully contrasted with the lush green grounds of Springkell.

The wonderful suppliers

PhotographerThe Gibsons Photography
Second photographer – Struve Photography
Venue – Springkell House
Event Styling – Lemonbox Studios
Hair and Makeup – Laura Gray
Floral design – Lavender Blue
Wedding Dress – Flossy & Dossy
Jewellery Design – Gioia Mia
Bike – Chantal Gibson’s from Pronto Gara

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