Natalie of Natalie Dalziel Flowers shares the inspiration behind this beautiful styled shoot at the famous Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow
It was Natalie’s burning passion for other photo shoots that she’d worked on which gave her the idea to style her own, inviting some fantastic local suppliers to join her vision for an art deco-inspired shoot in the city.
“After assisting on shoots in the past, I wanted to orchestrate my own styled shoot; working with styles I love and with other suppliers that I adore,” she says. So, after assembling her own wedding dream team, she got to work creating this stunning shoot.
“My idea for the shoot was to go for a ‘when sassy meets sleek’ type of vibe, incorporating one of my favourite eras – the 1920’s.
I loved the idea of having a Great Gatsby feel to it, but adding modern touches too with chokers, biker jackets and Dr Marten boots, but still remaining realistic for potential brides,” explains Natalie.
Using her love of the bridal designer Eliza Jane Howell as a starting point, she built on the idea of attainable glamour.
As she began planning, Natalie’s first port of call was Ashleigh Elliot, a stylist at Anne Priscilla Bridal and owner of My Own Design & Events, an event design and linen hire company based in Dumbarton.
“Ashleigh has a great eye for styling and we worked perfectly together,” explains Natalie. The Anne Priscilla Bridal gowns selected featured delicate embellishment and lace, perfect for the 1920s theme.
The addition of headpieces from Stephanie Browne and Jenny Packham married with the gowns perfectly, and Ashleigh even cut up velvet ribbon to use as a last minute addition to a super simple dress. Talk about thinking on your feet!
SETTING THE SCENE
For the backdrop, Natalie had just the place in mind.
“The Blythswood Square Hotel has the most magnificent art deco design with original features and that, teamed with our range of dresses, gave us the foundations of a great shoot.”
As the shoot progressed, it was soon clear to see how successful it had been. “The shoot itself turned out to be much bigger than anticipated, which for me was amazing! The group of suppliers worked so well together with each of us accentuating the others work,” says Natalie.
Natalie didn’t stop at just choosing the finer details of the shoot, she was also on the lookout for models that worked perfectly with the style too.
“I wanted girls who were attainable for brides; still completely stunning (as you can see) but I didn’t want a real bride to look and them and say ‘I could never achieve that look’,” she says.
Ashleigh from Anne Priscilla was also a model, alongside Georgie and Hailey.
STYLE IT OUT
Paula Kavanagh – Make Up Artist was on-hand to create that iconic Gatsby look, which she thoroughly enjoyed doing!
“It definitely put my creativity to the test,” laughs Paula. “The colours used were inspired by the autumn season and of course, the 1920s vibe. I loved working alongside such a creative team!”
A member of that creative team was hair stylist Jacqueline McKenna from Hair Beau salon in Glasgow who jumped at the chance to create some amazing hairstyles of a bygone era.
“It’s not every day you get asked to create a 1920s style for a bride,” says Jacqueline, “and I absolutely loved it!
After seeing the dresses, flowers and make-up, I knew exactly what would work and I went for it! Of all the hair styles from years gone by, the 1920s is a personal favourite of mine.”
Photographer Chantal, owner at The Gibsons, loved capturing these stunning images at Blythswood Square Hotel. “I loved Natalie’s vision for it, and was incredibly excited to work with such an amazing team. I wanted to deliver in every aspect which was easy to do as we all worked so well together!”
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Photographer | Chantal at The Gibsons
Florist | Natalie Dalziel Flowers
Dresses + Accessories | Anne Priscilla Bridal
Venue | Blythswood Square Hotel
Hair | Hair Beau
Make-up | Paula Kavanagh Make Up Artist
Models | Ashleigh Elliott, Georgie Leith and Hailey Mitchell