Dulwich College | Dulwich Common, London
I don’t do many styled shoots as I don’t have that much time but a chain of coincidences meant that I knew intuitively this was a shoot I had to be on. A friend of mine was originally down to shoot this but realised it was too far away for her, and recommended me. I had already seen and fallen in love with the dress by Dandelions and Pearls which is worn by the bride in this shoot, in a delicate cornflower blue colour with intricate lace and floral embroidery, and had been wishing I could film a styled shoot using it, so it felt like fate!
Your wedding dress doesn’t have to be white! Maybe white really doesn’t suit you, or it just doesn’t feel right for some reason. This dress is exquisite, and I could see it being worn again and again as well.
I also adored Shirley Spence’s (from Couture Wedding Tales) colours and design the minute I saw her mood board and saw where the wedding shoot would be. If you love colour, and want something a bit different, creative and original, then Shirley’s the perfect stylist for you. The attention to detail was incredible, it looks so effortless but it does take a lot of research and work to get the look so perfect.
I knew I really wanted to experiment with audio for this shoot and to do something a little different, especially as we were using two female models, but no groom (due to having to keep the numbers down for strict Covid-19 rules).
The text for the audio came from Her Way, a blog that aims to help millennial females build self esteem and to support them in creating and keeping strong bonds between their families and friends; and to be a voice of reason when it comes to their relationships.
I adapted the text from 'A Heartfelt Letter To The Bride On Her Wedding Day, by Martha Sullivan for this video, as we had two female models for the shoot and it worked really well. In the edit I used the song 'Love Looks Like You' by Whitney Road, licensed with Fyrfly (aka Songfreedom).
Unfortunately the heavens opened on the day of the shoot, so we were very limited in what outdoor shots we could get, but it really didn’t matter. Dulwich College is a perfect wet weather venue as the inside rooms are so grand and striking. And if you love books, you’ll fall in love with the traditional library next to The Great Hall with its huge ceilings and stained windows. You almost feel like you’re in a cathedral, and it’s so peaceful and you’d never guess you were in the centre of London.
There aren’t really words to describe how well the colours and the textures worked with the rich grandeur of Dulwich College. The colours really ‘popped’ but still looked elegant, young and sophisticated, regardless of whether we were upstairs or dancing in the entrance against a backdrop of rich brown columns and black, cream and terracotta brown floor tiles.
The cherry on the cake (although I think it would be hard to improve on Meera’s stunning dark teal and apricot coloured cake for this shoot) was that we got to be featured in Your London Wedding.
I love this venue and I really hope if you’re getting married there that you’ll get in touch with me to be your videographer! Scroll down to check out the photos and the other suppliers who were involved in the shoot as well as a sample of the videos I shot on the day.
Highlight films from the Dulwich College Wedding Shoot
Your London Wedding
This refined shoot explores how to use colour to make your day pop. Images featured in Your London Wedding courtesy of Jessy Papasavva Photography.
Designed to inspire couples who value their individuality, this shoot offers endless inspiration and creative ways to express yourself. Dreamed up by Shirley Spence of Couture Wedding Tales, the shoot is an exploration of colour and texture. "We expanded the palette by mixing tints and shades of pink and blue against coral, teal and gold to create a richer dimension of colours," Shirley explains. "We also used a variety of textures, patterns and shapes through florals, displays and tableware to add interest and visual weight to the design."
An incredible team of creatives came together at Dulwich College, which was chosen for its grandeur and rich interiors, providing the perfect backdrop to allow the design to pop. Enjoy...
the Designer and stylist
Letter from the bridesmaid
Hair and Make-up