Emma's Hen Party
I ran a competition in spring for one lucky bride to win a make-over and photo shoot hen party for herself and two bridesmaids. All you had to do was e-mail me with your theme and idea of the perfect hen party. I could not resist Emma's Romantic Tiger Lily theme which in her proposal she wrote to me "I'm just emailing to enter the amazing competition for a hen photo shoot! I'm getting married June 29th next year, and have decided to plan my own hen night as I want to make sure there are absolutely no L plates, willy balloons/straws/head boppers, strippers and absolutely no hot pink and diamantes!!! ... My mum has called me tigerlilly since I was little, so I want to go for an Indian 'theme' but romantic, pretty and rustic...
For a photo shoot, i would love it very muted in colour, feathers, and lace, strung hanging as back drops, a tipi full of crochet blankets, and pretty romantic loose waves, and makeup, with feather head dresses! James and I have been best friends since school, together since 16, and will be married 3 days after our 10 year anniversary, and 3 weeks after I graduate! It would be lovely if i won the photo shoot as my future sister in law will be staying with us then, visiting from Bucks, and my sister is a makeup artist in London so I don't see either of them very much and are both my skype bridesmaids!"
After a few e-mail back and forth we set the date of the hen party for the 18th of August as both her sister and future sister-in-law could make it. Unfortunately on the day Emma's sister's flight was cancelled and she could not make it (she has assured Emma she will make it to the wedding!) but we made it a fun day with lots of giggles and laughs regardless. The huge smiles all started when Emma walked into my studio to see a specially commissioned backdrop made of twigs, leaves, and little tiny plums all strung together by the talented Elsie Mo Flowers, with a little tipi in front full of crochet blankets and other props brought in specially (from Otto Retro) to fit the Tiger Lily theme.
There was also a vintage afternoon tea provided by Tea in the City which consisted of sparkly shortbread (everyone's favourites!), cute cucumber sandwiches, and delicious cupcakes. The girls snacked on this and drank champagne while getting their hair and make-up done in the studio's dressing room. The hair stylist (Sophia Lewis) and make-up artist (Molly Barrett) where fantastic and perfectly created the most amazing look for our two hens.
Once styling was finished, it was on to the photo shoot part of the day. The girls had brought their own clothes but I also had a selection of suede jackets and necklaces from Elegantly Waisted (she has a treasure trove of original vintage pieces!) Emma and Emily looked stunning and with all the props and pretty things to play with we had a great time setting up different shots. We even ventured outside to some Roman ruins for a few shots.
Hair: Sophia Lewis www.devonbridalhair.co.uk/
make-up Molly Barrett www.facebook.com/MollyBarrettFreelanceMakeUp
florist: Elsie Mo Flowers www.elsiemoflowers.com/
afternoon tea: Tea in the City www.teainthecity.co.uk
props: Otto Retro www.ottoretro.co.uk
clothes: Elegantly Waisted www.facebook.com/elegantly.waisted