Hello Front Row Brides!

Today is a good day as I get to exclusively reveal a great British masterpiece. Can you tell I’m excited? BEYOND!

Seven superb wedding suppliers (who you need on speed dial might I add) pulled together, in what’s been a testing year, to create a very English, very quaint, very ethereal shoot at Shortmead House in Bedfordshire.

I’m blown away by the beauty of this shoot and can’t wait to tell you more as I go behind-the-scenes and catch-up with professional make-up artist, Sabina Ventriglia, about the shoot.

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Wedding Suppliers involved:

Photography: Gary Adams Photography
Model: Amy Dean
Makeup: Sabina Ventriglia
Hair: RDW Hair
Flowers: Ruby Blossom Floristry
Dress Boutique: Dollys Bridal Boutique
Dress Designer: Elbeth Gillis
Venue: Shortmead House

Hi Sabina and team, what was the inspiration behind your recent shoot?

We wanted to create something a little more classic, but dreamy – with soft natural lighting in a beautiful setting.



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How would you describe the look you created?

Very English rose – the make-up was focused on being really natural with more of a blushed cheek and glowy skin. The hair was softly curled and pinned up off the neck with some tousled tresses falling around the face.

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Had any of the suppliers worked together before? How did the shoot go?


I work regularly with the photographer in a fashion commercial ecommerce studio and the hairstylist is a friend and talented artist whom I team up with regularly for bridal work, and the florist is a dear and very talented friend of mine  – however, none of the team had met each other before. So it was lovely to be able to make those introductions. The shoot went really well, and very smoothly. The model was a total professional and worked the camera with ease, and we all knew what we wanted from the day with the same vision – so that always helps when you all have the same end goal.

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Can you share some insights into some of the key products used? Do you have an ultimate
go-to product you can recommend to our Brides? This could be for skin, eyes, lips – etc!


I used a Revolution eyeshadow palette (called Soph X), which has a beautiful range of highpigmented shades for all skin tones. There are some really pretty bridal pink and peach tones that work beautifully for this type of look.
My go to product would have to be the Faux Mink lashes by Ardell Beauty. Strip lashes can really finish off a look beautifully without the cost of extensions, or the damage to the lash. The length is perfect as they’re not too long, but the soft fluffiness of them, leave the eyes looking perfectly framed and finished.

Love the flower accessories in the hair, how can other Brides find these?

The flowers in the hair were courtesy of the florist (Ruby Blossom Floristry) – meaning they were fresh flowers that added to the class of the finished look. The pearls we used for a couple of shots were from Bobby Pin.

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What was the overall vision for the shoot?

To create some beautiful  images, using a team of locally sourced suppliers. For me, it’s an opportunity for the team to make new contacts, with a view to shoot again. Coordinating shoots is what I love, coming up with concepts, pulling the team together and creating visual content that can inspire brides from all over, which can always further result in bookings for all involved. It’s a win win.

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Where to start? WOW. The carefully curated day by an expert team speaks volumes. And the results speak for themselves. I’ve never seen a more ethereal, soft and elegant shoot.

The lighting, the tones, the dress, the make-up, the hair, flowers, accessories, the veil… this team of suppliers have captured pure magic.

Can I also take a moment to talk about dress designer Elbeth Gillis. What’s in a name? Everything! Elbeth Gillis is a South African wedding dress designer. Her bridal couture is for the woman who wants to stand above the crowd. Made to last forever, every bridal gown is unique and specifically made to measure.

Elbeth exquisitely handcrafts each couture piece from luxurious bridal fabrics sourced from around the world. If you’re currently looking for your wedding dress and need some inspiration, I’d recommend looking up Elbeth Gillis. She’ll help your dress tell its very own story.

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Before I sign-off, can we salute the team of talented wedding suppliers who made the magic happen with this English rose shoot?

We live in strange times where supporting one another is more important that ever. Follow each business on Instagram, go and like their last post and throw kindness around like confetti!

Much Love,


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