A Fine-art ‘Ophelia’ Inspired Bridal Editorial by Braid & Bloom

I’m sharing a breathtaking bridal editorial today inspired by ‘Ophelia’. This fine-art wedding-take on a classic Shakespeare character will 100% inspire you to explore your other-worldly, ethereal bridal side – featuring lustrous long locks and a plethora of pretty gowns in delicate laces and hues you’ll be completely smitten.

Words & Images by Rebecca from Braid & Bloom & Rebecca Searle Photography.

Ophelia Inspired Bridal Shoot

The character of Ophelia evokes such emotive imagery and has inspired such beautiful historic works of art that it was irresistible to us to create a timeless and romantic bridal-take on her character.

Inspired by the works of Arthur Hughes and John William Waterhouse, we wanted to create ethereal and feminine bridal looks and produce imagery with a dreamy art-like quality.

We were delighted to work with Francis Bridal who create the most elegant and perfectly flattering gowns incorporating beautiful lace and georgette. They were so fitting for the celestial feel of the shoot.

Our hair stylists incorporated crimping and a variety of braids to create texture and volume and echo the pre-raphealite theme. Later they pulled the hair into soft, feminine up-dos and added our signature flower placement, together with one of our bespoke flower crowns and a vine-inspired ornate headpiece which was in keeping with the earthy theme and easily transferable to a modern bridal look.

We were so excited to collaborate with a makeup artist who also paints beautiful artwork herself. Kerry has created two wonderful pieces, further inspired by the images we produced together. Kerry commented; ‘The shoot had such a timeless feeling and the images are just so beautiful, I chose two images to paint, one in a detailed, almost pre-Raphaelite vibe and the other in a decorative, art nouveau inspired style which seemed to fit so well with the look of the shoot.’

For the makeup. ‘haunting beauty’ was the look Kerry wanted to achieve. Stunning pale skin with flushed cheeks, stained lips and super soft, blended shadowy eyes with no harsh edges anywhere. She used an antique colour palette including Mac Rose Gold pigment and a dirty gold for Emily and Moss Greens and rusty rose-flushed cheeks using Daniel Sandler watercolour blush to complement Maddie’s red hair.

The Bloomery created our dramatic bouquet incorporating a rich blend of seasonal flowers in jewel tones and a hint of cream. The bouquet was created in an organic style using Roses, Ranunculus, Anemones, viburnum berries, eucalyptus and orchids.

Our incredible timeless fine jewellery pieces were supplied by Harrington Brookshaw who combined the eternally classic look of pearls, precious stones and diamonds which were layered together for a fresh feel. Conversely, the nature-themed pieces by Strange of London provided a fun eccentricity encompassed in beautifully delicate jewellery

Emma at vintage cakes and bakes created our beautiful 3 tiered cake. She wanted to achieve something timelessly romantic, both in look and flavour. She went for deep chocolate-ey layers with freshly picked black cherries, all drizzled in a cherry brandy flavoured syrup for the ultimate indulgence. She used a simple yet effective white buttercream for the covering, and adorned it with an array of romantic flowers, using lots of reds and purples to reflect the enchantment of Ophelia.”

We were thrilled with the realisation of our vision. A big thank you to the team and to Emily and Maddie who modelled the looks perfectly for us.

credits /photography: rebecca searle photography / styling: braid & bloom / wedding dresses & veils: francis bridal (non wedding dresses are models own) / flowers: the bloomery / makeup: blue vanilla beauty / hair styling by: wild rose hair, treats4hair / flower crown: wild rose hair / fine jewellery: harrington brookshaw, strange of london

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