Hen Do : Drink Shop Do, Kings Cross

I've been really looking forward to sharing this shoot with you since May - however I had to keep a lid on it as it I was waiting for it to be published. It appeared in the latest issue of Unique Bride magazine, and I just wanted to say thank you to all the amazing suppliers that worked on the shoot to make it such a success!

The idea for the shoot grew from the design of Charlotte Bridal’s 50’s inspired dresses and my love of a cup of tea in proper china…Charlotte wanted to showcase two new dresses – the Ivory bridal dress is called Mia, and the one with the roses is called Fleur. They are finished off with petticoats supplied by Doris Designs.  We felt a cafe style shoot would suit them and if you know me in real life you'll know that I'm a big fan of Drink Shop Do in Kings Cross, a super lovely vintage style cafe where you can drink, shop and do! They do fabulous hen afternoons, seriously if you're looking for a fun London based hen do, get yourself down there, the tea is amazing!

Charlotte did a brilliant job of styling the shoot. We tried to keep things light and enjoying mixing things up eg vintage jewellery with new acrylic accessories, mixing pastels with bright colours, red with bright pink etc.  The skirts were fun to twirl, the activities were fun to do and simple to make, and the hats were a little bit cheeky.  Candy played a big part in the shoot too - big lollies, jewellery made from marshmallows, jars of sweets, frothy milkshakes on the bar, afternoon tea with added sweets and this theme was hinted at in the dresses, colour of the shoes etc.

So it seemed like the perfect place for the shoot - we wanted a sense of fun and quirkiness running through the shoot - from the jewellery and cheekyheadwear to the bright shoes and marshmallow jewellery Charlotte threaded whilst we were thereas the idea popped into her head!  I also enjoyed the shot on the bar where the girls are standing still with milkshakes and the waitresses are working around them, it kind of captured the busy-ness of the cafe that day as we did everything as the café was open, an interesting experience for the customers I think.  It seemed natural to include the gorgeous things from around the cafe in our shoot as well as the items from our suppliers.

My lovely mother-in-law collects old milk bottles, she has the most amazing display cabinet with them in. I took this shot with her in mind! :O)

Suppliers :

Alexa Loy (www.alexa-loy.com)

Shoot Stylist
Charlotte Garratt of Charlotte Bridal

“May” & “Ruby” - Charlotte Bridal www.charlottebridal.co.uk

£65.00 - Doris Designs www.dorisdesigns.co.uk
Shoes of Prey www.shoesofprey.com Design your own shoes

Head Accessories
Red feather fascinator, “Danielle” - £79.99
Blue & green feather and butterflies fascinator, “Angelina” - £89.99 - JustFascinating.co.uk

White vintage lace pillbox - £60.00
Valentines red heart pillbox - £65.00
White lace teacup fascinator - £55.00 - Bee Smith www.bee-smith.co.uk

Candy jewellery
Jammy dodger necklace, cake earrings, cupcake pendant – Meow Box www.meow-box.co.uk

Kitsch Jewellery
Trashy Doll www.trashydoll.com

Pearl Jewellery
Jewels by Design www.jbdlondon.co.uk 

Photography Assistant
Kat Hill www.kat-hill.com

Makeup Artist
Emily Dhanjal www.emilydhanjalmakeup.co.uk

Hair Stylist
Carla Ramsey www.carlahairandmakeup.co.uk

Venue & Crafts
Eclectic, vintage café offering DIY garter and fascinator hen parties - Drink Shop & Do Café
www.drinkshopdo.com Kings Cross, London