A Love My Dress inspired Hen Party

Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

Two weeks ago today I was sweltering in a hotel room in Newcastle frantically primping and preening myself for the social event of the season, the Love My Dress Summer Soiree. Now as some of you may know my evening was brought to a premature end by a bout of low-blood pressure and a ride in an ambulance (I know I’m such a drama queen). But before all the drama and even before I hit the party I got together with a few of my favourite wedding people and made some pretty pictures.


The photo shoot was pulled together relatively quickly after Collette from All Wrapped Events (jokingly I think) suggested I used the party as an opportunity to do a hen party shoot. I’ve been trying to pull one together for a while but trying to organise a group of girls large enough to represent a hen party plus a photographer, hair, make-up, clothes etc has so far eluded me. So I seized this opportunity to try out an idea I have had for a while.


The look I was going for with this shoot was ‘un-posed’ I wanted to show that you could have a photo shoot that wasn’t a photo shoot. Some girls love the idea of having beautiful pictures but hate the idea of standing in front of the camera and having to pose. This shoot was showing that you can have the pictures but in a much more relaxed way.


The shoot took place in Newcastle bar, Nancy’s Bordello, which is just amazingly cool and was the perfect backdrop for the shoot. They allowed us free reign of their bar and as we couldn’t work out how to open the windows it was mojitos all round just to keep cool.



Our photographer was James Melia who did a fantastic job in some challenging conditions (low light, sub-tropical humidity, girls more interested in drinking and chatting than having their photo taken). But as you can see he overcame all of these things and made some very beautiful pictures.


I want to say a massive thanks to Natalie Ramsell ( I am Nat Stationaery) for her AMAZING signs she made, I gave her the briefest of brief (it was thong like) and she understood exactly what I wanted. I absolutely love them. If you are thinking if doing stationary for your hen party I would thoroughly recommend this talented lady (and she does weddings too).


If you are planning a hen party and don’t want the traditional tacky veil how about getting a pretty bird cage veil, it will compliment the vintage look perfectly and still make you feel like a bride-to-be. This one is from Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe, who also does classes where you could make your own veil and fascinators for the rest of your girls.




The party bag was provided by Pretty Posh Party bags and contains an array of beautiful vintage things like a necklace, flower corsage, chocolate and a pretty heart. These make perfect gifts for brides-to-be on their hen but also bridesmaids gifts for the big day. This will be up for grabs soon so keep your eyes peeled for a competition.


I want to thank my beautiful models:

2011-08-07_014ElleElle is for Love stationery 

2011-08-07_013AlisonDaisy Cupcakes

2011-08-07_016Lucy The Wedding Shop

2011-08-07_005Dani (and Chris)The Barbers

2011-08-07_035NatalieI am Nat, ClaireYork Bride, LeahGolden Apple Designs, Colette and Kelly - All Wrapped Up events and Miss Boudoir

You were all brilliant.

I also let my husband loose with his camera and he managed to get a few nice shots in too:


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