“The Walthamstow marshes was a location we wanted to shoot in for a while. The sheer space and size give the impression that we’re out in the countryside when we’re actually in North East London, available on our doorstep. Our shoot was inspired by the English fairy tale ‘Cap-o-Rushes’.
It’s a story about a woman, driven out by her wealthy father, who disguises her fine clothes by constructing a cloak and hat made from reeds and rushes to financially support herself in the outside world. Our model Courtney was running through the land in her finery with no rules or direction, it was all about how she felt organically in those surroundings and on a very blustery day, with the natural light exposing the various textures and movement in her beautiful garments and accessories.
With flushed cheeks and dewy skin, we kept makeup simple, with texturized hair and a center parting for a modern feel. We chose alternative bridal looks made with sheer billowing fabrics to create volume and impact – an editorial take on bridal wear. To add another element to the shoot we dressed and styled a single table and placed it in the tall grassy reeds of the marshes. Rustic and opulent elements were incorporated throughout the tablescape with carefully sourced linens, colored glassware, crockery, and beautifully dried flowers to complement Courtney’s look – intimate, wild and free.”