If you’ve read my previous blog posts you’ll know that I’ve been teaming up with a number of different creative businesses to showcase ways in which to display poetry – paperless poetry as I’ve termed it. Over the last few months, I’ve also taken part in a number of styled wedding shoots, which have been fantastic for networking with other wedding suppliers and for showcasing my work. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot through doing all of this and so I decided it was time to put what I’ve learnt into practice and organise my own styled shoot.
I wanted create something romantic, elegant and full of words so I pitched an idea to various different wedding suppliers and last month we all came together at Shottle Hall in Derbyshire. Due to social distancing we couldn’t use models and so I invited real-life couple, Tina and Richard, to pose as the bride and groom and wow did they deliver. Their love for each other was clear for all to see on the day, so much so that it actually felt like a real wedding.
The suppliers who were on set on the day were in such high spirits and we all had so much fun. I actually felt quite emotional at several points – it was like the culmination of all my work over the last few years right before my eyes. My words were being showcased on fabric backdrops, on wooden signs, inside the wedding dress, even on the cake! Adele from Fly On The Wall Photography took some incredibly beautiful photos and Karl from Mitchell Films perfectly captured the day through film.
I was slightly nervous about organising my own shoot and was worried I would feel like an imposter amongst so many experienced and talented wedding suppliers. But I absolutely loved the whole experience and I will definitely be organising one again. To top it all off, I can reveal that the shoot has since been accepted for publication in Love My Dress, one of the top wedding blogs in the UK! I can’t wait to share more photos with you once the article has gone live.
All of my poems and quotes are protected under Copyright ©️ Sally R. Wilkes of Rhymes To Remember and are registered with The UK Copyright Service. They may not be reproduced in any form without my written permission.
The full list of suppliers involved in the shoot is as follows:
Concept and co-ordination plus poems and quotes – Rhymes To Remember
Venue – Shottle Hall
Photographer – Fly On The Wall Photography
Videographer – Mitchell Films UK
Venue stylist and props – The Two Hummingbirds
Hand-lettered backdrops and signs – The Handmade Sign Company
Hair stylist – Emma Rebecca Bridal Hair
Hair accessories – Rachel Sokhal Bridal
Wedding dress – Ryley And Flynn
Menswear – Jon Paul Menswear
Makeup artist – Sophie Downing
Flowers – Hollie Fox Flowers
Wedding cake – Lesley Walter Cake Design
Calligraphy letters – The Cheshire Calligrapher
Stationery – Mrs Peony Wedding Stationery
Napkins – The Embroidered Napkin Company
Wedding dress tag and handkerchiefs – Extra Special Touch