The Palm Residence shoot is centered around the ethereal magic of summers in Ibiza blended with old-school disco. The Balearic Islands meets Studio 54 in this south London set that offers a bold, fresh take on boho-brides.
Opting for a quirky and alternative choice of venue that created the essential ambience for the shoot was The Palm Residence in London’s SE postcode. This venue exudes vintage tropicana from floor to ceiling, with walls blanketed in retro botanical prints and music paraphernalia. The house comes with its own bar, decked in bamboo with a smoky glass top that encapsulates the buzz of cocktail hour for city socialites. The spirit of disco glamour is brought to life by enormous glitterballs hung from the ceiling, which were further amplified by a variety of different sized mirror globes supplied by Stingray Events that can be seen across the shoot.
Based on a 1970s inspired fashion aesthetic, the brief was perfect for the team at House of Ollichon that specialise in bridal jumpsuits and separates. The Giulieri wide-flare trousers and top with cut-away back exudes the pizazz of the 1970s silhouette, complete with a geometric star-scape pattern and intricate lace detail. The Izzard two-piece channels the timeless spirit of the city socialite with clever tasselling creating movement and flow and modern options on sleeves and skirts. The Melendez jumpsuit features many traditional elements of French lace, corsetry and capped sleeves in an alternative wide-legged trouser piece.
The Floral Editor supplied the flower arrangements for the shoot, using a neutral palette to blend rather than compete with the busy walls, prints and palm fronds of the surroundings. The bouquets use soft, muted colours to partner with the creamy tones of the jumpsuits and dusky golden accessories. A range of delicate pink and white tufted grasses mixed with more traditional wedding blooms accentuate the bohemian inspiration.
Imagery was captured by Zach & Grace and Hajley Photography and once again the feel is non-traditional bridal photography. Instead of brightly lit washed-out scenes, the tone is moody and sensual, working with spots of natural light and playing with the shadows to create the magic of sundown and long drawn-out summer nights. Bath tubs, beds and scattered seating with plush velvet cushions and throws were used to create a heady after-party vibe. Videography from Zach & Grace evokes the sexy, flirty and carefree bride as directed by Constance, “I wanted to emphasise how relaxed and liberating your wedding day can be, filled with organic, laidback candid moments where you really do get a chance to sit back and soak it all in.” Photographer James Hill captured the behind the scenes images, showcasing the electrifying talent of the team working on set.
With the stage set, and the location filled with the enchanting fragrance of Nellys Care Candles, Mrs T Weddings and the team at CESCA styled each of the models in a range of free-spirited ensembles that showcase individuality and flair. Rebecca Anne Designs provided a series of elaborate veils adorned with feathers, delicate silvery thread work and encrusted with sparkling glitter.
For some daring and unconventional headwear, Victoria Louise Accessories provided architectural headdresses, carnivalesque millinery and ornate botanical crowns.
Working with such delicate and elaborate pieces called for simple and effective hair. We created soft waves to create a fuss-free low maintenance look that fits beautifully with the Ibizan summers and beach beauty aesthetics. Additional glamour was added using long chain hair pieces in neat low ponytails.
We carefully created sun-kissed skin with just the right amount of bronzing to give a natural glow, and the party spirit was brought to life using glitter and gloss. “We wanted to blend modern boho glamour with the luxe and glitz of the timeless Studio 54. Skin is bronzed, freckles enhanced, and a balmy finish gives models that desert sun look. Touches of gloss, silver stars, and a 70s blown out eye incorporates the ultimate disco era that was born in Studio 54.”
Location The Palm Residence
Planning Mrs T Weddings
Videography & Photography Zach & Grace
BTS Photographer James Hill
Hair and Makeup CESCA
Bridal Wear House of Ochilion
Veils Rebecca Anne Designs
Headpieces Victoria Louise Accessories
Flowers Fi the Floral Editor
Candles Nellys Care