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Horsing Around with Flower Crowns

Good afternoon! Autumn is definitely kicking in, I'm massively struggling today with a super sore throat and cough. So today is definitely a pyjama day whilst catching up on my editing.

Yesterday I spent my day photographing two gorgeous stylised shoots. I have been part of three before, however this was my first go at organising and running them. I got the wonderful Jessica.J Photography on board straight away, I explained my idea to her and together we worked hard to get an amazing team of suppliers together to create the vision.

I wanted the shoots to have an autumnal, fairy tale feel however I wanted to keep it very editorial and current. I knew from the beginning I wanted to include a pumpkin patch, and a horse. However it became apparent quite quickly that combining the two wouldn't be as easy as I'd hoped, so we separated them to in to two shoots.

The first and main shoot of the day took part at Farmer Copley's near Pontefract. The pumpkin patches there are unreal. There are multiple fields covered with huge, plump pumpkins which come in an array of colours; green, yellow, white, orange, and blue. We set up a picnic bench in the centre of the patch and then left Natasha from Natasha Jane Events to work her magic. Sally Jane Calligraphy then added some final touches and my mystical pumpkin patch was complete! (We also had an amazing cake from Sweet Sugar Sixpence). I won't go in to too much detail about that shoot as I will eventually give it a separate blog post, however we are saving the exclusivity of it for a very big blog (all will be revealed soon so keep your eyes peeled!)

So, the second shoot was very simple. A bride, a horse, and matching flower crowns. We didn't want our bride to look traditional, so we chose to dress our gorgeous model, Fran Simpson, in a floor length blush peach dress with lace and button detailing. The free flowing of the dress was matched by her loose waves, styled by the ridiculously talented Brittany Jae. Fran's make up was done by the wonderful Helena Betts. We asked for a natural yet autumnal look so Helena went for a brown smokey eye with a plum lip which tied the look and theme together perfectly.

Now the star of the show were the matching flower crowns created by lovely Natasha. When I was first messaging Natasha about making a flower crown for a horse I had to click the send button with my eyes closed; I knew it sounded slightly barmy. After convincing Natasha that I could kirby clip the flower crown on to the horse she agreed and what she produced was better than I could have ever imagined. The crown was made up of greenery and muted green and blue hydrangeas. She added some deep burgundy detailing (you'll have to ask her directly for the flower names) and the results were just spectacular. I also have to give a massive shout out to Bewerley Riding School for letting us borrow the beautiful Nessie for an hour or so. She was a dream to photograph! So without further a do here are some of my favourite images.

Co-photographer: Jessica.J Photography,

Florist: Natasha Jane Events,

Hair: Brittany Jae,

Make up: Helena Betts,

Models: Fran Simpson, Nessie the horse

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