Make Hay while the sun shines they say, so we did; capturing the pure essence of young love at its most beautiful, in the most stunning of settings; our quintessential Kentish Countryside.
Billowing dust clouds, spectacular sunsets sprawling across the countryside and strange circular spots on the horizon, signify that the end of summertime is nigh. The cascading colours draw me in, enveloping me, calling me to capture the moment. What could be more beautiful than to celebrate this montage of golden evening glows, with the glory of young Love...
This is not set to be a classic style wedding, but one in which romance is in harmony with its master; Nature. The Farmer Wants a Wife is born. This is the theme that inspires the look.
I start my search for the dress, ethereal in mind, wanting a relaxed feel that will compliment the beauty of my Bride to be, and stay in tune with the setting. I stumble across a floor sweeping, Vintage 1950’s gown, in soft satin. The silver grey will be perfect for her alabaster skin tone and vibrant hair, and is the tiniest of sizes. Perfect; it’s mine. For the feet, there can be only one look, green wellies to flatter her auburn locks, and provide the quirky, relaxed feel for marring at one with the land. I add a long veil, which I dot with tiny amber butterflies, and to complete the look, diamante drop earrings and hair band. The feel is Vintage, but the look is young and fresh, that is the way her make-up should be.
Her eyes are an exquisite mix of tawny, hazel and green; they are my focus to enhance her natural beauty. I choose my eye shadow pallet to compliment and bring out the colours in her eyes; I start with paradise, a soft golden peach, for the inner corners, moving on to Jaffa, a vibrant tangerine for the centre (both Dazzel Me, Collection 2000) and contour the corners with Guilty, a subtle olive green (Famous by Sue Moxley).
The eyes are completed with touch of black Voluminous mascara (L’Oreal) and liner (Smashbox). Her porcelain skin is primed and illuminated with Magic Lumi (L’Oreal) and covered with the lightest of foundations (Mayballine 24hr Light beige). To create a natural flush in the cheeks I choose water lily rouge mousse (Stilla), and finish with her lips, using a nude tone a shade darker than her own (peachy pink lip collection, Famous by Sue Moxley). The hair has been curled and left to hang naturally around her petit shoulders, with a couple of strands pulled back from the sides to secure the veil.
The Groom is dressed to enhance the soft silver shades of his bride, with a relaxed cotton mix dark grey suit, and smart navy shirt, giving the Vintage feel a young modern twist.
Asymmetric, Indie style hair and bracelets adds individuality and complete his style. Wild flowers, picked from neighbouring fields and a rose umbrella finish the accessories and add a touch of romance to the whimsical look of the adorable couple. Now, I step back and allow nature, love and Rebecca’s camera to become one... my job is done.
MICHAEL HARLEY FORRISTER
MICHAEL HARLEY FORRISTER